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Point of Care CME

Purpose & Desired Outcome
Point-of-Care (POC) learning is an approved CME activity in which the clinician engages in self-directed, online learning on topics relevant to their clinical practice.  The desired outcome of this activity is that in asking clinical questions at the point of care that can be answered using electronic Library resources, clinicians will see a change in their knowledge, competence, or performance that can be applied to their practice.  Providers may complete this activity multiple times, on different clinical questions. 

Target Audience

Legacy CME activities will focus on the needs of Legacy affiliated physician staff, and the physician involved interdisciplinary teams within which they practice. Additional identified learners include house staff and community physicians, as well as physicians in selected distant sites. Please contact CME staff for assistance with registering for CME credit if you are outside of Oregon and Washington.

Steps of the Point-of-Care Process:     

    1. Identify a topic for research related to your clinical practice.
    2. Research your topic through an approved Legacy Health Library Services resource.
    3. Access the credit form from this link.
    4. Complete the POC credit and evaluation form. 
    5. Submit the form, earning 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credit for each query.

Resources for Point-of-Care CME

Legacy OneSearch! Search ClinicalKey |Tutorial
Search NEJM
Search Micromedex
Search Pubmed with Full Text Tutorial Search UptoDate | User Guide

Method of Participation in the Learning Process
Internet Point-of-Care credit is documented through this POC online web form. To receive credit, the physician must document the clinical question, the source consulted (from the approved list), and the application to practice.  The maximum time associated for each search conducted is approximately 30 minutes. 

Databases have been chosen to ensure independence, lack of commercial bias and valid content. Legacy Health adheres to ACCME Criteria, Standards and Policies regarding industry support of continuing medical education. There are no relevant financial relationships with ACCME-defined ineligible companies for anyone who was in control of the content of this activity. Commercial grants will not be solicited for this activity.

Accreditation & Credits
Legacy Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  

Legacy Health designates this internet point-of-care activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  

Credit records are tracked electronically by the CME office. Credits will appear on the transcript under the heading, "Point-of-Care". 

For purposes of obtaining an AMA Physician's Recognition Award, physicians may claim up to twenty (20) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ per year through Internet POC Learning activities.

If you have questions, please contact the CME office at 503-413-3401 or email