CME Policies and Planning: Design and Implementation

The selection and organization of content, and decisions about educational format, are based upon the most effective and efficient method in meeting the stated objectives for each activity.

The type of learning method appropriate for the group and subject matter should be indicated.

Course faculty will be selected by the planning group based upon the following criteria:

  • Expertise in specific subject area.
  • Excellent speaking and presentation skills.
  • Willingness to follow criteria for continuing medical education as set forth by the CHKD CME Committee.
  • Ability to use audiovisual material effectively.
  • Affordability

Educational Objectives

Learning objectives are developed to address the needs identified by the needs assessment process. Each CME activity shall have explicit learner objectives. These objectives:

  • Highlight the instructional content and/or expected learning outcomes in terms of knowledge, skills and/or attitudes.
  • Indicate the physicians and other learners for whom the activity is designed.
  • Shall be indicated on promotional materials that announce the activity to prospective participants.

Additional Information 

Honoraria and Expense Reimbursement

Members of the CHKD professional staff will not receive remuneration for presenting at a CME activity sponsored by CHKD. However, professional staff will receive reimbursement for necessary hotel, meal and transportation expenses.

Guest speakers will receive reasonable honoraria in addition to appropriate hotel, meal and transportation costs. Any honoraria above $1500 per presentation will require approval by the CME Committee.

Identifying and Resolving Conflicts of Interest

Conflict of interests occur when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship; whereby an observer may perceive that their recommendations may be influenced by considerations of personal gain, financial or otherwise. A conflict of interest depends upon the situation and not on the character or actions of the individual. Read More.

Joint Sponsorship

Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters assumes responsibility for all educational activities it jointly sponsors with organizations not accredited as a provider of continuing medical education by the ACCME or the Medical Society of Virginia. Read More.

Needs Assessment

Needs assessment involves the collection and analysis of information about the educational needs of individuals or organizations. All educational programs offered for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™ are developed on the basis of an identified need. The analysis and prioritization of learning needs will be conducted by the CME Committee in order to meet the goals of the CME program. These sources sources will be utilized to identify educational needs.


The CHKD-CME Committee evaluates the effectiveness of its overall CME program and component activities. This information is used in course planning.

Additional Policies

Administration – CME Committee

The primary function of the CME Committee is to oversee the fulfillment of the CME mission. Learn more about their responsibilities and functions as a committee.

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.

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.

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