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Continuing Medical Education at Saint Vincent Hospital

Continuing Medical Education at Saint Vincent Hospital

Saint Vincent Hospital, Erie, Pennsylvania, is accredited by the Pennsylvania Medical Society to sponsor continuing medical education for physicians. Saint Vincent has had an accredited CME program for over 30 years.  As a result of our most recent reaccreditation survey we were awarded Accreditation with Commendation for six years through February 2020.

CME Mission Statement
The purpose of continuing medical education within Saint Vincent Hospital is to provide high quality educational activities that increase competence, enhance performance, and improve patient outcomes while maintaining our fiscal responsibility.

Our content areas are linked to our annual goals and address professional practice gaps within our target audience.  They include multiple aspects of primary care and medical/surgical specialties, emphasizing evidence based practice and national quality initiatives that address or meet accreditation standards, hospital service lines, physician communication, care transition, and patient safety.  

Our target audience is the entire Saint Vincent Hospital medical staff, regional and referring physicians, and other health professionals in the community.

Our activities include lectures, conferences, workshops, skill sessions, case discussions, and enduring materials, which are composed of internet and other formats.  We will broadcast activities utilizing teleconferencing or webinar capabilities as appropriate to reach our target audience.  We also co-sponsor and jointly provide activities within the region.  We work with all hospital leaders and many community organizations to develop unique ways to educate physicians.

By aligning the long term goals of the CME Program with those of the Hospital, we are able to measure our effectiveness.  We complete a strategic planning session annually to review our overall effectiveness and establish goals for the upcoming year.  We utilize activity evaluation forms, data analysis, quality department reports and updates from hospital administration to ensure our program continues to meet the stated goals.