CME Mission Statement
The Mission of the Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program at Good Samaritan Hospital is to provide an evidence-based, high quality, relevant, accessible and cost-effective educational resource. With the aim of assuring clinical excellence the program’s goal is to continually improve medical care through the maintenance, augmentation, and updating of medical knowledge, skills, awareness of practice trends, and personal attitudes. The program’s offerings would complement or add to the existing knowledge of the targeted audiences; help improve professional competency and patient outcomes; help integrate any newly acquired skills and information into practices and care plans; and to assess or determine the impact of CME activities.
The CME Program will attempt to provide varied educational activities relevant to the practices of recognized medical and health care disciplines. The activities can include forums and presentations related to the awareness of current practice and treatment trends; the awareness of relevant and applicable therapeutic modalities; information on the management of patients with and patient care for various medical conditions; ethical and legal issues; Corporate Responsibility; Quality Improvement; Risk Management and Liability Risk Reduction; and practice and care-centered technological innovations and applications.
All hospital clinical departments are invited and encouraged to present CME Committee-approved programs and sessions for the hospital’s licensed medical and allied health staffs and health professionals in Rockland County and surrounding counties in New York and New Jersey. Some programs will have a broad-based appeal and might involve more than one specialty or department. Other programs are directed to specialists or sub-specialists: physicians, physician assistants, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNAS), Nurse Midwives, Nurse Practitioners, and Pharmacists.
Type of Activities
CME Program activities can include: lectures, panel discussions, themed workshops, full-day symposia, grand rounds, and bedside teaching rounds. The targeted audience dictates the specific structure and format of each activity to insure a relevant fit between the activities’ content and the expected instructional outcome. This is especially significant when a program is multidisciplinary.
The primary importance of any activity sponsored by the CME Program is to help influence changes in clinical and personal performance with the aim of insuring improved patient care, patient outcomes and clinical excellence. The expectation is that the information and knowledge gained through the activities will be applied, where relevant, to practice and care to insure those outcomes. It is expected that participants will be able to report in the program evaluation an increased confidence in meeting clinical challenges; be able to report enhanced or reinforced knowledge; be encouraged to commit to changing behavior by the application of newly acquired practice strategies; and be able to self-report demonstrated competence or effective use of new and specific or specialized skills.