VCU Health CME works with both VCU Health and McGuire VA Medical Center departments/divisions, as well as outside organizations to produce accredited continuing medical education programs and events.
The content of all activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ must meet the American Medical Association (AMA) definition of CME, be non-promotional and be appropriate in depth and scope for the intended physician audience. The AMA’s definition of CME is: 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. (AMA HOD policy #300.988)
Nonclinical subjects (e.g. office management, patient-physician communications, faculty development) may also be designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ as long as these are appropriate to a physician audience and benefit the profession, patient care or public health. Education that advocates specific alternative therapies or teaches how to perform associated procedures, without scientific evidence or general acceptance among the profession that supports their efficacy and safety, cannot be certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
The first step in planning an activity should be to review the resources provided on the Getting Started page. If you decide to move forward with seeking AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, please submit our planning form.
VCU Health CME categorizes educational programs/events as follows:
- Department Centered Activities – Conferences, seminars, workshops that range from several hours to several days in duration, planned and presented by a VCU/VCU Health or McGuire VA Medical Center department/division. VCU Health CME designates the educational program for credit, provides guidance/resources, and can also provide registration, online evaluation and certificate download services. The sponsoring department/division staff manage program planning, logistics, and event management.
- Jointly Provided Activities – Conferences, seminars, workshops that range from several hours to several days in duration, planned and presented by outside organizations. VCU Health CME designates the educational program for credit, provides guidance/resources, and can also provide registration, online evaluation and certificate download services. The sponsoring organization staff manage program planning, logistics, and event management.
- Major Conferences - Conferences, seminars, workshops that range from one to several days in duration, planned and presented by VCU Health CME in conjunction with a sponsoring VCU/VCU Health, McGuire VA Medical Center, or outside organization. VCU Health CME manages program planning, logistics, event management in addition to designating the educational program for credit.
- Regularly Scheduled Series - Grand Rounds, Case Conference, D&C/M&M, Journal Club, Tumor Board, with multiple sessions that occur on a regular basis (weekly, monthly, quarterly) and are primarily planned by and presented to VCU/VCU Health and McGuire VA Medical Center departments/divisions. VCU Health CME designates the series for credit and provides guidance/resources.
Please complete our planning form if you are seeking credit for an educational activity. All required applications and forms are available on our Getting Started page.
For more information or questions, contact VCU Health CME at firstname.lastname@example.org or (804) 828-3640.