How We Work

From the beginning of a project, The France Foundation keeps one idea firmly in mind: We’re medical education professionals and it’s our job to create education that will improve the results medical professionals achieve. We’re always asking ourselves, "What does this mean for the clinician? What will this mean for the other members of the care team? How will this impact patient care?"

Experience at the Bedside

Having a Chief Medical Officer who saw patients daily has taught us that gaps in performance may be related to skill, behavior, and/or knowledge shortfalls. They might also result from breakdowns in systems, organizational culture, or communications. We know to ask the right questions to shine light on those situations. And what insights can be applied to extend more successful ways of doing things.

Our Chief Medical Officer, Ted Bruno, MD, practiced family medicine at Kaiser Permanente for more than 10 years. It’s experience like Ted’s that makes us different. Our collaborators notice the difference right away. In their shorthand, The France Foundation "Gets It". You don’t just get that. Someone has to go to medical school, then practice, then be inquisitive with a bent for organizational dynamics too. That’s Ted. That helps assure our educational designs will be relevant and lets the rest of us concentrate on implementation and making them elegant.

Medical Education that Continues

We think our education is uniquely engaging because we identify with learners as peers. We advocate for them when designing learning experiences and more significantly, we make an ongoing commitment…every learning activity designed or executed by The France Foundation will be innovative and return substantial value for the time invested. Learning is continuous. We believe education should be the same. The France Foundation designs curriculum that builds upon knowledge, skills, and experience that may be continually applied to practice. This approach builds audiences for lifelong learning, benefitting clinicians and ultimately their patients.

Collaboration Is More than Cooperation

We’ve amassed broad experience with some of the finest medical associations and academic centers in the country. Many of them are concentrating their collaborations among ever fewer groups. How do we maintain our relationships? We’re told it’s because we bring operational excellence along with new thinking about design and outcomes analysis. We push ourselves and our partners to be better. And we deliver. We hire people who understand collaboration is about teamwork and exceptional communications. It’s how we build educational frameworks that get extended and repeated. And it’s how we develop lasting friendships.

Accredited

The France Foundation is accredited with commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) as a provider of education for physicians. The France Foundation is also an ACPE-accredited provider of continuing education for pharmacists.

Experience with PI-CME and MOC 

In addition to traditional medical education offerings, The France Foundation has established multiple successful performance-based educational offerings. The incorporation of simulated patient scenarios, performance improvement, and opportunities that have been approved for Maintenance of Certification Part IV have shown improved outcomes for activities developed by The France Foundation.

Corporate Ownership

The France Foundation operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of SmithBucklin, the association management and services company more organizations turn to than any other. Founded in 1949, SmithBucklin achieves the missions of its client organizations and provides uncompromised stewardship for their long-term prosperity. The company offers full-service management and high-impact specialized services to trade associations, professional societies, technology user groups, corporations, government institutes/agencies, and other nonprofit organizations.

France Foundation President Stacy Miller serves on the SmithBucklin Corporate Management Team, a group committed to supporting The France Foundation with the resources to innovate and grow while it remains independent in culture and management.

 

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