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Educating to make a difference

The University of Utah School of Medicine’s CME office (UUCME) supports lifelong learning for University of Utah faculty, community physicians and all healthcare professionals, serving as a critical element in the University of Utah’s continuum of medical education.

We aim to build on the University of Utah’s reputation as a center of excellence and strong lifelong learning traditions to provide continuing education that makes a difference for University of Utah and community healthcare professionals.  Learning from, by and with our surrounding communities.

Our ambition at the University of Utah is shaped by our geography and demographics. We have one of the fastest-growing and healthiest states in the nation. As the only academic medical center in Utah, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho, our reach extends to 10 percent of the geographical area of the continental United States.

Education is subversive. Its intent is to stimulate changes in the way things are being done.

We envision better patient care through continuing education.

  • As a CME learner, your job is to absorb what’s being taught and put it into practice.  We want your feedback on the educational activities you participate in so we can continue to improve them to better help support you in your practice.  You must also actively claim your credit for your participation.
  • As an education planner, your job begins with diagnosing what is falling short in professional practice (clinical care, research, teaching) and then crafting the educational interventions intended to address the short-falls in knowledge, skills (competence), provider performance, and ultimately patient outcomes.
  • Accredited continuing education has moved beyond just improvements or updates in medical knowledge.  Design your instructional content to include the application of knowledge into patient care, as reflected in areas including:
    • Patient safety, quality improvement, research, diagnosis and treatment
    • Communication and collaboration between team members, patients, and clients
    • Desirable physician attributes
    • Provider performance and patient outcomes
    • Leadership in staff and trainees around all health sciences professions
    • Professional and community outreach and involvement
  • Medicine is a team sport. Physicians are just one component of the patient’s healthcare team.  DO include opportunities for interprofessional education by including advance practice nurses, pharmacists and physician’s assistants in your planners, speakers and target audience.