Office of CME
The Charles R. Drew University Office of CME is dedicated to the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge in the medical and health sciences through education, research, and services to the public. We are committed to providing our students with the highest quality education. Our academic instruction is distinguished by high quality, innovative, patient-centered care.
Our CME Mission
Our mission is to provide excellent Continuing Medical Education (CME). At CDU, we place particular emphasis on primary care and research clusters focused on high impact problems in underserved and minority communities, including factors and conditions that influence health care disparities. The CDU CME Program is geared to improve the physician’s ability to become health care team leaders, implementing evidence-based medicine. Our continuing education uses the IOM and ACGME/ABMS core competencies as a basis for the content developed, to ensure we are meeting the needs of our learners.
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) states “Continuing medical education consists of educational activities which serve to maintain, develop or increase the knowledge, skills and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide for patients, the public or the profession. The content of CME is that body of knowledge and skills generally recognized and accepted by the profession as within the basic medical sciences, the discipline of clinical medicine and the provision of health care to the public.” Continuing education of health professionals was stated in the first section of senate bill 1026 (1973) in the state of California authorization for the Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School.
The Continuing Medical Education (CME) program at CDU is nationally accredited by the ACCME. Our current accreditation term runs through November 2017. The College of Medicine (COM), Dean’s Office and the faculty-led CME Faculty Advisory Committee are committed to expanding CME offerings with new programs developed by our clinical and research faculty, through collaboration with the Martin Luther King Jr. Multi-Ambulatory Care Center (MLK-MACC) and other community partners.
Strategic Goals: 2014
The upcoming year is anticipated to be a year of continued growth and inter-professional development for the Office of CME. The Office looks forward to continued certification of its existing grand rounds initiatives and to expansion of community collaborations. Based on The University’s three-year Strategic Plan that was formally approved in August 2013, the CME Office is looking ahead to coordination of programs with the three colleges at CDU.
The College of Medicine’s is taking several important first steps to facilitate collaboration among CDU’s three colleges including development of University-wide continuing education programs, sponsored by th e Office of the Dean.
University, Interprofessional Grand Rounds: A quarterly 1.0 hour series devoted to clinical topics related to healthcare disparities in south Los Angeles county and other underserved regions
University, Interprofessional Translational Research Day: Update on translational research at CDU and its implications for clinical care for underserved populations
University, Interprofessional Health Equity Colloquium: Seminars or half-day symposium/ workshops devoted to strategies for ensuring healthcare for underserved populations
Community Engagement Seminar: A series devoted to healthcare issues working in collaboration with our community partners.
Ronald Edelstein, Ed.D.
Senior Associate Dean- Academic Affairs
College of Medicine
Ronald Edelstein, Ed.D. is the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU). Dr. Edelstein previously has served as CDU Associate Provost, Dean of Academic Affairs, Acting Dean and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Medicine Dr. Edelstein is Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Charles Drew University of Medicine. Dr. Edelstein holds a dual appointment in the UCLA School of Medicine in conjunction with the joint CDU /UCLA Medical Education Program.
Dr. Edelstein has served at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science since 1978. He is an educational psychologist and clinical psychologist and received his doctorate in educational psychology at UCLA. As the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Dr. Edelstein is responsible for academic planning and implementation, academic administration ( Faculty Affairs and Advancement, CME accreditation (ACCME) and CDU-UCLA Medical Program Accreditation (LCME)), and Curriculum.
Dr. Edelstein’s research interests include: medical education, memory and learning theory; ins tructional design and evaluation; and behavioral science in medical education. His research includes work with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) evaluating their pilot computerized clinical simulation examination, and the PEW Foundation Health of the Public Program developing new models of medical education.
Dr. Edelstein has served on national committees for organizations including the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) as the Western Regional Representative for the Continuing Medical Education Committee. He has also participated in the Institute of Medicine (IOM) invited conference, “Health Professions Education Summit”, held to “discuss and help the committee develop strategies for restructuring clinical education to be consistent with the principles of the 21st-century health system”.
Recently, Dr. Edelstein was part of a CDU research team that published the finding of a multi-year assessment of the CDU /UCLA Medical Education Program in the research journal, Academic Medicine. The manuscript was titled “Impact of the University of California, Los Angeles/Charles R. Drew University Medical Education Program on Medical Students' Intentions to Practice in Underserved Areas.”
Dr. Edelstein was selected as one of the recipients of the 2006 David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Award for Excellence in Education.
Annika Gill, MA, CCMEP
Annika oversees continuing medical education at Charles R. Drew University, including the development of new initiatives both directly and jointly sponsored by CDU and compliance across the CME program. Annika brings significant expertise in industry research, project management, grant development and implementation of accreditation guidelines and policies. With former management experience with several accredited medical education providers, Annika has led CME quality improvement research and project implementation initiatives. A former educator, she is an active member of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEHP), and currently serves as a member of ACEPH’s Leadership Program. As well, Annika is a member of the Colorado Alliance for CME Executive Committee. Annika earned her Master of Arts degree from Colorado State University in Speech Communication with an emphasis in Health Communication.
Jeonathan Rodriguez, BA
CME/Academic Affairs Coordinator
Jeonathan provides coordination assistance to the College of Medicine and oversees CME and project management across all CDU-sponsored CME initiatives, from planning through to reconciliation. His knowledge of faculty management and activity implementation and evaluation comes from the numerous organizations with which he is involved on CDU’s campus. Jeonathan sits in on the CME Faculty Advisory Committee as an ex-officio member. He is also an ex-officio member of the COM Faculty Executive Board (FEB) providing assistance to the FEB and all of the subsequent sub-committees. On a bi-annual basis Jeonathan take a lead role in organizing the COM Full Faculty meetings and provides oversight of the FEB nomination and elections processes. Jeonathan earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Whittier College in History.
CME Advisory Committee
The CME Advisory Committee of the CDU Office of CME is composed of the Dean of the College of Medicine and stakeholders representing CDU’s departments, collaborative partners and the community. The CME Advisory Committee formally approves all CME initiatives and plays an integral role in identification of educational needs on behalf of the University’s physician learners, as well as connecting CME to community quality improvement initiatives within Los Angeles County. As well, the Committee serves an advisory role, making recommendations to the Office of CME regarding policies and issues affecting the general operation of the overall CME program, based on assessment of the overall CME program. Members include:
- Shahrzad Bazargan, PhD – CME Advisory Committee Chair
- Sebhat Afework, MD
- Rosie Connor
- Jasmine Eugenio, MD
- David Hindman, PhD
- Arnel Joaquin, MD
- Ms. Anna Lucas-Wright
- D’Ann Morris
- Nehzat Nikakhtar, MD
- James Smith, MD
- John Uyanne, MD
- Yanyuan Wu, PhD
- Daphne Calmes, MD
- Ronald Edelstein, Ed.D.
- Annika Gill, MA, CCMEP
- Jeonathan Rodriguez, BA
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Questions Regarding Your CME Certificate
Please contact Jeonathan Rodriguez.