Earn 3.0 CEUs at Convention? It takes some creative scheduling to earn the maximum amount of continuing education units at the 2014 convention. Here’s how. Features
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Earn 3.0 CEUs at Convention?
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Earn 3.0 CEUs at Convention?
The ASHA Leader, August 2014, Vol. 19, 48. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC8.19082014.48
The ASHA Leader, August 2014, Vol. 19, 48. doi:10.1044/leader.ACC8.19082014.48
The ASHA Convention offers participants the chance to earn more professional development hours (PDHs) or continuing education units (CEUs) in one setting than any other professional development event for speech-language pathologists and audiologists. It is, in fact, possible to earn up to 30 PDHs or 3.0 CEUs.
Keep in mind that you need to include all types of programming at the convention to reach the maximum, including ticketed sessions and a by-invitation event the day before the convention officially begins.
If an extra day is not included in your schedule, you can still earn up to 25.5 PDHs or 2.5 CEUs.
In either scenario, you need to take advantage of every moment of scheduled programming to attend a CEU-eligible session—and fill in gaps with poster presentations. But don’t worry, you can have time for lunch!
Earning the maximum amount of hours is challenging, and may not be possible for everyone. Remember, the opening general session and awards ceremony are not eligible for CEUs.
Here’s how it all adds up:
Wednesday: 4.5 PDHs
  • Attend one of the three pre-convention workshops sponsored by the Florida Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists, the 2014 convention local host (ticketed; additional fee) = 3 PDHs

  • Attend the Researcher-Academic Town Hall (by invitation) = 1.5 PDHs

Thursday: 7.5 PDHs
(no additional fees or tickets)
  • Attend an oral seminar or technical session during every time block = 6 PDHs

  • Visit poster presentations during each scheduled break in sessions. Each poster equals 15 minutes of PDHs, and the break schedule allows up to six poster visits = 1.5 PDHs

Friday: 8.5 PDHs
  • Attend an oral seminar or technical during every time block = 7 PDHs

  • Visit poster presentations during scheduled breaks = 1.5 PDHs

Saturday: 8 PDHs
  • Attend an oral seminar or technical session during every time block = 6 PDHs

  • Visit poster presentations during scheduled breaks = 2.0 PDHs

Alternate Saturday schedule: 9.5 PDHs
  • Attend the four Research Symposium sessions (two hours each) and fill in the breaks with six poster presentations = 9.5 PDHs

Choices, choices
Whether your goal is to maximize your continuing education or to take in everything else the convention has to offer, you have thousands of choices. Convention registration includes attendance at any of approximately 2,200 CEU-eligible oral seminars and poster presentations, chosen for their valuable educational content and designed to keep you current on the professions’ latest research and best practices.
Sessions are categorized under topic areas and offered in variety of formats to suit different learning styles. Look for the complete convention program—including abstracts, times and locations—available in August.
One- or two-hour oral seminars—the standard concurrent sessions—provide in-depth, continuing education for speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Emphasis is on clinical applications and research advances, backed by appropriate levels of evidence. Discovery Talks and Premier Sessions are included in the one- or two-hour seminar format. Sessions denoted as “invited” are developed by the Convention Program Committee, Special Interest Groups or the Specialty Recognition Boards and feature invited presenters. Invited sessions, Discovery Talks and Premier Sessions are open to all registrants, with no special registration or ticket required.
Technical research sessions feature a 20-minute presentation on recent or current research on a specific topic, followed by 10 minutes of questions and answers.
Technical clinical sessions offer clinicians quick, new solutions and techniques to help them do their jobs better. These “how-to” programs feature a 20-minute presentation that focuses on the technical aspects of a particular diagnostic or treatment strategy and 10 minutes of questions and answers.
Poster sessions, a method to rapidly communicate scientific ideas, feature verbal presentations with visual displays. In a more informal and interactive environment, viewers guide themselves through a poster’s basics, freeing the presenter to focus on explanation, clarification, discussion of key elements of the work and questions. Each poster session is 90 minutes long.
Short courses are three-hour, ticketed oral seminars that require an additional fee. These intermediate or higher level courses emphasize clinical applications and/or science supported by appropriate levels of evidence. Presenters are recognized experts in their subject matter and experienced in providing professional continuing education programs. Ticket holders receive a CD with all short course presentation files.
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