Saint Louis University School of Medicine’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) program provides high-quality, unbiased educational activities based on the best evidence available to help participants improve patient outcomes within their scope of practice.
As part of a team of collaborative stakeholders, we help plan, implement and evaluate educational activities to reduce gaps in knowledge, performance, and skills that will lead to improvement of patient outcomes.
Included in our educational activities are updates in clinical medicine, updates in surgical procedures, review of surgical instrumentation, ethics, end-of-life palliative care, faculty development, communication, patient safety, and inter-professional collaborative practice.
We identify gaps most often by using expert opinion, article reviews, new surgical procedures or instrumentation, updates to recommended guidelines and evaluation of outcomes of data summaries. Course directors and planning teams are coached to find the best available source of data to prove the need for the educational strategies as they plan activity format and content.
We expect our participants to add quality educational strategies to their life-long learning portfolio by choosing the activities that best suit their needs and educational goals through self-assessment. The SLU CME program is designed to provide learners with the tools they need to improve their knowledge, skills and performance to achieve better patient outcomes. Activities that improve knowledge tend to fall under the RSS activities, improvement in skills and performance fall under the Practical Anatomy and Surgical Education activities, through hands on training using cadavers, and improvement of performance falls under the annual meetings as well as the RSS and PASE activities through repetition, building of confidence, and communication.
Our main participant base is physicians, fellows and residents within our School of Medicine, though we also support regional, national, and international audiences.
Many of our activities include a multidisciplinary aspect that includes nurses, social workers and other healthcare professional such as Physical and Occupational Therapist and EMS to provide networking and learning environments for a team training approach.
Program results are evaluated through a sampling review of post-activity evaluations, three month follow up change of practice surveys, yearly surveys of the RSS activities, and an overall review of the CME program from course directors and participants.
Evaluation data is shared with course directors, department chairs, CME committee, the Dean of the School of Medicine and the CME directors to help improve the overall CME Program.
The SLU CME Program is a work in progress that changes with the needs of the learners as well as through the review of the patient safety data for population health crisis or issues taking place within our hospital system. We plan and implement activities that will move the patient outcome data from where it is to where it is expected to be. This may take several attempts through different educational strategies, stacked learning, and repeat information, it may also takes months to see the change, but through our program we have seen the statistics move in the right direction to ensure better patient outcomes.
Below is a list of programs offered by, or in conjunction with, SLU CME.
Live CME activities take place at a specific time, date and location. They can occur either in person or as live webcasts.
Ongoing live conference series with a broad set of objectives that span the course of a calendar year. They can occur weekly, monthly or quarterly. Examples include Grand Rounds, journal clubs, or morbidity and mortality conferences.
These learning experiences can take place at any time, in any place via online modules, pre-recorded webcasts or physical workbooks.