Improving Quality Improvement in Medical Education

September 27, 2010 at 8:36 pm Leave a comment

Those of you patent enough to watch for my episodic posts know I am an improvement nut. My contention is that all CME must be improvement based. As I read the ACCME requirements of accredited providers I see that all providers have to demonstrate an impact (improvement) on the competence or performance of their learners or the impact of their educational efforts on the health status of their learner’s patients. CME is in the improvement business.

I saw this in a post a few days ago by Scott Harris in the AAMC Reporter.
“…………….As the popularity of QI and the evidence of its benefits pile ever higher, medical school curricula, graduate medical education (GME), and continuing medical education (CME) programs around the country are working to put QI’s tools and principles into the hands of tomorrow’s doctors and today’s practitioners………..”
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What an opportunity for CME providers. Follow the link to this article and see what is being done or encouraged in QI across the continuum of medical education.

There are some people on the field of CME who are pioneering work in improvement. Take a look at some of the interviews I have done on my podcast with some of these people. They are laying the foundation for the future of effective CME. See What is woefully lacking is a coherent approach to improvement initiatives. We have as framework provided by the AMA for PI CME. A good step would be to identify a systematic, sustainable, repeatable approach to PI that could be adopted and adapted by CME providers across the country. I have some ideas about what that approach could be. If you are interested, in learning more about this approach, comment on this podcast or send me an email at

Until the next time I hope that all of the CME you provide is CME that matters.


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