About Us


A world in which population health is advanced through the lifelong learning of medical professionals.


The Stanford Center for Continuing Medical Education (SCCME) is a global leader in the promotion of lifelong learning among professionals in healthcare. As such, we advance patient and population health and promote innovation by planning and implementing accredited continuing education activities to enhance the professional development of healthcare teams both locally and regionally, in the San Francisco Bay area and in the greater Pacific Region, as well as nationally and globally.

To accomplish this mission, we apply evidence and best practices from the education and implementation sciences to develop, accredit, and evaluate activities and initiatives designed to improve the skills, strategy, and performance of providers and healthcare teams and the delivery of patient care, ultimately with the goal of creating better health outcomes. By aligning our activities with the relevant competency frameworks, we support our learners as faculty, healthcare professionals, and respective teams in providing high value care to their patients and the communities they serve.

Content Areas

Stanford Medicine offers comprehensive continuing education activities for the healthcare team across the full spectrum of medicine and health, drawing on the interprofessional expertise of its institutions and partners. Content is evidence-based, references best practices supported by scientific literature and guidelines, and is free of commercial bias.

Target Audience

Stanford Medicine’s target audience includes all members of the healthcare team whose educational needs and specific gaps in practice can be addressed by continuing education initiatives. The Stanford Center for Continuing Medical Education serves international, national, state, and local learners. To the extent possible, Stanford’s educational activities are developed by and for interprofessional teams with the goal of improving patient outcomes and advancing innovation in collaborative practice.


Through collaborations and strong partnerships, Stanford Medicine seeks to increase access to accredited continuing education, to model team-based patient care, and to enhance the impact of research, clinical and teaching expertise of its faculty .

Type of Activities

Stanford Medicine employs evidence and best practices from educational science to motivate and actively engage its learners and evaluate the outcomes of continuing education initiatives. Traditional activities vary and include conferences, workshops, simulations, seminars, live webcasts, and regularly scheduled series, Internet enduring materials, and tools for self-directed learning. Stanford works to create and engage learners in the state-of-the-art content and continuously seeks opportunities to expand educational innovation. Learning formats are highly interactive, sequenced for learning, foster team- and patient-experiences, and promote retention and improvements in practice for the highest possible educational outcomes.

Expected Results of the Program

Stanford Medicine assesses the impact of its Continuing Education/Continuing Professional Development program and activities through qualitative and quantitative methods to ensure that goals are met.

Stanford Medicine expects that its learners will acquire new knowledge and improve skills and attitudes to increase clinical competence and/or improve performance with the ultimate goal of improving patient care, safety, and health outcomes. Performance Improvement, Quality Improvement and Healthcare Team-based initiatives are designed to enhance the knowledge and skills of the participants, to address systemic barriers to quality and performance. The ultimate goal is to effect improvements in systems-based practice, leading to improved provider and collaborative team performance and patient outcomes.