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Frequently Asked Questions

Continuing Medical Education Credit Claiming

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 (SA) Credit is available for most Panel Sessions, Didactic/Experiential Courses, Surgical Skills Courses, and Video-Based Education sessions. The process of earning SA Credit is voluntary and is not a prerequisite to claiming CME Credit. SA Credit counts towards the American Board of Surgery Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 2. Participants are strongly encouraged to complete their SA posttest as soon as possible after attendance with a final deadline of December 1, 2018.

Can I earn more SA 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 SA posttest, you can claim 0.5 CME Credits and earn 0.5 Self-Assessment Credits (with a score of 75% correct or better).

How do I claim CME Credit and earn SA Credit?

  • Visit cme.facs.org to earn and claim SA and CME Credit.
  • Log in using your registration ID number and last name.
  • Follow the steps listed on the home page.

Can I access a Certificate of Completion to serve as documentation for my attendance at Clinical Congress?

Yes. A Certificate of Completion is available for all attendees. You can access this on the CME Credit Claiming site by following the instructions on the home page of the claiming site.

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 SA Credit, claim CME Credit, and view/print your CME Certificates or Certificates 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 have access to a Certificate of Completion.

What is Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and does any of this qualify for my requirements?

MOC is the acronym for Maintenance of Certification. Developed by the American Board of Medical Specialties, MOC is a continuous professional development program. Many of the sessions at Clinical Congress 2018 offer CME Credit and the opportunity to earn SA Credits. For more detailed information about MOC, contact the American Board of Surgery by visiting the ABS website or calling 215-568-4000.

What are the different types of sessions offered at Clinical Congress 2018?

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

Postgraduate Courses (DC and SC)
These include both 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.

Meet-the-Expert Sessions (ME)
Meet-the-Expert Sessions allow attendees to converse with leading experts about specific clinical issues, using an informal format limited to 40 participants. Tickets cost is $15.

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 22. 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, 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 Sessions (SL)
These sessions offering presentations on timely topics. 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 the Fellows of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) as well as to address specific topics and areas of concern identified by the Advisory Councils and governing Committees of the ACS.

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 SA Credit each session offers. You may use the card to guide you in the claiming process at cme.facs.org.

What is Credit to Address ACS Accreditation/Verification Requirements?

Institutions accredited or verified by the ACS must require their 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 staff meet these requirements, Clinical Congress sessions that include these content areas have been identified and designated as Credit to Meet ACS Accreditation/Verification Requirements. When claiming CME Credit for these sessions, staff 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.

What is Credit to Address Regulatory Mandates?

State licensing boards and other health agencies establish 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 these content areas 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, hospital, or organization to verify that the content does meet the specific requirements.

How do regulatory mandates affect CME offerings?

The ACS Division of Education 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.

What is the Certificate Disclaimer Language at the bottom of the CME Certificate?

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. *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.

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.
You will have the option to claim partial credit for all sessions offering CME 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 - :30 minutes speaking = 1.0 CME Credits)

Can I use the Clinical Congress App to claim CME Credit?

Yes. The Clinical Congress App is intended to have the same functions as if you were sitting in front of a computer. Just click on the CME icon and log in to claim CME.
Try it out at your convenience! It is live and accessible through the end of Clinical Congress CME Credit Claiming December 1, 2018. For App Technical Support, contact support@core-apps.com or visit the App booth in the North Lobby during the Clinical Congress.

When is the deadline for claiming for this conference?

The deadline to claim CME Credit for Clinical Congress 2018 is December 1, 2018.

What do I do if I lose my Clinical Congress CME certificate?

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

  • Visit cme.facs.org.
  • Log in using your REG ID number (with your last name) located on your badge or your ACS Member ID number and password.
  • Go to the My Certificates tab.
  • View, download, e-mail, and/or print your Certificate of Completion.

Contact Us

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 or 866-918-4799 for questions related to individual physician licensing.

Contact Meghan Duckworth at mduckworth@facs.org for questions related to regulatory requirements.