About Us

Our Mission Statement

The Stanford University School of Medicine is a premier research-intensive institution improving health through collaborative discoveries and innovation in patient care, education and research. The school fosters two-way transfer of knowledge between research laboratories and patient-care settings. Faculty, staff, postdoctoral scholars, students, and physicians in the broader medical community engage in interdisciplinary efforts to translate this knowledge into clinical practice.


The Stanford University School of Medicine continuing medical education (CME) program promotes continuous improvement in patient health care by providing physicians and other health care professionals with high quality, evidence-based educational activities focusing on advances in medicine, new medical technology, biomedical research, and changes in the health care environment. The overall goal of the program is to augment physician knowledge, enhance competence and performance in practice, and ultimately improve patient outcomes.


Stanford's CME program includes a broad range of primary care, specialty and subspecialty topics chosen through a comprehensive needs assessment process, which identifies "gaps" between current and best practice. Content is chosen for its relevance to the target audience's scope of professional practice and is planned to enhance core competencies, promote evidence-based care and serve the interests of the public.

Target Audience

Physicians and other health professionals in the fields of medicine, teaching and research, both local and global.

Activity Types

In addition to traditional CME offerings such as regularly scheduled series and conferences, Stanford offers immersive and simulation-based learning, hands-on workshops, maintenance of certification activities, and dynamic online education.

Expected Results

As a result of their participation in the Stanford CME program, learners will demonstrate improvement in competence and/or performance. Metrics for determination of success include the following:

  • Competence: Outcomes assessments will demonstrate learners’ commitment to apply new strategies in practice.
  • Performance: Outcomes assessments will show that learners implemented new behaviors in their practice.


Additional data is collected to enhance future educational programming.

Accreditation with Commendation

The Stanford University School of Medicine has been surveyed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and awarded Accreditation with Commendation for six years as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians.

ACCME accreditation seeks to assure the medical community and the public that Stanford University School of Medicine provides physicians with relevant, effective, practice-based continuing medical education that that supports US health care quality improvement.

The ACCME employs a rigorous, multilevel process for evaluating institutions' continuing medical education programs according to the high accreditation standards adopted by all seven ACCME member organizations. These organizations of medicine in the US are the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, and the Federation of State Medical Boards of the US, Inc.

Contact Information

1520 Page Mill Road
Mail Code: 5190
Palo Alto, CA 94304

Phone: 650-497-8554
Fax: 650-497-8585