Earlier this year, the Continuing Medical Education (CME) department submitted its reaccreditation paperwork to the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). The AOA Council on CME reviewed the information and re-approved Des Moines University with 5-year Accreditation with Commendation as a Category 1 CME Sponsor. This honor is held by only 29% of AOA CME Sponsors. To achieve a perfect score, the CME department must:
- Demonstrate an evidence-based, educational need (knowledge, competence, or performance) that underlie the professional practice gaps of healthcare providers.
- Develop educational activities that are designed to change competence, performance, patient outcomes, and/or population health status as described in its mission statement.
- Develop educational activities which are independent of commercial interests and maintain a separation of promotion from education.
- Integrate osteopathic principles and practices into the educational activities.
- Conduct an outcomes measurement questionnaire which assess the learners long-term retention of knowledge, changes in performance relating to patient care, and barriers to change.
The portfolio of CME offerings are vast and include live and on-line activities, enduring materials, osteopathic medical teaching, and preceptor/clinical instructor opportunities. For a list of available educational activities, please visit the CME website.