CME Mission Statement


CME Mission Statement

The Society for Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists (SCA) is an international organization of physicians that promotes excellence in patient care through education and research in perioperative care for patients undergoing cardiothoracic and vascular procedures. The SCA is comprised of approximately 5,000 cardiac, thoracic and vascular anesthesiologists.

Through its CME program, the SCA
  • Promotes excellence in clinical care
  • Facilitates the application of research in the subspecialty that serves to improve the professional practice of the membership and improves the quality of care and patient safety associated with cardiovascular anesthesiology
  • Contributes to in improvements in physician competence leading to new and improved practice strategies in practice.

Expected Results
The expected results of the SCA CME Program are to:
  • Provide cardiovascular anesthesiologists and other related health care professionals with educational activities that improve their current clinical knowledge and ability to apply that knowledge to practice (competence).
  • Improve physician understanding of cardiovascular and pulmonary physiology and pathology.
  • Enhance the perioperative management of patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary system diseases.
  • Educate learners on the most efficacious and current perioperative care for patients with cardiovascular and pulmonary system conditions.
  • Integrate research knowledge into clinical practice and to facilitate lifelong learning consistent with the high ethical standards of the SCA.
  • Provide educational interventions that modify behavior and measure those educational outcomes consistently through educational outcomes measurements that inquire of learners how and in what ways the educational activity helped them to implement appropriate and evidence-based patient care strategies.
  • Utilize skills-based courses to enhance learning through the application of hands-on skills.
  • Identify and overcome barriers to physician change by addressing those barriers in CME content and in the use of non-educational interventions (algorithms, patient education materials, etc.) so as to support the attainment of educational goals.

To measure the attainment of the expected results of the CME Program, the SCA deploys a series of outcomes measurement options for every CME activity, including surveys and questionnaires, patient cases and vignettes with questions, selected learner interviews, follow-up performance questionnaires.

Updated: March 18, 2016

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