Academic CME/CPD in the United States and Canada
The results of the 2018 AAMC-SACME Harrison Survey show that CME/CPD unit leaders and staff have many opportunities to advance improvements in how they practice and respond to the many ongoing changes in health care.
Although CME/CPD units have historically focused on approving courses for credit, the survey data reflect structures and functions that are more integrated and robust than before. The CME/CPD units affiliated with our medical schools are in a unique position to advance the education of physicians and other health professionals. High priorities for these units, as reported in the survey, included not only clinical knowledge and skills, but quality improvement and interprofessional practice. Going forward, I encourage embracing these priorities as well as expanding efforts to work even more collaboratively across our academic institutions. We must all work across the education continuum and across professions to increase evidence-based approaches to continuous learning and development, especially as they relate to the delivery of high-quality, safe care that is informed by our patients and their family members.
I appreciate all those who worked on this report and those of you who took the time to respond to the survey. Your ongoing commitment to advancing health care through education is vital to the mission of our academic institutions. Patients, families, and communities benefit from your time and talent.
Alison J. Whelan, MD
AAMC Chief Medical Education Officer