CEUs, eAudiology, and Ethics Courses: Interview with Cornelia Gallow, Professional Development Manager, American Academy of Audiology
Douglas L. Beck, AuD, speaks with Cornelia about CEUs, e-audiology, upcoming seminars, recorded courses, ethics courses, ABA Tier 1 courses, and more.
Beck: Hi, Cornelia. Thanks for speaking with me today.
Gallow: My pleasure, Doug. Thanks for the invitation.
Beck: Cornelia, the CEU offerings through the Academy’s eAudiology CEU program have grown substantially in the last 12 months—well done!
Gallow: Thanks, Doug. It’s a team effort for sure. I agree with you, the growth as well as the quality of the seminars has been fantastic and we’re looking forward to a fabulous 2012. One really exciting addition this past year has been the Coding and Reimbursement Series, which has been a huge success. Deb Abel, AuD, presents a coding topic bi-monthly.
Beck: That’s right; and I guess there have been three to date, correct?
Gallow: Yes, the most recent one was January 10—Coding Changes for 2012.
Beck : I’m sure everyone wants to know the pricing, please tell me about the eAudiology discount package?
Gallow: Members can purchase the package for $99. This gives them access to all of the on-demand Web seminars in the eAudiology library. The CEUs need to be completed by December 31, 2012.
Beck: How many Web seminars are offered?
Gallow As of today, we have more than 85 seminars available, including roughly 30 (or more) added in 2011. (Click here to view the full list of seminars offered).
Beck: Very impressive. How many of the seminars meet the Tier 1 requirement for the American Board of Audiology (ABA)?
Gallow: At this time (January 2012), we’ve got eight Tier 1 seminars. The goal of the Academy’s Professional Development Committee is to produce at least three new, three credit, Tier 1 offerings per year.
Doug, as you know, to maintain your American Board of Audiology (ABA) board certification, you need 15 hours every three years, and so, we’ve got it covered and again, we’re planning to add at least nine Tier 1 hours annually.
Beck: And eAudiology offers quite a few ethics-based seminar options, too. Seems to me more and more states are mandating a minimal number of CEUs, which must be earned within ethics. Is that correct?
Gallow: Yes, that’s what we’ve found. We’ve got seven ethics seminars at this time, for a total of 16 hours, and we’ll be adding to that in 2012, too.
Beck: That’s great, Cornelia. Are new courses going to be broadcast and recorded from AudiologyNOW! 2012 in Boston?
Gallow: Yes. You’ll see excellent, new and timely classes added from AudiologyNOW! 2012 in Boston, such as David Zapala’s Tier 1 course, “How You Think Is How You Write: A Discussion About Clinical Decision Making, Report Writing, the Electronic Medical Record and Audiology Competencies,” and others as we finalize the details with regard to AudiologyNOW! 2012.
In fact, last year, we added just about a dozen courses that originated at AudiologyNOW! 2011, so I expect about the same, or perhaps a few more in 2012.
Beck: And you’ve got the scheduled upcoming live Web seminars, too. Can you tell me about those?
Gallow: Sure. We are excited about these upcoming live seminars, covering a variety of topics including HIPAA updates, assessing HA candidacy, humanitarian efforts, speech mapping, and more on coding and reimbursement. Click here to view the complete list with details.
Beck: Will the 2012 Marion Downs Lecture in Pediatric Audiology be broadcast live from AudiologyNOW! in Boston?
Gallow: Yes, thanks to the Oticon Foundation and the American Academy of Audiology Foundation (AAAF).
Beck: Excellent, and again the entire 2012 CEU package is $99, for any and all of the on-demand Web seminars in the eAudiology library?
Gallow: Yes, the package is only $99 with over 200 CEUs to choose from and adding more each month!
Beck: Okay, Cornelia. Thanks very much for your time. The eAudiology offerings are fabulous and getting better all the time. I appreciate your excellent work!
Gallow: Thanks, Doug! See you in Boston!
Cornelia Gallow is the professional development manager for the American Academy of Audiology.
Douglas L. Beck, AuD, Board Certified in Audiology, is the Web content editor for the American Academy of Audiology.