More than 150 physicians, educators, and other professionals involved in Continuing Medical Education (CME) recently attended The Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ) CME Provider Annual Conference. This hugely successful conference focused on connecting the various components of CME accreditation, including physician CME requirements for certification and licensure, learning and complying with requirements for planning CME activities, improving faculty presentations, and integrating the patient perspective into CME.
During the conference, the CMA/IMQ CME Committee was pleased to recognize the
following individuals and organizations who demonstrated outstanding practices
in their CME efforts.
- IMQ presents the Samuel R. Sherman, MD award to organizations that
demonstrate innovation in CME planning and successfully linking CME and
performance improvement. This year the award was presented to two
- California Hospital Medical Center was recognized for its Perinatal
Health Collaborative of LA, an interdisciplinary initiative focused on
improving maternal and infant health outcomes by providing primary care
physicians and clinicians with evidenced-based standards and tools.
- Kaiser Permanente Sacramento Valley was recognized for integrating
CME into its efforts to improve maternal mortality by focusing on a new
protocol for post partum hemorrhage. The training utilized simulation to
address skill improvement in real time with the support of the full care
- The award for Outstanding CME Chair went to Dr. David Slater, CME Chair
and CME Medical Director for Community Medical Centers. Dr. Slater was
recognized for effectively supporting CME at various venues across the three
hospitals’ 17-facility medical corporation. In his role he tirelessly
promotes CME activity, leads improvements in CME processes and, as a board
member, represents CME interests in governing decisions.
- Recognizing the importance of coordination and leadership to the success
of a CME Program, IMQ recognized Ms. Barbara Leach with the CME Coordinator
award. As the Administrator of Sutter Health University, Ms. Leach worked
with executive leaders to increase their understanding of the benefits of
CME and to gain support to establish an effective CME program within a