University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Center (UPMC) for Continuing Education
Mission of the Center:
The purpose of the Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences is to advance the academic, clinical, and service missions of the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences and UPMC through the continuing professional development of physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and other health professionals and the translation of biomedical knowledge into clinical practice.
The expected results of the Center's activities are determined through the assessment of knowledge, professional performance, clinical outcomes, and population health. This is accomplished through a variety of methodologies including survey tools, reflective exercises, pre- and post-activity knowledge and competency testing, and measurement of healthcare outcomes. These data are used to assess the effectiveness of our activities and to continuously improve the quality of education offered to our target audiences. The expected results of the overall program are determined by measurement of progress on stated goals and institutional performance metrics. This information is reviewed by senior leadership at the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC on an annual basis.
The Center's goals are continuously realigned to assure congruence with institutional imperatives. Content areas address core competency areas including clinical care, medical knowledge, professionalism, communication skills, practice-based improvement, and systems-based practice. Programming is targeted to physicians, pharmacists, and other health care professionals within the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC, as well as those from across the United States and other countries who are impacted by our academic and clinical enterprises. The Center draws on the educational, scientific, technological, and other institutional resources of the University and Health System to offer diverse types of activities including formal courses, interactive small groups, communities of learning and practice, and self-directed activities in a variety of formats to accommodate individual learning styles and achieve stated educational objectives.