The general purpose of the Continuing Medical Education (CME) program of Staten Island University Hospital is to provide a comprehensive program of continuing medical education for physicians. It is important that physicians be continually provided with updated information on the latest advances in medicine as part of a program of lifelong learning.
There is a strong emphasis on education as related to patient care and on the dissemination of new clinical advances in medicine with an overall goal of addressing the professional practice gaps of physician-learners by improving their competence. This is appropriate to the needs of a community-based teaching hospital that has strong university ties and affiliations and is part of an active and growing community.
The CME program of Staten Island University Hospital is linked to the performance improvement activities of the institution and is therefore focused on improving patient care. Course development is often linked to problems identified by the performance improvement process at both the departmental and institutionwide level.
The mission and expected result of the hospitalwide Continuing Medical Education program is to improve the competence of learners leading to continuous improvement in the quality of care provided in the hospital and the surrounding community. Integration of the CME program with the performance improvement/quality assurance activities of the institution helps to ensure this.
In addition to functioning as a planning and accrediting body, the Continuing Medical Education Committee evaluates the effectiveness of accredited educational activities. This evaluation is mainly done utilizing post-course reviews that provide feedback from learners with regard to self-perceived changes in competence and performance.
This general statement of the Continuing Medical Education program's mission is in keeping with the general purpose and goals of Staten Island University Hospital as an institution.
The Continuing Medical Education program at Staten Island University Hospital has been accredited since 1980. During that time, the program has grown and has been successful in fulfilling its mission of providing a comprehensive program of medical education for practicing physicians in an atmosphere that stimulates lifelong learning.
The program offers an extremely wide range of educational offerings that serve to update our hospital staff in new advances in knowledge and techniques relative to their medical specialties and scope of practice. The CME Department is staffed by an experienced full-time coordinator and a uses an innovative electronic record-keeping and evaluation system (EEDS). The CME Committee interfaces with the quality assurance activities of the institution and provides and develops educational programming stimulated by quality assurance/performance improvement activities.