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The Importance of Continuing Medical Education (CME)

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Francisco Chanes
Continuing Medical Education (CME) plays a vital role in the School of Medicine.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) plays a vital role in the UC Irvine School of Medicine.

It has carried the University’s creativity and innovation into program planning and development for the last several decades.

Among our programs, we have offered courses in robotic surgery, HIV AIDS, women’s health, sports medicine, facial aesthetics, children’s health and genetic testing, just to mention a few.  Additionally, we have held programs in alternative health, healthcare economics, physician leadership and held mini residency programs in robotic surgery and ultrasound and a mini MBA program for physician leaders.

We continue to serve the various clinical departments as a valuable educational resource and are an essential part of the quality framework for the medical school and health care system. We continue to be responsive to the ever-changing health care environment. 

The CME Division has been under the auspices of the Division of Medical Education since 1992 and continues to maintain this reporting structure. Gerald A. Maguire, M.D., Senior Associate Dean, Educational Affairs is directly responsible for the oversight of the program.

The Governing Board for the CME Program is the Committee on CME, which reports monthly to the Executive Committee and reports annually in writing to the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate.  The Committee on CME is empowered to make decisions on all matters relating to the CME Program. The CME program is comprised of physicians appointed by the Academic Senate except for two members which can be appointed through outside recommendation according to the Executive Committee bylaws.

Although we still conduct traditional live conferences, the focus is shifting toward other innovative and interactive educational methods to ensure that formats are selected based on physician need and desired results.  Many of these activities can be viewed via internet as enduring materials.  We continue hands-on live activities such as our mini urology residency and facial aesthetics programs.

Ellen Seaback, CCMEP
Executive Director CME