About HOPE

Hawaii Orthopaedic & Performance Education

Organization's mission and its relationship to continuing medical education. 

HOPE is a not for profit entity bringing together Hawaii’s finest sports medicine and performance practitioners to provide a free accredited educational resource, improve collaboration and collegiality, improve athlete and patient care, showcase the individual talents of local providers and give back and serve the needs of our Hawaii athletic community.

HOPE seeks to provide quality continuing education to enhance the knowledge and skills of all of our participants. In seeking to provide quality continuing education to Physicians, Nurses, Physical Therapists and Athletic Trainers, we will ensure this is done ethically and that participants are satisfied with our facility, staff, and meetings.

HOPE strives to comply with all required standards established by various National and State accrediting bodies; and in doing so, HOPE will ensure the continued provision of high quality continuing education programming, to all of its program participants. HOPE strives to be the provider of choice for those seeking to enhance their clinical knowledge and skills in the field of sports medicine.

Continuing medical education activities the organization provides or has provided in the past.

Current scientific research, best practices, and diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in several areas of sports and orthopedic medicine are present. These meetings explore the latest development in diagnosis and treatment and translating those developments into useful clinical knowledge.

How our organization determines the professional practice gap(s) of prospective learners and the educational needs behind those gap(s).

The gaps that this meeting addresses are mainly education around sports medicine and peer-to-peer contact with leaders in the field. This meeting has been running strong for over two years and continues to fill this critical need in our community. We have had interisland doctors attend as well. Practitioners in multiple disciplines centered on sports medicine are brought together in one venue where local and mainland leaders in the field offer a high-level, focused education.

This meeting will offer multidisciplinary sports medicine education that is not currently available to the state of Hawaii.  It gives an opportunity for peer-to-peer contact for those taking care of athletes in this state.

The educational format used in activities/educational interventions.

HOPE is a live event that involves an interaction between the speaker and meeting attendees in real time. This format was selected to provide a venue for collaboration and educational activities with Hawaii and mainland counterparts involved in sports medicine at a very high level to ensure Hawaii maintains a strong educational and personal connection with the leaders in the field of sports medicine. 

The Ed Wong Room in the Stan Sheriff Center at the University of Hawaii at Manoa holds these events. The expected number of participants is 50.

CME activities are designed to change the competence and performance of physicians and to improve patient outcomes.  The activity/educational intervention results measure this change.   

Program evaluations will be created to measure participants’ competence of the meeting content. The evaluation allows participants to rate the new skill and knowledge to address the following:

  • The extent to which the educational objectives are met
  • The educational objectives will be stated on the evaluation form
  • The quality of the instructional process
  • The quality of the content
  • The value to the participant’s medical practice
  • Suggestions for future activities/Comments

Data and feedback from program evaluations will be compiled, thoroughly evaluated and synthesized. The Planning Committee later reviews a summary of all feedback.

The feedback information may also be provided to all meeting speakers within 7-10 business days, so that they may make any necessary adjustments to their presentation content.

HOPE’s Planning Committee will conduct an annual internal review each June of all of the meetings offered. During this annual review, the Planning Committee will evaluate the meetings’ efficacy and will provide recommendations for improvements based on the available feedback.

The Planning Committee will also evaluate the meeting speakers and may also provide them with feedback to help improve or refine their teaching and learning methods as well as their presentation materials.

How HOPE assures compliance with the ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support.

We will be seeking sponsorship from industry partners involved in sports medicine. We hold these sponsors to the highest standard of financial support ethics and medical-legal relationship structure limitations. Commercial interests will not be allowed in the room during education events. Industry workers will agree to not dictate or alter the meeting’s objectives in any way. The ACCME guidelines govern the code of ethics and involvement of industry support. We hold all presenters and meeting attendees to a similar standard. The Planning Committee will address all conflicts of interest.

Planning Process

HOPE’s Course Director and Planning Committee create, develop and approve each HOPE Meeting. The committee comprises subject matter experts in the field of orthopedics, sports medicine, and athletic training. The Planning Committee members are knowledgeable about the required standards established by ACCME. CME activities are intended for healthcare providers and focus on knowledge, skills, and abilities related to healthcare activities. Programs will not include patients, parents, coaches, administrators or teachers.

Meeting topics are determined to address a needs analysis in the field of sports medicine.

