Weill Cornell Medical College (WCMC) is committed to excellence in research, teaching, patient care, and the advancement of the art and science of medicine through the maintenance of scientific and clinical scholarship. To this end, the mission of its Continuing Medical Education program is to:
- Provide lifelong educational opportunities for physicians based on identified needs that will lead to the improved health care of patients now and for future generations.
- Convey emerging scientific knowledge to physicians and other health care professionals by offering educational activities that contribute to improved research and practice in the science, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of illness and disease.
- Improve the career satisfaction of physicians by providing them with educational opportunities that keep them abreast of the latest developments in medicine, while simultaneously offering CME faculty and participants the opportunity to interact with one another personally and professionally.
The Weill Cornell CME program will collaborate with our academic and medical partners to ensure that activities are designed and evaluated in a mutually beneficial manner to fulfill our intention to improve clinical care. The following elements are highly valued and will generally be incorporated into CME offerings:
CME should include information that is grounded in cutting edge science and medicine: CME offerings are based on the latest scientific research, both in clinical medicine and the basic sciences.
CME should provide evidence-based clinical recommendations to clinicians that are free from commercial bias: Scientific information provided will be objective, balanced, evidence-based, and relevant to clinical practice.
CME should be intellectually stimulating: CME activities are intended to provide an opportunity for intellectually stimulating experiences that encourage dialogue and discovery.
CME should be a collaborative effort: When feasible, activities will facilitate collaborative interactions, in order for physicians in different disciplines to make connections that may be relevant to their work.
The content of CME activities offered by Weill Cornell is intended to cover all primary care and specialty areas in medicine. CME offerings for regional, national, and international audiences should concentrate on disciplines where the Medical College and its affiliates have recognized excellence. In-house offerings should attempt to complement the Medical College’s academic and clinical strengths. Content is always based on identified practice gaps and educational needs and the learning preferences of the audience.
We intend to work with clinical care partners in their attempts to improve patient health. As such, intended participants for Weill Cornell’s CME activities are as follows:
- Physicians on the faculty and staff of the Medical College and its affiliated hospitals.
- Alumni(ae) of the Medical College and the NewYork - Presbyterian Health Care System.
- Weill Cornell Medical College students.
- Physicians in the Northeast United States and local Tri-state Area (New York, New Jersey, Connecticut).
- Other physicians in the United States.
- International physicians.
The Medical College offers a wide variety of educational activities, as follows:
- Regularly scheduled series (RSSs) such as Grand Rounds.
- Live courses and workshops.
- Enduring materials, including print, electronic, and Internet-based activities.
- Jointly sponsored activities in collaboration with outside organizations of recognized merit.
The overall CME program at Weill Cornell should result in activities that succeed in the transmission of medical knowledge which leads to physicians’ increased competence and enhanced performance, and in turn to improved patient care. Understanding the impact of our CME activities on patient care is central to the mission of our program. As such, we intend to assess the outcome of our activities, with studies undertaken to assess changes in participants’ knowledge, attitudes, and practice strategies as a result of participation. Methods for doing so will include, but not be limited to, evaluations of physician satisfaction, pre- and post-activity knowledge assessment, self-reported change (intended and actual) in practice performance, and other indications of quality of care.