The Office of Continuing Medical Education in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is committed to providing education that enhances participant competence, performance and patient outcomes.
The University at Buffalo (UB) School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is an academic medical center within the largest and most comprehensive research university of the State University of New York system.
Our office’s primary audience comprises the physicians of Western New York. Our reach, however, crosses borders both nationally and internationally. We are committed to providing education that enhances participant competence, performance and patient outcomes.
The purpose of the UB CME office is to:
The CME mission will be accomplished in compliance with the Accreditation Council for CME’s Essential Areas and Elements including Standards for Commercial Support, especially valid content and independence from commercial influence.
CME is rooted in the university’s academic values of scientific inquiry and public service, as it promotes institutional policies of transparency, accountability and professionalism in medicine.
The main focus of the majority of CME activities, sponsored by the University at Buffalo, lies within evidence-based clinical elements and research for all major therapeutic areas. Other focal points include:
UB is the primary provider of CME for most medical disciplines in Western New York. UB also jointly sponsors national and international CME programs organized by faculty members who are leaders of various scientific and professional societies. Our target audience includes physicians, allied healthcare professionals, basic scientists and researchers.
Educational activities sponsored by the University at Buffalo are planned and implemented using needs assessment data and identified education gaps to determine the content and education method appropriate for the audience and subject matter. It is expected that participants in CME activities sponsored through UB integrate what they learn into their practice to improve their competence and performance in areas of patient care, patient safety and professional practice. Education providers are expected to design their educational activities to meet the current or potential scope of professional activities for their participants.
The UB CME unit measures its effectiveness on two levels: participant and institutional. Both quantitative and qualitative data are utilized to assess participants’ modification concerning knowledge levels, attitudes, perceived self-efficacy, skill levels and its impact on performance. Also assessed is the provider’s ability to sustain the mission of the CME office. Finally, data is collected and used to assess faculty, planner and participant satisfaction with the quality and efficiency of CME services.