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Frequently Asked Questions about CME

Where are the MyCME booths and kiosks located? What are the hours?

The main MyCME booth is located near Registration in Lobby D of the Convention Center.

Hours of operation are:
Sunday, October 22: 7:00 am–5:00 pm
Monday, October 23: 7:00 am–6:00 pm
Tuesday, October 24: 7:00 am–6:00 pm
Wednesday, October 25: 7:00 am–6:00 pm
Thursday, October 26: 6:30 am–12:00 noon

There is also a MyCME booth located in ACS Central.

Hours of operation are:
Monday, October 23: 9:00 am–4:30 pm
Tuesday, October 24: 9:00 am–4:30 pm
Wednesday, October 25: 9:00 am–4:30 pm

A remote MyCME kiosk is located on the upper level of the Convention Center, near the ballroom. This will be staffed for most of the times noted above.

What are the different types of sessions being offered at Clinical Congress 2017?

Clinical Congress offers an extensive variety of content in a plethora of formats. The diversity of formats is intended to meet every learning style and allow for each day to be meaningful and full. Consider participating in all types of activities to make for a rich Congress experience.

Postgraduate Courses (DC & SC)

These include Didactic/Experiential (DC) and Surgical Skills (SC) courses. Postgraduate courses require a ticket for admission. The Surgical Skills courses provide hands-on learning experiences using the ACS Division of Education’s five-level model for verification and validation of knowledge and skills, which will be documented on the Surgical Skills CME Certificate. Check at the registration desk if you haven’t yet registered—there may still be space!

Meet-the-Expert Session (ME)

Meet-the-Expert Sessions allow attendees to converse with leading experts about specific clinical issues, using an informal format limited to 40 participants (with no formal media). Tickets cost only $15, so choose a different ME session each day!

Names Lectures (NL)

Each year, Clinical Congress features eleven Named Lectures, beginning with the Martin Memorial Lecture, presented immediately following the Opening Ceremony on Monday, October 23. These are delivered by world-renowned experts in their respective fields.

Panel Sessions (PS)

These are sessions for specific target audiences, based on where one is in their career, or their personal or professional interests. Included are sessions focused on Residents, Associate Fellows, and Young Fellows, as well as Poster and Research Awards, and more.

Special Interest Sessions (SI)

These are sessions for specific target audiences based on where one is in their career and or their personal and professional interests. Included are sessions focused on Residents, Associate Fellows, and Young Fellows as well as Posters, Research Awards, and more.

Special Sessions (SL)

Special Sessions offering presentations on timely topics were added for the first time during Clinical Congress 2016. This year, there are Special Sessions on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday during the lunch break. You are welcome to bring your lunch.

Scientific Forum Sessions (SF)

These provide a platform for scientific and surgical researchers, across all levels of training and experience, to present their original research before a national audience. More than 900 Abstracts will be presented Monday through Thursday as an oral, quick shot, or an e-poster presentation.

Town Hall Meetings (TH)

Town Hall Meetings serve as a forum to provide informal discussion about issues relevant to ACS Fellows as well as to address specific topics and areas of concern identified by the Advisory Councils and governing Committees of the ACS. These meetings are scheduled from 7:00 to 7:45 am, Tuesday through and do not offer CME Credit.

Video-Based Education Sessions (VE)

Video-based education sessions feature video presentations showcasing surgical procedures and current techniques across the spectrum of surgical practice. More than 225 peer-reviewed videos will be presented during these popular sessions.

What is the yellow Tracking Card I found in the Program Book?

The yellow tracking card serves as a way to plan and track the sessions you’ve attended and the CME Credit or Self-Assessment Credit each session offers. You may use the card to guide you in the claiming process at cme.facs.org.

How do I claim CME Credit and earn Self-Assessment Credit?
  1. Visit cme.facs.org to earn and claim Self-Assessment and CME Credit
  2. Log in using your name badge with the REG ID number (and last name) or your ACS Member ID number and password
  3. Go to My Sessions (which will include sessions you have paid for ahead of time and those sessions that you attended and for which you were scanned at the door)
  4. Search and Add (“+”) any additional sessions that you attended and are not included above
  5. Complete any course requirements – e.g. session pretests, posttests and evaluations - in My Sessions
  6. FINAL STEP - COMPLETE THE GLOBAL EVALUATION. This is the final step and should only be submitted when you have completed claiming CME Credit.
  7. Access CME Certificate(s), Certificate of Completion and or Transcript at My Certificates
Can I access a Certificate of Completion to serve as documentation for my attendance at the Clinical Congress?

Yes! A Certificate of Completion is also available for all attendees. You can access this on the CME Credit Claiming site by following the instructions above. Please note that printing of CME Certificates or Certificates of Completion will NOT be available onsite at Clinical Congress.

Do I have to stand in that long line to claim credit?

Not at all! You can access course materials, complete pre and posttests, earn Self-Assessment Credit, claim CME Credit, evaluate your sessions, and view/print your CME Certificates or Certificate of Completion all from the convenience of your hotel, home or office! Just visit cme.facs.org.

Who is eligible to claim CME Credit?

MDs and DOs who have completed their residency training are eligible to claim CME Credit at Clinical Congress. Residents and Allied Health Professionals can access a Certificate of Completion.

What is Self-Assessment Credit?

Self-Assessment Credit will be available for most Panel Sessions, Didactic/Experiential Courses, Surgical Skills Courses, and Video-Based Education sessions. The process of earning Self-Assessment Credit is voluntary and is not a prerequisite to claiming continuing medical education (CME) Credit. Self-Assessment credit counts towards American Board of Surgery Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 2. Participants are strongly encouraged to complete their self-assessment posttest as soon after attendance as possible with a final deadline of December 1, 2017.

