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About Us

The UC Irvine School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) provides educational activities spanning the spectrum of clinical medicine, medical research and medical education.

Activities may be organized around specific medical specialties or subspecialties, disease processes or public health topics, research findings or research methodologies, changes in the healthcare delivery system, and/or theories, techniques and technologies that improve medical education.

The faculty is drawn both from the University community as well as from the community at large in order to maximize the effectiveness of the experience.

Program History

In 1990, the dean of the College of Medicine, Walter Henry, MD, established a CME office at UC Irvine and charged it with the academic and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) compliance aspects of CME.  The assistant/associate dean provided oversight for the Office of CME on a day-to-basis until July 1, 2009 when Gerald A. Maguire, MD, senior associate dean educational affairs, restructured the Office of CME.

In November 2009, Ralph V. Clayman, MD, was appointed dean of the School of Medicine.  The dean has an extensive background in continuing medical education and has made the program a priority of his administration.  Dr. Clayman has committed significant resources and has been integrally involved in the recruitment and selection of leadership for the program.

AB 1195 Culture & Linguistic Competency

UC Irvine School of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education is in compliance with California Assembly Bill 1195, which requires continuing medical education activities with patient care components to include curriculum in the subjects of cultural and linguistic competency. Cultural competency is defined as a set of integrated attitudes, knowledge and skills that enable healthcare professionals or organizations to care effectively for patients from diverse cultures, groups, and communities. For more information »

Linguistic competency is defined as the ability of a physician or surgeon to provide patients who do not speak English or who have limited ability to speak English, direct communication in the patient’s primary language. Cultural and linguistic competency are incorporated into the planning of CME activities.

Purpose

The purpose of the Office of Continuing Medical Education is to provide educational activities to physicians and other healthcare professionals that reinforce basic medical knowledge, impart updated information on clinical practice, healthcare delivery and patient safety, introduce new ideas, skills and technology and disseminate pertinent research findings in order to improve the quality of healthcare that is delivered by the participants in our programs; to facilitate liaisons between community physicians and the UC Irvine Health System through notification of these educational activities and the provision of on-site speakers to non-affiliated hospitals and medical facilities; to serve as a source of expertise regarding the theory, techniques and technology of continuing medical education through consultation services with other educators of physicians.

Content Areas

The Office of Continuing Medical Education provides educational activities spanning the spectrum of clinical medicine, medical research and medical education. Activities may be organized around specific medical specialties or subspecialties, disease processes or public health topics, research findings or research methodologies, changes in the healthcare delivery system, and/or theories, techniques and technologies that improve medical education.

The faculty of these educational activities will be drawn both from the University community as well as from the community at large in order to maximize the effectiveness of the experience.

Target Audience

Depending on the nature of the individual educational activity, the target audience will consist of university faculty, physicians practicing in local affiliated and non-affiliated hospitals and medical centers and members of the state, national and international medical communities.

Certain programs will be targeted to other healthcare professionals. In recognition of the continuum of medical education, medical students and residents are welcome at most educational activities.

Types of Activities

Various types of educational activities are provided by the Office of Continuing Medical Education. Live activities form the core of the program, consisting of single and multiple day conferences, seminars, symposia, review courses and updates. Grand rounds are offered in multiple clinical disciplines and at several locations. Small group and/or individualized clinical training is also available in certain subspecialties.

The teaching techniques and tools for live activities include didactic lectures, case presentations, panel discussions, demonstrations, workshops, simulation-based activities, small group discussions and hands-on laboratory activities.

In order to foster interactions between the educators and the participants, question and answer sessions are an integral part of these live activities. Enduring materials are also used by the Office of CME and these routinely include questions to be answered by the participant in order to verify understanding of the material presented.

Expected Results

A specific continuing medical education activity will be considered a success if members of the target audience state in their evaluations that the activity was responsive to their needs, relevant to their practice and increased their knowledge or competence or performance in delivering patient care.

The program of continuing medical education as a whole will be considered a success if evaluation reports and outcomes summaries are positive, there is expansion of the educational content areas of its activities and there is growth in activity attendance. The Office of Continuing Medical Education will monitor these parameters on a periodic basis and work towards achieving these results.