ACCME CME

Who Accredits Us

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

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.  You may visit the ACCME site for more information at www.accme.org.

 

ACCME Criteria

ACCME accredited providers must comply with all the Core Accreditation Criteria which grants the provider a four-year term. In addition, ACCME accredited providers also have the option to seek Accreditation with Commendation which grants the provider a six-year term. To learn more about the ACCME's Criteria for accredited providers, you may visit their site at www.accme.org/accreditation-rules/accreditation-criteria.

 

ACCME Standard for Integrity and Independence

The ACCME's Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education are designed to ensure that accredited continuing education serves the needs of patients and the public, is based on valid content, and is free from commercial influence.  The newly redesigned standards were released in December 2020, replacing the Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities.  To learn more about the ACCME's Standards for Integrity and Independence you may visit their site at  www.accme.org/accreditation-rules/standards-for-integrity-independence-accredited-ce.

Standard 1: Ensure Content is Valid

Standard 2: Prevent Commercial Bias and Marketing in Accredited Continuing Education

Standard 3: Identify, Mitigate, and Disclose Relevant Financial Relationships

Standard 4: Manage Commercial Support Appropriately

Standard 5: Manage Ancillary Activities Offered in Conjunction with Accredited Continuing Education

 

ACCME Policies

Accredited providers are expected to adhere to the policies that are relevant to their organizations. To learn more about the ACCME's Standards for Integrity and Independence you may visit their site at  www.accme.org/accreditation-rules/policies.

 

ACCME Activity Types

The ACCME does define the learning formats that can be offered.   You can click on the link to learn more about each activity type.

Live Course

Regularly Scheduled Series

Enduring Material

Journal CME/CE

Manuscript Review

Test-Item Writing

Committee Learning

Performance Quality Improvement

Internet Searching and Learning

Learning from Teaching

Other/Blended Learning