Increasing HPV Vaccination Rates in Clinical Practice

The goal of this online learning module is to provide an easily accessible, quality improvement resource for pediatricians, family clinicians, practice staff, and other quality improvement healthcare professionals to increase HPV vaccination rates in their clinical practice. HPV and HPV vaccination educational resources, tools and quality improvement methodology will be shared and explained to provide a step-by-step online teaching module to help increase HPV vaccinations rates – thus preventing six different types of HPV-associated cancers. Provider and clinical staff education is an evidence-based intervention, and education on HPV, HPV vaccinations and the change in messaging that HPV vaccination is cancer prevention will positively impact provider and clinical staff recommendations for HPV vaccinations.


Learning Objectives:

At the conclusion of this module, participants will

  • Understand the important role of HPV vaccination in preventing HPV infections and HPV-associated cancers
  • Understand the rationale for starting to educate and vaccinate adolescents at ages 9-10 years-old with the goal to complete the series by age 13
  • Make a strong, effective recommendation at the same time and same day as other adolescent vaccines
  • Effectively communicate with patients and parents to provide compelling information and answer questions about HPV vaccinations
  • Learn to use quality improvement methodology with evidence-based interventions to improve HPV vaccination rates
  • Describe how to use data to promote continuous quality improvement and measure progress

Intended Audience:

This learning module is intended for pediatricians, family clinicians, practice staff, and other quality improvement healthcare professionals.

Module Structure:

This module is self-paced and available to any user who registers with the Learning Lab. The estimated time to complete is approximately 120 minutes.

The module consists of multiple sub-sections or units and will contain various elements, including hyperlinks to readings and web resources, video lessons, and pre-and post-assessments needed to obtain a CME Certificate or a CME Certificate of Participation.

The Maine Medical Education Trust designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Maine Medical Education Trust and Maine Medical Association, Center for Quality Improvement. The Maine Medical Education Trust is accredited by the Maine Medical Association Committee on Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

None of the planners or presenters for this activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose.

Duration & Fee:  FREE

  • Estimated Time to Complete: 120 minutes
  • Continuing Medical Education CME Provided

Hardware/Software Requirements:

  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Current version of Chrome, Firefox or Safari browser. You must have JavaScript enabled.
  • The quiz tool within the online modules is not fully compatible with smartphones or tablets. In order to avoid issues such as answers not being recorded, we recommend using a computer to complete the pre- and post-assessments.

Assessment and Grading:

This learning module begins with a pre-assessment that will assess your knowledge and allow you to gauge your baseline understanding of the topics that will be covered. Your pre-assessment score will not count toward your overall grade. At the end of the module, there is a post-assessment that will determine your final grade. A comparison of your pre-assessment score and post-assessment score will help to assess how much knowledge you have gained. You will have three attempts to complete the post-assessment. Your score must be 75% or higher in order to receive a certificate for CME credit. You must also complete the CME evaluation survey at the conclusion of the learning module to obtain your CME credits.

To Obtain a CME Certificate or a CME Certificate of Participation:

  • Complete the entire learning module.
  • Complete the pre-assessment, post assessment, and evaluation survey at the end of the module.
  • You must earn a score of 75% or higher on the post-assessment to qualify for a certificate.

Upon completion of the evaluation in Survey Monkey, including the required demographic information, a CME Certificate will be emailed to M.D.s and D.O.s and a CME Certificate of Participation will be emailed to all other learners. These certificates will be emailed within 10 business days of completing the evaluation.

Table of Contents:

Section 1: Course Instructions and Pre-Assessment:

Introduction – Module opening page

Test Your Knowledge – Pre-Assessment

Section 2:

Unit 1: HPV and HPV Vaccination: Quick Overview

Unit 2: Using Data to Drive Improvement

Unit 3: Quality Improvement and Evidence-Based Interventions

Unit 4: Creating a Pro-HPV Vaccination Culture to Prevent HPV-Associated Cancers

Unit 5: Implementing Clinical Prompts and Reminder Systems

Unit 6: How to Decrease Missed Opportunities for HPV Vaccinations

Unit 7: Using Quality Improvement Framework to highlight Practice, Parent, Patient, and Community Education

Unit 8: How to Reduce Barriers and Increase Access for HPV Vaccinations

Unit 9: Sustain, Spread, and Celebrate Quality Improvement Success

Unit 10: Resources

Section 3:  Course Wrap Up

Post Assessment

Evaluation Survey – CME

Funding:  This HPV Vaccination learning module is made possible by the generous support and funding from our partners at the Maine Cancer Foundation


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