The Office of Continuing Medical Education in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences is committed to providing education that enhances participant competence, performance and patient outcomes.
The Jacobs 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 Accreditation Rules including Accreditation Criteria and Standards for Integrity and Independence, to ensure that accredited education is designed to be relevant, practice-based, effective, based on valid content, and independent of 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 primary focus of UB CME activities, lies within evidence-based clinical elements and research for all major therapeutic areas. Other focal points include:
The CME office works in collaboration with the Office of Graduate Medical Education to plan educational activities that focus on the six core competencies:
UB is the primary CME provider of accredited education for most medical disciplines in Western New York. UB also jointly provides 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.
Accredited educational activities provided 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 sprovided 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.