Content is based upon knowledge, competency or performance gap, to identify current, valid findings in the literature. Content must fall within the practice analysis for invited participants and deliver at or above entry-level knowledge and skill for the associated profession. Potential speakers may also present topics to the Planning Committee to be reviewed and approved for program creation.

Learning objectives are the basis for this educational program. Once a sports medicine topic has been determined, and the speaker(s) (presenter) is selected, course outcomes/learning objectives are created to define the knowledge and skills that meeting attendees are expected to gain through the completion of meetings. Each meeting will have similar learning objectives. The meeting will involve at least two lectures/demonstrations per meeting.

Learning objectives are created based on presentation content. The creation of the content is done by the Course Director and Planning Committee or in conjunction with the chosen meeting speakers. There will be at least two speakers per meeting.

The invited speakers at this meeting are typically physicians that are involved in sports medicine including primary care physicians, specialists, and radiologists. The chosen speakers will be based on the discretion of the director, Dr. Crawford, but will be influenced by the Planning Committee, meeting attendees and hot topics in the field of sports medicine.  There may be athletic trainers and nutritionists involved in future meetings. 

Selected speakers for the meeting must submit their meeting content and materials to the Planning Committee for review. Once all content is submitted and reviewed, suggestions are made to the meeting speakers (if warranted) to ensure they meet the goals of the program. Revisions are made and reviewed until the course learning objectives are appropriately met.

HOPE speakers must provide the following documents before the meeting:

  • Speaker release form
  • The beginning of the meeting addresses all signed statements declaring any conflicts of interest or lack thereof.
  • Presentations in electronic format at least 15 days before the meeting. Must include the title of presentation and learning objectives.

HOPE uses a Speaker Release Form to identify the permission of use for protected program materials. HOPE will ensure that copyright permission of materials used by Course Director, Planning Committee, and speakers identify on program materials, including audio-visual and program-related materials. Speakers and sponsors will be required to complete a Release Form stating the use of copyrighted materials before participating in the meeting.

There will be speaker honoraria yet to be determined, but will not exceed the value of $200. Expense Reimbursement is provided on a case-by-case basis for expenses that the speaker incurs in association with the meeting. Speakers may submit appropriate receipts for expenses incurred (i.e., flight, accommodations, and meals.) to HOPE within two weeks following the completion of the meeting.

The format of the meeting will be determined based on the content created by meeting speakers, Course Director and Planning Committee. Meeting speakers, Course Director, and Planning Committee will also determine the inclusion of breaks such as dinner and coffee breaks. The format is also dependent on what will best achieve the meeting’s chosen learning objectives.

Needs Assessment Summary

Sports medicine is a vast and fast-growing field that is changing daily. Careers in the rapidly growing field of sports medicine focus on preventing and treating sports-related injuries and improving movement and performance not only in athletes, but patients looking for more effective exercise programs, and for disabled patients desiring to expand their physical capabilities.

Sports medicine is not merely the formal application of specialized medical skills in the context of an exam room. Sports medicine also encompasses the individual and preventative measures that athletes must take outside of the clinic or hospital. Furthermore, it personalizes its methods to the individual, instead of applying generalized treatments.

An interdisciplinary team of professionals including physicians (medical doctors), physician assistants, physical therapists, occupational therapists, athletic trainers, nurses, and others provides sports medicine. Each educational program differs in training requirements, length of training, and scope of practice.

According to ExploreHealthCareers.org, the field of sports medicine is booming, with one of the fastest rates of growth of any healthcare field. Sports medicine doctors, trainers, and other professionals treat both athletes and non-athletes, which expands the scope of their practices and the number of people they serve.

O*NET OnLine, from the U.S. Department of Labor, projects a rate of growth or 20% or higher between 2008 and 2018 for the occupations of sports medicine physician, athletic trainer and physical therapist, which is significantly faster than the growth rate of most occupations during that period (http://online.onetcenter.org). The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted job growth between 2012 and 2022 would be 18% for all physicians and surgeons, which includes sports medicine doctors, 19% for athletic trainers, and 36% for physical therapists.

As a result, educational needs in this field are high to stay up to date. Currently, a regular recurring sports medicine educational conference is not available to the state of Hawaii.

HOPE addresses this need as it provides the opportunity for practitioners in multiple disciplines centered on sports medicine to be brought together in one venue where local and mainland leaders in the field offer a high-level, focused education. Current scientific research, best practices, and diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in several areas of sports and orthopedic medicine are present. These meetings explore the latest development in diagnosis and treatment and translate those developments into useful clinical knowledge.