How does the ACCME define a course?

Published Date: 
January 24, 2012
Last Revised: 
November 3, 2016

A course is a live CME activity where the learner participates in person. A course is planned as an individual event. Examples: annual meeting, conference, seminar.

For events with multiple sessions, such as annual meetings, accredited providers report one activity and calculate the hours of instruction by totaling the hours of all educational sessions offered for CME credit. To calculate the numbers of learners, accredited providers report the number of learners registered for the overall event. Accredited providers are not required to calculate participant totals from the individual sessions.

If a course is held multiple times for multiple audiences, then each instance is reported as a separate activity.

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