Continuing Medical Education

Mission Statement

The Stanford University School of Medicine is a premier research-intensive institution improving health through collaborative discoveries and innovation in patient care, education and research. The school fosters two-way transfer of knowledge between research laboratories and patient-care settings. Faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, students, and physicians in the broader medical community engage in interdisciplinary efforts to translate this knowledge into clinical practice.


The Stanford University School of Medicine continuing medical education (CME) program promotes continuous improvement in patient health care by providing physicians and other health care professionals with high quality, evidence-based educational activities focusing on advances in medicine, new medical technology, biomedical research, and changes in the health care environment. The overall goal of the program is to augment physician knowledge, enhance competence and performance in practice, and improve patient outcomes.


Stanford's CME program includes a broad range of primary care, specialty and subspecialty topics chosen through a comprehensive needs assessment process. The needs assessment process identifies "gaps" in physician knowledge, competence and/or performance, defined as differences between current practice and best practice. Continuing medical education content is chosen for its relevance to the target audience's current or potential scope of professional activities. CME activities are planned in the context of desirable physician attributes and core competencies to promote dissemination of practice patterns of high quality and serve the best interests of the public.

Target Audience

Activity Types

Stanford offers a variety of CME activities, including the following:

Learning methods are selected based on the setting, identified needs, desired results, and learning styles of the target audience.

Expected Results

As a result of their participation in the Stanford CME program, learners will demonstrate changes in competence and/or improvement in performance-in-practice. Metrics for determination of success include the following:


Stanford Center for CME, 3/2/12

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