Expanding Education with ACPA Online Learning

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Amelia F. Drake, MD

As you know, ACPA is celebrating its 75th Anniversary this year. It has been fascinating to look back at our organization’s history and see the incredible progress in cleft and craniofacial treatment and research over the decades. ACPA has been integral to that progression. One of the driving forces from that first meeting of twenty-five dentists and oral surgeons in 1943 to hundreds of specialists from more than thirty disciplines gathering this year in Pittsburgh is the ongoing pursuit of education. Knowledge exploration, discovery and sharing is critical to sustained success in each of our professional endeavors. ACPA’s Annual Meeting continues to be an invaluable resource for educational opportunity, and we are very pleased to expand ACPA’s educational reach in this anniversary year by introducing webinars to enhance skills and understanding among cleft and craniofacial specialists worldwide.

Not only will webinars increase the frequency of continuing education opportunities, they will also magnify our reach, potentially including care providers whose work crosses into cleft or craniofacial work on occasion, such as nurses who care for newborns or school-based speech pathologists. We look forward to connecting with a broader range of professionals interested in cleft and craniofacial care.

If you haven’t already visited ACPA’s Online Learning portal, I would encourage you to take a look at the site. Use your existing ACPA login to register for any webinars posted. Right now, we are rolling out some early content in preparation for ACPA’s Annual Meeting, including tips for effective presentations and an orientation for the meeting week. Though these webinars have targeted audiences, anyone is welcome to attend at no charge. If you are not able to attend the live webinar, content will be posted for on-demand streaming as well.

In the weeks following ACPA’s Annual Meeting, more details about webinars providing continuing education credit will be shared with ACPA membership. I encourage you to pass along this information to interested colleagues who are not currently ACPA members and may benefit from the webinar content. ACPA will provide continuing medical, speech and nursing education credit through ACCME, ASHA and ANCC for relevant webinar topics, and ACPA members will receive discounted pricing for webinar registration. The educational potential of ACPA webinars is thrilling. ACPA’s steps toward continued educational growth are fitting for this anniversary year, and I look forward to the lasting impact of ACPA Online Learning.