Planning a CME Activity
Interested in Planning a CME Activity?
CHKD CME will guide you through the process. Offering a high quality CME program requires more than identifying interesting and relevant topics. Advanced and proper planning, coordination and promotion are essential to its success. CHKD CME can best serve you if we are involved at the earliest stages of planning, even if you’re still deciding whether or not you want to develop an activity.
CHKD may charge administrative fees for some of the services it provides, depending on the type of activity being planned.
To schedule a meeting with Rosalind W. Jenkins, CME Program Manager, call 757-668-8942 or send an email request.
General Information about Planning a CME Activity
The Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) and American Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) require that CME activities are the product of a well-documented planning process.
Only faculty has the specialized medical knowledge required to design CME curricula, therefore planning cannot be delegated to administrative staff.
CME activities should be designed to address the professional practice gaps of physicians. The practice gap is defined as the difference between current and best practice.
In the past the straightforward goal of CME was to impart knowledge; however, this is no longer deemed sufficient. Today, curricula must be designed to improve competence (defined as knowledge with a strategy to utilize it), performance and/or patient outcomes.
Tools Used for Identification of Professional Practice Gaps
Each educational subject in a certified CME activity must be related to one of more of the following:
- National practice standards
- Maintenance of certification (e.g. ACGME competencies)
- Need for practice improvement identified by:
- Learners (e.g. by group survey or by request from individual practitioners)
- Specialists often recognize areas of suboptimal practice among non-specialists who manage patients in their area of specialization
- Observed outcome trends
- Issues arising from departmental quality of care or patient safety monitoring
- Top areas of litigation
- Emerging research and technology of clinical relevance
- Policy, legal, or ethical considerations with implications for medical practice
- Practice management aspects which affect patient care
CME Planning: 3 Basic Tasks
1. Identify the practice gaps and the sources of the gaps using one of the tools listed above.
2. Describe how your activity will address the practice gaps (i.e. improve competence, performance and/or patient outcome).
3. Select a tool to evaluate the effectiveness of your CME activity.