Continuing Education

MedStar St. Mary's Hospital is a strong believer in the value of education. Throughout the year, our facility provides associates, Medical Staff members and clinical personnel the opportunity to improve their skills. The hospitals' Organizational Learning & Research Department organizes and administers programs and activities, many of which are mandatory for associates. As a training center for the American Heart Association, the hospital also offers basic life support, advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support opportunities for both staff and community members to update and improve their skills.

Associates

MedStar St. Mary's Hospital believes that each associate contributes to creating a positive environment for patients and visitors. Training opportunities are offered inside and outside of the hospital to strengthen skills and increase knowledge of technology. Industry-related education is provided through continuing medical education (CME) programs.

Medical Staff

All practicing physicians at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital are required to complete a variety of continuing medical education (CME) programs throughout the year. While each specialty has its own specific requirements, all doctors must earn a total of 50 CME credits every two years. These education hours provide Medical Staff members the opportunity to meet and share ideas with other healthcare professionals in the area, as well as stay on top of current topics in the field. MedStar St. Mary's Hospital offers a variety of opportunities for physicians to receive credits through participation in the hospital's Tumor Board, day-long courses and field-related seminars.

Allied Health Professionals

From physical and occupational therapists to radiology and laboratory technologists, allied health encompasses a variety of professions. Many of these individuals provide direct care for our patients, making them frontline associates at MedStar St. Mary's Hospital. To ensure these professionals learn about the most current techniques and skill sets, the hospital requires them to complete many hours of field-related training each year.

Nursing

In addition to providing compassionate care to all of our patients, the nurses of MedStar St. Mary's Hospital place a strong emphasis on the value of continuing education. All clinical nursing staff members are required to obtain their basic life support certification through the American Heart Association (AHA), and must be re-certified every two years. Depending on their specific unit, nurses may also be required to complete the AHA's advanced cardiac life support and pediatric advanced life support certifications.

During their probationary period, each new member of the nursing staff must test his or her proficiency in a variety of nursing skills. Additionally, nurses must earn a minimum of 13 continuing education hours, complete unit-specific competencies and take a mandatory test each year. Pursuing an advanced degree or improving one's skill set by taking courses off campus is also encouraged through the hospital's tuition reimbursement program. In addition to standard opportunities for advancement, MedStar St. Mary's Hospital offers nurses a unique Clinical Ladder program to receive recognition for their advancing skills. Advancement is made as nurses work on their master's degrees, involve themselves in a special project or provide other evidence of their growing skill set.