About Us

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.

Background
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 2019. The College of Medicine (COM), Dean’s Office and the faculty-led CME 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. Outpatient Center (MLK-OPC) and other community partners.

CME Staff
Ronald Edelstein, EdD 
Senior Associate Dean- Academic Affairs 
College of Medicine
Ronald Edelstein, EdD 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 Charles R. Drew/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; instructional 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 Borvansky, MA, CCMEP 
CME Director
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.

Sarah Porter
Sarah works in collaboration with Annika to oversee continuing medical education at Charles R. Drew University. Her background spans education, operations and communication. She brings expertise in educational design, project management, event planning, and logistics. Sarah is adept at development and implementation of policies and procedures, translation of accreditation board criteria, and management and documentation of CME/CE compliance across accredited initiatives.  Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Pepperdine University.

Tamika Morris, MHSA
Academic Affairs Coordinator
Tamika coordinates and assists with the management of the Continuing Medical Education Program. She brings expertise from the regulatory side of research as she was a Clinical Regulatory Research Specialist and obtained certification as a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP) from The Society of Clinical Research Associates (SOCRA). She also has experience in project management, event planning, and grant administration. Tamika earned her Masters of Health Services Administration degree from The George Washington University with a concentration in Organizational Management & Leadership and her Bachelors of Health Sciences majoring in Health Management from Howard University.

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. The CME Advisory committee is currently being reorganized and we thank all who have served for the past four years.
Members include:

  • Shahrzad Bazargan, PhD – CME Advisory Committee Chair
  • Sebhat Afework, MD
  • Jasmine Eugenio, MD
  • David Hindman, PhD
  • Arnel Joaquin, MD
  • Ms. Anna Lucas-Wright
  • Nehzat Nikakhtar, MD
  • John Uyanne, MD
  • Yanyuan Wu, PhD
  • John Uyanne, MD
  • Shirley Evers-Manly, PhD
  • Darlene Parker-Kelly

Ex-Officio Members

  • Deborah Prothrow-Stith, MD
  • Ronald Edelstein, EdD.
  • Annika Borvansky, MA, CCMEP
  • Sarah Porter 
  • Tamika Morris, MHSA

Contact Us 
For more information on CME offered by Charles R. Drew University, or to inquire about partnership, please email Tamika Morris, tamikamorris@cdrewu.edu 

Questions Regarding Your CME Certificate 
Please contact Tamika Morris tamikamorris@cdrewu.edu.

CDU Office of CME
Overview of CME Initiatives
Current/Ongoing CME Initiatives

  • Quality Improvement (QI) Series: This series addresses clincial and non-clinical professional practice gaps to improve patient care based on measured indicators.
  • Multidisciplinary Journal Club: This series targets physicians and other healthcare professionals with medical literature, which serves as a basis for discussion regarding application to practice improvement and patient care.
  • Professional Development Series: This series targets the healthcare team at Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center to enhance professional competence and practice across areas of mandatory training.
  • Tumor Board: This series targets a multidisciplinary audience, and features  complex patient cases across various tumor types.
  • Root Cause Analysis: This series targets Martin Luther King, Jr. Outpatient Center staff solely, aiming to improve performance by assessing and diagnosing previous events, near misses and/or errors.
  • Cancer Journal Club: This series involves both didactic and interactive training for Providers, Researchers, and Community Members regarding current topics in Cancer Research and provides information on the latest cancer trends and implications for clinical practice.
  • Friday Noon Lecture Series: This series targetes both clinical and non-clinical topics relevant to improving upon measured health disparities.  CDU’s faculty, staff and community healthcare professionals comprise the target audience.