What is Continuing Medical Education (CME)?

The American Medical Association (AMA) and Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) define continuing medical education (CME) as:

"Continuing medical education consists of educational activities which serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public, or the profession. The content of CME is that body of knowledge and skills generally recognized and accepted by the profession as within the basic medical sciences, the discipline of clinical medicine, and the provision of health care to the public." 

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Translating an Idea into Continuing Medical Education

Looking to translate an idea into a UC Davis Health continuing medical education program? Consider these areas and questions as you compose your program submission.

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  • Is the program being designed for a multidisciplinary clinical audience, with physicians from UC Davis Health or from our affiliate sites as part of the learner group?
  • If the program is being developed for our affiliates, has a needs assessment been performed of their educational needs? 
  • Please include integration of cultural and linguistic competency into the content.
  • Will the program impact more than one specialty or subspecialty area?
  • Will the program address a broad-reaching topic such as one of the following?
    Use of Health Data for Improved Care     Quality Improvement
    Population Health Issues Technical and Procedural Skill Optimization
    Student Engagement/Transition to Practice     Research and Scholarship in Continuing Medical Education
    Communication Optimization Innovation in Continuing Medical Education
  • Will the program be developed by a multidisciplinary team of professionals across more than one specialty (including engagement with the Office of Continuing Medical Education)?
  • Does the planning team include a student?
  • Does the planning team include a faculty member that is a student?
  • Will the program include one or more innovative teaching methods in addition to, or other than, lecture-based/didactic sessions (e.g., online interactive learning, simulation, blend, etc.)?
  • Will the program include support strategies for the learner such as supplemental checklists, patient education materials, website resources, follow-up surveys, guidance, etc.?
  • What assistance is needed in the design and development of your program to meet the learning objectives/desired outcomes?
  • What evaluation methods will be used to provide individual and formative feedback?
  • What type of periodic analysis will be performed to assess the effectiveness of the educational strategies imparted post-program?