The UConn School of Medicine’s Office of Continuing Medical Education is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. As such, the CME office maintains the responsibility for assuring physicians that CME-certified activities meet accepted standards of education that help physicians increase competence and incorporate new knowledge to improve the quality of medical care for patients and their communities. Our office ensures that all CME activities are consistent with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education’s standards for high quality education for practicing physicians. The Office offers assistance with continuing medical education applications and support in designing, implementing, and evaluating educational programs and activities. Therefore, if you are preparing to develop a learning activity such as a conference, grand rounds or published materials, here are some important concepts and steps to keep in mind.
Who is the ACCME and what do they expect?
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) identifies, develops and promotes standards for quality continuing medical education. The Essential Areas and Elements (including the Standards for Commercial Support) and Accreditation Policies are the practices that a provider, such as UConn CME, must implement to achieve and maintain accreditation. Thus, if you are seeking CME credit from our CME office for learning initiatives, you must follow established policies and practices designed to ensure that these standards are met.
What does UConn CME require in the development process?
All CME activities must:
- Be designed to change one or more of the following:
- Patient Outcomes
- Address professional practice gaps of physicians. The practice gap is defined as the difference between current and best practice.
- Use needs assessment data to plan the activity.
- Have content that:
- matches the intended learners’ current or potential scope of practice;
- is developed in the context of desirable physician attributes; and
- is delivered using educational formats appropriate for the setting, objectives and desired results of the activity.
- Be in compliance with the ACCME’s policies for disclosure and commercial support.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of the learning intervention in meeting the objectives.