The Division of Continuing Medical Education at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine serves a Jesuit tradition of academic excellence in education, research and clinical care that embraces social responsibility, service to those in need, and respect for diversity of thought, opinion, and belief.
At Stritch School of Medicine, the CME program seeks to see beyond the traditional administrative and crediting functions of medical education, and challenges itself to become a catalyst, advocate for, and a provider of education that promotes change, development and improvement. We recognize that as a CME program and provider we must model behaviors that place a premium on quality improvement if we are to successfully communicate this message and practice to our educators and learners.
We believe that CME facilitates and promotes the process of lifelong learning – a process that should help healthcare professionals at all stages of their professional development acquire the knowledge, attitude and skills necessary for contemporary medical practice. Our CME program sees its purpose as providing high-quality, evidence-based educational opportunities that are designed to advance physician competence, enhance practice performance, promote patient safety, and, where possible, improve patient outcomes in the populations served by the healthcare providers we educate.
We seek to serve not only the educational needs of healthcare professionals (physicians, allied health personnel, basic scientists, and researchers) within our institution but the needs of local, regional, and national healthcare providers and colleagues as well.As demonstration of procedural proficiency (in procedurally-oriented specialties) becomes a required component of maintenance of certification, we anticipate that our MOC CME audience will grow to include an international component of clinicians seeking to be educated and certified within our procedure training facilities.
Types of Activities Provided
As a CME provider at an academic tertiary-care medical center, our educational activities include department-specific, interdepartmental and specialty-specific conferences, symposia and seminars. These events take the form of live courses, live regularly scheduled series, and procedure-oriented training activities. The educational design, instructional method and learning format for each event is chosen to best serve the educational needs and learning objectives of the planned educational activity.
Our activities offer a broad array of educational content targeted to the needs of the learners. Included among our educational offerings are updates in clinical medicine and basic science research, reviews of current or best practice recommendations for clinical care, learning modules in quality improvement, procedural and communication skills development exercises, as well as professional development in bioethics, leadership and patient safety.
Following an educational activity, we expect that learners, when surveyed, will report expanded or reinforced knowledge. We expect that they will report greater confidence in their approach to clinical problems or express their intent to change their behavior and apply newly acquired strategies in their practice. We expect that when observed our learners will demonstrate competence and the effective use of targeted skills. Finally, if evaluated within the setting of clinical practice, we expect performance parameters to show improvement or a favorable impact on targeted patient outcomes to be demonstrated.