Continuing Medical Education for Anesthesia and Its Importance to MOCA

Continuing Medical Education or CME is a method for all medical professionals to stay updated in the latest technologies and discoveries in their field of choice. This is very important because medical science is an ever changing science, and what was true while you were still in school may not necessarily be considered to be helpful now. MOCA or Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology is an on-going process of assessment of one’s medical licensure specifically for anesthesiologists.

The concept of Maintenance of Certification started in 1999 with the ABMS or the American Board of Medical Specialties. Because ABA or the American Board of Anesthesiology is a member of ABMS, they implemented MOC activities. It was also a way for ABA to prove that they were committed to making certain that all their professional members strive for quality patient care as well as clinical outcomes. As I said, MOCA is a program that requires life-long commitment to the maintenance and improvement of an anesthesiologist’s quality of work. Only after a diplomate completes all MOCA requirements within ten years will he be awarded with a certificate for MOCA and be allowed to continue to practice in the specialty and subspecialty of anesthesia.

The MOCA program has four parts and this is where continuing medical education comes in. The first part is the professional standing assessment. In order for a diplomate to complete this part, he or she must maintain an active and unrestricted license to practice his or her profession in at least one part of the United States or Canada. The second part is the lifelong learning and self-assessment. As a diplomate, you must dedicate yourself to engage in continuing medical education with a total of 350 credits; at least 250 of those should be Category 1 credits. The third part is the cognitive expertise assessment. In this part, a diplomate must successfully complete an online test prepared and provided by ABA. A third of the test will be regarding general anesthesia and the rest will cover subspecialties in the field. The fourth and final part is the practice performance assessment and improvement; here a diplomate will be assessed in his performance in the clinical area either by peer review or case evaluation and simulation.

Although continuing medical education is only technically required in the second part of the MOCA program, it is necessary in the completion of the rest of the parts. If you look closely, continuing medical education is still required on the third and fourth part of the program wherein you will be tested on your knowledge and skills. With proper CME, you can ensure that you stay up-to-date with the skills and knowledge necessary to provide quality service.

Legal Checkup Is A Must For All Businesses

Yes, just like we humans need a medical checkup, businesses also need to have a legal checkup once in a while. This is because businesses also grow, are often dynamic, and are constantly evolving with the hope to get better and bigger over time. As the process of change happens, all the different levels within the company or business get affected and are forced to change and cope with a new situation. All professional and successful businessmen keep themselves aware of these changes taking place. Obviously many legal issues do prop up and sometimes this can even be challenging and one must deal with the problems /opportunities in a positive way.

A regular legal checkup by an experienced attorney is recommended for all such dynamic businesses big and small. For Corporate it is mandatory to get a checkup at all levels. It is just like a preventive medicine. Though the concept is not yet very popular it does have a great future. Let us see what actually happens during a legal checkup? The main purpose of the checkup itself is for being defensive and the owner along with his lawyer have to systematically evaluate and they must predict and avoid the potential future legal problems. Similarly all legal obligations of the business have to be accepted. These are some of the other aspects of the legal checkup conducted by the attorney.

  • Review the status of the company
  • Evaluate legal strength and weakness
  • Recommend legal procedures
  • Educate the client
  • Prepare annual directories/minutes
  • Attorneys are often known to have a perspective that the internal management in the company may lack and this proves to be very useful to the business. A legal checkup will greatly help the business with the following,

  • Long term planning including issues
  • Valuation of the business for owner buy-sell purposes
  • Ability to budget the cost in advance.
  • The legal check up meeting starts by filling of questionnaire by the client and a review by the attorney. All good businesses should thus critically analyze their business regularly.

    Stock Market Education For a Beginner – This Document Will Self-Destruct

    I have been asked many times where to get started on a stock market education for a beginner. It’s not that all of my efforts in the stock market have been successes, but my experiences are varied enough that I have a good sense of many aspects of the market. I have used a broker, spent time at a day trading firm, used online brokerages, etc. And although I’m not an expert, I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.

    As I see it, there are two ways to be successful in the stock market.

    1. You can spend years educating yourself about the stock market in all of its complexities. Learn what P/E is, debt/equity ratio, market capitalization, etc. It probably wouldn’t hurt to familiarize yourself with technical chart analysis. Study up on Chinese Candlesticks, Fibonacci Numbers, breakout gaps and head and shoulder patterns. Then you’ll want to put all of this knowledge into action. Of course, there are thousands of stocks to choose from. You’ll probably want to use some sort of filter available through online brokerages or other websites to narrow the list down some. Then you can start studying the fundamentals of the stocks you’ve chosen, take a look at the charts, pick one that looks promising, decide on an entry point and make the buy.

    Now you’re the proud owner of a small piece of a company. If you did your homework, the magic should start to happen. Unless, of course, it doesn’t, because often as not, that’s what happens. For reasons that are completely impossible to figure out, the price goes down, despite all evidence that suggests it should be doing exactly the opposite. Maybe a fund manager needed to free up some cash and decided to sell 250,000 shares of your stock. Eventually, with years of education and experience, you will probably gain the ability to choose good stocks – maybe. That is the standard way to embark on a stock market education for a beginner. Or. . .

    2. You can use a tried and proven method that will choose the stock for you. While this method lacks the same sense of adventure that choosing your own stock offers, it does have the advantage of making you lots of money.