If you are like me, you are probably beginning to ask questions such as: “Is the annual FIESTA beneficial to Ghanaian physicians? Aren’t we wasting precious time and money?” Well, I have got some good news for you! To answer these questions and others, APM’s partner organization, the Ghana Physicians and Surgeons Foundation of North America (GPSF; ghanaphysicians.org) has commissioned Linda Caples, an independent researcher and educator at the CME Office of Wisconsin Medical School, to conduct a longitudinal study to assess the impact of FIESTA on physicians’ knowledge, attitude, and practice of Ghanaian doctors.
Ms. Caples has found that our CME activities have been effective in improving physician knowledge in Ghana. A whopping 82% of respondents reported a change in how they practice medicine within the first six months following the CME activity. Respectively, 53% and 63% of physicians shared the knowledge gained at FIESTA with colleagues within three months and six months post CME. Three months post CME activity, 65% of participants indicated they changed their practice because of what they learned which increased to 82% six months post activity.
As to how their practice of medicine changed, 57% of participant in the three month follow up survey indicated they asked different and/or additional questions during patient assessments which increased to 74% at the six month survey.
These results are impressive and encouraging. Thank you all for being part of such a great enterprise. I hope we can count on you this year and future FIESTAs.
A FIESTA Conference was held in Accra this September.
Theme: “A competent Physician, Key to a Healthy Nation”
Objective: To improve the competencies of Ghanaian doctors. The 6 main domains considered were: Patient care; Medical Knowledge; Professionalism; Systems-based Practice; Practice-based Learning; and Interpersonal and Communication Skills