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Continuing Medical Education Program Changes

Early in 2016 CSM Medical Staff leaders reviewed our current Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program and shared ideas and strategies to make CME offerings more relevant in this rapidly changing health care environment.  The information below highlights some exciting changes:

  • Fall and Spring Clinics will transition from traditional morning sessions to three or four evening CME dinner events per year. Each CME evening dinner event will focus on different topics of medical interest. Our newly designed “Fall Clinic” is scheduled for Thursday, October 13, 2016, beginning with cocktails at 5:30 PM. Dinner and speakers will follow from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Watch for a flyer announcing CME topics, event location and speakers. Please mark your calendar!
  • The second major Program change involves a transition from weekly morning Grand Rounds to monthly Grand Rounds. Beginning on Thursday, October 13, 2016, Grand Rounds will occur on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 12 o’clock noon in the Main Hospital, Café G126-A. A light lunch will be provided. We’re also working to provide remote broadcasting for those who wish to participate but are unable to attend in person. Again, please mark your calendar!

  • All case conferences will continue as previously scheduled. Please note that a physician moderator is required for each case conference and must be identified prior to the conference.

Please feel free to direct any questions to Brett Twente, MD, Medical Director, Continuing Medical Education

A welcome from our Director...

This is an exciting and challenging time for Medical Education.  There are more opportunities to provide excellent patient care: we have the ability to do needs assessment using advanced data analysis about practice patterns; there are more easily accessible electronic resources to provide evidence-based practice guidelines at the bedside; and there are ever expanding resources to provide CME.  At CSM, our state of the art conference center at Water Tower Medical Commons will enhance the live CME experience.
However, like most CME programs, attendance at our live events has decreased over time.  There are many reasons for this, but there is still a need for ongoing education for physicians.  Commitment to lifelong learning is an essential component of professionalism.  We also view CME as an extension of the Quality Initiatives active at CSM.  CME is essential for maintenance of certification, promoting professionalism, and practice-based learning.  For these reasons, we strive to find new ways to reach our audience.  We see this CME Portal as an extension of our live programs, and, going forward, a one-stop resource for physicians to enhance their knowledge in core areas. 

As always, we welcome feedback about the CME program in general, and urge you to fill out evaluation forms both at live conferences as well as those sent on an annual basis.  Feedback is essential to continue the process of providing high quality CME that can respond to the needs of the learners.

Brett Twente, MD
Director of Medical Education
Columbia St. Mary’s

Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital is accredited by the Wisconsin Medical Society to provide continuing medical education activities for physicians.

Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital designates educational activities for a specific number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.