Baylor College of Medicine’s Office of Continuing Medical Education provides continuing medical education activities that promote lifelong learning and support efforts to enhance competence and physician performance in patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism and systems-based practice.
Baylor College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. Baylor received Accreditation with Commendation, the highest level obtainable, in the most recent review by the ACCME in 2013. The next accreditation review will be in 2019.
Baylor's CME office strives to respond to the educational needs of physicians by identifying factors that impact the practice of medicine. Areas of focus include emerging evidence in technologies in diagnostics and therapeutics, quality improvement, patient safety, and other scientific advances in medicine. Educational topics also include updates in practice guidelines, changing health policies and regulations, and changing healthcare delivery systems. To achieve this goal, Baylor's CME office takes a proactive approach in its efforts to add, enhance or expand activities and to develop new educational strategies and information technologies for delivering CME.
Baylor's CME office offers a full range of services to support educational development and works closely with activity directors to develop program needs assessments, implement plans, and evaluate outcomes. It also uses the resources of Baylor’s Center for Collaborative and Interactive Technologies to develop innovative educational delivery methods, including just-in-time education, quality improvement, and online clinical decision support. Education program formats include:
- Live activities/courses (e.g., conferences, colloquia, symposia, workshops and webinars)
- Regularly scheduled series (e.g., grand rounds, tumor boards, and case conferences)
- Enduring materials (e.g., Internet and print)
Baylor is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. Baylor was resurveyed in March 2013 by the ACCME and awarded Accreditation with Commendation for six years as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians. Baylor has received Accreditation with Commendation each accreditation cycle since that designation was offered by the ACCME, including in November 2000 and March 2007. Accreditation with Commendation also confers accreditation for the maximum period of six years in contrast to the standard accreditation period of four years. In 1996 Baylor, due to its performance, including multiple exemplary ratings, received recognition with accreditation for six years.