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Asad Ghiasuddin, M.D. CME Committee Co-Director Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry JABSOM

Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) envelops both Continuing Medical Education (CME) and new certification or training projects for which there is yet no acronym, but which may be clustered under the heading of Supplementary Curricula in Medical Education (SCME). Examples of the latter would include graduate degrees in medical education, history of medicine, medical research and medical administration; complementary degrees in law, basic sciences, and business; and possibly certifications below the level of collegiate degrees but warranted to recognize new skill sets, such as in Advanced Trauma Life Support, Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy, Medical Review Officer, etc.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) consists of educational activities that serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services to patients, the public, or the profession. Within the Department of Psychiatry, CME activities include Psychiatry Grand Rounds (a weekly series of CME presentations on topics of interest to those in the psychiatric and academic communities given by visiting professors and faculty), Journal Clubs, and conferences such as the bi-annual Hawai'i Addictions Conference.

The Department of Psychiatry continually undertakes new projects both to better manage these existing responsibilities, and to extend the scope of postgraduate medical education. Examples include the development of weekly scheduled psychiatry Journal Clubs (Adult, Addiction, Child & Adolescent, and Geriatric) at hours accessible to the general community; web-based video teleconferencing of existing CME activities; and increasing collaborative trainings with allied departments and facilities (e.g., combined Medicine-Psychiatry Grand Rounds).

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