University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Continuing Medical Education

plan a CME activity

Plan an Activity

As an accredited sponsor of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), The University of Vermont Office of Continuing Medical Education (OCME) is ultimately responsible for all aspects of a program for which it designates AMA PRA Category 1 creditTM.  In order to ensure that all the requirements mandated by the ACCME are met, the following guidelines are presented to assist applicants in preparing the CME Application for Credit.

  • Planning documents must be completed prior to the educational activity. Credit cannot be awarded retroactively. Completed applications must be delivered to the Office of CME no later than 30 days prior to the start of the activity or 90 days for jointly sponsored events.
  • Each proposed program must:
    • Clearly identify a Gap - What is the problem/fact that you want to address?
    • Need - Why does it exist? How do you know that the problem/ fact exists?
    • Objectives - How do you plan to change it?
    • Measurement process - Were you effective in making a change? Does the problem still exist? Were there any barriers preventing change?
  • A Planning Committee comprised of three members actively involved in the development and organization of the program will be necessary. The committee must include one UVM physician faculty member who will be designated as the CME representative, and who will assume full responsibility for the educational activity by signing the application for credit. We encourage Interprofessional Education (IPE): Planning by the team and for the team. If you are developing an IPE, please include the team members who represent your target audience. For example, if you are planning an activity targeted toward physicians and nurses, then a physician and nurse should be planning the activity together and both should be identified on the planning committee. If you would like to develop an IPE activity but need help putting together the appropriate planning team, please contact the CME Office for assistance.
  • Disclosure/Attestation Statements must be generated and signed by the course director, planning committee members, and all speakers. Attachment 4 should be updated throughout the year and submitted for the end of December and the end of June to help facilitate the issuance of certificates.
  • A specific program schedule (including lecture times, speakers, degrees) must accompany the application. When distributing brochures, flyers or other program announcements, a copy of the proposed piece must be reviewed and approved by OCME prior to printing.
  • Precise and accurate accreditation language must appear on all program brochures, flyers or announcements.
  • Commercial support for an approved CME activity may be accepted. The OCME requires a signed Letter of Agreement from each organization. Please note that the OCME assesses a 5% fee on all commercial support received. Please refer to the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support.
  • An evaluation format must be utilized to assess whether or not the objectives of the activity were met. A sample of the evaluation tool to be used must accompany the application.
  • Measurement of your post activity assessment must be received 3-4 months after the activity.

Application Forms

Commercial Support

Activity Forms *Updated 2/10/16*

Brochure Criteria


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