The University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth Office of Professional and Continuing Education (PACE) is committed to providing high-quality continuing education opportunities for physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. PACE registers more than 18,000 healthcare professionals at more than 600 activities in 43 states each year.
PACE is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) -- one of a handful of providers in the country to hold the distinction of maintaining dual accreditation. During its last accreditation cycle, PACE received Accreditation with Commendation from the ACCME for its exemplary procedures and processes and full accreditation from the AOA. PACE also maintains providership status by the Texas Nurses Association, National Commission for Health Educator Credentialing, Texas State Board of Social Worker Examiners and has formed strategic alliances to educate pharmacists and other members of a healthcare team.
PACE conducts all types of activities, including online, journal, CD-ROM, DVD, live and nontraditional/experimental.
The Office of Professional and Continuing Education at the University of North Texas Health Science Center’s purpose is to improve health and quality of life of those living in Texas and beyond by developing and implementing lifelong learning opportunities to enhance competence and/or performance of physicians and other health care professionals.
The Office of Professional and Continuing Education focuses its content around the five areas of strength identified by the health science center, including aging and Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, health disparities, physical medicine and women’s health. In addition, content specific to improving the ability of faculty to teach medical students is developed, as well as activities for which a bona fide need is identified.
As a national leader in primary care, most lifelong learning opportunities sponsored by the University of North Texas Health Science Center seek to improve the competence or performance of primary care clinicians on a local, regional, statewide or national scope. Since content is developed using a rigorous analysis of needs and practice gaps, other specialists and healthcare professionals may also be targeted learners.
Type of Activities
The Office of Professional and Continuing Education at the University of North Texas Health Science Center engages in the following activities to further its mission:
The Office of Professional and Continuing Education at the University of North Texas Health Science Center expects its CME program to improve clinician competence, practice performance and patient health. It continuously assesses its individual and overall efforts in order to measure improvement and identify opportunities for learning experiences.