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Certifying Your Educational Activity for CME Credit

Certifying an educational activity for CME credit is a great way to enhance the value and legitimacy of your educational activity.

This also ensures that the activity meets the standards established by the American Medical Association and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education for educating physicians.

How CME can help your Department & Organization - Hosting a CME activity is beneficial and valuable to everyone involved. It improves the knowledge, competence, performance & patient outcomes of your physicians and other clinical professionals, and the improved patient care benefits your department, organization, community, city, state & region. Click here for more on the CME benefits to your physicians, other clinical staff, department, organization, city, state & region.

About CME/CE credits at the UTCOMC -  The University of Tennessee College of Medicine (UTCOM) Chattanooga certifies physician education activities for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM towards physician licensure with state medical boards as well as Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 2 Points for ABAABIMABOABOHNSABP, and/or ABPath diplomates. We can also on your behalf to have your activity certified for specialized credits such as AAFP Prescribed credits. The UTCOM issues certificates of attendance that count as CEU's for non-physicians. Click here for more about CME credits at the UTCOMC.

Why the University of Tennessee? The UTHSC College of Medicine is an excellent provider 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.

CME Content Requirements

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: Continuing Medical Education must be:  1) Designed Specifically for your Physicians - Your CME activity content must address shortcomings in the current professional practice of your target audience (TN physicians).  2) Educational - The content and presentation must promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest.  3) Evidence-Based - All recommendations involving clinical medicine 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.  All scientific research referred to, reported or used in support or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis. 4) Free from Promotion - The content and presentation must promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest 5) Unbiased by Commercial Interests - The following aspects of your CME activity must be free from control of a commercial interest: (a) identification of needs, (b) determination of educational objectives, (c) selection and presentation of content, (d) selection of all persons and organizations that will be in a position to control the content of the CME, (e) selection of the educational methods, and (f) evaluation of the activity.

Not sure if your content is CME or not?  Call the Office of CME to discuss at 423.778.6884.

Next Steps for Certifying your educational activity for CME credit...

  1. Read the CME Activity Overview to view the whole process at a glance.
  2. Use the Planning Guide for a CME Activity to walk you through the process.
  3. Apply for CME credit for your educational activity.

Last Published: Aug 14, 2020