Continuing Medical Education Purpose and Mission
The Offices of Continuing Medical Education (CME) at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine campuses in Chattanooga, Knoxville & Memphis are committed to improving the quality of healthcare by providing learning experiences that enhance the skills and knowledge of Tennessee physicians and other healthcare professionals at the local, state, regional and national levels.
The University of Tennessee College of Medicine (UTCOM) is committed to improving patient care outcomes for the citizens of Tennessee through continuing medical education efforts that promote lifelong learning for physicians. UTCOM CME activities will assist physicians in increasing their knowledge and skills to enable measurable results to occur in competence, performance, and patient care outcomes.
The UTCOM has established a framework for CME based on the core competencies established by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) in its Maintenance of Certification (MOC) efforts. Those competencies include patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice. In addition, content is drawn from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Aims including patient care that is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable.
The primary audience of the UTCOM includes its faculty, the medical staffs of its affiliated teaching hospitals, the physicians of Tennessee, and other health care professionals. Beyond its primary audience, the UTCOM plans and conducts CME activities that attract participants on a regional and national level.
Type of Activities
The UTCOM provides a variety of CME opportunities ranging from primary care to sub-specialty courses, seminars, regularly scheduled series, enduring materials, and performance improvement projects. The educational design and method for each CME activity is determined by the identified practice gap, content and instructional strategy, and expected results.
The CME program at the UTCOM is accredited (with commendation) by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and is focused on fulfilling its mission of improving patient care outcomes for the citizens of Tennessee. While relying on a framework established by the ACGME, ABMS, and IOM, CME activities are expected to produce measurable results in physician competence, performance, and patient care outcomes. The UTCOM recognizes that some outcomes are immediately measurable, while others result from repeated, long-range educational interventions by multiple sources.