Continuing Medical Education (CME)
Saint Louis University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Saint Louis School of Medicine CME Program has been resurveyed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and awarded Accreditation with Commendation for six years as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians.
ACCME accreditation seeks to assure the medical community and the public that Saint Louis University School of Medicine CME Program provides physicians with relevant, effective, practice-based continuing medical education that that supports US health care quality improvement.
The ACCME employs a rigorous, multilevel process for evaluating institutions' continuing medical education programs according to the high accreditation standards adopted by all seven ACCME member organizations. These organizations of medicine in the US are the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, and the Federation of State Medical Boards of the US, Inc.
The ultimate goal of the CME Program of Saint Louis University School of Medicine is to provide high-quality, un-biased educational activities that are based on the best evidence available to help our participants improve patient outcomes within their scope of practice.
Our purpose is to serve as one part of the team of collaborative stake holders to plan, implement, and evaluate educational activities to change gaps in knowledge, performance, and patient outcomes. We identify gaps most often by using expert opinion, article reviews, new surgical procedures or instrumentation, updates to recommend guidelines, and evaluation of outcomes of data summaries. Course directors and planning teams are coached to find the best available source of data to prove the need for the educational strategies as they plan activity content.
Our CME program serves participants in the St. Louis region, as well as nationally, and internationally. Our main participant base is physicians, fellows, and residents within our School of Medicine. Many of our activities include multidisciplinary education that reaches out to nurses, social workers, and other health care professionals in an effort to provide networking and learning environments for a team training approach.
Types of activities provided
Our activities include directly and jointly sponsored live activities, regularly scheduled series, specialty specific symposiums, internet live web conferences, hands-on skills training activities using cadavers, simulators, and enduring materials.
Included in our educational activities are updates in clinical medicine, updates in surgical procedures, review of surgical instrumentation, ethics and end of life palliative care, faculty development, communication, and inter -professional collaborative practice.
Expected Results of the Program
We expect our participants to add quality educational strategies to their lifelong learning portfolio through their participation in our various activities by choosing the activities that best suit their needs and educational goals. The SLU CME Program evaluates program results through a sampling review of post-activity evaluations, three month follow up change of practice surveys, and yearly satisfaction reports from attendees. Evaluation data is shared with course directors and department chairs to help with the development of new activities and improvements to annual and regularly scheduled conferences. The data is also reviewed by the CME Committee, the CME Directors, and the CME program staff to determine overall program effectiveness and the need for improvement in identified areas. The SLU CME Program is designed to provide learners with the tools they need to improve their knowledge, skills, and performance to achieve better patient outcomes.