Continuing Medical Education
Medical Staff Services meets the educational, career development and administrative needs of our physicians, physician office staff and rural health care facilities through ongoing education and support. Our Continuing Medical Education (CME) program has been an integral part of Penrose-St. Francis and the medical staff since 1948. Programming includes departmental and specialty case management conferences, grand rounds and specialty conferences. The department publishes a monthly calendar of CME offerings which is communicated through email notices and on our web page. Participation by the medical staff, both as presenters and participants, is actively encouraged.
Advanced notice for special conferences outside the regular scheduled program may be located at the bottom of this page. Additions and changes may be made at any time, so to make sure you have the most up-to-date information:
Check this webpage for the current schedule, special announcements, orlast minute cancellations the day prior to the CME event.
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Contact the Medical Education office at 719-776-5140.
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The Continuing Medical Education program at Glockner Hospital & Sanatarium (the preceeding institution to Penrose Hospital) began in 1946 as a monthly conference relating to the management of the institution's tuberculosis patients by Dr. James McMullen, the first staff radiologist. In 1948, the monthly conference quickly evolved into a weekly general medical conference held on Saturday mornings at 8 a.m. with Dr. Carl Gudeson, general practitioner, and Dr. Ivring Geever, pathologist, joining Dr. McMullen, in leading the conference.
The CME program gradually expanded over the years into the largest CME program in Colorado, primarily due to the desire of the Penrose Hospital Medical Staff to remain current in their clinical skills and knowledge with the rapid advances being made in medical science. The program was enhanced by the leadership of Dr. Juan del Regato in 1949 who came to Penrose Hospital to head the Penrose Tumor Clinic radiation therapy program and Dr. Morgan Berthrong who came in 1953 to chair the Penrose Pathology Department. The addition of specialists and subspecialists to the medical staff in the 1960's and 1970's prompted the expansion of the program into what it is today.
The Penrose Hospital CME program was the third program in the state to earn CME accreditation by the Colorado Medical Society in 1974 and has maintained full accreditation since. Some programs are also accredited by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Penrose-St. Francis Health Services is accredited by the Colorado Medical Society to provide continuing medical education to physicians.
PSF designates this educational activity for a maximum of one AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per hour. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The CME program is approved for AMA category I and AAFP credits. Grand Rounds is AOA accredited. Medical student externships and graduate medical education is coordinated by the department.