American Association for Cancer Research

Continuing Medical Education FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Continuing Medical Education

The following are answers to frequently asked questions about Continuing Medical Education at the American Association for Cancer Research. If you have a concern that is not addressed here, please feel free to contact us at cme@aacr.org.

Who is eligible to claim CME credit for attending an AACR conference?

How can I claim CME credit for attending an AACR conference?

When will I receive my CME certificate?

What is Continuing Medical Education (CME)?

How can I find my state’s CME requirements?

Who accredits CME providers?

Questions about CME? 

 

Who is eligible to claim CME credit for attending an AACR Conference?
Physicians (M.D. and D.O.) can receive a CME certificate by submitting a CME Request for Credit Survey. Non-physicians may request a Certificate of Attendance by completing a CME Request for Credit Survey. Participation hours in this educational event may satisfy licensing requirements for certain specialties.

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How can I claim CME credit for attending an AACR conference?
For an approved list of CME-designated AACR conferences, please visit www.aacr.org/cme. All individuals requesting continuing medical education credits must complete a CME Request for Credit Survey that will be sent via email to all attendees and also will be available online. On the CME webpage for the AACR conference that you attended, please access the hyperlink under the heading, “Claiming CME Credit.” 

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When will I receive my CME certificate?
After completing the Request for Credit Survey, certificates for the Annual Meeting may be printed online. For all other conferences, certificates will be sent by email within 10 business days. 

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What is Continuing Medical Education (CME)?

According to the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Continuing Medical Education (CME) consists of educational activities which serve to maintain, develop or increase the knowledge, skills and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public or the profession. The content of CME is that body of knowledge and skills generally recognized and accepted by the profession as within the basic medical sciences, the discipline of clinical medicine and the provision of health care to the public.

A broad definition of CME recognizes that all continuing educational activities which assist physicians in carrying out their professional responsibilities more effectively and efficiently are CME. A course in management would be appropriate CME for physicians responsible for managing a health care facility; a course in educational methodology would be appropriate CME for physicians teaching in a medical school; a course in practice management would be appropriate for practitioners interested in providing better service to patients.

Not all continuing educational activities in which physicians may engage, however, are CME. Physicians may participate in worthwhile continuing educational activities, which are not related directly to their professional work, and these activities are not CME. Continuing educational activities, which respond to a physician's non-professional need or interest, such as personal financial planning, and appreciation of literature or music, are not CME.

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How can I find my state’s CME requirements?

An updated list of state-by-state CME requirements is maintained by the American Medical Association.
 
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Who accredits CME providers?

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) has been in existence since 1981 and is an independent accreditation body for institutions and organizations that provide CME for physicians. The purpose of the ACCME is "the identification, development and promotion of standards for quality CME utilized by physicians in their maintenance of competence and incorporation of new knowledge, in order to improve quality medical care for patients and their communities."

There are seven member organizations of the ACCME:

American Board of Medical Specialties;
American Hospital Association;
American Medical Association;
Association of American Medical Colleges;
Association for Hospital Medical Education;
Council for Medical Specialty Societies; and
Federation of State Medical Boards of the U.S.

For more information on the ACCME, visit its website.

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Questions about CME?

Please contact the AACR Office of CME at (215) 440-9300, cme@aacr.org, or see the CME staff onsite at the conference for assistance.

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Ron Arthur
Manager, Office of CME
Phone: (215) 446-7139
Email: ronald.arthur@aacr.org


Scott Gorman
Coordinator, Office of CME
Phone: (215) 446-7234
Email: scott.gorman@aacr.org