About Us

The Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME) at Inova Health System offers physicians and other health care professionals educational opportunities that foster excellence in patient care. In concert with the overall mission of Inova, our endeavor is supported by the Continuing Medical Education Advisory Committee to ensure that activities comply with the Essentials and Standards of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. We support the concept of continuous undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate medical education throughout the lifetime of the healthcare professional. To achieve our goals, we support the expansion of both traditional and innovative modes of learning. The OCME offers a variety of continuing medical education courses to meet the rapidly changing needs of health care professionals. We are committed to exploring new learning modalities through the application of innovative communications technologies including Quality Improvement and CME courses on the internet. 

Mission Statement


The purpose of Inova Health System’s Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME) is to support the Inova Health System commitment to “improve the health of the diverse community we serve through excellence in patient care, education, and research.” This is accomplished by creating and facilitating the highest quality, evidence-based, educational opportunities to advance physician competence, enhance practice performance, improve patient safety, and cultivate lifelong learning.



The OCME provides educational activities based on competencies related to clinical medicine, medical research, and medical education.  The content areas of primary importance are driven by systematic ongoing needs assessment that lead to higher standards of patient care consistent with the current health care environment. The scope of the activities provided includes clinical practice, education, research, teaching, and patient and population health care education. 


Target Audience

The primary focus of the OCME is the education of practicing physicians in Northern Virginia and the adjoining regions.  Participation of medical students, residents, nurses and other healthcare professionals to foster multidisciplinary collaboration is welcomed and encouraged. When consistent with our mission, the CME Office will work with outside organizations through joint providerships. 


Types of Activities Provided

IHS OCME program provides both traditional and innovative continuing education activities. The methods of instruction are varied to offer learning experiences, appealing to diverse and individual learning styles and practice setting requirements. These activities may include: didactic lectures, seminars, regularly scheduled series (grand rounds, morbidity and mortality, journal club), symposia, enduring materials, and hands on workshops. 


Expected Results of the Program

The OCME is committed to assessing the impact and effectiveness of its CME program on learners through qualitative and quantitative methods including: pre activity self-report, post activity self-report and assessment evaluation, and follow-up assessments and/or outcomes measurements. Following an educational intervention, OCME expects that the learners will report one of more of the following: 1) expanded or reinforced knowledge, 2) greater confidence in their approach to clinical problems, or 3) express their intent to change their behavior and apply newly acquired strategies in clinical practice.


Our Team

Sharon Bachman, MD
Medical Director

Kelley Sanchez

Christina Fontana
Senior Meeting Coordinator

Priya Patel
RSS/CME Coordinator