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USC School of Medicine–Palmetto Health Continuing Medical Education Organization, through the Trans-Campus Planning Committee of the Medical Staff, wishes to emphasize quality and service in the provision of medical education.
Please refer to the pages to the right for more information about our CME Administration.
What is CME?
Continuing medical education consists of educational activities which serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public, or the profession. The content of CME is that body of knowledge and skills generally recognized and accepted by the profession as within the basic medical sciences, the discipline of clinical medicine, and the provision of health care to the public.
A broad definition of CME, such as the one found above, recognizes that all continuing educational activities which assist physicians in carrying out their professional responsibilities more effectively and efficiently are CME. A course in management would be appropriate CME for physicians responsible for managing a health care facility; a course in educational methodology would be appropriate CME for physicians teaching in a medical school; a course in practice management would be appropriate CME for practitioners interested in providing better service to patients (ACCME's Glossary of Terms and Abbreviations July 1999; Revised August 2000).
Palmetto Health Continuing Medical Education Staff
Emily Clark, CME Coordinator