The purpose of the UCSF CME program is to provide lifelong learning opportunities to physicians and other health care providers that aim to increase competence, enhance practice performance, and improve the health status of patients.
The UCSF CME program offers over 200 distinct educational activities each year. The content of these programs is as diverse as medicine and the medical literature itself. Each clinical department at UCSF offers CME activities in its respective field, covering a comprehensive set of topics in modern medical practice including topics in public health, primary care, and in the most highly specialized clinical care. In addition to those topics that fall within the practice scope of defined departments, UCSF CME also offers activities that expand the scope of clinical activities to address additional interdisciplinary topics and other areas of importance to clinical practice. Examples include CME activities on health disparities and cultural diversity, evidence-based medicine, pain management and end-of-life care, clinical nutrition, patient safety and quality improvement, and developmental disabilities.
The UCSF CME program targets a diverse audience of learners, both in terms of professional background and practice environment. The audience is comprised primarily of generalist and specialist physicians. However, because of the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of modern medical practice, the UCSF CME program also targets other health professionals including nurses and nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, dieticians, and pharmacists.
Type of activities provided
UCSF CME activities include directly and jointly sponsored courses, regularly scheduled series, enduring materials (CD and DVD materials), Internet enduring materials, and PI CME formats.
Expected results of the program
The expected results of the UCSF CME program are to improve the competence and performance of our learners, and whenever possible, the clinical outcomes of the patients that they serve. Each CME activity is formally evaluated to determine the extent to which these expected results have been achieved.
Updated November 2010