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MyCME at Clinical Congress

Continuing Medical Education Credit Information

Accreditation

The American College of Surgeons is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

The American College of Surgeons designates this live activity for a maximum of 47.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

* A maximum of 38 credits are available for nonticketed sessions.

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CME Credit Claiming

On-site claiming of credit for nonticketed sessions will be available at the MyCME booth and kiosks located throughout the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Claims for CME Credit for this event will be accepted until December 1, 2018. Residents and Allied Health professionals are eligible for a Certificate of Completion.

Self-Assessment Credit

Self-Assessment Credit will be available for most sessions and courses. The process of earning Self-Assessment Credit is voluntary and is not a prerequisite to claiming CME Credit.

Self-Assessment Credit counts toward 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. The final deadline is December 1, 2018.

About Credit to Address Regulatory Mandates and Credit to Address ACS Accreditation/Verification Requirements

Credit to Address Regulatory Mandates

Some state licensing boards or health agencies established specific content requirements for CME Credit. State requirements might include Ethics (E), Palliative Care (PA), Opioid/Pain Management (OPM), Risk Management (RM), and Patient Safety (PtS). 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. When claiming CME Credit for these sessions, individuals can elect to include the Credit to Address Regulatory Mandates, and this will be documented as part of their CME Certificate and Clinical Congress Transcript. Individuals MUST check with their state or local medical board to verify that the content does meet the specific requirements.

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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), 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 Meet ACS Accreditation/Verification Requirements. When claiming CME Credit for these sessions, individuals can elect to include the Credit to Meet ACS Accreditation/Verification Requirements and this will be documented as part of their CME Certificate and Clinical Congress Transcript. Individuals MUST check with their hospital or specific ACS Accreditation office to verify that the content does meet the specific requirements.

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How do Regulatory Mandates Impact CME Offerings?

The ACS Division of Education has developed a process to formally include Regulatory Mandated content for CME activities. The Chair of the Planning Committee, or another MD/DO on the committee, uses their professional judgment to designate content to one of the eligible categories, as noted above. Sessions can be advertised that this type of credit is available, and participants can claim these hours designated to specific content.

Why Does the ACS CME Certificate Look Different?

The ACS CME Certificate and/or Transcript documents CME content approved for Credit to Address Regulatory Mandates and Credit to Address ACS Accreditation/Verification Requirements that are claimed by an attendee. The disclaimer at the bottom of the CME Certificate notes that despite a planning committee’s professional judgment, it is ultimately the responsibility of the attendee to determine if the content meets the requirements for a specific Regulatory Mandate.

What Is the Certificate Disclaimer Language?

*The ACS has not and does not verify the content for such mandates with any regulatory body. Individual physicians are responsible for verifying that the content satisfies such requirements.

Contact Us

Please direct questions regarding Credit to Address Regulatory Mandates and Credit to Address ACS Accreditation/Verification Requirements:

  • Contact the ACS Accreditation Team at cpda@facs.org for questions related to ACS CME applications.
  • Contact the ACS MyCME Team at mycme@facs.org for questions related to individual physician licensing and other regulatory requirements.