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About LSMS CME Accreditation Program
Physicians have always understood that they made a commitment to a "lifetime of learning" when they chose to enter the medical profession. The American Medical Association (AMA) recognized the need for formal educational activities and in 1968 the AMA House of Delegates established the Physician’s Recognition Award (PRA) to encourage physicians’ continuance of their medical education as well as to reward those who had already completed such programs. The AMA adopted the following definition of continuing medical education:
"Continuing medical education 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 of 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."
The AMA Committee for the Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (CACME) and the Liaison Committee on Continuing Medical Education (LCCME) were assigned the responsibilities of determining which CME programs were accredited prior to 1981. In 1981 the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) was established, consisting of seven sponsoring organizations. The ACCME is charged with accrediting interstate providers of CME in the US and recognizing state medical societies to accredit intrastate providers of CME. There are two methods of accreditation. The ACCME is the body that accredits the following institutions for the provision of CME:
Such organizations are accredited as interstateproviders directly by the ACCME. Organizations that do not qualify as interstate providers should seek accreditation from their state medical society. State medical societies were responsible for accreditation activities in their respective states prior to the establishment of the ACCME and so were empowered to continue accrediting intrastate providers. To maintain uniform standards for intrastate and interstate CME accredited organizations, it was necessary to have both methods of accreditation under the umbrella of the ACCME. The Committee for Review and Recognition (CRR) of the ACCME was established to "recognize" state medical societies to accredit intrastate providers, which involves periodic evaluation by the CRR.
Both interstate and intrastate providers of CME are judged by the same criteria. These criteria are the Essentials Areas and Elements. CME credits conferred by an accredited program are transferable across state lines since all programs use the same, or similar, standards. However, intrastate providers must document that 70% or more of the total physician learner hours awarded by the CME Program were awarded to physicians that practice in the respective state or the contiguous states.
Please contact LSMS CME Coordinator Wendy Newell for more information.
About the LSMS CME Accreditation Program Committee
The LSMS CMEAP Committee is a standing committee of the LSMS, chaired by Dr. Harold L. Ishler, Jr. There are currently six physician members who volunteer on this committee.