The Office of Continuing Medical Education (CME) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The ACCME has established national standards for programs of this kind and those standards are called the CME Essentials. All educational activities approved by the CME program office awarding category 1 credit must comply with the Essentials. To be sure that the Essentials are implemented, ACCME conducts random audits of conference files, and the overall CME program is reviewed in detail for re-accreditation every four to six years. Additional information regarding the Essentials can be found in the CME Guidelines document in the “CME Application Materials” link found above.
ACCME’s Essentials are based on a particular point of view regarding CME programs. This perspective suggests that CME educational activities should be done not for their own sake or as some sort of ritual, but as carefully designed interventions intended to respond to educational needs related to the practice of medicine. ACCME’s Essentials require a coherent approach to the development of CME activities to meet this challenge. The Essentials also address important concerns about the influence of commercial funding on CME activities.
ACCME requires that we – the CME Office – as the accredited program within the University of Missouri, School of Medicine, be involved early in the development of every educational activity for which category 1 credits are provided. If the activity is organized by an entity outside of the School of Medicine, significant faculty involvement is required.
WE ARE NOT PERMITTED TO GRANT CME CREDIT UNLESS WE ARE INVOLVED IN AN EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY BEFORE TOPICS AND SPEAKERS ARE SELECTED.
Data on participants is stored in the CME database. The Office of Continuing Medical Education will provide a transcript upon request. For transcript information, please contact Karla Imhoff via email at email@example.com.
“To educate physicians and other health care providers to provide effective patient-centered care for the people of Missouri and beyond. We will address and respond to educational needs in Missouri not adequately addressed in other forums and by other providers with a particular focus on primary care physicians in rural areas through annual conferences targeting their particular needs. CME embodies high standards regarding the ethical conduct of CME activities that are consistent with the Guidelines of the ACCME, and promote effective education.”