Rockpointe and AudioEducate Launch First Ever Accredited CME Program on Amazon’s Alexa

“Alexa, let me hear all about the ethical principles involved in human experimentation.”

Rockpointe launches the first CME-certified course ever offered on Alexa through the AudioEducate platform. With joint providers the Potomac Center for Medical Education (PCME) and the Academy of Physicians in Clinical Research (APCR), a three-part series on the timely topic of patient informed consent, that is intended to give physicians a solid foundation from which to engage in clinical research

In “Human Experimentation Part 1: What Entitles Physicians to Experiment on Fellow Humans?” participants learn about the underpinnings that permit medical professionals to perform experiments on their fellow human beings. This program reviews how ethical principles have evolved in clinical research to arrive at the current regulations embodied in the FDA-mandated “Good Clinical Practice” regulations and the informed consent process.

In “Part 2: Pathway to the Medicine Industrial Compliance Complex,” Michael Koren, MD, the CEO and Director of the Jacksonville Center for Clinical Research and current APCR President, discusses our system of therapeutic development and the safeguards necessary when working with industry. He also presents the rigorous requirements and conventions that have evolved through the FDA and others to not only protect patients, but to enhance the scientific integrity, public trust and, ultimately, the purposeful process of the clinical investigator that has led to innovation.


In “Part 3: Informed Consent: The Cornerstone of Medical Ethics,” Dr. Koren discusses the implementation and process of engaging in the informed consent process with patient recruits.

After completing each activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Part 1: Describe the ethical principles in clinical research and the regulations of informed consent.
  • Part 2: Recognize the standards of compliance that regulate the drug development process.
  • Part 3: Discuss the implementation of a patient-based informed consent process by the clinical investigator based on the established ethical guidelines.

AudioEducate is an Amazon Alexa skill designed for delivering accredited and non-accredited education programs using the latest interactive audio technology.  This  skill is currently available in the Amazon store and enabled on any Alexa device or smart phone. However, if you are not a member of the APCR, an account at is required to be created.  APCR members already have the  log-in and password required to access the course on an Alexa device.

Rockpointe founder and CEO Thomas Sullivan states, we adopted the AudioEducate platform into our offerings because as many, clinicians have limited time and resources and may be looking for an abridged but intuitive examination of current topics in medicine.

Each activity features a 15-20-minute program which can be easily created from existing or entirely new content. The programs teach education concepts, measures comprehension, and delivers references and accreditation documents to all learners who successfully complete each activity.

Through effective continuing medical education, Rockpointe strives to improve and advance the quality of patient care. Its educational programs have been at the forefront of new issues in healthcare, including implementing MACRA, combatting the nation’s opioid crisis, and utilizing technical advances that improve care. As part of its commitment to quality, Rockpointe works to inform the continuing-education community of significant quality-improvement issues through news and analysis on Policy and Medicine. In addition, its popular Medical Education Exchange (MEDX) CME regional meetings include sessions on the basics of quality improvement and alternative payment models, as well as relevant and scientifically accurate sessions on numerous disease states. All sessions include links back to associated National Quality Priorities to reinforce the bigger picture and the triple aim of: 1) improving health and 2) lowering cost to 3) better the patient experience. At Rockpointe, education equals quality.

PCME designates each enduring activity for a maximum of 0.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. CME credits must be claimed by June 25, 2019. These activities were planned and implemented without commercial support and in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). PCME is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

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