ANMC grand rounds gives providers relevant education for continued quality of care

November 4, 2016

ANTHC has long been a champion of health training and education as a means to provide the best quality health care for our people. Internal medicine grand rounds at ANMC have been offered regularly since 1999 as part of a coordinated effort of the Alaska chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) to provide relevant continuing medical education (CME) opportunities for Alaska’s health care providers. Grand rounds, the traditional medical education lecture and case studies presentation, have been adapted by the Alaska Chapter ACP to help medical staff maintain practice standards and learn about new and developing areas in health care. It is currently the largest regularly scheduled program to offer CME in Alaska, with sessions also available at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. At ANMC, grand rounds sessions focus on relevant health information for Alaska and the unique needs of our people, with two weekly sessions of every month specialized for education at ANMC and the alternating two weekly sessions welcome guest lecturers from outside of Alaska. Tribal health partners are also able to participate in the sessions online via teleconference. A recent presentation from ANTHC’s Tobacco Prevention and Control on tobacco cessation physician referrals is one example of how grand rounds has been used to address the health needs of our Alaska Native people and how the education can be immediately added into health care practice. ANTHC’s Community Health Services programs regularly present on public health research and information; ANTHC also partners with the State of Alaska and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for topics important to the health of Alaskans. For more information on future grand rounds sessions, see the Anchorage Coordinated Grand Rounds schedule, or contact Dr. Elizabeth Ferucci at for speaker scheduling and Lillian Velasco at for administrative issues.

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