Continuing Professional Education

Point of Care Credit (PoC)

To Obtain Credit

The objectives of Point of Care (PoC) credit are to:

  • Ask a clinical question
  • List resource(s) consulted
  • Report if the information researched applied to your practice or patient care.

Receive Point of Care credit now by completing the form and evaluation in its entirety.

Access your continuing education transcript.

Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center now offers Point of Care credit.  Point of Care (PoC) is structured, self-directed, online learning by physicians and nurses relevant to their clinical practice.

Point of Care credit is available through an on-line module.  System requirements are simply an internet connection.

Physicians may claim 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for each search conducted.  To receive credit, the physician must document the clinical question, the source consulted (from the approved list), and the application to practice by completing the PoC form and evaluation.  Credit records are also tracked electronically by the CME office.  Credits will appear on an individual's transcript, a certificate will not be issued.  Transcripts can be downloaded at  The estimated time to complete this activity, including review of the materials, is 30 minutes.

This CME activity is designed to meet the educational needs of physicians as well as other health care professionals.  Information and opinion offered through any search represent their viewpoints.  Conclusions drawn by the participant should be derived from careful consideration of all available scientific information.  Prescription information and use of medical devices should be undertaken only after confirmation of information by consulting the FDA-approved uses and information.

If at any time during this activity you feel that there has been commercial or promotional bias, please indicate on the evaluation section of the post-test.

All planning committee members were determined to have no conflicts of interest pertaining to this activity.  No commercial support has been offered for this activity.

Cincinnati Children's is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Cincinnati Children's designates this Internet Point-of-Care activity for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(s)™ for each search conducted.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Credits will appear on the transcript under the heading "Point of Care."  If you have any questions, please contact the CME office at 513-636-6732 or at

Logging Into the PoC Module

If you have registered for an event or completed an evaluation in Cincinnati Children's CME Tracker(TM) system since July 2009, you will be asked to enter your email and password created during the previous use.  There is a "Forgot Password" link on the log-in page, if it is needed.  The password will be emailed to you.

If you are new to Cincinnati Children's CME Tracker(TM) system, you will be asked to create an account.  On the sign-in page, enter your email address, DO NOT ENTER A PASSWORD YET, and select "I am a new user" (you will create a password later).  After you fill in the basic information about yourself, you will be directed to the PoC module.  You may be asked to sign-in again using your account log-in email and password.  This will be the same email and password you will use for future PoC, education events, and transcript downloads with Cincinnati Children's.

How to Ask a Clinical Question

Cincinnati Children's recommends using the PICO model (patient / population / problem, intervention / exposure, comparison, outcome) when formulating a clinical question.

If you would like further assistance in formulating an effective clinical question, please use the "How to Ask a Clinical Question" resource for reference.  You may also contact the Division of Health Policy and Clinical Effectiveness, 513-636-0320,

Portable Document Format icon. View How to Ask a Clinical Question (153k) in portable document format (.pdf).

Databases / Reference Resources

Cincinnati Children's has identified four (4) to six (6) databases / resources that can be used to obtain PoC credit.  Relevant sources must use professional, peer-reviewed literature.  You may suggest another source for consideration by using the PoC form and evaluation or by contacting the Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME),  If you are a member of the Cincinnati Children's medical staff and need assistance accessing these databases, please contact the Pratt Library, 513-636-4320.

  1. AAP: A professional association of approximately 60,000 members.  Publications include Pediatrics, Pediatrics in Review, and various manuals and guidelines.  Some areas of the web site are free; some require membership.  The journals are available by subscription for Cincinnati Children's medical staff on campus or through the extranet.  Non-Cincinnati Children's medical staff will require membership or an individual subscription.
  2. CINAHL: This database covers nursing and allied health literature from 1982 to the present, indexing not only the peer-reviewed journal literature in these fields but also books, pamphlets, dissertations, software and audiovisuals. Cochrane Library:  Three distinct sources for evidence-based literature, including a database of regularly updated systematic reviews (DSR), a database of reports of clinical trials (CCTR), and a database of abstracts of reviews found in the literature (DARE).  Access:  Available through subscription to the Ovid interface for Cincinnati Children's medical staff on campus or through the extranet. Non-Cincinnati Children's medical staff will require an individual subscription.
  3. Education Research Complete: The definitive online resource for education research.  Topics covered include all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing.
  4. ERIC: The world's largest source of education information, containing abstracts of documents and journal articles on education research and practice.  The database covers descriptions and evaluations of programs, research reports and surveys, curriculum and teaching guides, instructional materials, position papers, and resource materials.
  5. Medline: Online index to medical literature produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).  Access:  The Ovid interface to Medline is available through subscription for Cincinnati Children's medical staff on campus or through the extranet.  Non-Cincinnati Children's medical staff will require an individual subscription to use the Ovid interface.  All searchers may also use PubMed (MEDLINE), the free interface from NLM.
  6. OTSeeker: A database that contains abstracts of systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials relevant to occupational therapy.  Trials have been critically appraised and rated to assist you to evaluate their validity and interpretability.
  7. PEDro: The Physiotherapy Evidence Database.  It has been developed to give rapid access to bibliographic details and abstracts of randomized controlled trials, systematic reviews and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy.
  8. PsychInfo: American Psychological Association’s (APA) renowned resource for abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, is the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health.
  9. UptoDate (this resource may also be used for AAFP credit): Resource designed to provide physicians access to current clinical information in the form of topic reviews, with links to PubMed abstracts of cited literature.  Access:  Cincinnati Children's medical staff may use UptoDate at the main campus only.  Off-campus staff and Non-Cincinnati Children's medical staff will require an individual subscription. This source may be used for AMA and AAFP credit.


If you have any questions or need further information regarding this educational activity, please contact the Continuing Medical Education office at 513-636-6732 or at