The purpose of the CME program of ECHN is to:
- Improve quality of patient care;
- Provide educational opportunities related to identified needs, emphasizing recent advances in health care;
- Foster an understanding of the roles of individual practitioners on the medical staff; and
- Facilitate compliance with state requirements for CME and other regulations.
ECHN, the corporate parent of Manchester Memorial (MMH) and Rockville General (RGH) hospitals, has a single medical staff. The ECHN Medical Staff includes hospital-based practitioners and others who practice in any of the 19 towns in our service area: Andover, Ashford, Bolton, Columbia, Coventry, East Hartford, East Windsor, Ellington, Glastonbury, Hebron, Manchester, Mansfield, Somers, South Windsor, Stafford, Tolland, Union, Vernon, and Willington. Some limit their practice to a single hospital. Others rarely come to either, as they contract with our hospitalists for inpatient care. MMH and RGH are community hospitals, with limited affiliation to academic medical centers.
Types of activities designed to accommodate the needs of this target audience include live presentations weekly at each hospital, many held separately at MMH and RGH. We actively recruit ECHN specialists as presenters, especially those who have recently joined us. This facilitates their introduction to existing staff, and fosters an understanding of their areas of expertise. Outside speakers are drawn from Connecticut or neighboring states whenever possible. A number of tumor boards are held each month, some teleconferenced between the two campuses. We offer online CME options, and occasional video recordings or satellite broadcasts of programs from other accredited sponsors. Annually, half-day multi-lecture sessions cover all state-required CME topics.
We link the content of clinical presentations to our core measures, quality improvement or peer review findings; or to advances in medicine, newly published guidelines, consensus documents, or similar sources. The Institute of Medicine, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and American Board of Medical Specialties outline competencies we will develop in our practitioners. We seek to balance primary care topics and those relevant to specialists. The Schwartz Center Rounds educate caregivers in the art of compassionate health care. Appropriate non-clinical topics are occasionally presented.
ECHN’s Library supports the mission of Continuing Medical Education by providing for the educational needs of individual clinicians.
Various CME activities strive to effect broad, current knowledge of evidence-based medicine; improved physician performance; or higher patient care quality and safety. This Mission Statement was revised on April 7, 2010, and approved by the ECHN Board of Trustees on July 28, 2010