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 Prospect Medical Holdings, CT (Eastern Connecticut Health Network and Waterbury Hospital) Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program is to meet the educational needs and support the professional development of its physicians and other health care professionals at our affiliated hospitals so they may continue to provide high-quality, evidence-based, and compassionate healthcare for the communities we serve.
The Mission of the Continuing Medical Education Program (CME) will be met by:
- Providing education to physicians and other healthcare professionals in our affiliated hospitals in order to increase competence by filling gaps in knowledge.
- Promoting quality and safety of patient care to improve patient outcomes through continuing education.
- Identifying learning needs of providers, as well as emphasizing recent advances in healthcare to facilitate growth in provider performance.
- Facilitating compliance with state requirements for CME and meeting other regulations.
- Tailoring the CME program to expand competence and performance with the goal of improving patient care.
Our Target Audience
The intended target audience of the CME Program includes members of ECHN’s and Waterbury Hospital’s Medical Staff and Allied Health Professional Staff. Because of the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of modern medical practice, education may also be offered to graduate medical education trainees, nurses, medical students, and other healthcare professionals, however these are not the primary target populations.
Content & Types of Activities
Our broad spectrum of CME activities is designed to accommodate the needs of the target audience and include live in-person, live virtual, and internet enduring materials. Our CME program consists of:
- Ongoing and timely educational programs identified through physician gaps and offered throughout the year.
- Regularly Scheduled Series (RSS) including Cancer Care Conferences and Grand Rounds.
- Multi-lecture sessions covering all state-required CME Mandatory Education topics that are offered regularly.
- Enduring materials, which are most often created from recording live activities and made available at the convenience of the learner.
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.
Our medical librarian and libraries support CME by providing for the educational needs of its target audience and by assisting presenters with literature searches needed to ensure valid scientific support for the presentations.
Our program offers an online CME dashboard 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. It also serves as a resource for recorded live events and other enduring material that might be produced.
This Mission Statement was revised on April 1, 2021 and approved by the Chairs of the CME Committee and the CME Committee Members on April 6, 2021.