Sidney Kimmel Medical College
Office of CPD
Jefferson Alumni Hall
1020 Locust Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 955-6992
Toll Free: 1-877-JEFF-CPD
Fax: (215) 923-3212

Office of Continuing Professional Development
CME Office: Introduction

One of the first medical centers in the nation, Thomas Jefferson University today encompasses three academic decisions: Jefferson Medical College, the College of Graduate Studies and the College of Health Professions, and University Services. Founded in 1824, Jefferson Medical College has awarded more than 27,000 medical degrees and has more living graduates than any other medical school in the nation. It offers both Traditional medical education programs and innovative joint degree programs to its enrollment of approximately (900) students each year. The Jefferson Medical School has been recognized as one of the top graduate schools in the US by the US NEWS and WORLD REPORT.


  • Develop and deliver high quality, effective continuing medical education (CME) and continuing professional development (CPD) activities that support physicians who have completed undergraduate and graduate training in all their professional roles.
  • Partner with Jefferson faculty and component institutions to promote Jefferson's expertise to the region, the nation, and the world.
  • Develop and maintain Jefferson's reputation as a high quality, ACCME-recognized provider of certified continuing medical education and professional development, and as a leader in the CME/CPD field.
  • Contribute to the field of CME and CPD through educational research and the development of innovative administrative systems to support the CME enterprise.

Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University supports the lifelong professional development of physicians. The goal of Jefferson's CME/CPD Program is to assist physicians in maintaining and continuously improving their core professional competencies as described by the Institute of Medicine and American Board of Medical Specialties as they perform their roles of clinicians, educators, researchers, and administrators for the public good. Jefferson's CME/CPD activities support improvement in physicians' and other healthcare providers' competence, performance, and patient outcomes.

As an academic provider of CME/CPD, Jefferson's CME/CPD Program reflects a broad scope of medical education, research and clinical practice, and may encompass the entire breadth and depth of the art and science of medicine and medical education. Activities are developed from identified professional practice gaps, and in the context of nationally identified physician competencies: medical knowledge, patient care, practice- based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, systems-based practice, quality improvement, informatics, and work in interdisciplinary teams. Activities must meet the AMA definition of continuing medical education and be congruent with institutional interests and needs.

Target Audience:
Jefferson's CME/CPD program focuses on – physicians who have completed their undergraduate and graduate training, but the audience may include the full spectrum of professionals on the modern healthcare team, from a variety of practice settings and geographic locations.

Types of Activities Provided:
Jefferson utilizes a wide variety of educational formats so that learners may match continuing professional development activities to their preferred learning styles. Educational formats recognized by the AMA are employed, including but not limited to: (a) live activities (conferences, small group work, experiential learning opportunities and one-on-one educational experiences); (b) regularly scheduled conferences; (c) test-item writing; (d) technology supported synchronous and asynchronous learning and enduring materials (e.g., internet-based delivery); (e) traditional print formats for enduring materials; (f) journal-based continuing education; and (g) performance improvement CME. We seek opportunities for partnering with other accredited and non-accredited organizations and stakeholders when appropriate and congruent with our overall mission.

Expected Results:
Educational Effectiveness: Jefferson's CME/CPD activities are expected to measure educational effectiveness through participant ratings and other sources in at least the following parameters:

  • Meeting stated objectives
  • Improving competence, performance/practice and/or patient outcomes, and
  • Providing balanced and rigorous information

Educational effectiveness ratings will be recorded through the Performance Monitoring System and analyzed to identify areas of strength and opportunities for improvement.

Administrative Effectiveness: The Jefferson Office of CME is expected to

  • Develop, maintain, and improve its administrative systems in support of the CME Mission
  • Maintain a high level of compliance with the requirements of ACCME and other relevant entities
  • Provide responsible management of fiscal, physical, and human resources employed to support Jefferson's CME program
  • Sustain a commitment to continuous improvement of the Jefferson CME Program, sharing performance assessments with faculty, planners, institutional leaders, and other relevant stakeholders as appropriate, and adapting to a rapidly changing environment.

Overall program evaluation and assessment is supported by the Performance Monitoring System (PMS) which provides a mechanism to collect evaluation data across individual activities. Data are analyzed in aggregate to assess overall CME programming quality and administrative performance against pre- identified benchmarks.

Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Jefferson Medical College, earned a six year accreditation, an achievement reached by only a select group of accredited CME sponsors. The ACCME recognized Jefferson in 2006 with Commendations in the following areas of the ACCME Essential Areas and Standards:

  • Mission
  • Planning
  • Needs Assessment
  • Overall Program Evaluation
  • Organizational Structure and Resources
  • Standards for Commercial Support

The OCME works in conjunction with the Jefferson Medical College Committee on CME, a standing committee of the medical school, with its crucial role in the development and review of appropriate activities certified for Category 1 credit. Chaired by Dr. Karl Doghramji, (Professor of Psychiatry, Jefferson Medical College and Director, Sleep Disorders Center), the Committee on CME is responsible for the review and approval of all Jefferson-sponsored CME activities, and for setting policy and direction for the overall CME program at Jefferson.

Certified CME Activities:
The OCME manages a large variety of CME activities certified for Category 1 credit, including typical medical school activities like Regularly Scheduled Conferences and local/regional symposia. Additionally, Jefferson maintains a national CME presence through the certification of enduring materials, national symposia, journal-based CME, Internet CME and national lecture series as well as the newly emerging area of Performance Improvement CME.

American Medical Association (AMA) Category 1 credits are awarded through the Office of CME for sponsored and jointly sponsored activities, regularly scheduled series, and enduring materials.


  • In August 2006, Jefferson Medical College earned Reaccreditation with Commendation from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), extending the Medical College's CME accreditation through to 2012. Accreditation with Commendation places Jefferson's CME program in the top 12% of accredited providers. This marked the second consecutive accreditation cycle in which Jefferson earned Commendation.

  • In response to new continuing education initiatives from the American Medical Association, Jefferson developed and implemented several Performance Improvement projects for in- and out-patient settings. These are being reported to the national CME community as a model approach to Performance Improvement projects (PI-CME).

  • At the November 2006 Council of Medical Specialty Societies CME Summit, Jefferson presented its model for PI-CME and data from our first completed project "A Pilot Study in Performance Improvement CME: Using an Electronic Health Record for Guided Self Assessment and Learning".

  • Jefferson OCME maintains an active presence at national CME and medical conferences as evidenced by our growing list of presentations.

  • The OCME website at has grown in depth and scope, and now incorporates a calendar of events, online registration, online certificate retrieval, links to relevant CME sites, and postings of a variety of enduring materials and internet-specific CME activities.

  • Technology advances are incorporated into the daily practice of the OCME. These include web-based testing and evaluation, scanning technology, implementation of audience response system (ARS).

We look to the future with great optimism and a commitment to continue our history of excellence in program development, dedicated to designing, delivering, and evaluating quality educational experiences/opportunities that stimulate, educate and empower physicians.

The Office of CME can provide access to the expertise of the over 1000 faculty members of the Jefferson Medical College, and has collaboratively worked with Jefferson's Department of Health Policy and Outcomes, the Center for Research in Medical Education and Health Care, the Academic Information and Services office (instructional design and technology), and various other support organizations on campus and off.