Certifying Your Educational Activity for CME Credit
How can CME help your program & organization? Certifying an educational activity for CME credit is a great way to enhance the value of your educational activity because it ensures that the activity addresses the individual learning needs of your target audience. Certifying an activity for CME credit is also a great way to earn the attendance of physicians because physicians are required to earn a certain number of CME credit hours each year in order to maintain licensure and competence.
About CME credits - The UT College of Medicine certifies educational activities for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM (Category 1 CreditsTM towards the American Medical Association Physician's Recognition Award) and other types of CME credit. AMA PRA Category 1 Credit is the CME standard for licensing boards and is recognized by all U.S. jurisdictions, and having your activity certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits demonstrates the educational value of the activity in a way that is favorable when applying for other types of CME credit. AMA PRA Category 1 Credits may be approved as AAFP Prescribed credit, AAP credit, ACEP Category 1 credit, ACOG cognate credit, AAPA credit, and AOA Category 2-B credit. The UTCOM designates CEU's using the national standard that 1 live hour of educational instruction is awarded .1 CEU.
Why the University of Tennessee? The University of Tennessee is an excellent proivder of CME because it is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians and has achieved Accreditation with Commendation, the highest level of ACCME accreditation. The mission of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine (UTCOM) is to serve the continuing education needs of Tennessee physicians, so CME credit applications for education that is targeted at non-Tennessee physicians and/or will take place outside of Tennessee are unlikely to be approved. Contact Us before applying for CME credit if you are not sure if your activity is within the scope of our mission.
CME Content Overview - "CME consists of educational activities which serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public, or the profession. The content of CME is that body knowledge and skills generally recognized and accepted by the profession as within the basic medical sciences, the discipline of clinical medicine, and the provision of health care to the public."1
CME Content Requirements - 1) All the recommendations involving clinical medicine in a CME activity must be based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients. 2) All scientific research referred to, reported or used in CME in support or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis.
Next Steps for Certifying your educational activity for CME credit...
Read the CME Activity Overview to view the whole process at a glance
Use the Planning Guide for a CME Activity to walk you through the process
Apply for CME credit for your educational activity