How is a regularly scheduled series defined?
Regularly scheduled series is a live activity planned as a series with multiple, ongoing sessions, e.g., offered weekly, monthly, or quarterly. A regularly scheduled series is primarily planned by and presented to the accredited organization’s professional staff and generally targets the same audience over the whole series. Examples include grand rounds, tumor boards, and morbidity and mortality conferences.
Live activities where the same content is offered multiple times for different audiences should be reported as separate courses and not regularly scheduled series.
When reporting Regularly Scheduled Series (RSS) in PARS, each series should be reported as one activity. In addition, the following guidelines should be used:
- The cumulative number of hours for all sessions within a series equals the number of hours for that activity and
- Each physician is counted as a learner for each session he/she attends in the series.
For example: Internal Medicine Grand Rounds is planned for the entire year as one series. They meet weekly during the year for one hour each week. In PARS, the series should be entered as one activity with 52 hours of instruction. Also, if 20 learners participated in each session, total learners would be 1,040 (20 learners/session x 52 sessions) for that single activity.