A journal-based CME activity is a non-live CME activity that must comply with all ACCME Essential Areas and Elements including the Standards for Commercial Support and Accreditation Policies. It's an activity that includes the reading of an article (or adapted formats for special needs), a provider stipulated/learner directed phase (that may include reflection, discussion, or debate about the material contained in the article), and a requirement for the completion by the learner of a pre-determined set of questions or tasks relating to the content of the material as part of the learning process.
In addition to the application requirements, journal-based CME activities must adhere to the following requirements:
- All required information, including that which is part of the standard flyer, must be transmitted to the learner prior to the activity.
- The learner must document participation in the journal-based CME activity to receive CME credit.
- The learner must not encounter any advertising within the pages of the article or within the pages of the related questions or evaluation materials.
Effective July 1, 2011
In addition to providing clear instructions to the learner on how to successfully complete the activity, a journal-based CME activity must include:
- An assessment of the learner that measures achievement of the educational purpose and/or objectives of the activity with an established minimum performance level; examples include, but are not limited to, a post-test, and/or application of new concepts in response to simulated problems.
- Communication to the participant the minimum performance level that must be demonstrated in the assessment in order to successfully complete the activity.