OPENPediatrics Learning

 

Which Option is Right for you?

Non-Accredited Course

Courses are free, self-paced, and open-enrollment that may be started and completed at any time. You will receive a certificate of Completion once you finish the course.

Accredited Course

Courses that have the CE logo on the image have a designated number of certified continuing education credits associated with the course. These courses have a fee, and upon completion, the learner will receive a certificate with their designated credits which can be used for re-licensure. The continuing education credits available are physician credits, nursing credits, and pharmacy credits. This all includes MOC II, risk management and pharmacology credits.*

*Please note that each course is approved on an individual basis and will have different credit types associated. Not all credit types are awarded for every CE course.

Our mechanical ventilation, peritoneal dialysis, and hemodialysis simulators allow the learner to learn the basics about these procedures, practice short problems and care for virtual patients in a safe and engaging interface. The collection also includes serious games curated from other developers.

Our Mission

Boston Children's Hospital's mission is to provide the highest quality healthcare; enhance the health and well-being of children and families locally, regionally, nationally and internationally; be the leading source of pediatric research and discovery, and educate the next generation of leaders in child health. In honor of this mission, Boston Children's will continue to be recognized locally, regionally, nationally and internationally as a premier provider of up-to-date health care education, technological advancements, and skills development to physicians and other healthcare professionals. Boston Children's will promote excellence in medical information to improve the quality of healthcare within and beyond the hospital setting.

CME Commitment

The CME Department shall address the intellectual and practical needs of its learners by offering structured presentations of recent scientific advances and new clinical knowledge while creating innovative learning experiences that center upon interactive dialogue between learners and faculty. Boston Children's recognizes healthcare professionals are lifelong learners and strives to provide valuable pediatric opportunities through CME as well as other effective resources, e.g., fellowships, residencies, and observerships. The educational content contained in our CME activities is planned in accordance with the ACCME's Standards for Commerical Support - Standards to Ensure the Independence of CME Activities

The ultimate goal is to provide further medical education to physicians and other healthcare professionals so they may practice high-quality patient care resulting in better outcomes.

Education Offerings
  • Live CME Conferences
  • Simulation training
  • OPENPediatrics
Our History

Boston Children's has a long history of continuing medical education (CME). All hospital departments offer CME internally for their staff as well as annual courses. These courses review the most recent information in given subspecialty fields, which are mostly targeted for practicing pediatricians or adult specialists in comparable fields who are practicing in areas of the country where pediatric subspecialists are not available

Boston Children's Hospital continues to carry out its mission of providing pediatric training and education at the post-graduate level with a variety of educational outreach activities for internal, local, regional, national and international audiences. Our education offerings:

  • attract more than 2,000 participants yearly, 9 percent internationally and 53 percent from states outside of Massachusetts
  • rate 37 percent superior to similar post-graduate courses
  • encourage actor-based learning
  • promote continuous learning without 82 regular scheduled series
  • provide an online global educational platform, OPENPediatricsTM, to promote sharing of knowledge about the care of ill children
  • teach to a wide array of practitioners via experiential learning with the Pediatric Simulator Program

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. I misplaced or never got my certificate, how do I get another copy?

Go to My OP>My Certificates to find your certificates. If you are still having trouble, please contact openpediatrics@childrens.harvard.edu

2. I am having trouble logging into a course. How do I log in?

Please use the "request new password" button.

3. Where can I see my credits?

You have two options; all credits are reflected on CloudCME and under your My Certificates page

4. What is the difference between accredited and non-accredited courses?

Accredited courses can provide continuing education credits to clinicians in support of re-licensure or education requirements. These courses typically have a cost associated. Courses that are non-accredited are courses provided for educational use, and do not provide continuing education credit.

5. When should I expect my certificate?

This is instantaneous upon completion of the course and can be found under the My OP tab. If you do not see your certificate for your course, please confirm that you have completed all surveys necessary.

6. What types of continuing education credits are offered?

A continuing medical education credit is described as an American Medical Association (AMA) PRA Category 1 CreditTM for physicians, contact hour for nurses, and contact hour for pharmacists. This is the most used measurement for the verification of completion of a continuing education activity. Additionally, Boston Children's Hospital can approve for risk management and maintenance of certification (MOC) credits.

7. Who is the accrediting body of Boston Children's Hospital?

Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education offers organizations the opportunity to be simultaneously accredited to provide medical, nursing, pharmacy, and optometry continuing education through a single, unified application process, fee structure, and set of accreditation standards.

  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE)
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA)
  • American Optometric Association (AOA)

Boston Children's Hospital has been recognized by the American Dental Association's Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) as a provider of continuing dental education.

In support of improving patient care, Boston Children's Hospital is accredited Joint AccreditationTM which is a collaboration to provide simultaneous accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA), and American Optometric Association (AOA). In addition, Boston Children's Hospital has been recognized by the American Dental Association's Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) as a provider of continuing dental education.

Continuing education (CE) is an essential component in Boston Children's Hospital four pillars that make up Boston Children's mission-Care, Research, Community, and Teaching. As we strive to live up to our commitment to the community and establish ourselves as the global leader in pediatric care and research, through our courses, will offer many opportunities for clinicians to continue their professional development education and training. With our Joint AccreditationTM Interprofessional Continuing Education designation and our American Dental Association's Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) designation, we are approved to offer the following credit types:

AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM:

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ represents that the physician has participated in an educational activity, and completed all requirements for such an activity, that is expected to "serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public or the profession" as stated in the AMA's definition of CME. (Source: American Medical Association)

Nursing Credits:

As a part of our Joint Accreditation status, we are approved to provide continuing education credits for Nurses from the American Nursing Credentialing Center (ANCC) which can be used for re-licensure needs.

Pharmacy Credits:

As a part of our Joint Accreditation status, we are approved to provide continuing education credits for Pharmacists from the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) which can be used for re-licensure needs.

MOC II Points:

MOC II points are an additional credit type that physicians within the United States need to claim in order to maintain their specialty board license. The four boards that we currently approve for are American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), American Board of Anesthesia (ABA), American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), and the American Board of Pathology (ABPath).

Risk Management Credits:

Risk Management credits are a credit type that physicians within the United States are required to get in order to meet their re-licensure needs. Risk Management must include instruction in medical malpractice prevention such as risk identification, patient safety, and loss prevention. In addition, it may include courses in medical ethics, quality assurance, medical-legal issues, patient relations, non-economic aspects of practice management, or courses designed to reduce the likelihood of medical malpractice through means other than increasing the licensee's medical education and technical competence. Risk management study also includes a review of the Board's Patient Care Assessment regulations (243 CMR 3.01-3.16) and participation on designated peer review committees dealing with quality assurance (Definition from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts).

Pharmacology Credits:

Nurse Practitioners are required to have a certain number of credits associated with pharmacotherapeutics education for re-licensure. This education is self-claimed by the participant but we have assigned the number of credits that can be claimed if pharmacology is a relevant topic within the online course.

Continuing Dental Education:

Boston Children's Hospital has been recognized by the American Dental Association's Continuing Education Recognition Program (ADA CERP) as a provider of continuing dental education.