The Academy for Science and Continuing Education in Diabetes and Obesity (ASCEND) is a free online CME-accredited educational content covering diabetes and obesity. The E-learning Portal is a learning programme to support general practitioners/family physicians to improve patient outcomes through interactive knowledge- and skills-based learning. Wonca Europe has recently partnered with ASCEND to review and endorse it's educational activities.
ASCEND is an independent learning programme developed by an international Steering Group. The objective is to provide very practical and evidence-based learning to family doctors across the world to improve outcomes for people living with diabetes or obesity. The ASCEND portal has recently relaunched and includes over 15 hours of learning designed for global primary care physicians and is accredited by EACCME. The content in the portal is highly structured, consisting of short modules which are easily navigated and enables the user to complete the course at their own pace and convenience. There are clear learning objectives in a goal-orientated approach. The content has been designed to be accessible for the learner with extensive use of visuals and reference to clinical practice. A variety of formats has been used including innovative and interactive elements that are distributed throughout the portal. Not only do these encourage engagement of the user but they also facilitate learning through reiteration and active participation in tasks.