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How to Write CME Objectives

Planning a CME activity is a multi-faceted process, and an important part of the process is the writing of clearly-stated learning objectives. Learning objectives convey anticipated outcomes of the learning activity, facilitate evaluation of student learning, and enable the prospective physician to identify the relevancy of the educational activity to his or her own CME needs.

A learning objective should be written in concrete terms, and ambiguous language should be avoided. Below are examples of specific words to use and words to be avoided when writing learning objectives. Although the lists are not all-inclusive, we hope that they provide you with guidance as you prepare this section of the CME Planning Form.

Examples of Specific Terms to USE in Learning Objectives

  • Create
  • Develop
  • Discriminate
  • Classify
  • Manage
  • Apply
  • Interpret
  • Use
  • Implement
  • Identify
  • Construct
  • Distinguish
  • Arrange
  • Relate
  • Diagram
  • Evaluate
  • Assess
  • Diagnose
  • Predict
  • Translate
  • Categorize
  • Fomulate
  • Recognize
  • Integrate
  • Articulate
  • Employ
  • Compare
  • Report
  • Solve

Examples of Ambiguous Terms to AVOID in Learning Objectives

  • Know
  • Understand
  • Internalize
  • Appreciate

Successful learning objectives

The participant should be able to:

  • utilize current nutritional and pharmacologic techniques in the management of short bowl syndrome
  • implement current guidelines in the use of PSA
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