The Alpert Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians and offers a wide variety of post graduate continuing medical education program for AMA PRA Category 1 credit. Recognizing that practicing physicians are committed to the lifelong pursuit of learning, the mission of the Office of Continuing Medical Education is to build upon that educational continuum by sponsoring quality educational activities for our audiences. The Office of Continuing Medical Education plans and implements CME activities in accordance with the ACCME Essential Areas and policies and Standards for Commercial Support.
The purpose of the Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME) is to support professional development and provide scientific and evidence based educational opportunities that will contribute to quality healthcare. The OCME collaborates with Alpert Medical School faculty, affiliated hospital clinicians, local and regional specialty societies, the Rhode Island Department of Health and other agencies interested in planning formal CME activities for the purpose of enhancing the quality of health and healthcare.
A wide range of educational activities, directly and jointly sponsored, are designed to address the needs and interests of our target audience. Content areas are based on identified professional practice gaps in physician competence, performance or patient outcomes. CME Activity topics include but are not limited to Anesthesiology, Cardiology, Community Health, Emergency Medicine, Infectious Disease, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Human Behavior.
The OCME collaborates with the medical school Offices of Biomedical Faculty Affairs and Women in Medicine to develop and offer programs which focus on topics such as leadership, mentoring, grant writing, management and communication skills, and improving teaching skills.
The Continuing Medical Education program primary target audience includes community and hospital based physicians practicing in Rhode Island, southeastern Massachusetts, and eastern Connecticut. Regional, national and international conferences are also sponsored or jointly sponsored by the OCME. Approximately thirty-five percent of the total attendance includes other healthcare professionals such as nurse practitioners, nutritionists, physical therapists, physician assistants, psychologists, and social workers.
Types of Activities
Activities are planned based on adult learning principles and the use of active learning techniques are encouraged where appropriate. Directly and jointly sponsored activities include:
- Live lectures/conferences
- Invited, named University lectureships
- University-wide Grand Rounds
- Skill-based workshops
- Specialty society meetings
- Enduring Materials
- Journal-based CME
Expected Results of the Program
Through our varied activities, participants are exposed to a range of information from basic science concepts to the latest therapies and advances in skills and technology. Qualitative and quantitative measures are used to assess changes in competence or performance or patient outcomes of our participants. Measures include evaluations, pre and post activity surveys/tests, and informal feedback.
The Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University is committed to protect the privacy of its members and customers. The CME Office maintains its Internet site as an information resource and service for physicians, other health professionals and the public. Continuing Medical Education at The Warren Alpert Medical School will keep your personal and credit information confidential when you participate in a CME based program. Your information will never be given to anyone outside of Warren Alpert's CME program. CME collects only the information necessary to provide you with the services that you request.