The Governing Body, Medical Staff and Administration of Mercy Hospital are committed to a mission of providing Physician Continuing Medical Education (CME) consistent with the essentials, guidelines and standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the Florida Medical Association (FMA).

The fundamental on-going goal of the CME program at Mercy Hospital is to offer effective 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”.1

The content of CME Activities will conform to the ACCME definition of content: “that body of knowledge and skills generally recognized and accepted by the profession as within the basic medical sciences, the discipline of clinical medicine, and the provision of health care to the public.”1 The program will attempt to engender and foster a curiosity for medical knowledge and scientific inquiry. At the same time, the program will address the knowledge, competence and performance gaps of Mercy physicians as determined by, but not limited to, the following: Hospital Administration; Medical Staff Specialty Departments: Medical Staff Executive Committee; educational requirements of the Cancer registry; Performance Improvement Coordinating Council; various patient care committees; Quality Improvement Department; Medical Staff surveys; feedback from CME participants and faculty; healthcare regulatory and government agencies; medical care issues identified in significant medical literature reviews. The content of each activity will support one or more of the ACGME, ABMS, or IOM Professional competencies.

Educational Audience
By nature of the educational needs, CME Activities accredited by Mercy Hospital will target Mercy Hospital Medical Staff. CME Activities are open to non-Mercy physicians and non-physician healthcare professionals, not as a mission, but as a service to the larger medical community in which Mercy participates. The Medical Education Committee will consider Joint Sponsorship of CME Activities if joint sponsorship would serve the educational needs of a significant number of Mercy Hospital Medical Staff.

Types of Activities
The types of activities are determined by the educational needs and objectives. The CME mission supports and encourages a variety of CME formats including, but not limited to, the following: Didactic lectures, symposia, case study analyses, panel discussions, enduring materials, point of care CME and/or other creative educational interventions that would best meet the objectives and/or the learning styles of physician participants and approved by the Medical Education Committee.

Expected Results
As a result of the CME program, we expect a change in physician competence and physician perception of performance as measured by activity evaluations. In addition, through follow-up for selected CME activities, we expect to quantify application of knowledge to actual change in performance.

1 ACCME Definition of CME