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Clifford Walters, MD
Other LLU Classes Outside Of Schedule 
3/2006 Pay for Performance
Alumni Postgraduate Convention, Loma Linda University, March 3, 2006. This presentation was part of a panal discussion including the Chairman of the Board of the AMA. A debate about the pros and cons of the pay for performance concepts was presented with emphasis on the cons. 1 hour.
3/2005 The Future of Online Education in CME and Resident Education.
This lecture was presented as a keynote lecture at the Alumni Postgraduate Convention, Loma Linda University, March 7, 2005. The essence of this presentation showed how the future of education both formal and informal in the residency and CME context will be more available online. The cost factors and course developments were shown. Emphasis on lifelong learning at a pace for each individual physician was presented. 1 hour
10/2004 The Virtual Classroom: Is there a 'room' for it inmedical education?
This lecture was presented at the American College of Physician, Western Regional Meeting in Rancho Bernardo. This lecture presented the issues of online learning to meet the new ACGME Competency requirements for residents education. The barriers to implementation as well as lessons learned about successful implementation and the new pedagogy were emphasized. 1 hour
9/2004 Online Learning & Assessment of residents to Meet the ACGME Core Competency Requirements
This lecture presented at the Western Regional Association of Pediatric Program Directors & Co-ordinators Meeting. New information utilizing an online series of lessons with an interactive virtual classroom for cross-specialty discussion was demonstrated. The emphasis was on the 6 competencies specified by ACGME and how residents can demonstrate their competencies with each other through the lens of their specialty departments. 1 hour.
Interactive Teaching
7/2005 - 6/2006 Teaching in the GME Core Curriculum Program
This Core Curriculum Program requires multiple online posts in response to resident physician posts to a series of Forum Questions related to a weekly topic throughout the year. Online responses, challenges, and re-focusing is all part of the teaching in this new learning environment. Grading is done fully online in an electronic gradebook and quality of resident posts are assessed for such grading. This is administered and taught by myself inconjunction with 2 staff members and a faculty of about 60 individuals of which 10% are off campus.
Administrative Teaching Roles
7/2005 - 6/2006 Program Director, GME Core Curriculum Program
I continue in the active role of course and lesson development, grading, and responding to resident posts along with a host of faculty and staff. I coordinate the start and stop dates of each course, notify the faculty and residents of course availability, and administer the program with regard to the business aspects of revenue stream and payments to faculty and overhead.
Instructional Prep of New Material
3/2006 - Present Development of New Resident OSCEs for ACGME Competency Requirmements
On March 13, 2006, the GMEC Committee voted to proceed with the Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE) for resident assessment of the ACGME Core Competency. There will be 2 4-station OSCEs with one set in PGY2 and one in PGY3. There will be three general categories including Medicine, Surgery, and Hospital-Related OSCEs. Development has been underway by myself and our department and will continue now with the development of 24 OSCEs to roll out in September 2007.
7/2005 - 6/2006 Development of Business Section of GME Core Curriculum Program
Since July 1, 2005, I have been working with the various faculty as well as our internal staff to develop a series of business courses related to the practice of healthcare. They include: GMDE 524: Introduction to Human Resource Management (0.5 Units) In today's competitive marketplace, organizations are focusing on increasing internal efficiency and productivity. To do this, professionals are recognizing that effective human resource management can create a competitive advantage for an organization. With increasing frequency, management is turning to the human resource functions and integrating good human resources management practices into top management decision-making. The task ahead for all healthcare professionals is to meet that challenge. This course will review the human resource tools to achieve the all-important competitive advantage. GMDE 524-A: Human Resource Management & Practices (0.5 Units) To become more efficient and productive, an organization must develop its human resources to address changes in the economy and the labor market. Effective human resource planning requires analysis of the overall management and human resource needs of the organization. It also includes the implementation of programs to satisfy those needs. This course will review how human resource planning can be integrated with the organization?s strategic objectives. GMDE 524-B: Business and Economic Essentials in Healthcare (1.0 Units) Medicine has become a business, which creates several challenges for physicians. First, physicians for the most part have no training in business. When you add to this that doctors are often asked to participate in activities?for example, board membership or budget creation?that require at least a basic knowledge of business practice, the problem is brought into sharp focus. Second, it is now common for the business of medicine to affect the quality of medicine. This can cut two ways. At times, healthcare organizations can, in their zeal to meet financial performance expectations, cut corners that may adversely affect the quality of patient care. Physicians have a responsibility to prevent this. On the other hand, physicians, in their zeal to give the best of care to patients, may provide unnecessarily expensive treatment that punishes an organization?s bottom line without really benefiting the quality of patient care. Physicians have a responsibility to prevent this also. This course is designed to give physicians the basic tools to understand the business of medicine and to function within it. Like all topics, this one is large and the space provided for its coverage is inadequate. As such, the authors have been selective in their choice of subject matter, with emphasis given to financial statements, the cost of capital, budgeting, cost, marketing, and healthcare economics. This course will contribute to the breadth of knowledge that lies outside of the traditional scientific curriculum of medicine, but is so essential in the modern world of healthcare. GMDE 524-C: Leadership and Strategy (1.0 Units) An unfortunate assumption in the medical field is that the physicians are automatically good leaders. This assumption is also not true in many non-medical organizations. The questions of ?What constitutes leadership skills,? ?What are the various types of leadership,? and ?What is the art of leadership? will be reviewed in this course. Leadership that properly develops change, champions those who create the change, and creates the strategy to implement the change will be emphasized in this course. How one competes in the medical field with a shrinking reimbursement dollar associated an expanding base of patients to care for will be explored in this course through the lens of leadership skills and proper strategic thinking.