The vision of the Office of Community and Continuing Medical Education is to become a leading resource in the state of Connecticut to promote and improve the performance and competency of healthcare professionals, to improve patient care outcomes, and to inform the communities served by UConn Health of health care issues.
The mission of the Office of Community and Continuing Medical Education is to support the UConn School of Medicine’s mandate. The mandate applies to practitioners, teachers, researchers, and the communities served by the University of Connecticut. The Office supports this mission in the following ways:
- Notes the requirements and facilitates the assessment of needs that UConn Health and other clinicians have for ongoing education as part of continuous professional development;
- Facilitates the identification of quality gaps in practice by entities seeking accredited CME;
- Provides oversight of a coordination and collaboration with Departments, Divisions, and other entities seeking accredited continuing medical education;
- Informs Senior Administration about the linkage of accredited CME to Quality Improvement, Faculty Development, and System Redesign;
- Helps educate about the changing nature of continuing medical education (CME), explaining that accredited CME is not a passive process involving only new knowledge acquisition, but must address improvements in competency, performance, and outcomes;
- Periodically provide centralized CME activities that address shared issues, problems, and concerns at UConn Health and in the communities it serves;
- Ensures that the policies and procedures for continuing and community education are in compliance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education; and
- Supports and conducts research on the education of health professionals and links CME with LCME and ACGME standards to create a culture of learning and education at UConn Health.
As part of the Office of Community and Continuing Medical Education’s mission, the Office embraces the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s definition of CME:
“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” (2011).