new associate dean for Continuing Medical Education, Aaron Bair

Aaron Bair, the new associate dean for Continuing Medical Education

Alumnus promises to deliver efficient,
engaging lifelong learning to physicians

The new associate dean for Continuing Medical Education, Aaron Bair, envisions an invigorated program of lifelong learning that increases efficiency and engages a growing number of physicians and health-care professionals.

Bair, a 1994 graduate of the UC Davis School of Medicine and of the emergency medicine residency program at UC Davis Medical Center, is the medical director for the UC Davis Center for Health and Technology and the Center for Virtual Care. In these roles, he utilizes a proven track record in the innovative use of technology in medical education and clinical care as well as the development and management of interprofessional teams for quality improvement.

“More and more learners are expecting concise video, interactive online classes and other innovative materials,” Bair says. “The resources at the Center for Health and Technology, where CME has just relocated, will help decrease barriers for instructors in adopting new teaching modalities to help ‘flip the classroom’ and creating a vision of the distributed classroom.”

Bair is overseeing the development of new courses with new resources. For instance, simulation-based education is particularly relevant for high-risk, low-frequency clinical scenarios. Wet lab scenarios are being added as well as quality-improvement initiatives.

CME also is building a speakers registry of exceptional faculty who are willing to speak on an ad-hoc basis. Other improvements include a more streamlined infrastructure that includes standardizing evaluations and educational offerings to increase efficiency and keep costs down. An upgrade to the online learning management system is planned as well as new online venues such as iTunes U.

Bair says that UC Davis offers much more than many other CME programs, including some of the best speakers and most recognized experts in the world on an array of topics.

“Our hope is to make both our online, as well as our in-person offerings compelling enough to pull in our alumni,” Bair says. “To achieve that goal, we really want to hear what our alumni need in terms of continuing medical education.”

Bair encourages his fellow alumni to submit suggestions via the online form at www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/cme/ask_cme or e-mail him directly at aebair@ucdavis.edu.

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education recertified the UC Davis program 2009 with commendation. Educational credits are available for 52 regularly scheduled series (e.g. grand rounds, journal clubs, case conferences), nearly 30 live, full-service conferences, an array of online courses, and up to 15 CME-sponsored activities annually.