Criteria 1 and 3 refer to "changes in competence, performance, or patient outcomes" but Criterion 2 refers to educational need in terms of "knowledge, competence, or performance." Can CME providers offer activities that are designed to change knowledge?

Last Revised: 
November 11, 2011

Yes. CME providers can offer activities designed to change knowledge. The emphasis now is on the CME provider knowing the "educational needs that underlie the professional practice gaps of their own learners." ACCME believes that the path to closing the gap will be through modifications to one, or more, of physicians' knowledge, competence, or performance. ACCME expects that CME providers and learners will analyze the gaps in order to understand the causes so as to determine what might be the best or most appropriate educational intervention.

See Regnier K., et al, Accreditation for Learning and Change. JCEHP. September 2005; 174-182.

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