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.
Our CME target audience includes staff and resident physicians, dentists and podiatrists, nurses, and pharmacists, as well as associate staff providers and students. 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 continuing education 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:
- Quality Metrics
- Self-reported change in behavior
- Pre- and post-activity knowledge assessment
- Participant satisfaction
Our CME leadership regularly interacts with the Quality, Efficiency, and Safety Department, to select subject material that will enhance our organization’s ongoing efforts to improve measures of physician performance.