The Latest in Continuing Medical Education

Two women looking at a digital tablet. (C) Adobe Stock. All rights reserved.We are leading the way in continuing medical education (CME) for the health sciences professionals of today and tomorrow. That means we're at the forefront of helping UC Davis Health foster innovative education.

Here you'll find news about the latest developments, partnerships, strategies and tools we use to enhance the learning experience for everyone from undergraduate medical students to experienced faculty and physicians.

For more information, please give us a call at (916) 734-5352 or email cme@ucdavis.edu.

News Highlights

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January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month: Course shows health care providers how to address issue

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, a timely reminder for health care professionals to become better educated on the warning signs and what to do if this crime suspected. Human Trafficking – Training For Healthcare Providers is a CME course designed for UC Davis Health colleagues who would like to learn more about human trafficking. This compelling course includes first-hand patient experience and assists learners to describe trauma-informed care, identify red flags and/or risk factors for human trafficking, learn conversation starters to discuss human trafficking with patients, and provide resources when trafficking is suspected. It is available to UC Davis Health professionals through the UC Learning Center and is certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.

Office of Continuing Medical Education offers courses, resources on care of patients with COVID-19

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise and circulate in the community, UC Davis Health experts in conjunction with the Office of Continuing Medical Education are creating on-demand continuing medical education coursework to assist in the care of patients with this condition. A wide range of topics is available, from the latest diagnostic tools to hospital medicine and COVID-19 to the management of respiratory failure. All continuing medical education courses are available to UC Davis Health professionals through the UC Learning Center and are certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.


Clinical Experience Treating COVID-19 in New York City: A continuing medical education course

UC Davis Health physicians who served on the frontlines in New York during one of the first waves of COVID-19 have been educating their colleagues about the realities of treating COVID-19 positive patients and working in a surge environment.  Their experience is now available as an on-demand continuing medical education course, Clinical Experience Treating COVID-19 in New York City. Through this online educational opportunity, learners will gain critical knowledge of working in a surge environment and response strategies to a global pandemic. The course is available to UC Davis Health professionals within the UC Learning Center and is certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.


Presentation at the 10th Annual Healthcare Quality Forum

Healthcare Quality Forum Poster Session (C) UC Davis Health. All rights reserved.The UC Davis Health Office of Continuing Medical Education presented an abstract poster at the 10th Annual UC Davis Healthcare Quality Forum, virtually, on June 24, 2020. Sandhya Venugopal, M.D., Associate Dean of CME at UC Davis Health, presented on the work done by the office to enhance performance improvement and change in practice outcomes. “CME plays a fundamental role in our lifelong learning. Subsequently, the changes we’re making in CME are really driving the changes we need to meet in our institution, as well as the needs of our patients.” Learn more about this program in our Prior Education Spotlight section.


Presentation at the 2020 SACME Annual Meeting

Team members from the UC Davis Health Office of Continuing Medical Education presented an abstract poster at the 2020 Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) Annual Meeting in Miami, Florida on Feb. 18-21, 2020. The presentation focused on the work done with UC Davis Health neurologists to develop the Precision Interprofessional Neurologic Educational Learning (PINECLE) program. Learn more about this program in our Education Spotlight section.

CME Today and For the Future

The UC Davis Health Faculty Development and Diversity Blog published a piece written by Sandhya Venugopal, M.D., associate dean of continuing medical education at UC Davis Health, and Shelley Palumbo, director and CAO of the Office of Continuing Medical Education, in September 2019. The piece addresses how the ideal CME program is linked to quality improvement, is learner focused, is built into the fabric of daily patient care, and occurs at the point of care thereby addressing the needs of the practitioner.


CME Partners with Individualized Physician EHR Training Program

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Learn about the Physician Efficiency Program (PEP).

The Physician Efficiency Program (PEP), which helps UC Davis Health physicians better manage their work in the electronic health record (EHR), avoid burnout, and improve patient care, has partnered with the Office of Continuing Medical Education to offer a course that is certified for CME credit. During the course, each physician receives up to four hours of individualized, one-on-one training in the EHR. This training is held during clinic time at a 50 percent reduced schedule to allow for practice charting. Each physician leaves this training with an individualized efficiency plan. Additional weekly one-hour group discussions are held to address each clinic’s unique struggles. Each onsite PEP engagement typically lasts three to six weeks. During this time the PEP team works to optimize the EHR platform for each clinic, building new digital tools as needed.


Associate Dean of CME Presents Case Study at Boston Seminar 

Sandhya Venugopal, M.D., associate dean of CME at UC Davis Health, attended the MGH Institute of Health Professions Scholarship and Capstone Seminar on June 17-19, 2019 in Boston. She delivered a case study presentation called "Continuing Medical Education, Reshaping Health Education: Application of 2025 Job Roles."


CME Collaborates with Pediatric Acute Education Sessions (PACES) Program

Child smiling with PACES logo. (c) UC Davis Regents. All rights reserved.UC Davis Health’s Regional Affiliations and Outreach department, in collaboration with UC Davis Children’s Hospital and the Office of Continuing Medical Education, offers the Pediatric Acute Care Education Sessions (PACES) program for community clinicians who provide care to children. The program gives clinicians the opportunity to engage in peer-to-peer learning with pediatricians from UC Davis Children’s Hospital through webinars.

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During the 9th Annual UC Davis Healthcare Quality Forum on March 13, 2019 in Sacramento, Calif., forum co-chair Frederick J. Meyers, M.D., M.A.C.P., talked about changes happening with continuing medical education at UC Davis Health.

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The UC Davis Health Office of Continuing Medical Education offers the use of Learning Glass technology, which allows faculty to record online lectures and illustrate presentation materials while maintaining face-to-face contact with learners.