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Continuing Medical Education

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.

As part of a team of collaborative stakeholders, we help plan, implement and evaluate educational activities to reduce gaps in knowledge, performance and patient outcomes.

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 interprofessional collaborative practice.

We identify gaps most often by using expert opinion, article reviews, new surgical procedures or instrumentation, updates to recommended 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.

Below is a list of programs offered by, or in conjunction with, SLU CME. 

Live CME Conferences

Live CME activities take place at a specific time, date and location. They can occur either in person or as live webcasts.

Regularly Scheduled CME Conferences (RSC)

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.

Enduring CME Materials

These learning experiences can take place at any time, in any place via online modules, pre-recorded webcasts or physical workbooks.

Practical Anatomy and Surgical Education

Live courses and hands-on cadaver workshops hosted by the Practical Anatomy and Surgical Education office.

Target Audience and Expected Results

Saint Louis University’s CME program is designed to provide learners with the tools they need to improve their knowledge, skills and performance to achieve better patient outcomes.

Our main participant base is physicians, fellows and residents within our School of Medicine, though we also support regional, national and international audiences.

Many of our activities include a multidisciplinary aspect that includes nurses, social workers and other health care professionals to provide networking and learning environments for a team training approach.

We expect our participants to add quality educational strategies to their lifelong learning portfolio by choosing the activities that best suit their needs and educational goals.

Program results are evaluated 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 develop new activities and improve annual and regularly scheduled conferences. The data is also reviewed by the CME committee, the CME directors and program staff to determine overall effectiveness and the need for improvement in identified areas.