Gundersen Health System has a longstanding tradition of excellence in patient care, medical education, research, and community service.
We recognize the importance of medical education as an integral component of quality healthcare. We also recognize that our medical staff have a responsibility to be engaged in lifelong learning throughout their careers. Gundersen Medical Foundation aims to achieve excellence in continuing medical education (CME) through educational activities that are built on a platform of evidence-based medicine and adult learning principles. We are committed to sustain an exemplary program of CME that impacts the provision of quality healthcare in the 19 counties that form the core of our clinical service. We provide our staff with educational opportunities that contribute to their life-long professional learning and promote the implementation of new knowledge into clinical practice. It is our goal that our CME programs will contribute to improved performance in our delivery of quality healthcare, and it is our vision that, over time, our CME programs will help us achieve improved outcomes for the patients that we serve.
The content of our CME activities includes primary care, specialty, and subspecialty subjects in the field of medicine. The scope of activities involves the body of knowledge and skills recognized and accepted by the medical profession, including the basic medical sciences, clinical medicine, the provision of healthcare to individual patients and populations, and the results of relevant basic science and clinical research. The content of our CME programs is selected, in part, based on ongoing needs assessments performed by the director (coordinator) of each of our various programs.
Our CME target audience includes staff and resident physicians, dentists and podiatrists, as well as associate staff providers and students, including physician assistants and advanced nurse practitioners. However, we encourage all of our healthcare providers to engage in life-long learning, and every interested provider is a welcome participant in our programs.
Type of Activities
Currently most of our CME activities are live activities that occur as regularly scheduled conferences. In addition, we offer a variety of one- and two-day symposia throughout the year. Our CME programs are available to any provider in our service region, regardless of health system affiliation.
Assessment of Results
Our CME activities are intended to enhance physician and other providers’ knowledge and influence their behavior for the purpose of improving physician performance. Over time, we expect that our CME programs will help us achieve improved outcomes for the patients that we serve. The results of our CME activities are assessed as follows:
- Participant satisfaction
- Pre- and post-activity knowledge assessment
- Self-reported change in behavior
- Our CME leadership regularly interacts with the Gundersen Chief Quality Officer, to select subject material that will enhance our organization’s ongoing efforts to improve measures of physician performance. The Chief Quality Officer also serves as a member of the CME committee.
- Our CME leadership regularly interacts with the leadership of the Gundersen Peer Review Committee, to identify gaps in staff physician knowledge and performance. The Chair of the Peer Review Committee serves as a member of the CME Committee.