Continuing Medical Education
CSMS is authorized by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to accredit healthcare facilities and medical professional groups in Connecticut and contiguous states as sponsors of certified CME. The CSMS CME Committee is responsible for the oversight of CSMS Accreditation and serves as the authorizing body to accredit CME sponsors.
Why do physicians need continuing medical education (CME) credit?
Physicians use CME credit to demonstrate that they have participated in educational activities and obtained CME credit to document meeting the requirements of state medical boards, medical specialty societies, specialty boards, hospital medical staffs, the Joint Commission, insurance groups, and others.
In Connecticut, physicians are required to complete a minimum of 50 hours of CME every two years. In addition, physicians must complete at least one hour of CME in each of six mandatory subject areas (infectious disease, risk management, sexual assault, domestic violence, cultural competency, behavioral health) every six years.
What does AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ represent?
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ represents that the physician has participated in an educational activity, and completed all requirements for such an activity, that is expected to “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” as stated in the AMA’s definition of CME.
How is CME defined?
The AMA HOD and the Council on Medical Education have defined continuing medical education as follows:
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 the 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. (HOD policy #300.988)