Plan a CME Activity
The Office of CME within the Office of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of all CME activities that are approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. The Office of CME Staff members are knowledgeable about the required educational, financial and logistical processes required for development of CME activities. If you have an idea for a CME activity, please contact Rich Tischler, PhD, Executive Director of CME, (firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule an initial planning meeting.
What Information is Needed to Begin Planning?
The initial planning meeting with the Executive Director of CME and Office of CME Staff involves a review of the ACCME Criteria, Standards, and Policies. Among the required educational processes are the following:
- Identification of the potential target audience
- Documentation of how the professional practice gaps and educational needs of the target audience were determined
- Defining learning objectives that meet the educational needs
- Identification of faculty/staff who can serve on a planning committee and/or as faculty members for the activity
- Identification of potential financial resources to support development and implementation of the activity
- Developing strategies for determining activity effectiveness in improving physician competence, performance and/or patient outcomes
Timelines for Planning
Live CME Activities and Enduring Materials: a minimum of 9 – 12 months is needed to plan a live CME course or enduring material. Many educational, financial and logistical planning elements require substantial advance planning for optimum results. This lead-time provides the planning committee and faculty an opportunity to work with the CME staff to ensure success of the CME activity from an educational and fiscal perspective.
Grand Rounds/Conferences (Regularly Scheduled Conferences): Planning and submission of CME applications for Rounds and Conferences takes place at the beginning of each new fiscal/academic year. Workshops for department coordinators are offered each spring to ensure timeliness of planning and submission of the CME application.
The Office of CME provides a range of tools and resources to facilitate CME activity planning, implementation, and evaluation. Please contact the Office to obtain updated materials.