About Us

The Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) was established shortly after the opening of the Medical School and since 1979 has been fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education as a national provider of CME. After ACCME’s latest review, Stony Brook was awarded Accreditation with Commendation, their highest performance rating. All our CME activities are evidence-based and free of commercial bias.

The Medical School has about 860 faculty members representing all specialties of medicine who are available to teach within our active CME program. Their teaching translates cutting-edge research from the laboratory to the bedside and into office practice. Inter-professional training is facilitated by the proximity and culture among the several professional schools within Stony Brook Medicine, our academic medical center.

Educational formats include conferences, grand rounds, seminars and workshops. A case-based or problem-based approach, simulations or role-playing are regularly used in workshops to foster both motivation and interactive involvement in order to facilitate learning. Skills workshops can use anatomy labs, animal surgery; simulated patients or live-case presentations. Other more self-directed types of offerings include self-assessments as part of enduring materials and other web-based activities. We have a wealth of experience from conducting annual CME courses some spanning several decades, e.g., in family medicine, breast imaging, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, which continue to update physicians with new approaches to improving the prevention, diagnosis and management of disease, and for promoting health.

Dorothy S. Lane, MD, MPH

Associate Dean for CME

Dr. Dorothy Lane is a State University of New York Distinguished Service Professor and the Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education (CME) at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine.

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Purpose

The purpose of Continuing Medical Education is to maintain and improve physician competency to optimize patient care by means of offering quality learning experiences for physicians. These activities should permit physicians to fulfill CME requirements for relicensure, maintenance of certification, hospital privileges and medical or specialty society membership.

Content Areas

The CME content encompasses 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. The content of each activity is based on the perceived and documented needs of a specific or target group. The objectives of activities are expressed in terms of measurable outcomes and link the needs in knowledge, competence or performance to the desired results. Recommendations for patient care are evidence-based and free of commercial bias. Specific areas of content to be addressed include the major clinical and research themes of the medical school’s strategic plan: cardiovascular health and disease, cancer, neurosciences, infectious disease and immunology, diseases of women and children, emergency medicine and trauma, and gastrointestinal disease. The content frequently includes the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, clinical research and training the trainers. In addition, the content encompasses the ACGME/ABMS general (core) physician competencies (medical knowledge, patient care, interpersonal communication skills, practice-based learning and improvement, systems-based practice, and professionalism).

Type of Activites

The School of Medicine, through its Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME), will provide, co-provide or jointly provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities including regularly scheduled conferences, courses and enduring materials. The methods of instruction are varied to offer different types of learning experiences, appealing to diverse and individual learning styles and practice setting requirements. They include live conferences; interactive audio, video and electronic programs; self-study materials and hands-on training, e.g., procedural skills training, simulations, standardized patients.

Target Audience

The School of Medicine is the only medical school located in Suffolk County. The population of the county is over 1.5 million people. The number of practicing physicians on Long Island is 11,959. These physicians are a primary group for the medical school to address in Continuing Medical Education in order to spare these physicians excessive travel and loss of time from practice. The School of Medicine also contributes to improvement of the quality of health care nationally through its educational leadership and provision of CME activities for physicians throughout the country.

In addition to providing undergraduate medical education, the School of Medicine must inculcate in medical students and residents the awareness of the continuing need for learning throughout their professional careers. To reinforce this principle, the School must demonstrate its commitment to continuing education through provision of resources to support its CME mission of lifelong learning. There will be linkage and collaboration across the continuum of education, encompassing medical students, GME and CME.

Expected Results

Multiple methods will be used to determine and continuously improve our effectiveness in meeting identified gaps between current practice and ideal practice. These methods include pre-post testing, self-reported or observed changes in competence, self-reported or medical record documented changes in practice, patient survey or medical record documented changes in patient outcomes, etc. Both qualitative and quantitative approaches will be incorporated to assess changes in knowledge, competency, or performance or patient outcomes. The expected results of the evaluation of the overall program will be determined by measuring progress towards meeting selected benchmarks and will be used to guide improvements. Specifically these benchmarks include evidence-based measures promulgated by: medical/specialty society practice guidelines, recommendations of the US Preventive Services Task Force, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (e.g., Medicare criteria for quality improvement), and RAND quality of health studies.

Accreditation

The School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook, is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The School of Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook, designates an hour per hour basis in Category 1 credit toward the American Medical Association (AMA). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Location

We are located in the Health Sciences Center of Stony Brook University Medical Center.

Office for Continuing Medical Education
Stony Brook University Medical Center
School of Medicine
101 Nicolls Road, 2nd Floor
Health Sciences Center, Room 142
Stony Brook, New York 11794-8222
Telephone: 631-444-2094
Fax: 631-444-2202

Disclosure Policy

As an accredited CME provider by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the School of Medicine, Stony Brook University, must ensure balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor in all its directly provided or jointly provided educational activities. We are required to identify all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest; determine whether these relationships create a conflict of interest with the individual's control of content and resolve all conflicts before the educational activity occurs.
The School of Medicine, Stony Brook University, relies upon those in control of the content of its CME activities (planners, speakers, authors, reviewers) to provide educational information that is objective and free from bias. In this spirit, and in accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, everyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity is expected to disclose: all relevant financial relationships with a commercial interest (defined as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients), that relates to the content that will be discussed in the educational presentation.

NOTE: The ACCME defines "relevant financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the 12 months prior to the educational activity that creates a conflict of interest. ACCME considers relationships of those in control of the content of the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner with a commercial interest. All commercial relationships that create a conflict with the planner’s, speaker’s, author’s, content reviewer’s control of content must be resolved before the educational activity occurs.