The purpose of the Continuing Medical Education (CME) program is to provide relevant educational activities which address the needs of our Physicians and our Healthcare System.
What Is Continuing Medical Education?
The AMA House of Delegates (HOD) and the Council on Medical Education have defined continuing medical education as follows:
CME 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 services for patients, the public or the profession. The content of CME is the 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.
Defining CME Activities
“Certified CME” is defined as…
- Nonpromotional learning activities certified for credit prior to the activity by an organization authorized by the credit system owner, or
- Nonpromotional learning activities for which the credit system owner directly awards credit
Accredited CME providers may certify nonclinical subjects (e.g. office management, patient-physician communications, faculty development) for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ as long as these are appropriate to a physician audience and benefit the profession, patient care or public health.
CME activities may describe or explain complementary and alternative health care practices. As with any CME activity, these need to include discussion of the existing level of scientific evidence that supports the practices. However, education that advocates specific alternative therapies or teaches how to perform associated procedures, without scientific evidence or general acceptance among the profession that supports their efficacy and safety, cannot be certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
CME Program – Requirements for a CME Activity
Identified Educational Need…
- What is the Need?
- How was the Need identified? (Required by Gov’t, needs assessment, PI Data, Committee/Physician recommendation, etc.)
Need must Address a Gap…
- What is the quality/professional gap to be addressed? (What is the problem?)
- How did you identify the gap/problem?
- Is the gap in: Competence, Performance, or Patient Outcomes?
Content must relate to the ABMS (American Board of Medical Specialties) core competencies. Which one?
- Patient Care, Medical Knowledge, Practice-Based Learning and Improvement, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, Professionalism, System-Based Practice
What are the potential barriers facing the physicians that may affect their ability to change practice?
- Lack of time or resources, hesitant to accept recommendations, cost issues, lack of experience, reimbursement/insurance issues, other, etc.
- Based on the need/gap the activity is addressing, what are the desired results of the activity?
- Or, what is the activity designed to change? Will it change knowledge, skill, etc?
- Based on the Desired Results, what are the overall learning objectives?
- What will the attendees be able to DO in their practice as a result of this activity?
- Activities must be designed to change Physician Competence, Physician Performance, or Patient Outcomes (Goes back to your Gap)
- How will you measure the change?
- Competence: Post activity evaluation, case scenarios before and after activity, etc.
- Performance: Follow up survey, against actual data with time line, etc.
- Patient Outcomes: Patient Satisfaction survey, patient follow up, quality data, etc.
Education Design/Methodology must be appropriate for content of activity.
- Didactic Lecture with Q&A, Panel Discussion, Skills Workshop, Small Group/Round Table Discussion, Webinar, Enduring Material, etc.
- Are there any non-educational strategies currently in place which address the issue? If no, what kinds of non-educational strategies could be used?
- Sending reminders, tips and tricks, patient surveys, newsletters, etc.
- How will the activity be funded? Internal or departmental funds, registration fees, or other funding. (Commercial Support is not accepted; please contact the CME Coordinator for further information.)
Activities Ineligible for AMA PRA Credit
The AMA states:
CME credit may NOT be claimed for learning which is incidental to the regular professional activities or practice of a physician, such as learning that occurs from: clinical experience, charity or mission work, mentoring, surveying, serving on a committee, council, task force, board, house of delegates or other professional workgroup, or passing examinations that are not integrated with a certified activity.