The mission of the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program is to advance medical professionals as lifelong learners.

Content Areas

The Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program ensures that the education is fair and balanced and that any clinical content presented supports safe, effective, and evidence-based patient care.

Activities accredited by the CME program address content areas which are based on identified educational gaps of healthcare professionals while emphasizing the following:

  • Clinical diagnosis using scientific approaches to diagnosis or therapy, with the education promoting recommendations, treatment, or manners of practicing healthcare that are determined to have benefits that outweigh risks or are known to be effective in the treatment of patients
  • Updates on the latest evidence-based research and techniques and that all scientific research referred to, reported, or used in accredited education in support or justification of a patient care recommendation conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection, analysis, and interpretation without advocating for, or promoting, practices that are not, or not yet, adequately based on current science, evidence, and clinical reasoning
  • Topics affecting the clinical practice of medicine and healthcare delivery systems (e.g. ethical, socioeconomic, political, and legislative issues)
  • Current issues affecting the practice of medicine in the United States

Planning or delivery of content could:

  • Incorporate members of inter-professional teams, students of the health professions, patients, and/or public health entities
  • Involve collaboration with other organizations to more effectively address population health issues
  • Result in engagement of the CME program in CME research and scholarship

Target Audience

In the tradition of the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV serving our patients, students, medical professionals, and community as a transformational force for improving healthcare in Nevada, our target audience consists of physicians, healthcare professionals, and all other interested learners.

Types of Activities

One-time Only Live Course or Multi-day Live Course

A live CME activity where the learner participates in person. A course is planned as an individual event. It occurs once over one or more consecutive days continuously and does not repeat content. Example: Conference, seminar, annual meeting.

Regularly Scheduled Series

A course planned as a series with multiple, ongoing sessions (e.g., offered weekly, monthly, or quarterly) and is primarily planned by and presented to the accredited organization’s professional staff. Examples include Grand Rounds, tumor boards, and morbidity and mortality conferences.

Enduring Material

An activity that endures over a specified time and does not have a specific time or location designated for participation; rather, the participant determines whether and when to complete the activity. Examples: online interactive educational module, recorded presentation, or podcast.

Performance/Quality Improvement

An activity structured as a three-stage process by which a physician or group of physicians learn about specific performance measures, assess their practice using the selected performance measures, implement interventions to improve performance related to these measures over a useful interval of time, and then reassess their practice using the same performance measures.

Internet Live Activity

A live course available via the internet at a certain time on a certain date and is only available in real-time, just as if it were a course held in an auditorium. Example: webinar or webcast.

Learning from Teaching

Personal learning projects designed and implemented by the learner with facilitation from the accredited provider. It recognizes the learning that occurs as physicians prepare to teach.

These definitions were provided by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Medical Association (AMA). For a comprehensive glossary of terms and definitions, please visit the ACCME website.

Expected Results

The expected results of the Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV Continuing Medical Education (CME) Program are to develop, maintain, and increase knowledge of healthcare professionals, and, as a consequence, improve their relationships with and the services they provide to patients, the public, and the profession at large. Participation in the school of medicine CME program activities will serve to build professional performance, translating into increased competence.