The OSU-CHS continuing medical education program is renowned for providing the latest information on medical advances and best practices to osteopathic physicians in Oklahoma, but its reach and reputation extends beyond the state’s borders.
Through its independent study and online study programs, the Office of Continuing Medical Education program is a critical resource for physicians from China to Africa. The goal of the program is to improve professional practice and patient outcomes, as well as ensure a high standard of care throughout the nation.
“Our motto is ‘Quality Continuing Medical Education for the 21st Century and Beyond,’ and our program exemplifies that philosophy,” said W. Stephen Eddy, D.O., director of the OSU-CHS Office of Continuing Medical Education. “We carry that idea through everything we do so that physicians get the most current knowledge and developments in the field of medicine.”
The CME program has the stamp of approval from the American Osteopathic Association, which has accredited the program with a special commendation for exceeding requirements for continuing medical education programs.
Established in 1985, the CME program organizes live seminars and conferences, including the annual Emergency Medicine Review and Primary Care Update. The office also provides additional opportunities to those unable to attend conferences through its media loan program. The mailing program started in 1985 by sending CME courses on VHS and audio tapes to physicians. The program still exists but the VHS tapes have been replaced by DVDs.
In 2009, the office added an online course program amid growing evidence that nontraditional approaches to CME were more effective because they reach physicians wherever they practice. The office currently offers 189 hours of CME through the media loan program and 149 hours of CME through the online program, Eddy said.
The CME office was honored by the U.S. Army in 2009 for its outstanding support of Operation Iraqi Freedom by providing CME materials that made a significant impact on the quality of health care in Iraq.
In addition, the program is the preferred online CME provide through referrals from the AOA, the Oklahoma State Board of Osteopathic Examiners and the California Board of Osteopathic Examiners.
Program co-coordinators are Cyndi Canning and Rob Robinson. Beverly Minock is the program support specialist. For additional information about the CME program, visit the OSU-CHS CME website.