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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 which serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and 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 and valuable to physicians and other medical professionals because it is required in order to maintain medical licensure & certification and improves their medical practice and keeps them up-to-date. CME also is beneficial to departments, organizations & employers because it strengthens their employees and is an opportunity for them. The most prominent CME activities attract attendees throughout the region and country, so the benefits of CME spread to the city, state, and national levels as well.Click here to read more about how CME benefits the physician, other medical professionals, department, organization, employer, city and state.

About CME Activities - CME activities are most often live activities, but they can also be pre-recorded video, written & audio presentations. CME usually takes the form of conferences where a speaker educates an audience of physicians on a medical topic or where a group of physicians discusses their current medical cases or medical journals, but it also includes a physician reviewing written, audio and video CME publications. 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 2,200 hours of instruction to 42,000 physicians and other medical professionals in 2019. The UTCOM 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 tier of CME accreditation.Click here for more info about CME at the UTCOM. 

Learn more about CME and CME Credit in the United States.

Last Published: Aug 28, 2020