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Mission Statement


 

Dignity Health's East Valley
Office of Continuing Medical Education

"Commitment To Quality Through Education"

Purpose

The mission of the Dignity Health East Valley Office of Continuing Medical Education (DH-EV CME) is to provide educational activities for physicians that enhance the quality of patient care by improving physician competence, performance and patient outcomes.

Target Audience

DH-EV CME activities are primarily designed to serve the needs of physicians who are credentialed at Chandler Regional Medical Center or Mercy Gilbert Medical Center. This includes employed physicians (e.g. urgent care), contracted service physician groups (e.g. ED, hospitalists, radiology) and independent physicians and groups. Some activities are also promoted to and attended by other local, regional and national physicians.

Content Areas

DH-EV CME activity topics are generated in a variety of ways, including:

  • Physician planning sessions and requests
  • Quality measure monitoring and improvement efforts
  • Hospital administration identification of CME opportunities

DH-EV CME activities may include the following content areas:

  • Advances in clinical medicine and research
  • Quality and patient safety
  • Leadership
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Professionalism
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Systems based practice
  • Medical ethics
  • Medical/legal

Type of Activities

DH-EV CME activities include department-specific and interdisciplinary meetings and projects. Meeting formats include regularly scheduled series (RSS), conferences, symposia, lectures and workshops. Projects include Performance Improvement (PI-CME), interdisciplinary efforts to improve established quality measures (QI), and physician specialty Maintenance of Certification (MOC). Currently, all credited activities are live events. Creation of enduring materials for CME credit may be pursued in the future.

Expected Results

DH-EV CME activities are expected to enhance the quality of patient care by improving physician competence, performance or patient outcomes in measurable ways. Measurement methods include:

  • Commitment to Change surveys completed after an activity
  • Follow-up surveys to assess whether change has occurred
  • Paper or on-line surveys of the impact of the activity
  • Pre- and post-activity content quizzes
  • Ongoing monitoring of established quality measures
  • Measurement of specific competence, performance or patient outcomes related to specific activities