Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Tracks Competencies with Comptency.AI
Education Management Solutions (EMS), one the leading providers of education and competency management software solutions for healthcare education and training, announced this month of March 2023, a new five-year client partnership with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) non-profit organization to track student competency advancement and in-field evaluations for more than 600 member programs. ACEND will leverage the EMS Competency.AI core capabilities of clinical management, competency management and learner progression tracking, to align and track learner performance across ACEND competencies and standards. This HealthySimulation.com article will discuss the partnership between EMS and ACEND for nutrition and dietetics competencies tracking.
ACEND Adds EMS Competency.AI
ACEND is the accredited agency for education programs preparing students for careers as registered dietician nutritionists (RDN) or nutrition and dietetics technicians registered (NDTR). ACEND serves and protects students and the public by assuring the quality and continued improvement of nutrition and dietetics education programs. ACEND is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Title IV gatekeeper, a recognition which affirms that the non-profit organization meets national standards and is a reliable authority on the quality of nutrition and dietetics education programs. ACEND collaborates with educators and healthcare professionals to develop, advance, and promote the field of nutrition and dietetics. With this new partnership, EMS solutions will directly support ACEND’s mission to promote excellence in education and develop competent practitioners in nutrition and dietetics science.
As the gatekeeper for safe, qualified RDNs, and NDTRs, Education Management Systems solutions will allow ACEND to seamlessly connect and analyze competency-based performance data for curriculum assessment and student performance tracking. Fusing performance observations and measurements across immersive reality, hands-on education, and classroom instruction, EMS provides a comprehensive learning backbone that elevates the discipline of healthcare anytime, anywhere.
“Competency AI was highly recommended by another accreditor, and we were pleased with the features offered,” said Rayane AbuSabha, Executive Director for ACEND. “The software is a great value and will provide a quality, comprehensive system for our programs. The Competency AI team is passionate about their product and providing the best service for ACEND-accredited programs.” “We are delighted to partner with ACEND and support such a critical national program”, said Matt Merino, CEO, Education Management Solutions. He continued, “ACEND’s partnership positions EMS at the forefront of competency tracking solutions, as we continue to focus on providing best-in-class solutions and services to our enterprise clients.”
More About Compentency.AI
Competency.AI provides educators with a unique and effective solution that aligns target outcomes across an entire curriculum. A centralized and secure cloud-based framework allows Competency.AI to ensure program outcomes are linearly mapped with course objectives, assessment protocols, and accreditation requirements. Additionally, advanced data reporting and analytic features give the ability for educators to track learner performance across the curriculum. Simulation educators can also monitor assessment accreditation criteria and analyze risk factors with advanced gap analysis tools. Competency.AI’s innovative, AI-driven technology has enabled educators at institutions like Thomas Jefferson University Sidney Kimmel School of Medicine to more effectively train the next generation of practitioners. Competency.AI supports integrated competency gap analysis, making it possible to spot curriculum gaps, identify at-risk students early on, and ensure entering residents are ready.
Competency.AI Allows Clinical Institutions to:
- Simplify Curriculum Development: Automate curriculum mapping to competency-based parameters, perform comprehensive gap analysis, and enhance holistic program assessment.
- Manage Rotations, Preceptors, and Sites: Access a central digital data repository, skills checklists, scheduling and site management, and patient encounters and assessment tracking.
- Track Student Progress Longitudinally: Consolidate multisource data, map competency-based progressions, and track EPAs to meet accreditation requirements and train skilled practitioners.
- Obtain Deliverable Data for Accreditors: Centrally track, analyze, and export competency-based deliverable data and easily share with accreditors to keep programs compliant with the most current clinical evaluation mandates.
More About EMS
EMS is a pioneer and leading healthcare simulation company that provides audio-visual recording, debriefing systems, learning management systems, A/V design consulting, online learning systems, counseling training systems, virtual patient simulations, as well ROI.
EMS’s healthcare simulation-based solutions range from clinical simulation management software and hardware to counselor education and virtual interactive computer-based training tools. EMS’ comprehensive technology platform aggregates curriculum and learner performance data across online, didactic, clinical, and simulation-based training modules.
Founded in 1992, EMS’ mission has always been to provide a safe environment for healthcare professionals to develop clinical skills. Their state-of-the-art technology makes simulation training easier, from automated sessions to feature-rich, interactive tools in the simulation classroom, to mobile solutions for in-situ training environments. EMS’ track record of healthcare education innovation includes:
- First to introduce AV and standardized patient (SP) simulation management
- Modernized digital video recording for clinical simulation
- Revolutionized virtual patient case and IPE training
- Introduced distributed enterprise network software architecture
- Launched Next Generation Simulation, delivering over 100,000 live fully remote immersive simulation encounters
- Launched EDUCATIONiQ, bridging the gap between competency-based online, didactic, and simulation-based curriculum
Working alongside subject matter experts, EMS serves as the driving force behind numerous consumer-centered innovations that continue to move the clinical simulation market forward with breakthrough technologies. EMS pledges to bring educators the best collaborative innovation the industry has to offer – as “innovation has been written into our DNA for more than 30 years!”
EMS solutions merge essential information across environments, helping organizations align performance and capabilities between education, training, and active provider care.
Seamlessly connecting and analyzing competency-based performance data for curriculum assessment and student performance tracking, EMS’ open architecture removes silos across OEM hardware, simulation training tools, video conferencing, learning management systems.
Fusing performance observations and measurements across immersive reality, hands-on education, and classroom instruction; EMS provides a comprehensive learning backbone that elevates the discipline of healthcare anytime, anywhere.
EMS is constantly working to transform healthcare simulation education by developing flexible, hybrid-ready solutions to meet the needs of the clinical simulation community. As more professional programs adopt the competency based approach for education and measurement of outcomes, EMS and Competency AI may become more widely utilized in healthcare education.
Teresa Gore, PhD, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CHSE-A, FSSH, FAAN – Dr. Gore has experience in educating future nurses in the undergraduate and graduate nursing programs. Dr. Gore has a PhD in Adult Education, a DNP as a family nurse practitioner, and a certificate in Simulation Education. Dr. Gore is an innovative, compassionate educator and an expert in the field of healthcare simulation. In 2007l Teresa started her journey in healthcare simulation. She is involved in INACSL and SSH. She is a Past-President of INACSL and is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator Advanced (CHSE-A). In 2018, she was inducted as a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). In 2021, she was inducted as a Fellow in the Society of Simulation in Healthcare Academy (FSSH) and selected as a Visionary Leader University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing Alumni. During her career, Dr. Gore has led in the development and integration of simulation into all undergraduate clinical courses and started an OSCE program for APRN students. Her research interests and scholarly work focus on simulation, online course development and faculty development. She has numerous invited presentations nationally and internationally on simulation topics.