Mission Statement:

The mission of Eastern Connecticut Health Network’s (ECHN) Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program is to meet the needs and support the professional development of its Medical Staff and other health care professionals to provide high-quality and compassionate healthcare for the communities we serve.


The Mission of the Eastern Connecticut’s Health Network, Continuing Medical Education Program (CME) is to:

Provide CME to physicians and other health care professionals affiliated with Manchester Memorial and Rockville General Hospitals;

  • Improve, knowledge,  quality and safety of patient care;
  • Provide educational opportunities that enhance  identified needs, emphasizing recent advances in healthcare;
  • Foster an understanding of the roles of individual practitioners on the medical staff;
  • Facilitate compliance with state requirements for CME and other regulations;
  • Tailor program to expand competence and performance with the goal of improving patient care.

Target Audience

The target audience of the CME Program includes members of the Medical Staff, Allied Health Professional Staff, graduate medical education trainees, and medical students.

Content Areas

Content of CME clinical presentations is linked to core measures, quality improvement, peer review findings, patient safety initiatives, advances in medicine, newly published guidelines, consensus documents, or similar sources. The Institute of Medicine, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, American Osteopathic Association, and American Board of Medical Specialties outline competencies we will develop in our practitioners. We seek to balance primary care topics and those relevant to specialists. The Schwartz Center Rounds educate caregivers in the art of compassionate health care. Appropriate non-clinical topics are occasionally presented.

Types of Activities

Our broad spectrums of CME activities are designed to accommodate the needs of the target audience and include live presentations weekly at each hospital.  In addition to providing lectures by experts in their fields, we actively recruit Medical Staff members as presenters, especially those who have recently joined ECHN. This facilitates their introduction to existing staff, and fosters an understanding of their areas of expertise. A number of tumor boards are held each month. Annually, half-day multi-lecture sessions cover all state-required CME topics.  Each mandated topic is presented at various times throughout the year.  Ongoing educational programs are offered throughout the year to promote ECHN’s “Patient Safety Starts with Me” initiative.  ECHN’s Medical Library supports CME by providing for the educational needs of its target audience.

ECHN offers a CME website as a resource for our target audience.  It provides online CME options and information about how to achieve CME credit for Point of Care learning.

ECHN’s Library supports the mission of Continuing Medical Education by providing for the educational needs of individual clinicians. 

Expected Results

CME activities strive to affect broad, current knowledge of evidence-based medicine; improve physician and other health care professionals’ competence and/or performance; improve patient outcomes; and advance the quality and safety of patient care.


This Mission Statement was revised on April 13, 2016, and approved by the ECHN Board of Trustees on July 27, 2016.