The mission of VCOM’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) program is to enhance the professional development of VCOM faculty, community-based physicians, and healthcare professionals regionally, nationally, and internationally. In pursuit of this mission, VCOM is committed to excellence in biomedical education, research, and healthcare and will achieve its mission by augmenting physician’s clinical knowledge and competence, improving clinical knowledge and performance, and promoting lifelong learning so that their practices reflect exceptional medical care for their patients. In correlation with the mission and goals of the college, the CME program places a specific focus on preparing globally-minded, community-focused physicians to meet the needs of rural and medically underserved populations with an emphasis on the Appalachian and Delta regions of the United States.
The mission of the CME program encompasses the following:
Promoting lifelong learning and all desirable physician attributes expressed in the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Core Competencies.
Identifying the professional practice gaps in physician knowledge, competence and/or performance, defined as differences between current practice and best practice of physicians, that might be addressed through CME programs.
Designing and implementing CME activities that present content that is unbiased, evidence-based, and free of commercial interest in educational formats appropriate for the setting, objectives, and desired results of the activity.
Evaluating changes in physician knowledge, competence, and performance as a result of the CME process, using both quantitative and qualitative measures.
Increasing physician competence through the acquisition of knowledge and new strategies to address the prevention, diagnosis, and/or treatment of a specific health care need.
Enhancing physician performance through their newly acquired skills and knowledge, to improve health outcomes and make changes in practice for their patients and communities.
Enhancing physician understanding of clinical and patient issues of rural and medically underserved populations, especially within the populations of Appalachia and the Delta regions of the United States.
Enhancing physician understanding of research related to healthcare issues of rural and medically underserved populations.
About Continuing Medical Education (CME)
Accreditation for Faculty Development and Continuing Medical Education
The Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians as a Category 1 CME sponsor. VCOM strictly adheres to the standards and regulations provided by the AOA governing the provision and documentation of CME programming.
Key Parts of a Continuing Medical Education Faculty Development Program
The AOA’s Accreditation Manual for CME Sponsors identifies three key parts of a faculty development program:
Faculty Development refers to those programs which focus on the individual faculty member. The most common focus for programs of this type is the faculty member as a teacher. Faculty development specialists provide consultation on teaching, including class organization, evaluation of students, in-class presentation skills, questioning and all aspects of design and presentation. They also advise faculty on other aspects of teacher/student interaction, such as advising, tutoring, discipline policies and administration.
A second frequent focus of such programs is the faculty member as a scholar and professional. These programs offer assistance in career planning, professional development in scholarly skills such as grant writing, publishing, committee work, administrative work, supervisory skills, and a wide range of other activities expected of faculty.
A third area on which faculty development programs focuses is the faculty member as a person. This includes wellness management, interpersonal skills, stress and time management, assertiveness development and a host of other programs which address the individual's well-being.
Each year VCOM holds faculty development sessions on campus and in our clinical sites upon request to enrich the faculty members education. Faculty development programs are also provided online and opportunities are sent to the faculty through their Chairs. Faculty are always welcome to contact the Assistant Dean or Director of Faculty Development to request additional materials or programs.