Need a Promo Code for MedBridge? You can use my promo code OTPotential for $225 off the list price (you pay $200.) You can also sign up via my affiliate link.
BEFORE you head back to the MedBridge site to plug-in the promo code, I want to give you two more things.
- 3 Essential Tips to Maximize Your MedBridge Subscription
- Guidance If You Are Still on the Fence
3 Essential Tips for Maximizing Your Use of MedBridge
First a note.
These CEU tracking tips are mostly for new grads or people who are new to online subscriptions.
If you are a practice owner or large business, there is a lot your company could do with a MedBridge subscription. But this is not the place to learn about it.
1.) Look-up Your Continuing Education Requirements for Licensing
Every state has different CEU requirements for occupational therapy practitioners. It is important that you understand the requirements for renewal in your state.
a. Go to your state's department of health and human services website and look for the following information:
- How many CEU hours will you need to renew your license?
- When do you need to meet all of the requirements for renewal?
- Can the hours all be online?
- What do you need as evidence of completing your course?
b. Mark license renewal dates on your personal calendar.
c. Print off the requirements and store in a safe place for easy access.
2.) Add Your License Information to MedBridge
Now that you have your renewal date, you can add your license information to MedBridge. Doing so ensures that your license information and the course approval language (if required and applicable) will be printed directly onto your certificate. Having your license number on your certificate is required by some states, but not all.
Better safe than sorry.
a. Add license information as pictured in the image below.
2.) Make a Plan for Your CEU Intake
I’ve been able to LOLz with several OT colleagues about the last minute scramble many of us have gone through to complete CEU requirements.
But, it doesn’t have to be this way.
You will get more out of your CEUs if you have a plan.
Spacing out your CEUS allows you to take time to implement what you learn into your practice. It also allows you to delve into different quandaries as they are coming up in your practice.
Action Steps to Take:
a. Bookmark the classes you want to take.
MedBridge has an option to bookmark courses you are interested in. So, take a few minutes right when you get the subscription to explore the catalogue and find the course that will be most beneficial to your practice. (See image below for how this will appear in your account.)
b. Put a due date on your calendar for their completion.
Now give yourself several due dates throughout the year for getting these done. (Do this on your personal calendar, MedBridge does not yet have a system for doing this on the site.)
Maybe once a quarter, mark a morning you want to dedicate to improving your practice?
The more specific the better. (For example: July 8th, 2017, Complete Fundamentals of TE 1&2).
3.) Decide How You Will Track Your CEUs
If all of your CEUs will completed in MedBridge, this step is easy. They will be automatically added to your tracker and, in the case of an audit, you will simply get the information from there.
If you are planning on attending a conference or getting additional CEUs through another service, you will need to do a little more work....but not much.
You can add the details of the CEU to the tracker, but you will still need a physical location to store your certificate in. This could be as simple as a folder. Designate this folder as you are making your CEU Plan so you aren't frantically going through every OT paper you've ever accumulated in the boxes in the back the back of your closet. Not that has ever happened to me :-)
Action Steps to Take:
a. Sit back and have MedBridge do most of the work for you.
b. Designate a folder to store certificates from other CEU endeavors.
Still on the Fence?
If you are still on the fence about whether this is the right CEU service for you, you can see my post Is MedBridge Right for You?
I believe that this is a great option or many OTs, PTs and SLPs, but like every service it is not right for everyone.
As you can see, I am a MedBridge affiliate. But, this post was fully initiated by myself and opinions about how to best use the service are my own.