Continuing Medical Education: A Pathway to Collaboration and Inspiration

The Duke Department of Medicine (DOM) has long been at the forefront of advancing medical knowledge and fostering collaboration through its Continuing Medical Education (CME) efforts. With a focus on two pivotal programs— Medicine Grand Rounds (MGR) and the Learning Education and Discussion Series (LEADS) —the department not only ensures the maintenance of professional licenses but also cultivates an environment of shared learning, innovation, and inspiration. 

MGR: A Legacy of Innovation 

For decades, Medicine Grand Rounds (MGR) has stood as a beacon of innovation, attracting attendees, residents, and fellows eager to delve into the latest advancements in internal medicine. Each week, MGR serves as a platform for pioneers within the department, as well as leading experts from across the country to showcase groundbreaking work. “These lectures not only provide clinically relevant insights but also highlight the department’s ongoing research and progress,” said Andrew Alspaugh, MD, Vice Chair, Academic Affairs. “The carefully curated topics and speakers offer a contemporary understanding of pivotal issues in the realm of internal medicine.” 

LEADS: Bridging Knowledge and Expertise 

Meanwhile, the Learning Education and Discussion Series (LEADS), launched in October 2020, has evolved into the premier clinical conference within the DOM. ““Initially designed to sequentially address critical areas like disparities in care, patient safety, and diagnostic reasoning, LEADS has undergone a transformation based on feedback from the department,” said Lisa Criscione-Schreiber, MD, MEd, Vice Chair, Education.“The revamped LEADS retains discussions on diagnostic reasoning while engaging clinicians in interactive discussions with departmental clinical leaders to develop enhanced diagnostic reasoning skills. Topic-based discussions from each Division have a continued focus on exploring how diversity enhances the clinician-patient experience. Every session is intended for clinicians at all stages of practice, from medical students to residents to seasoned attendings.” 

CME Credits and Professional Development 

Participation in these CME activities—MGR or LEADS—extends beyond mere attendance. Successful completion of these programs, coupled with the evaluation component, enables participants to earn valuable Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points accredited by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). Duke designates these conferences for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™, ensuring physicians claim credit proportional to their participation level. 

For All, By All 

A common misconception lies in the perceived audience segregation between LEADS and MGR. Contrary to this belief, both programs offer significant benefits to attendees across all levels—from students to seasoned faculty. The breadth of knowledge, the exposure to innovative research, and the insights shared are invaluable for everyone involved. And while virtual attendance offers accessibility, the department strongly encourages in-person participation. The palpable synergy and exchange of ideas fostered by being in the same room magnify the learning experience. For those local and able, attending these sessions in person promises a richer, more engaging experience. 

In essence, these CME initiatives not only fulfill professional requirements but also embody the collaborative spirit and commitment to excellence ingrained within the Duke Department of Medicine. They serve as platforms for inspiration, collaboration, and the continuous pursuit of excellence in patient care, education, and research. As we look ahead, the department encourages everyone to actively engage and participate in both MGR and LEADS, embracing the collective wealth of knowledge and expertise that defines the essence of the DOM.