The mission of the UC Davis Health System CME program is to support UC Davis Health System’s commitment to “improving lives and transforming health care”.  This goal is accomplished by producing high quality education that increases the knowledge, competence and performance of physicians and other allied healthcare professionals.  The CME program located within an academic health system is uniquely qualified to support and influence the continuum of educational activities of physicians from post-baccalaureate to clinical practice.

Content Areas

The CME program includes an expansive range of activities designed for primary care, specialist education, and faculty development activities. Educational gaps are identified through ongoing needs assessments and are addressed and reduced through CME activities that increase learner’s knowledge and competence, continuously improving clinical skills and performance, and addressing professional behavior related to medicine.  Inter-professional partners are encouraged to collaborate on content development to support medical teams.  ACGME, ABMS and/or AOA competencies are incorporated into educational activities.

Target Audience

UC Davis Health System is one of the primary providers of CME for Northern California. CME content is designed to address professional practice gaps of identified specialties and/or the interprofessional health care team which includes physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, nurses, nurse practitioners, psychologists, dietitians, and others as appropriate for the scope of practice addressed in the activity. Special attention is given to the unique needs of physicians working in remote and rural parts of California. The reputation of UC Davis faculty and their research and knowledge attracts a national and international audience.   In recognition of the continuum of medical education and its relationship to lifelong learning, medical students and residents are included at educational activities.

Types of Activities Provided

Educational activities are provided in a variety formats including:
•Live courses focusing on a particular topic or public health issue
•Regularly Scheduled Series (RSS) such as grand rounds, case conferences, tumor boards, and morbidity and mortality activities
•Educational interventions conducted as part of quality or performance improvement
•Interprofessional education within the School of Medicine
•Profession skill-building
•Maintenance of Certification and Maintenance of License
•Enduring materials and web-based activities

Expected Results of the Program

UC Davis Health System fosters the continuing professional development of physicians through educational activities that will advance their medical knowledge, develop their teaching skills, improve their performance in practice, and/or patient outcomes. The expected results of the CME program is that the learner will be able to: 1) report greater confidence in their ability to apply the knowledge they have gained; 2) demonstrate their ability to apply this knowledge; 3) make a commitment to change their practice or behavior as a result of the educational intervention; and/or 4) show improvement or positive impact on specific performance measures and/or patient outcomes through quality and patient safety metrics. 


Erik G. Laurin, M.D., FACEP, FAAEM      
Interim Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education

Thomas S. Nesbitt, MD, MPH
Associate Vice Chancellor for Strategic Technologies and Alliances