This educational intervention is self-directed learning of a self-identified clinical question through use of evidence-based medical databases that are accessible through the Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries. The physician will identify and consult relevant sources and describe the application of findings to practice.

Databases Utilized
Some sources such as UpToDate offer CME credit through their own mechanisms.  This Internet Point of Care CME activity is designed to facilitate learning and earning credit though mechanisms created by the Medical College of Wisconsin.  A number of resources may be acceptable, including but not limited to resources currently found in the Medical College of Wisconsin Libraries:

  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
  • Primary source research found in peer reviewed journals, books, Practice Guidelines as found in our print collection or online full-text in service providers such as ClinicalKey or PubMed.
  • Published information regarding clinical trials such as reports from the Food and Drug Administration, as well as other sources of information produced by federal agencies such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Health.

It is the physician's responsibility to select and use appropriate professional, unbiased, peer reviewed literature to answer self-identified clinical questions to reinforce clinical decision, and to learn new information related to his/her clinical practice for the purpose of improved patient care.

Target Audience
This activity is designed for Medical College of Wisconsin Faculty and Clinical Instructors. Other healthcare professionals are welcome to participate.

Learning Objectives 

  • State research question based on my identified practice-based learning need(s).
  • Conduct research using peer-reviewed resources relevant to the care of my patient(s).
  • Assess the utility of each resource in addressing my identified practice-based learning need(s).
  • Strategize how to incorporate knowledge into my clinical practice.

Commercial Support
Databases have been chosen to ensure independence, lack of commercial bias and valid peer-reviewed content. There is no commercial support for this activity.

Financial Disclosure
The planners of this activity have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

Accreditation Statement 
The Medical College of Wisconsin is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement
The Medical College of Wisconsin designates this internet point-of-care activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physician Assistants 
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of .5 hours of Category I credit for completing this program.

Please note the American Medical Association allows for a total of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to be earned via internet point-of-care learning for a physician in one calendar year.

Successful Completion 
To participate in this activity though MCW, physicians must complete an Internet Point of Care form that will be used to assess the effectiveness and usefulness of each inquiry. CME transcripts will reflect credits earned to registered participants based completion of the activity, in its entirety, and the Internet PoC form. For questions regarding continuing education, please email

Dates of Validity 
January 1, 2020 - December 31, 2024

Estimated Time for Completion
The maximum time associated for each search conducted is approximately 30 minutes. Participants may only claim CME credits through the verification/evaluation form associated with each clinical topic or question searched.

Contact Us 
For questions or for technical support, please contact
For MCW Faculty and Preceptors with questions regarding online databases, please contact MCW libraries at 414-955-8302 or

Hardware/Software Requirements 
Conducting a search requires a computer or mobile device with an internet connection. For those with an MCW Libraries account, access an array of resources by clicking here. If you are an MCW Volunteer Faculty member and would like to request access to MCW Library resources, please click here.

Privacy Policy 
To view the MCW privacy policy, please click here.

To complete the Internet Point of Care form, click here.