Continuing medical education (CME) consists of educational activities that serve to maintain, develop or increase the knowledge, skills and professional performance of a doctor. Beyond medical school and housemanship, each doctor needs to keep himself or herself current with changes in medicine generally and in areas relevant to his own practice in particular. Patients and society at large also want to be assured that the doctors they consult are practicing up-to-date medicine and offering them good quality care.
Purpose: To provide family physicians and other health care professionals high-quality learning opportunities that improve their competence, support their performance and preparedness for certification/ licensure, and increase the vitality and efficiency of their practice by providing educational programming that is high-quality, evidence-based, up-to-date, and learner-driven to enrich their continued professional education and development to improve patient outcomes.
Content Areas: Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program supports the strategic priorities of the institution. The AIMS Curricular Framework defines the core priorities for which content is created. Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program is based on gaps in professional practice as determined through need assessments conducted as a fundamental part of CME activity planning. CME provides a forum for the exchange of information and ideas on current practice trends, evidence-based medicine and the delivery of high quality, equitable and cost-effective care.
Target Audience: Learning activities are aimed to meet the life-long learning needs of members of the institution, the broader physician community, their respective practice/clinical teams, and interested healthcare professionals.
Type of Activities: The CME will present scientifically valid and commercially unbiased content based on principles of effective adult learning in the following formats: live activities, self-study/enduring materials, journals, manuscript review for journals, point of care learning, online, performance improvement in practice, and other appropriate formats. This will be accomplished using a variety of media and in practice-based settings where possible. CME will be designed to emphasize desirable physician attributes as identified by the Institute.
Expected Outcomes:The activities provide physicians and other healthcare providers the knowledge, competence and/or performance skills needed to support improve patient outcomes through integration of evidence-based CME content and models that support quality improvement in practice. The effectiveness of activitiesare evaluated through a combination of member feedback, practice evaluation and patient-level outcomes. Outcomes are incorporated into the design of future educational programming and evaluated to measure the effectiveness of the instructional models included.