Mission Statement

The Swedish CME Program Mission is to measurably contribute to patient safety and health outcomes and to support practice improvement by providing CME activities that enhance the ability of physicians and other health-care team members to deliver quality healthcare services.


The purpose of the Swedish CME Program is to develop educational activities that clearly link the needs of the learner with the planning process, format and delivery of each activity, resulting in high-quality continuing medical education opportunities that will increase the knowledge, competence and performance of health-care providers.

Content Areas

The Swedish CME Program activities will include practical, evidence-based, best clinical practice information for a broad variety of common medical conditions, innovations in primary and specialty patient care, new procedural training and specialty forums. Appropriate content for each course will be determined based on the results of a practice gap analysis relative to the target audience’s scope of practice, as well as the identified expected outcomes. Content will be free of commercial bias.

Target Audience

Swedish CME activities will focus on the needs of generalist and specialist physicians and other health-care team members at Swedish, in the Pacific Northwest and nationally as appropriate.

Type of Activities Provided

In order to accomplish our educational goals, Swedish CME uses a range of activity formats based on the content and desired results of the activity. Current offerings include: live and videoconferenced activities, live regularly scheduled series, internet CME activities, enduring materials and hands-on workshops. Swedish will jointly sponsor activities with regional specialty societies, non-profit educational organizations and government agencies when mutually desired goals and outcomes are best achieved by such relationships.

Expected Results of the Program

Swedish CME is committed to assessing the impact and effectiveness of its CME Program. Swedish CME courses will be designed to: increase knowledge of new treatments, diagnostic tools and procedures; improve compliance with specific evidence-based protocols; improve competence, performance and/or patient outcomes; and promote efficient use of resources. We employ assessment methods to evaluate the extent to which our activities result in changes in knowledge, competence and performance. CME activities in conjunction with quality improvement projects will have measurable outcomes to report. An emphasis during the planning process will be placed on intended learning and desired change in knowledge, competence and performance. The CME Department will work in collaboration with other departments of the medical center who have involvement and interest in quality improvement processes and patient safety.

Endorsements and Responsibilities

Swedish CME Department, Activity Chairs and Course Coordinators share the responsibility for ensuring that all ACCME Essential Areas and CME Committee Policies are followed. CME activities will comply fully with the requirements of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the American Medical Association Physician's Recognition Award.