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 and faculty 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, specialty 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 a leader within the health care team, 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,Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School, now Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, now Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

The Continuing Medical Education (CME) program at CDU is nationally accredited by the ACCME. Our current accreditation term runs through November 2025. The College of Medicine (COM), Dean’s Office and the CME Advisory Committee are committed to expanding CME offerings with new programs developed by our clinical and research faculty, through collaboration with academic 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”.
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.

Sarah Porter
CME Director
Sarah oversees continuing medical education at Charles R. Drew University including the development of new initiatives both directly and jointly provided by CDU and compliance across the CME program. Her background spans education, operations and communication. She brings expertise in accreditation requirements and policies, educational design, grant development, project management, and 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.  She is a member of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions. Sarah earned her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Pepperdine University.

Alicia Reid
Administrative Assistant
Alicia coordinates and assists with the management of the Continuing Medical Education Program. She has a diverse background providing excellent administrative support across the healthcare, education, corporate and military sectors. She has experience in providing career and financial support services and worked as a Registrar and Administrative Coordinator at an accredited vocational college for over 8 years. Further, she previously worked at a medical group. Alicia earned an Associate of Arts degree in Business Administration in General Education & Accounting from El Camino College and a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration in Human Resources & Management from Cal State University Dominquez Hills. She is also a veteran of the Armed Forces.

CME Advisory Committee 
The CME Advisory Committee of the CDU Office of CME is composed of the Dean of the College of Medicine, the Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, the CME Director, the Administrative Assistant and stakeholders representing CDU’s departments, collaborative partners and the community.  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.

Contact Us 
For more information on CME offered by Charles R. Drew University, or to inquire about partnership, please email Alicia Reid at aliciareid@cdrewu.edu
Questions Regarding Your CME Certificate 
Please contact Alicia Reid aliciareid@cdrewu.edu .

Current/Ongoing CME Initiatives
Friday Noon Lecture Series in the College of Medicine

  • Conferences occur the second, third and fourth Fridays of each month from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Please contact Bonnie Doman at bonniedoman@cdrewu.edu or for details.

Multidisciplinary Journal Club at the Martin Luther King Jr. Outpatient Center

  • Conferences occur the first Thursday of each month from 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Please contact Tanji M. C. Woods at (424) 338-2236 for details.

Tumor Board at the Martin Luther King Jr. Outpatient Center

  • Conferences occur the third Thursday of each month from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Please contact Tanji M. C. Woods at (424) 338-2236 for details.

For MLK-OPC activities, please call in advance to check on room capacity and attendance policy.

Medical Grand Rounds at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center

  • Conferences occur the fourth Thursday of each month from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Please contact Maria Jefferson at mjefferson2@dhs.lacounty.gov or (562) 385-7161 for details.

Grand Rounds at Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital

  • Conferences occur the fourth Thursday of each month from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
  • Please contact Eva McGhee, PhD at evamcghee@cdrewu.edu for details.

Annual/Special Initiatives

  • Conferences: The Office of CME accredits half-day and full-day conference throughout the year.