Saint Louis University School of Medicine’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) program provides high-quality, unbiased educational activities based on the best evidence available to help participants improve patient outcomes within their scope of practice.
Mission Statement: Saint Louis University School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education Program
Saint Louis University School of Medicine’s Continuing Medical Education (SLU CME) program provides high-quality, unbiased educational activities based on the best evidence available to help participants improve patient outcomes within their scope of practice. As part of a team of collaborative stakeholders, we help plan, implement and evaluate educational activities to reduce gaps in knowledge, increase performance and skills that will lead to improvement of patient outcomes. Included in our educational activities are updates in clinical medicine, updates in surgical procedures, review of surgical instrumentation, ethics, end-of-life palliative care, faculty development, communication, patient safety, and interprofessional collaborative practice.
We identify gaps most often by using expert opinion, article reviews, new surgical procedures or instrumentation, updates to recommended guidelines and review of outcome data. 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 format and content.
We expect our participants to add quality educational strategies to their life-long learning portfolio by choosing the activities that best suit their needs and educational goals through self-assessment. 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. Activities include Regularly Scheduled Series (RSS), Practical Anatomy and Surgical Education (PASE, hands-on cadaver lab skills training), annual meetings, and enduring materials.
Our main participant base is physicians, fellows and residents within our School of Medicine, but we also support regional, national, and international participants at the PASE Lab and through joint provided activities. Many of our activities include a multidisciplinary aspect that includes nurses, social workers and other healthcare professionals such as Physical and Occupational Therapist and EMS to provide networking and learning environments for a team training approach.
Program results are evaluated through a sampling of post-activity evaluations, change-of-practice surveys, yearly surveys of the RSS activities, and an overall review of the CME program. Evaluation data is shared with course directors, department chairs, the CME committee, the Dean of the School of Medicine and the CME directors to help improve the overall CME Program.
The SLU CME Program changes with the needs of the learners as well as population health crises or issues taking place within our hospital system. We plan and implement activities that will move outcomes in a positive direction.
Below is a list of programs offered by, or in conjunction with, SLU CME.
Live CME activities take place at a specific time, date and location. They can occur either in person or as live webcasts.
Ongoing live conference series with a broad set of objectives that span the course of a calendar year. They can occur weekly, monthly or quarterly. Examples include Grand Rounds, journal clubs, or morbidity and mortality conferences.
These learning experiences can take place at any time, in any place via online modules, pre-recorded webcasts or physical workbooks.