Purpose: The continuing medical education mission of UMMS is to improve the well-being and health status of the people of Massachusetts, the United States and collaborating nations by offering medical educational programs that are designed to improve the clinical competence of medical care providers. In order to assure the integrity of the training offered, all educational programs will be presented in an unbiased manner and will be supported by reliable scientific data.
Since it is intent of UMMS OCME to provide highly effective training, OCME will review, and where appropriate, incorporate into its educational programs innovative approaches developed and reported by other ACCME accredited providers. In addition, the UMMS OCME will take the initiative to seek novel and improved approaches to medical education when presented with an opportunity to become an innovator.
In order to fulfill our Educational Mission, UMMS OCME will:
- Collect and assess data from surveys sent to health care providers on the UMMC staff. The intent of the survey is to identify gaps in the medical knowledge of the UMMC staff. Medical knowledge gaps will also be identified by interactions with The Office of the UMMHC Chief of Staff regarding hospital staff credentialing needs, interaction with hospital clinical care committees, review of government and charitable foundation reports, review of reports from public health resources, publications in peer-reviewed journals and review of evaluations completed by healthcare providers participating in OCME activities. New educational programs will be designed to address identified knowledge gaps and ongoing programs will be revised periodically based on input from the listed areas.
- Develop educational programs to assist physicians address Public Health deficiencies and prepare to manage public health crises.
- Identify advances from clinical research that are likely to result in changes in practice and improve patient outcomes. Once identified OCME will assist with the translation of some of these advances into “the standard of care” by offering appropriate training programs.
- Focus on barriers to achieving effective interdisciplinary and inter-specialty care of patients with complex medical or surgical needs.
- Develop educational programs that address barriers to healthcare access for certain populations, reduce disparities in healthcare, and review techniques designed to prevent medical practice errors.
- Promote professionalism, the provision of patient centered care, and the incorporation of desirable physician attributes into medical practice.
Target Audience: The target audience of UMMS-OCME is the UMMC community of medical professionals and students, as well as physicians and healthcare professionals in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and across the United States. UMMS OCME intends to develop educational partnerships with medical communities across the globe, particularly in countries where medical education and systems of medical care are rapidly evolving. UMMS-OCME will also collaborate with agencies and organizations committed to improving the public health within the communities we serve.
Types of Activities: UMMS OCME will offer a variety of relevant, well designed education programs that employ the following formats:
- Didactic lectures that focus on problematic clinical management issues. These lectures may include within the presentation illustrative case studies, panel discussions and interactive sessions during which questions from learners are invited.
- Simulated patient physician encounters that may include the use of mannequins, actors, and teaching space designed to appear like the learners actual work environment.
- Interactive workshops to stimulate discussion between faculty and learners of various management options for the clinical situations that are the focus of educational programs.
- CME programs accessible to learners via the internet.
Expected Results: The UMMS OCME fulfills its mission by assisting physicians and other healthcare providers learn to adopt new concepts and skills into their practice and thereby advance the standard of care, in their communities. UMMS OCME will monitor the impact of our program by tracking quality performance measured within the UMMHC clinical system. Tracking will be accomplished by interaction with the UMMHC Chief of Staff, Office of Quality Management and through interactions with hospital committees which are focused on patient care outcomes. UMMS OCME will also monitor changes in competence by collecting and analyzing course evaluations from our learners. It is expected that these monitoring initiatives will demonstrate trends toward improvements in patient outcomes over time, and overall learner satisfaction with OCME programming.