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Mission Statement
Continuing Medical Education Program

Purpose
The purpose of the Texas Heart Institute continuing medical education program is to provide comprehensive and innovative continuing medical education activities that are designed to increase medical knowledge and skills and ultimately change practice behavior, methods or procedures in cardiovascular medicine and other medical specialties.

Target Audience
Continuing medical education activities are designed to meet the identified educational needs of physicians, clinical researchers, and other medical educators at the local, regional and national levels. Although most participants reside within the United States, international participants also attend. Non-physician healthcare providers who may benefit from the educational content may also participate.

Type of Activities
Activities are provided through faculty-led programs as well as a library of enduring materials to support self-directed learning. Specific activities include regularly scheduled series, topic-specific symposia, live activities, and online enduring materials.  Activities jointly sponsored with external organizations are occasionally offered.

Content
The content of Texas Heart Institute CME activities include topics in cardiovascular medicine, cardiovascular surgery, general medicine specialties, and ethics in patient care. Course content is determined through identifying learning gaps and the needs underlying them by utilizing the following sources: 

  • scientific advancements in various fields of medicine and surgery
  • outcomes data used to evaluate current practice standards defined by practice guidelines
  • expert consensus statements
  • perception of the need by the intended audiences 

All continuing medical education activities are designed and implemented to enhance and update physician knowledge and clinical skills, provide opportunities for dialogue and debate with peers and experts on covered topics, and support change in physician practice behavior as necessary to conform with established bodies of evidence and clinical practice guidelines.

Expected Results
Texas Heart Institute Office of CME is committed to assessing the impact and effectiveness of each of its activities and overall CME program. This is accomplished through a variety of methods: pre- test evaluations, post event electronic evaluation, outcomes surveys and an annual program survey. We expect that the learners will report a change in practice behavior, methods or procedures.


Updated November 2013
 
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