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Continuing Medical Education Program Receives High Honors

Children's Hospital Central California offers quality courses to doctors 


Last fall, Children’s Hospital earned accreditation with commendation as a provider of continuing medical education (CME) from the Institute for Medical Quality (IMQ). Only an estimated 5 percent of CME providers accredited by the IMQ in the state of California achieve this high level of recognition, which measures 22 areas of compliance for educational planning and quality.

“This was raising the bar for us at Children’s,” said Dr. Robert Kezirian, a long-time pediatric emergency physician and co-chair of the medical staff education committee. “It’s like winning the Nobel Prize. It’s a demonstration of teamwork and culmination of a lot of work over the last couple years. It says the information we share with the medical community is valid, cutting-edge and socially relevant to our population.”

“Accreditation with commendation is the highest of three levels of recognition a Category I CME provider can achieve,” said Wes Segal, director, medical staff services and physician education at Children’s. “This achievement acknowledges medical staff members for their role in helping to make our CME program a success, and it gives special recognition to the physician education committee members and business development staff for their diligent work in creating and maintaining an exemplary CME program.”

Continuing education courses presented by Children's Hospital Central California occur several times a year on a variety of topics important to physicians caring for pediatric patients. The Spring 2013 Pediatric Symposium Series offers two dates in April and two in May in locations from Modesto to Bakersfield and over to the Central Coast.