The Indiana University School of Medicine Division of Continuing Medical Education is a large and robust provider of CME with activities ranging from large multi-day conferences to online modules. The division offers traditional lectures as well as in-depth QI projects. Topics touch a multitude of specialties.
This team is advancing health in the state of Indiana and beyond by promoting innovation and excellence in education, research and patient care, as the preeminent provider of comprehensive and innovative lifelong learning opportunities for the health care team, by accrediting educational activities that are delivered to increase knowledge, competence and/ or performance.
The Division of Continuing Medical Education at IU School of Medicine has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education continuously since the inception of the ACCME. This division is accredited with commendation, the highest distinction possible for a CME provider. IU School of Medicine CME programs can award AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to physicians and certificates of attendance to other members of the health care team, including nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, physician assistants, optometrists, dentists, social workers, occupational therapists and physical therapists.
Types of Learners
Participants in IU School of Medicine CME programs include a broad range of the medical profession—from full-time practitioners to academic physicians as well as allied health care professionals—locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
The Division of Continuing Medical Education at Indiana University School of Medicine assists with planning activities that are CME-compliant and meet accepted standards of education to help physicians increase competence.
The Continuing Medical Education team at IU School of Medicine is a group of dedicated professionals ready to assist in all aspects of CME compliant activities, from compliance only to complete event planning. An Advisory Committee oversees and approves the policies and procedures of the CME Division.
The Indiana University School of Medicine promotes excellence in physician professional development and effectively translates leading-edge research into medical practice through its continuing medical education program. In partnership with physician learners, Indiana University faculty, professional organizations and commercial partners, the Division of Continuing Medical Education develops CME programs in a variety of formats to enable physicians to maintain and enhance their care and to improve patient outcomes through better patient care and disease prevention.
The purpose of IU School of Medicine’s Division of Continuing Medical Education is to provide life-long learning opportunities designed to increase knowledge and competence and, to the fullest extent possible, to enhance the ability of physicians and other health care professionals to improve their performance and/or to improve patient- and systems-level outcomes.
IU School of Medicine is a premier academic medical center and offers a comprehensive, statewide scope of continuing medical activities across the spectrum of medicine and health care, drawing on the clinical and basic science resources represented by the school and its centers of excellence and research. The scope of CME activities involves the body of knowledge and skills generally recognized and accepted by the profession as within the basic medical sciences, the discipline of clinical medicine, and the provision of health care to the public. Educational content is evidence-based, references best practices that are supported by peer-reviewed literature and guidelines and is free of commercial bias.
IU School of Medicine CME develops learning initiatives and interventions that target multiple audiences—depending on learners’ needs, partners and the activities themselves. Many locally targeted activities draw upon Indiana-based needs assessment data where IU School of Medicine faculty join Indiana health care partners to develop learning activities that are responsive to the needs of Indiana’s clinicians. While those needs are targeted, often they reflect the educational needs of physicians across the country and around the world. In addition, strategic partnerships with nationally recognized organizations enable us to work on a larger scale. Targeted audiences include the broad range of the medical profession, from full-time practitioners to academic physicians as well as other allied health care professionals locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
CME activities employ evidence-based adult learning principles that recognize different learning preferences and styles and target expected outcomes. Types of activities include live learning opportunities such as conferences, workshops, seminars, live webcasts, and regularly scheduled series; internet enduring materials; and tools for self-directed learning such as Learning from Teaching and performance improvement (PI) opportunities; and other teaching improvement and collaborative projects that utilize CME as part of multi-component strategies to improve population health status and outcomes. When possible, learning formats are highly interactive, include multiple exposures to the same content, and are sequenced for learning.
The school expects that, as a result of its CME programs, physician learners acquire new knowledge, skills and attitudes that increase clinical competence and/or improve performance with the goal of improving patient care, safety and health outcomes. IU School of Medicine CME is committed to assessing the impact of its program and activities through multiple approaches, including qualitative and quantitative methods that track outcomes to ensure that these goals are met.