Can faculty take an active role in the provider's mechanism(s) to resolve conflicts of interest?
Yes. Resolving conflicts of interest means individuals taking explicit actions prior to the educational activity to create CME content that is valid and free of commercial bias -- even in the presence of relevant financial relationships. In the construct of the current CME system, the development and presentation of CME content is most often the responsibility of teachers/authors. Therefore, the ACCME considers teachers/authors to be a part of the accredited provider. So, when the provider directs teachers/authors to take actions to assist in the identification and resolution of conflict of interest, a provider's mechanism is being implemented. The provider might then monitor the effectiveness of the actions taken by the teachers/authors to resolve conflicts of interest. Keep in mind that simply monitoring the CME content at the time of presentation is not and cannot be the resolution mechanism.