Foundation for Care Management (FCM)
The Foundation for Care Management ( FCM ) is a recognized leader in local, national, and international continuing medical education for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other healthcare professionals. Founded in 1995, FCM is a non-profit 501c3 tax-exempt organization whose role is to fill the education and practice gaps of primary care providers (physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, registered nurses, and pharmacists) to enhance their general competencies and desired attributes: patient care, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, systems-based practice, and medical knowledge. FCM has sixty educational partners – small, rural hospitals, clinics, and physician offices in Alaska , Washington , and Oregon . It is governed and advised by voluntary boards of interdisciplinary primary care providers representing the sixty educational partners and providing the expertise of the major universities of Washington State.
Content topics for CE focus on medical practice related to current diagnosis and treatment, referral, risk management, patient education, and other topics that are within the generally accepted range of the basic medical sciences for individual and group medical practices and are evidence-based. Content topics for nursing and pharmacy are those that are within their respective practice areas and will enhance that practice and help them to function within the multidisciplinary team. Content areas as well as educational modalities are derived from documented educational and practice gaps of the primary care provider. The FCM Advisory Board applies multi-disciplinary expertise to recommend course content and presentation methods to the Planning Committee.