Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) 

The Center for Continuing Professional Development (CCPD), David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).  

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As described by our accrediting body, “the purpose of accreditation is to provide a framework that motivates educators to achieve their full potential. Accredited organizations are responsible for demonstrating that they meet requirements for delivering independent CME that accelerates learning, change, and improvement in healthcare. The ACCME accredits organizations that provide continuing medical education for physicians. The ACCME does not accredit individual educational activities.” (ACCME, 2023

The Center for Continuing Professional Development (CCPD), David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA has been reviewed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) and awarded accreditation for 4 years as a provider of continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. Accreditation in the ACCME System seeks to assure the medical community and the public that the Center for Continuing Professional Development (CCPD), David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA delivers education that is relevant to clinicians’ needs, evidence-based, evaluated for its effectiveness, and independent of commercial influence.

American Medical Association 

The AMA-HOD and the AMA 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) 

Continuing Medical Education (CME) Purpose 

The purposes for which AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is used include meeting CME requirements established by hospital credentialing bodies, state medical boards, medical specialty certifying boards, medical specialty societies, Joint Commission and other organizations. AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ is the most commonly accepted form of CME credit for physicians and is also the basis for receiving the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award. (AMA PRA Handbook) 

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. (AMA PRA Handbook) 

Eligibility for AMA PRA Category 1 CME Credit(s)™  

All accredited educational interventions must: 

  • conform to the AMA/ACCME definition of CME, including: 
    • Ensuring accredited continuing education serves the needs of patients and the public. 
    • Presenting learners with only accurate, balanced, scientifically justified recommendations. 
    • Assuring healthcare professionals and teams that they can trust accredited continuing education to help them deliver safe, effective, cost-effective, compassionate care that is based on best practice and evidence. 
    • Creating a clear, unbridgeable separation between accredited continuing education and marketing and sales. 
  • address an educational need (knowledge, competence or performance) that underlies the professional practice gaps of that activity’s learners. 
  • present content appropriate in depth and scope for the intended physician learners. 
  • identified and communicate the educational purpose and/or objectives for the activity, and provide clear instructions on how to successfully complete the activity to the learners 
  • utilize one or more learning methodologies appropriate to the activity’s educational purpose and/or objectives. 
  • provide an assessment of the learner that measures achievement of the educational purpose and/or objective of the activity.  
  • be planned and implemented in accordance with the ACCME Standards for Interdependence and Integrity. 

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