Mission & Objectives

Mission Statement

The Purpose of the overall CME Program at Washington University School of Medicine is to facilitate life-long learning through providing learning opportunities for educational renewal and advancement in order to assist health care professionals to maintain and enhance professional competencies and performance to improve patient care.

Content Areas addressed by the CME Program are comprehensive, evidence-based, and focus on core professional competencies.  They encompass the full scope of medical and surgical practice, including basic scientific underpinnings of disease and therapeutics, medical diagnosis and treatment, preventive medicine and eradication of health care disparities.

Target Audiences include local, national and international physicians in practice and in postgraduate training.  Where feasible, educational content is designed for teams of health care providers, including allied health professionals. Thus we encourage educators to include content appropriate for all health care team members, including allied health professionals as well as health care professionals in training.

Types of Activities include live periodic courses, regularly scheduled series, distance learning online and other enduring materials.

Expected Results include improvements in knowledge, competence, professional performance, patient care, and patient outcomes.


In support of improving patient care, Washington University School of Medicine in St Louis is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.


The specific objectives of our CME department include to

  • Enable the acquisition of new knowledge and skills for the delivery of quality patient care.

  • Translate the results of research to clinical diagnosis and treatment for practicing physicians.

  • Apply educational approaches in support of continuous quality improvement in health care delivery.

  • Integrate clinical outcome measures into the educational process.

  • Assist the physician’s adaptation to changing health care delivery environments.

  • Support faculty development as postgraduate medical educators and leaders.

  • Evaluate and refine educational activities.

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