Can I earn more Self-Assessment than CME Credits?

No. You cannot earn more SA Credit than CME Credit claimed. Therefore, if you attend 30 minutes of an hour long session, and you pass the Self-Assessment posttest, you can claim 0.5 CME Credits and earn 0.5 Self-Assessment Credits (with a score of 75% correct or better).

What is Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and do any of the Clinical Congress sessions qualify for my requirements?

MOC is the acronym for Maintenance of Certification. Developed by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), MOC is a continuous professional development program. Diplomates must complete 150 CME Credits, 50 of which must be Self-Assessment hours over a five-year period.  Many of the sessions at the 2017 Clinical Congress offer CME Credit and the opportunity to earn Self-Assessment hours. For more detailed information about MOC please contact the American Board of Surgery by visiting the ABS website or calling 215-568-4000.

What is Credit to Address Regulatory Mandates?

Some state licensing boards or health agencies have established specific content requirements for CME Credit. State requirements might include Cultural Competence (CC), End of Life Care (EoL), Ethics (E), Palliative Care (PA), Pain Management (PM), Patient Safety (PtS), and Risk Management (RM). In an effort to help individuals meet these requirements, Clinical Congress sessions that include this content have been identified and designated as Credit to Address Regulatory Mandates. These specific content designations, where applicable, are indicated after each session title using the abbreviations listed above. When claiming CME Credit for these sessions, individuals can elect to include the Credit to Address Regulatory Mandates, and it will be documented as part of their CME Certificate and Clinical Congress Transcript. Individuals MUST check with their state or local medical board, hospital, or organization to verify that the content does meet the specific requirements.

What is Credit to Address ACS Accreditation/Verification Requirements?

Institutions that are accredited or verified by the ACS require staff to earn credits in applicable content areas (Bariatric [MBS], Breast [BST], Cancer [C], Pediatric Surgery [PEDS], Pediatric Trauma [PT], and Trauma [T]) in order to meet compliance and site survey requirements. In an effort to help individuals meet these requirements, Clinical Congress sessions that include this content have been identified and designated as Credit to Address ACS Accreditation/Verification Requirements. These specific content designations, where applicable, are indicated after each session title using the abbreviations listed above. When claiming CME Credit for these sessions, individuals can elect to include the Credit to Address ACS Accreditation/Verification Requirements, and it will be documented as part of their CME Certificate and Clinical Congress Transcript. Individuals MUST check with their hospital or specific ACS accreditation/verification office to verify that the content does meet the specific requirements.

What is partial credit? When is it appropriate? How do I claim partial credit?

Per the American Medical Association, “physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.” Partial credit allows you to claim credit for the amount of time you participated in a session. Partial credit is only given in increments of 0.25 credit hours; therefore, for every 15 minutes of participation in a session, you may claim 0.25 CME Credits.

When in the My Sessions tab, you will have the option to claim partial credit.

I am a speaker. Can I claim credit for my session?

Yes. Speakers for Clinical Congress activities can earn CME Credit for the session, minus the time used to speak or lead the session. For instance: if you were a speaker for a course worth 1.5 CME Credits (90 minutes) and you spoke for 30 minutes, you could claim 1.0 CME Credits for attending the course (1.5 Available CME Credits - 0:30 minutes speaking = 1.0 CME Credits)

Can I use the app to claim CME Credit?

The Clinical Congress App can be used to do it all! It is intended to have the same functions as if you were sitting in front of a computer. Regarding CME, just click on the MyCME icon and you can:

  • Add sessions
  • Access course materials
  • Complete pre and posttests
  • Complete session evaluations
  • Complete the Global Evaluation
  • View/e-mail your certificate(s)!

Try it out at your convenience! It is live and accessible through the end of Clinical Congress CME Credit Claiming, December 1, 2017. For app technical support, contact support@core-apps.com.

When is the deadline for claiming for this conference?

The deadline to claim CME Credit for Clinical Congress 2017 is December 1, 2017.

What do I do if I lose my Clinical Congress CME Certificate(s)?

Don’t worry! You can access your Clinical Congress Certificate(s) at any time.

  1. Visit cme.facs.org (Link: https://facs.confex.com/cc17)
  2. Log in using your name badge with the REG ID number (and last name) or your ACS Member ID number and password
  3. Go to the My Certificates tab
  4. Click View/Print Certificate or e-mail Certificate

If you experience any difficulty obtaining your Clinical Congress Certificate(s), please contact us at mycme@facs.org.

How can I obtain a Certificate of Completion?

You may view, download, and/or print your Certificate of Completion from your home, office, or hotel business center:

  1. Visit cme.facs.org.
  2. Log in using your REG ID number (with last name) located on your badge or your ACS Member ID number and password.
  3. Go to the My Certificates tab.
  4. View, download, e-mail, and/or print your Certificate of Completion.
How do I contact the MyCME team?

You can visit us at the MyCME booths during Clinical Congress. The main MyCME booth is located near Registration in Lobby D of the Convention Center.

Hours of operation are:
Sunday, October 22: 7:00 am–5:00 pm
Monday, October 23: 7:00 am–6:00 pm
Tuesday, October 24: 7:00 am–6:00 pm
Wednesday, October 25: 7:00 am–6:00 pm
Thursday, October 26: 6:30 am–12:00 noon

You can also e-mail us at mycme@facs.org or call us after Clinical Congress at 866-918-4799 or 312-202-5430. We look forward to talking with you!