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CERTIFICATION OF CME PROFESSIONALS : Progress Toward a National Credentialing Program. January 19, 2007 Alliance for CME Annual Conference Phoenix, AZ. Presenters. Jack Kues, PhD Assistant Dean for CME, Univ of Cincinnati College of Medicine; President, NC-CME

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Certification of cme professionals progress toward a national credentialing program

CERTIFICATION OF CME PROFESSIONALS:Progress Toward a National Credentialing Program

January 19, 2007

Alliance for CME Annual Conference

Phoenix, AZ


Presenters

Presenters

Jack Kues, PhD

Assistant Dean for CME, Univ of Cincinnati

College of Medicine; President, NC-CME

Marissa Seligman, PharmD

VP & Compliance Officer, M/C Communications

/Pri-Med Institute; Secretary, NC-CME

Judy Ribble, PhD, FACME

Executive Director, NC-CME


Objectives for this presentation
Objectives for this presentation

… you will be able to:

  • Understand the current initiative to create a certification for CME Professionals

  • Describe how a certification program can benefit CME Professionals, their employers, and the general public

  • Assess the value of CME Certification for you and your organization


Past state of cme
Past State of CME

  • AMA PRA Credit System

    • Read AMA PRA manual

  • ACCME accreditation

    • Essentials

    • Standards for Commercial Support


Current state of cme
Current State of CME

  • New ACCME accreditation criteria

    • Including recent changes in SCS

  • Increased external scrutiny of CME

    • FDA

    • OIG

    • Press

    • Congress

  • Changes in credentialing of physicians

    • MOC

  • Increased emphasis on performance/quality improvement by other regulatory bodies

    • JCAHO

    • Specialty Boards

  • Formalization of commercial support

    • Grant applications

    • Post activity audits


New skill requirements
New Skill Requirements

  • Physician

  • Educator

  • Researcher

  • Grant writer

  • Lawyer

  • Accountant

  • IT Expert

  • Event Planner


Cme as a profession
CME as a Profession

  • What is a Profession….

    • “… an occupation that requires extensivetrainingand … specializedknowledge …

    • … andusually has aprofessional association,ethical codeandprocess ofcertificationorlicensing.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Profession


Reasons for certification
Reasons for Certification

  • Formally recognize the boundaries of our content/responsibility

  • Address issues of public scrutiny

  • Uniform level of competence

  • Confidence by CME professionals

    • (…that they have the appropriate skills/knowledge)

  • Protect the integrity of CME Programs


Value of cme professional certification
Value of CME Professional Certification

  • For the CME Professional

    • Clarifies skills/knowledge/competencies

    • Codifies a path for continuing education

    • Facilitates communication between individuals of similar training

    • Creates value when job searching

    • Creates potential for career path

    • Distinguishes you from uncertified individuals


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Value of CME Professional Certification

  • For Employers

    • Providing evidence of continuous improvement

    • Screening criteria of potential employees

    • Increases comfort level

    • Reduces liability and risk of non-compliance


Value of cme professional certification2
Value of CME Professional Certification

  • For accrediting/regulatory organizations/bodies

    • Assurance of dissemination and understanding of regulations, rules and guidelines

    • Improves compliance

    • Facilitates communication


Current state of certification
Current State of Certification

  • Creation of NC-CME (National Commission for Certification of CME Professionals, Inc.)

    • Mission development

  • Initial discussions with other CME orgs.

  • Advisory Board

  • Working committees


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Current State of Certification

  • Development of criteria for certification

    • Exam

    • Experience

    • Education

  • Grandfathering criteria


Thank you
Thank you.

To download this slide presentation

go to: www.NC-CME.org

National Commission

for Certification of CME Professionals


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