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CME Credit Process: Steps to Accrediting Chapter Educational Activities

Chapter Executives/Administrators, or Chapter Program Committee Chairs/Officers, are responsible for the entire content of their Chapter’s continuing medical education (CME) programs. Possible formats of accredited educational activities include:

  • Live meetings
  • Internet Live Courses
  • Internet Enduring Materials (for example, webcasts)
  • Journals
  • Manuscript Reviews
  • Regularly Scheduled Series (RSS such as Grand Rounds, Tumor Boards, M&M Conferences, etc.)
  • “Other” formats, including non-traditional educational opportunities

Please e-mail CPDA@facs.org with any questions regarding your educational activity.

The following pages outline the requirements for the Chapters’ CME Credit Process, and must be adhered to by the deadlines specified in order to be in compliance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), American Medical Association (AMA), and American College of Surgeons’ (ACS) requirements.

Beginning on July 1, 2019, the following fees will be in effect for Chapters:

  • Late Fee: There will be a $100 late fee if any of the deadlines related to the CME Credit Process (Steps 1-5) are missed. Please note that this is a one-time fee of $100 (not $100 for each missed deadline).
  • Enduring Materials: For enduring materials (journals, internet enduring materials), the first year of accreditation is free of charge. The ACCME allows that the resource can be made available to learners for CME credit for a period of up to three years. If a Chapter decides to post the enduring material for credit for a second year, a $200 accreditation fee will be applied to the Chapter. If the Chapter decides to make the enduring material available for a third year, a $150 accreditation fee will be applied.