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Abdolrasulnia M, Strasser S, Pryor E, Terndrup T, Weissman NW, Williams M, Heck E, Casebeer L. Spatial Patterns Representing the Geographic Impact of Physician Participation in an Online CME Bioterrorism Course Following the Anthrax Events of 2001. Medinfo. 2004 Dec 1; 2004(CD):1498.
Recent bioterrorism events have highlighted the need for continuing education for healthcare professionals in the diagnosis of rare emerging infections. A website designed to raise awareness of the possibility of bioterrorists agents for inclusion in the differential diagnosis of patients was introduced October 22, 2001. The site, at www.bioterrorism.uab.edu, includes reference material for anthrax and smallpox along with interactive case vignette CME modules that include remediation and tests. The site attracted over 90,000 hits the first week and more than 24,000 unique visitors during the first year. The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that healthcare professionals from states experiencing anthrax events in 2001 had greater participation, compared to the rest of the U.S. in an online continuing medical education [CME] bioterrorism course that may have contributed to accurate and timely diagnosis of anthrax in these areas