The purpose of the Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center CME program is to maintain, develop, and increase the knowledge, skills, and performance that professional staff members use to provide quality services to patients, the public and/or the profession, in accordance with established accreditation standards for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and the Mission and Core Values of Providence Health & Services. Under the Core Value of Respect, “we develop the talents and abilities of one another.” In keeping with the tradition and mission of Providence, the requirements of Assembly Bill 1195, and the IMQ Cultural/Linguistic Competency Standard, every CME activity will include elements of cultural and/or linguistic competency and, where applicable, content related to health disparities.
The content areas of the CME effort shall include the care issues relative to patients admitted to our medical center and cared for within our community. CME content includes basic medical sciences, the discipline of clinical medicine, pharmacology, behavioral medicine, risk management, medical/legal topics and medical leadership development. The CME Program supports the clinical departments with respect to quality improvement activities and, as an integral member of the quality improvement team, the CME program will provide hospital-wide departmental educational support. Activities are designed to have measurable outcomes which are evaluated to determine the effectiveness of the activities.
Potential participants include primary care physicians, specialists, sub-specialists, and psychologists in a community hospital setting. Other potential participants include ancillary staff who work with physicians in multi-disciplinary healthcare efforts and administrative personnel who hold leadership positions and have an interest in Continuing Medical Education. An internet based website offers accredited enduring materials to healthcare professionals from PSJMC and beyond.
Types of Activities
The activities offered utilize varied formats including didactic presentations, panel discussions, case presentations, small group study, regularly scheduled series such as prospective tumor boards and cardiology case conferences, and participant and faculty exchange. Activities range from one hour sessions to others of longer duration. An internet website offers on-line accredited activities for physicians and other health care professionals with a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ earned.
Activities are designed to have measurable outcomes which are evaluated to determine the effectiveness of the activities in meeting identified educational needs in knowledge, competence, or performance and in changing competence, performance or patient outcomes. In 2017, the Program will continue to align educational priorities with 2017 quality and safety goals of the organization, including the following:
100% caregivers trained in High Reliability Organization (HRO) by end of 2017
Prevent infections (handwashing)
Reduction of CAUTI incidence
Reduction of CLABSI incidence
Reduction of C. diff incidence
Reduction of surgical site infections
Reduction in readmission rate
Reduction in sepsis mortality
In alignment with the new vision for Providence Health & Services, “Creating healthier communities, together”, the Program will investigate community health data for screenings (mammography, colonoscopy, skin cancer, diabetes, etc.) and areas in which disparities in access and/or treatment outcomes exist.