The Postgraduate Education Division of the Keck School of Medicine offers continuing medical education (CME) for physicians, nurses and physician assistants.
The mission of the division is to enhance the knowledge and skills of physicians and health professionals and to promote optimal patient care. To this end, the division offers accredited continuing medical education programs that emphasize new technology, procedures and research findings. Programs serve about 18,000 health professionals annually, and include symposia, courses, grand rounds, printed newsletters and other media-based formats. Selected programs are also offered in Spanish.
One critical issue for community providers today is how to keep up with medical literature relevant to their practice when faced with the sheer volume of new research published every month in medical and scientific journals. Currently, the division is working with consultants from USC’s Information Sciences Institute and Annenberg School of Communication to explore how to best use information sciences, communication strategies, advances in technology and increasing opportunities for self-directed education to create a modern, effective paradigm for continuing medical education.