Point of Care

In day-to-day practice, physicians often encounter clinical problems or situations which require further investigation. Frequently, physicians turn to online evidence-based sources to find answers to their diagnosis or treatment questions. Indiana University recognizes this investigation as a valid learning opportunity at the point of care even when the recommendations are not implemented. Learning for this activity is driven by a reflective process in which physicians document their clinical question, the sources consulted and the application to practice. The purpose of the IU School of Medicine Point of Care is to provide structured, self-directed online learning for physicians on topics relevant to their clinical practice as credited CME activity that awards physicians AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

To participate in this activity, physicians must complete a 3-item evaluation form that will be used to assess the effectiveness and usefulness of each inquiry. The evaluation questions, along with the questions used to document the learning activity are available online. Please see the section below on “How to Request Credit” for more information.

Specific objectives for each inquiry should include the following:

  • identify practice-based learning needs,
  • complete research on a clinical question,
  • evaluate each source against the specific identified need, and
  • translate that knowledge into improved patient care.

It is the physician's responsibility to select and use appropriate professional, unbiased, peer reviewed literature to answer self-identified clinical questions to reinforce clinical decision, and to learn new information related to his/her clinical practice for the purpose of improved patient care.

By identifying, developing and articulating the clinical problems and educational need that emerge from it, the needs assessment is completed. The needs may be based on a rare condition, a condition not managed recently by the physician; a diagnostic dilemma, new clinical information, or a controversial clinical issue.

Each physician must identify and consult relevant sources and describe the application of his/her findings to practice. Databases with professional, peer-reviewed literature must be used.

The Indiana University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Designation Statement
The Indiana University School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 0.5AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Commercial Support
Databases have been chosen to ensure independence, lack of commercial bias and valid content. The planners of this activity have no financial affiliation relevant to the content. Commercial grants will not be solicited for this activity.

How to request credit:

You may claim one-half (0.5) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ or AAFP prescribed credit for completing the activity (up to 40 activities per year.) A separate form must be completed for each topic researched. To claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, contact Kim Denny at (317) 274-4220 or

Division of Continuing Medical Education
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