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Announcement about MED 101 training opportunities for 2017

By Chris MacDonell, FACRM; managing director | Medical Rehabilitation and International Aging Services/Medical Rehabilitation

Chris MacDonell, FACRM

We are pleased to announce big news regarding the MED 101 training format for 2017. Beginning this year, CARF’s Medical Rehabilitation unit will offer 101 trainings exclusively as web-based recorded training modules rather than conducting physical-location trainings. Here is the information you need to know about the change.

Background
Until 2017, CARF had only offered face-to-face trainings, which provided education on each standard and were great experiences for those who attended. However, this training model presented some challenges within medical rehabilitation. Our presenters have noticed that maybe only 1–2 people, sometimes 3–4, from each organization were attending. These individuals would then have to take information back to all levels of their organizations, which is a time consuming task that can inadvertently miss people and departments responsible for using the standards. In addition, the cost of travel, hotels, and meals has increased over the years, and finding affordable host locations also became more difficult.

About the new format
To address these challenges, and help improve training access to all staff members and departments, CARF will now be offering MED 101 trainings as web-based recorded training modules. The recordings will contain segments discussing each section of the standards just like the discussions at the in-person CARF 101s. Each section discussion will run about 30–60 minutes and will include real surveyors answering questions and providing expanded information. This was not always possible at in-person trainings, as the surveyors that attended did not always come from program areas that matched what everyone in attendance had in their organizations.

We think these new recordings will serve as great tools to help your staff understand the standards, or be used as in-service training materials. In addition, the recordings will contain discussions on all sections of the standards, which allows you to view the trainings most relevant to your organization. It is also helpful if your organization is interested in adding programs and wants to know more about the relevant standards.

Once you have purchased the recordings, you will be able to view all sections and share them with different departments and people within your organization as many times as you need during the current calendar year. There is no limit to how many people can view the trainings.

In short, the benefits to this new format include:

  • No hotel, airline, or other travel costs reduces your overall expenses to receive training.
  • Access to the training materials all year.
  • Access to all section discussions.
  • Ability to share links to recordings with all employees within your company.
  • Expanded information from surveyors addressing areas that generate the most questions or concerns during surveys.

Moving forward
The 2017 Medical Rehabilitation Standards Manual will be available in late January and these recordings should be available by March, which is when we usually conduct our first MED 101 conference.

Because this is a new format, we are requesting your feedback on how to improve our trainings. Please complete the survey that will come to you when you purchase the recordings. We are excited to know what you think about this new way to learn.

If you have any questions, or would like to ensure you are notified when the new recordings are available, please call CARF’s Education and Training unit toll free at (888) 281-6531 or email education@carf.org.

1/10/2017
(Medical Rehabilitation)


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This is a good idea to implement. It will save time for programs and individuals by accessing the training easily. Technology is good to use because it makes things more available and efficient.

Posted by: STEPHEN KIMANI at 3/3/2017 9:02:21 AM



Yea ! Looking forward to this change - it is the biggest challenge we have in our organizations (freeing up the necessary staff to leave the building for this type of training)

Posted by: MJ Jacobson at 1/27/2017 4:16:47 PM



I think this new format will be extremely helpful and a great improvement in providing training to entire organizations.

Posted by: Rhonda Stowe at 1/11/2017 9:58:10 AM

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