2018 Stories

Our Relentless Pursuit to Improve Continuing Medical Education

“THI plays a vital role in providing continuing education to cardiovascular physicians and other specialists around the world.”

– Elaine Allbritton, Director, Continuing Medical Education

For more than 35 years, THI’s Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) has been recognized as an accredited provider of relevant, effective, and practice-based CME activities that support the improvement of health care quality in the United States.

The mission of THI’s CME program is to provide physicians and medical professionals with comprehensive and innovative CME activities that are designed to increase medical knowledge and skills and, ultimately, to change practice behavior to improve patient care. These goals are accomplished by recruiting program directors and speakers for a series of high-quality symposia.

In 2018, we saw the continued success of this critical program. In 2018 alone, the CME team accredited 17 live CME symposia, 19 regularly scheduled series, and five journal CME activities. A total of 721 physicians and 1,114 non-physicians attended THI’s CME-accredited live activities. For all of the CME activities combined, the total attendance was almost 5,000 individuals. Although most attendees reside in the United States, international participants also attend. The success of THI’s CME program illustrates the Institute’s extensive reach within the medical community at the local, national, and international levels.

THI’s Office of CME continues to partner with St. Luke’s and the Catholic Health Initiatives Health System in accrediting their CME offerings across the country. The CME Office also works with physicians at Baylor College of Medicine in accrediting and planning of several of their educational offerings. This alliance strengthens and expands the Office of CME’s scope beyond cardiology to many other subspecialties.

Looking toward the future, THI’s CME program will continue to expand the meaningful impact it has on the local and global medical community, supporting the Institute’s overall mission to reduce the devastating toll of cardiovascular disease through medical education programs.

2018 Texas Heart Institute Honors Ceremony Graduation of Fellows, The Ansary Atrium at the Denton A. Cooley Building May 11, 2018

“Our CME Program was awarded Accreditation with Commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. This award recognizes medical education providers who not only demonstrate compliance with core accreditation criteria, but who aim for even higher levels of achievement—a testament to the team’s relentless effort to improve continuing medical education.”

– James T. Willerson, MD, President Emeritus