Spice up your CE

Spice up your CE

Take one team, add some training, and mix in a little fun. It's a recipe for success!
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Apr 01, 2006



Imagine spaghetti without the oregano. Or chicken soup without the chicken stock. Can anyone spell bland? You have the same problem if you try to serve up continuing education without a dash of fun. If you're missing this critical ingredient, use these recipes to add a little flavor to your CE.

Recipe No. 1: Mystery photo

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 or more mystery photos
  • Answer sheets
  • 1 or more keen-eyed contestants

PREP TIME

10 to 15 minutes

DIRECTIONS


Update your CE menus, Offer the right utensils
Select a few images you'd like your team to identify. Keep in mind you could use standard photos, radiographs, or microscopic images. Number the items and hang them on a bulletin board in the break room. Provide answer sheets and ask everyone in the practice to guess what's in each image.

SERVING SUGGESTION

To cut your prep time, search medical journals for images you could use. Provide an incentive by entering the submissions with the most correct answers in a drawing for a small prize.

Recipe No. 2: Practice feud

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 list of questions
  • 2 teams (maximum of six people per team)
  • 1 colorful host

PREP TIME

One to three hours, depending on the number of rounds you'll play and the difficulty of the questions you prepare

DIRECTIONS


Dish up some experts
Think Family Feud. The host will compile a list of questions with multiple correct answers. For example, what are five signs of poor nutrition? When it's time to play the game, divide your participants into two teams. If the group is larger, ask team members to nominate two teams with five or six players each.

Toss a coin to determine which team starts first. Ask each player to name one answer to the question. When a player gives a wrong answer, play moves to the other team. Each round takes about 10 minutes and requires about five questions.

SERVING SUGGESTION

Recruit the entire team to create the questions. For example, next time a drug representative gives a presentation, pass out note cards at the end and ask everyone to write two or three questions based on what they learned. It's a great way to review the information you learned and it saves prep time.

Recipe No. 3: Vet Jeopardy

INGREDIENTS

  • About 30 questions and answers
  • 1 witty host
  • 3 shrewd contestants
  • 3 bells (may substitute one volunteer spotter)