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Purpose and Goals

The purpose of the Internet Point of Care Series is to provide structured, self-directed, online learning for physicians on topics relevant to their clinical practice. The specific objectives are to:

  • identify practice-based knowledge needs;
  • complete extensive background research on a clinical question;
  • reinforce clinical decisions through review of published evidence;
  • learn new information related to clinical practice;
  • translate knowledge into professional practice; and
  • improve patient care by utilizing current published evidence.

Expected Results

The physician should be able to select and use appropriate professional, unbiased, peer-reviewed literature to answer self-identified clinical questions, to reinforce clinical decisions, to learn new information related to his clinical practice and to translate that knowledge into improved patient care.

Needs Assessment

The clinical questions will be self-identified knowledge needs. They may be based on:

  • a rare condition;
  • a condition not managed recently by the physician;
  • a diagnostic dilemma;
  • new clinical information; or
  • controversial clinical issues.

Target Audience

The target audience for this activity will be all Sentara Healthcare affiliated staff physicians with Internet access.

Teaching Methods

The teaching method will consist of self-directed learning of a self-identified clinical question through use of evidence-based medical databases that are accessible through the hospital medical library intranet site or through personal subscriptions. The physician will identify and consult relevant sources and describe the application of his findings to practice.

Sentara Healthcare Approved POC Sources

Several resources have been approved for iPOC.  See below Instructions for more detail. Contact the library with any issues regarding the use of these databases at 757-388-3693 or contact the library online.

Instructions on How to Use Internet Point of Care

Standards of Commercial Support and Disclosure

Sources have been chosen to ensure independence, lack of commercial bias and valid content. The planners of this activity have no financial affiliations relevant to the content. Commercial grants will not be solicited for this activity.

Evaluation and Verification Form for Credit

The verification form to be submitted with the reference list will include a brief evaluation of the activity effectiveness and its usefulness to the physician's clinical practice. The verification form is available in both print and online formats.

Click here for online verification form to be completed for IPOC CME Credit


Sentara Healthcare is accredited by the Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. 

Credit Designation

Sentara Healthcare designates this educational activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit (s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.  A maximum of  20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit (s)™ can be claimed per year for this type of activity.




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