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The mission of the Office of Continuing Medical Education at the Quillen College of Medicine is to provide lifelong learning opportunities that meet the needs of faculty, community physicians and other health professionals. In addition, the Office of CME is committed to excellence and dedicated to the improvement of healthcare in Northeast Tennessee and the surrounding Appalachian Region.
The purpose of the Office of Continuing Medical Education is to provide educational activities that enhance the knowledge, skills and competencies required by health professionals. CME staff will design, develop, implement and evaluate educational programming that supports the continuing professional development of physicians to better serve patients, the public and the profession.
- All areas of biomedical knowledge (research and patient care), clinical skills, interpersonal and communication skills, ethics and professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice, including changes in health policy and health care delivery.
- Improvement in practice through activities that link CME to quality improvement, patient safety and improved patient care
- Prevention, behavioral health and disease states (identified as high priorities in Northeast TN and Central Appalachia), patient safety and quality improvement
- Special needs of the region's ethnic and socioeconomic populations
- Development of non-educational tools and strategies for change
The target audience includes physicians representing primary and specialty care as well as other healthcare professionals practicing within the Quillen College of Medicine, in communities in the region of Upper Northeast Tennessee, Eastern Kentucky, Southwestern Virginia and Western North Carolina. National, and in some cases international educational activities will also be conducted.
Types of Activities:
- To provide evidence-based CME activities that emphasizes research and patient care. Coverage of these subject areas will be accomplished through special conferences, regularly scheduled series (such as grand rounds, case-conferences), enduring materials, web-based CME and other formats as needed.
- To design educational activities which provide the most effective learning experience and enhance the delivery of CME programming.
- Jointly sponsored programs and partnerships with like-minded institutions or organizations in the region is a priority for the Office of CME in order to better impact the educational needs of health care professionals.
- The ultimate goal of the CME program is to provide quality educational activities that address the identified educational needs of practicing health professionals and enhance their ability to improve the health outcomes of patients and the communities they serve.
- The Office of CME will evaluate and assess outcomes of CME program activities in order to determine changes in competence of these professionals and, for selected activities, ascertain whether changes in performance have occurred. Methods of evaluation may include physician satisfaction, pre- and post-activity knowledge assessment, self-reported changes in practice, both intended and actual and other indications of quality of care.