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Continuing Medical Education: Actually Learning Rather Than Simply Listening

Martyn O. Hotvedt, PhD
JAMA. 1996;275(21):1637. doi:10.1001/jama.1996.03530450027024.
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To the Editor.  —The Ad Hoc Committee on Review and Evaluation for the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) is charged with conducting an in-depth examination of the ACCME accreditation system, making recommendations concerning how ACCME can be structured to function efficiently and effectively, and ensuring physicians and the public that accredited CME activities meet acceptable educational standards.Even though the committee (of which I am a member) is making progress, it is clear that an improved accreditation system will continue to focus on educational activities defined by the Physician's Recognition Award (PRA) Category 1, and sponsored only by accredited educational programs. Although 1 requirement of ACCME is considering the needs of attending physicians, activities are still developed by the educational programs. For such programs to stay fiscally solvent, activities must be designed for large numbers of physicians at a time. Nearly all CME activities qualifying for Category 1

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The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The AMA designates this journal-based CME activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM per course. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Physicians who complete the CME course and score at least 80% correct on the quiz are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM.
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