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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
value of cme professional certification1
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
current state of certification1
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