What is Continuing Medical Education?

Continuing Medical Education (CME) is built on the foundation of creating educational opportunities to bridge an identified gap (or need) between current practice and best practices, suggested by evidence-based research and established guidelines that may result in better outcomes for patient populations.

Another facet of CME is to create bias free education, independent from influence by commercial interests. The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), defines a commercial interest as “any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients". The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical services directly to patients to be commercial interests.

While commercial interests can provide educational grants to help support CME activities, there are strict policies in place to prevent them from exerting influence over the content or structure of activities. To identify and prevent potential bias and conflicts of interest, CME providers establish a disclosure process for anyone involved in a CME activity who has the potential to shape the content of the activity.

Why accredited CME?

Accredited CME is one mechanism that assists physicians to drive improvements in practice and improve the care of patients. Participation in accredited CME provides opportunities for physicians and allied health care professionals to meet the requirements for licensure and credentialing. 

Our Services

SCCME offers services for traditional CME activities such as Regularly Scheduled Series (i.e. Grand Rounds, Morbidity & Mortality, Tumor Boards, Journal Clubs, etc.) and live conferences and workshops as well as immersive and simulation-based learning, hands-on workshops, Maintenance of Certification (MOC) activities, webinars, live event streaming, and online activities.

SCCME also provides a wide range of services for developing educational activities, these services include planning, consultation, and implementation in the following areas:

  • Compliance (Ensure that AMA, ACCME, and Stanford Medicine requirements are met and offer certification)
  • Educational Design Consultation (including Needs Assessment, Gap Analysis, Instructional Design)
  • Grant Management (Identify Grant Opportunities, Prepare Proposals and Budgets, Submit Grants, Secure Letter of Agreements, Present Outcomes and Reconciliation)
  • Budget Management (Help with Budget Development, Monitoring, and Reconciliation)
  • Management of Faculty (Disclosures, Conflict Resolution, Copyright Release, Slide Decks, etc.)
  • Audience Development / Marketing
  • Project and Logistics Coordination
  • Webinar and Online Activity Production
  • Faculty and Staff Training
  • Full-Service Meeting Planning (Including coordination with outside partners and vendors)
  • Evaluation of Outcomes (Assessment planning and design, data collection, analysis and reporting)


The SCCME team is looking forward to collaborating with you on educational activities, sharing Stanford Medicine’s research, scholarship, and practice to enhance the knowledge/performance of healthcare professionals and teams, resulting in improvements in patient health outcomes.