American College Of Surgeons - Inspiring Quality: Highest Standards, Better Outcomes

Standard 5.1: Breast Care Team Education

Members of the Breast Care Team (BCT) participate in a minimum of two local, state, regional, or national breast-specific Continuing Medical Education (CME) (or equivalent) educational activities annually.

Definition and Requirements

Educational activities ensure that members of the breast care team possess current knowledge of breast cancer prevention, early detection, diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up care. Members of the BCT participate in a minimum of two local, state, regional, or national breast-specific CME or equivalent educational activities annually.

Breast disease-specific CME (or equivalent) educational activities include, but are not limited to:

  • A lecture
  • A local, state, regional, or national meeting/conference/workshop (attendance at two independent breast disease-related educational sessions, each supported by CME or equivalent, during one convened conference will meet compliance with this standard)
  • A web conference
  • Journal CME or equivalent
  • Online education

Industry-sponsored educational programs that promote specific products or therapy are not acceptable for meeting this standard.

CME credit offered for attendance at the multidisciplinary breast cancer conference (Standard 1.2) does not count toward meeting this standard.

Process Requirements

Physician members of the BCT participate in a minimum of two breast-specific CME activities annually. Documentation of CME credits is required.*

Non-physician members of the BCT, directly seeing patients in preoperative or postoperative settings, participate in a minimum of two breast-specific Continuing Education (CE) (or equivalent) activities, appropriate to the discipline, annually. Documentation of CE (or equivalent) units/credits is required.

Documentation

Complete all required standard fields in the Survey Application Record (SAR).

Upload the BCT educational activity tracking template.

Evaluation

The surveyor will review and discuss the BCT educational activities during the site visit.

Rating Compliance

Compliance

Members of the BCT participate in a minimum of two local, state, regional, or national breast-specific CME (or equivalent) educational activities annually.

Noncompliance

The center does not fulfill one or more of the compliance criteria.

Resources

Continuing Medical Education for physicians is regulated by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).


* For physician members of the BCT who are also providing genetic counseling in accordance with Standard 2.16, the education requirement in this standard is in addition to the education requirement in Standard 2.16 Genetic Evaluation and Management.