Working for Missourians

MU Extension’s educational opportunities in primary care and medical specialties, as well as health ethics, quality improvement and patient safety, provide evidence-based knowledge, with MU physician-instructors drawing from their research and expertise from practicing at a major academic health center.

Continuing Medical Education and Cooperative Extension Health Education

Source: MU Extension Annual Report, FY 2009

The Office of Continuing Medical Education provides educational programs that ultimately promote improved health for all patients. Efforts reach primary-care providers and other health-care practitioners across the state — especially rural, community-based physicians, and MU School of Medicine faculty and students, as well as providers nationwide and worldwide — joining professionals in supporting an international base of health-care education.

As a liaison between generalists and specialists in various fields of medicine and research, the office shares the latest medical procedures and techniques, including ways to meet the always-increasing standards of patient care implemented at the MU School of Medicine and University of Missouri Hospitals and Clinics. In FY 2009, the office provided continuing medical education to more than 20,000 health-care professionals throughout the state and across the world through 1,300-plus programs.

A critical component of the office’s mission is to benefit patients living in underserved rural areas. Educational programs are tailored to the needs of providers in those locations in particular.

Among the programs are outreach efforts delivered through the Missouri Telehealth Network. The office accredits grand rounds and similar teaching series within the School of Medicine as important means for faculty members, resident physicians and medical students to learn or stay current in their specialties. Allowing participants across the state to be taught directly via live broadcasts by instructors from multiple specialties, the network provides close-to-home continuing education that minimizes disruptions to their daily practices.

In addition, the office works with the MU Extension health education specialist to improve Missourians’ health literacy by implementing community-based chronic disease prevention and self-management techniques. In FY 2009, collaboration with regional extension specialists and organizations propelled the program to reach 1,213 Missourians through 124 Eat Well Be Well With Diabetes workshops. A pilot program also was developed to gauge and enhance Missourians’ ability to manage stress and improve healthy behaviors, including making nutrition a priority.

Continuing Medical Education Web site