Performance Improvement Initiatives

Boston University School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education (CME) has embarked on a number of Performance Improvement (PI) Activities with physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants from practices around the United States. To date, we have sponsored programs in the area of cardiology, women’s health, and depression. The goal of these activities is to assist the participants in making changes in their practice with the support of our faculty and staff.

MENTOR QI – Customized Performance Improvement

BUSM CME will work with you at your practice and on your schedule to help you implement effective, systematic strategies to improve the care your patients receive. This program allows your practice to concentrate on a single disease-state to implement office-wide improvements. We are currently recruiting practices for a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease PI project, but are able work with you to develop programs in other disease-states. If you are interested in planning a PI activity, please call our office at (617) 638-4605.

All Performance Improvement Activities offer at least 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.

Program Design

  • Based on the AMA PRA Rules for Performance Improvement Activities, our activities focus on practice assessment, the development and implementation of an action plan, and activity evaluation based on a follow-up assessment and reflection.
  • The participants in each Performance Improvement Activity are supported by supplemental educational interventions such as faculty conferences, discussion boards with peers, a website with links to key resources including clinical guidelines.
  • Throughout the activity, the participants are supported by reminders from the CME activity manager and a faculty mentor. Participants who successfully complete a PI activity are eligible for 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™.


Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part IV, as required by the Specialty Boards, along with Pay-for-Performance initiatives being promulgated by the managed care industry, large corporations (Bridges to Excellence) and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) are making it increasingly important for physicians and their supporting healthcare team to engage in Performance Improvement Activities. Boston University School of Medicine CME is poised to design new and innovative activities that will guide the entire healthcare team to improved performance and better patient care.