Continuing education/professional development

December 13, 2012

Doug Girod
Douglas Girod, M.D. Senior Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs

Here at KU Medical Center, we aren't just training the health care providers of tomorrow - we educate providers over the course of their professional lives, helping them improve their practices and deliver high-quality, safe, effective patient care throughout their careers.

Our office of Continuing Education and Professional Development (CE/PD) is the largest provider of continuing interprofessional education of the health care team in Kansas. CE/PD opportunities are offered to thousands of health care providers in scores of communities in a variety of formats, including in-person presentations, Internet seminars and programs through interactive television. Clinical and scientific conferences and symposia cover the latest advances in research, diagnosis and treatments in many clinical areas. Each year, the CE/PD office helps administer and provides accreditation for more than 600 grand-round sessions, all of which are open to community health professionals. Our interprofessional education reflects the national trend emphasizing team-based health care: 85 percent of our conferences and symposia are accredited for both physicians and nurses, and many are accredited for other health professionals, as well.

Recently our office of CE/PD received notice from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education that it had been awarded a six-year reaccreditation with commendation. A standard period for reaccreditation is four years, so the six-year reaccreditation speaks volumes about the excellence of our program. This reaccreditation with commendation is also an acknowledgment of the collaboration and hard work of colleagues at the Area Health Education Centers in Pittsburg, Garden City and Hays.

Special thanks also goes to Associate Dean for CE/PD Susan Pingleton, M.D., and Continuing Medical Education director Dale Grube, who led the effort for reaccreditation over the last two years. Continuing medical education has undergone a major evolution in recent years, moving away from classroom-style lectures to a focus on the demonstration of program outcomes and patient safety and quality activities. The accreditation with commendation confirms the cutting-edge nature of our CE team at KU Medical Center.


Kudos to KU Endowment, which won several awards from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) this year, including the Gold Award for fundraising programs with the NCI Designation Thank You Video. You can see the award-winning video here.

Congratulations to School of Medicine student Clare Prohaska, who recently placed second in the Animals and Medicine Poster Competition. Claire was also recognized for giving an oral presentation at the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research's annual meeting. Her project looked at the role of estrogen receptors during space flight.

The School of Medicine–Wichita was recognized by the Kansas Association of Health Care Communicators for excellence in public relations and marketing. The school’s public affairs team created a faculty media training to teach faculty physicians how to conduct print, radio, and television interviews. Congratulations to Cari Merrill and the communications team at SOM–Wichita!

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