St. Mary Medical Center
Langhorne, Pennsylvania 19047
Continuing Medical Education Committee
PURPOSE: The purpose of the CME Committee of St. Mary Medical Center (SMMC) is to provide a coordinated program of evidence-based medical education activities for the medical staff to enhance their ability to provide excellent patient care, health maintenance, improved patient outcomes and community health. By reviewing and augmenting previously learned knowledge and skills, as well as providing updates on changes and new developments in medicine, CME programming helps physicians to maintain clinical skills and current competencies, and positively affects their attitudes and practice behaviors.
TARGET AUDIENCE: CME activities are designed to serve the professional and educational needs of physicians. Principally attended by the medical staff of SMMC, attendance at all CME activities is open to all interested physicians regardless of hospital affiliation. Program attendance by other SMMC health care team professionals and employees is strongly encouraged. Our CME program works cooperatively with nursing education to provide a vehicle for credit for nurses for certain activities.
CONTENT AREAS: The content of the CME program is determined by ongoing assessment of the target audience’s educational needs. The needs assessment process may include, but is not limited to, requests from physicians, hospital departments or administration, including performance improvement, patient safety & risk management; physician surveys; program evaluation tools; community health reports/statistics; and peer review activities. Content can include new developments in the field of medicine, changes in healthcare regulations, practice management education, ethics, and evidence-based complementary/holistic medicine. Content is also influenced by the type and nature of care offered by the hospital (such as core service lines), key strategic plan initiatives, the population served, and the hospital mission. Core service lines include cardiovascular, orthopedic, ED services, and cancer services.
TYPES OF ACTIVITIES: The activities are designed to meet the educational needs of both generalists and specialists. CME activities may include but are not limited to CME Grand Rounds, Cardiology Grand Rounds, case presentations (general cancer, thoracic oncology, and breast tumor boards), skills sessions, and one-time programs such as lectures, conferences, seminars, mini-symposia, etc., as identified by need and program improvement planning. Participants may also be directed to self-directed CME opportunities available electronically, online, or in print form, or on in-house satellite TV. Activity presenters may include local physicians or other guest faculty, from SMMC, regional or national topic experts.
EXPECTED OUTCOMES: As a result of participating in CME activities, it is expected that 80% of participants will report on post-activity evaluations that learning objectives have been met and/or that the learner intends to make a change in practice. In addition to post-activity evaluations, a comprehensive evaluation of the CME program as a whole will be conducted annually to guide on-going improvements in the CME program. The CME Committee screens all activities to ensure that current standards are met, and also conducts a retrospective review of all activities, evaluation summaries, and change-of-practice outcomes data. Activity evaluation summaries are made available to presenters to help them improve their educational skills. Finally, CME activities are reported to the Medical Executive Committee, and thus reported to the SMMC Board and Directors, and an annual summary report is submitted to the Pennsylvania Medical Society.
Date Approved: July 10, 2007