About the Office of Continuing Medical Education


The University of California, San Francisco Office of Continuing Medical Education offers educational opportunities for physicians, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, dentists, and allied health care professionals to improve their practices through a comprehensive selection of continuing education activities.

We provide over 200 CME activities in most medical specialties serving over 35,000 participants annually.

UCSF is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. In 2011, UCSF received the ACCME's highest level of accreditation, Accreditation with Commendation.

Please view our Services Page to see what our office can do for you in planning your CME conference, training, simulation or on-demand course.

Mission Statement

The University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education Program provides lifelong learning opportunities for health care professionals in all areas of clinical care and research by providing diverse educational activities that aim to increase competence, enhance practice performance, and improve the health status of patients. These goals are integral to UCSF's overall mission of advancing health worldwide. We achieve this mission by the continued development, conduct and evaluation of live courses, regularly scheduled conferences, enduring materials, Internet CME and performance improvement CME.


The purpose of the UCSF CME program is to provide lifelong learning opportunities to physicians and other health care providers that aim to increase competence, enhance practice performance, and improve the health status of patients.

Content areas

The UCSF CME program offers over 200 distinct educational activities each year. The content of these programs is as diverse as medicine and the medical literature itself. Each clinical department at UCSF offers CME activities in its respective field, covering a comprehensive set of topics in modern medical practice including topics in public health, primary care, and in the most highly specialized clinical care. In addition to those topics that fall within the practice scope of defined departments, UCSF CME also offers activities that expand the scope of clinical activities to address additional interdisciplinary topics and other areas of importance to clinical practice. Examples include CME activities on health disparities and cultural diversity, evidence-based medicine, pain management and end-of-life care, clinical nutrition, patient safety and quality improvement, and developmental disabilities.

Target audience

The UCSF CME program targets a diverse audience of learners, both in terms of professional background and practice environment. The audience is comprised primarily of generalist and specialist physicians. However, because of the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of modern medical practice, the UCSF CME program also targets other health professionals including nurses and nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists, dieticians, and pharmacists.

The UCSF CME target audience is also extremely diverse in terms of practice environment. Our target audience can be seen to form a series of “concentric circles” representing the diverse settings in which our learners practice. The “inner circle” is the clinical faculty and staff of UCSF itself. It is our goal first and foremost to ensure that the UCSF provider team has immediate access to state-of-the art, evidence-based medical information, maintains its clinical competence, and provides the highest quality patient care. This audience is primarily served by our regularly scheduled conferences. Our next most immediate target audience is practitioners from the San Francisco Bay Area. As a leading medical school in the San Francisco Bay Area, UCSF CME directs a substantial portion of its live activities to the learning needs of this group. A large portion of this audience includes UCSF alumni and clinical faculty, a group with strong ties to UCSF. In addition, practitioners from throughout the State of California are also an important UCSF target audience. Approximately a quarter of the participants in UCSF CME activities are from California. Increasingly, we have developed CME activities that specifically meet state-defined educational needs for this audience including activities in pain management and end-of-life care, geriatrics, developmental disabilities, and HIV testing and reporting.

UCSF also targets a national audience of health care professionals. Although this is true to a certain extent in primary care oriented activities, it is particularly true in the medical specialties. Practitioners from around the United States are an important target audience for UCSF live courses and UCSF enduring materials.

Type of activities provided

UCSF CME activities include directly and jointly sponsored courses, regularly scheduled series, enduring materials (CD and DVD materials), Internet enduring materials, and PI CME formats.

Expected results of the program

The expected results of the UCSF CME program are to improve the competence and performance of our learners, and whenever possible, the clinical outcomes of the patients that they serve. Each CME activity is formally evaluated to determine the extent to which these expected results have been achieved.

Updated November 2010