Planning CME Activities

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November 3, 2016
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

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

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November 3, 2016
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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

An internet live course is an online course available at a certain time on a certain date and is only available in real-time, just as if it were a course held in...

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March 22, 2016
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Friday, November 11, 2011

A directly provided activity is one that is planned, implemented and evaluated by the accredited provider.  Include co-provided activities (provided by two accredited providers) in this category if you are the...

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November 3, 2016
Published on:
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A course is identified as a regularly scheduled series (RSS) when it is planned to have

  1. a series with multiple sessions that 
  2. ...
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November 11, 2011

ACCME has created a web-based tutorial that models one approach that accredited CME providers could take to facilitate learning from teaching activities that would meet compliance expectations of the ACCME...

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November 11, 2011

The decision regarding how you acknowledge their involvement or what words to use is up to you. See the ACCME's policies regarding the accreditation statement for a copy of the...

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November 3, 2016

Manuscript review is based on a learner’s participation in the pre-publication review process of a manuscript.

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November 11, 2011

Needs assessment is about understanding the basis for a 'professional practice gap' - in terms of an underlying problem with knowledge, competence or performance-in-practice. A provider may want to further understand the underlying...

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November 11, 2011

ACCME expects to be able to review income and expense statements for all CME activities. These statements must reflect:

Significant sources...

Performance improvement activities are based on a learner’s participation in a project established and/or guided by a provider in which a learner...

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November 11, 2011

Below is a list of the different activity types that can be reported in PARS.  You can click on the name of any of these activity types for a definition and additional information:

An enduring material is a printed, recorded, or computer-presented activity that may be used over time at various locations and which, in itself, constitutes a...

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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...

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November 11, 2011

No. For guidance on the nature of documentation that the ACCME will expect to review at the time of reaccreditation, please see the ACCME's performance-in-practice review requirements and instructions and...

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November 11, 2011

No. The ACCME does not require post-tests for any type of CME activity. In journal CME, some sort of challenge must be presented to the learner that is based on the content of the educational activity but we do not call it a post...

Test item writing is an activity based on a learner’s participation in the pre-publication development and review of any type of...

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November 11, 2011

The ACCME does not require accredited providers to measure patient outcomes -- neither in their CME Mission (Criterion 1), activity planning (Criterion 3), nor evaluation of CME...

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November 11, 2011

Perfectly. The ACCME Accreditation Criteria require that all CME activities planned and implemented by an accredited provider address educational needs derived from a professional practice gap of the...

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November 11, 2011
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May 4, 2016

Internet searching and learning activities are based on a learner identifying a problem in practice and then accessing content in search of an answer from sources...

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November 3, 2016

An internet enduring material activity is available when the learner chooses to complete it.  It is “...

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November 11, 2011

Criterion 2 requires that the educational needs that underlie the professional practice gaps of learners be incorporated into the CME activities. However, the CME provider does not have to collect that needs...

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