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The Office of Continuing Medical Education 

The Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME) at the Lebanese American University Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine is newly established with the mission to identify, develop, and promote high quality continuing medical education (CME) & continuing professional development (CPD) that increases the knowledge, competence and performance of physicians and other healthcare professionals at our institution, in Lebanon and the MENA region.

The purpose of the OCME Office is to support continuing professional development by providing evidence-based and unbiased educational opportunities that contribute to improve the safety and quality of patient care.

The OCME plans educational activities in accordance with the Criteria and Standards of the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The work of the OCME is supported by a Scientific Advisory Committee which suggests continuing education programs.

Content areas: Our offered educational activities address the needs and professional practice gaps of our target audience and are planned to change physician competence or performance or patient outcomes. The OCME offers education on a wide range of clinical disciplines as well as education focused on professional development topics such as leadership, teaching, mentoring, grant writing, management and communication skills and pedagogy. 

Target audience: Physicians and other healthcare professionals from our medical school, academic and affiliated hospitals as well as Lebanese and regional participants. In recognition of the continuum of medical education and its relationship to lifelong learning, medical students and residents are included at educational activities.  In addition, our OCME sponsors national, regional, and international conferences for multi-disciplinary audiences.

Types of activities: Activity formats include live courses or conferences, skills-based workshops principally conducted at our clinical simulation center, regularly scheduled series such as grand rounds, case conferences, tumor boards, and morbidity and mortality activities, educational interventions conducted as part of quality performance improvement, enduring materials and web-based activities.

Expected Results of the Program: A variety of measures such as pre-and post- activity tests, surveys and evaluations are used to assess changes in competence or performance or patient outcomes. In addition, a comprehensive evaluation of the CME program will be conducted annually to guide its ongoing improvement.

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