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Office of Continuing Medical Education

Continuing Medical Education (CME) is part of the strategic plan at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, and an integral part of the College of Medicine.

The University of Tennessee is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians, and it has achieved Accreditation with Commendation, the highest level of CME accreditation. The administrative center for the UTHSC College of Medicine Office of Continuing Medical Education is located at the Chattanooga campus, and there are UTCOM CME offices and administrative staff at the Memphis and Knoxville campuses as well.

In 2019, the UTHSC Offices of CME provided...


2,319 Hours of CME Instruction
to 30,055 Physician Learners
and 12,850 Non-Physician Learners
 
across 128 CME activities.

CME Overview

What is CME? Continuing medical education (CME) is professional development for physicians. By definition, "[CME] consists of educational activities that serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills & professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public, or the profession".Click here for more info about the CME definition, content requirements, etc.

Why is CME important? CME is important & valuable to physicians and other medical professionals because it is required in order to maintain medical licensure & certification, improves their medical practice, and keeps them up-to-date with medical advancements for their medical practice. CME also is beneficial to departments, organizations & employers because it strengthens their workforce and is an opportunity to show support their medical professionals. CME is beneficial at the city, county, state & national levels as well as medical outcomes are improved for the people in those communities and overall health is improved.Click here to read more about how CME benefits the physician, other medical professionals, department, organization, employer, city and state.

About CME Activities - Activity Type: CME activities can be live or pre-recorded (on-demand) materials such video & audio presentations or written materials in printed or digital formats. CME Actviities. Participation Type: CME learners can pariticipiate in-person or remotely (e.g., Zoom virtual video meetings). In-person CME activities are usually conferences where an expert teaches on a medical topic or where a group of physicians discusses their current medical cases or medical journals, and on-demand CME activities are usually a physician reviewing video, audio or written CME content in their own time and by themselves or in a group. Click here for more about the format of CME actvities.

CME at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine  - CME is part of the strategic plan at the University of Tennessee and is an integral part of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine (UTCOM). The UTCOM provided 1,300 Hours of Instruction to 34,000 physicians and other medical professionals in 2020, which was an 18% reduction (from 2019) due to live meetings being cancelled due to COVID-19. The UTCOM is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.Click here for more info about CME at the UTCOM. 

Last Published: Oct 25, 2021