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 the Indiana University School of Medicine's Division of Continuing Medical Education (IUSM CME) is to provide lifelong 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.
IUSM is a premier academic medical center and as the only medical school in Indiana, the School of Medicine 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 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.
IUSM CME develops learning initiatives and interventions that target multiple audiences, depending on learners' needs that have been identified, partners we work with and the activities themselves. Many locally targeted activities draw upon Indiana-based needs assessment data where IUSM 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.
Type of Activities
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 symposia, conferences, workshops, seminars, live webcasts, mini-fellowships and regularly scheduled sessions; enduring materials in print, multimedia, and Internet-based formats; tools for self-directed learning such as point-of-care (PoC) 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.
Expected Results of the Program
The School expects that as a result of its CME program, physician learners will 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. IUSM 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.
Indiana University School of Medicine (IUSM), as both a premier medical institution and the second largest medical school in the nation, is committed to providing the highest healthcare locally and nationally by promoting innovation and excellence in education, research and patient care. Serving as the school's educational service for practicing physicians and other health care professionals, the Division of Continuing Medical Education reflects the IUSM commitment to excellence and strives to achieve excellence in all of its professional educational programs.
The IUSM is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. IUSM strictly adheres to the ACCME Essential Areas and their Elements as its planning framework. All CME-certified programs are carefully planned so as to comply with these requirements.
The IUSM CME is accredited through November, 2017.
- Courses/Conferences -- 110
- Recurring Events -- 143
- Enduring Materials -- 38
- Visiting Professor -- 39
- Hours of Instruction -- 4368
- Physicians -- 43629
- Non-Physicians -- 15282
- Total Credits Awarded -- 97162
The Division of CME utilizes the expertise of a CME Advisory Committee whose main responsibility is to oversee and approve the policies and procedures of the Division. The Committee often is involved in initiating projects as well as strategies that help CME to develop, conduct, and evaluate innovative programs designed to improve the ability of the state and medical community to deliver the highest quality of care and patient safety.
For a complete list of CME Advisory Committee members for the current year, please click here.