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Q: Will you please give a definition for each type of activity listed on the application?
A: Live Activity: A live activity is an activity that occurs at a specific time. Participation may be in person or remotely as is the case of teleconferences or live Internet webinars. These may be offered through a variety of delivery mechanisms; examples include, but are not limited to, national, regional or local conferences, workshops, seminars, simulation workshops, structured learning activities presented during a committee meeting and live Internet webinars.

Regularly Scheduled Series (RSS):This is a live activity that is planned to have 1) a series with multiple sessions that 2) occur on an ongoing basis (offered weekly, monthly, or quarterly) and 3) are primarily planned by and presented to the UC San Diego’s School of Medicine professional staff. Examples of activities that are planned and presented as a regularly scheduled conference are Grand Rounds, Case Conferences, Tumor Boards and M&M Conferences.

Enduring Activity: Home study activities are CME materials that endure over time. These activities are typically delivered via monograph, DVD, CD-ROM and the Internet.

Journal-based CME: A journal-based CME activity is an activity in which an article, within a peer-reviewed, professional journal, is certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ prior to publication of the journal.

Performance Improvement (PI) CME: PI CME is a certified CME activity in which an accredited CME provider structures a long-term three-stage process by which a physician or group of physicians learn about spe­cific performance measures, assess their practice using the selected performance measures, implement interventions to improve performance related to these measures over a useful interval of time and then reassess their practice using the same performance measures. A PI CME activity may address any facet (structure, process or outcome) of a physician’s practice with direct implications for patient care. Click here for more information about this type of activity or contact our office.

Internet Point-of-Care Learning (PoC): An Internet PoC learning activity is a certified CME activ­ity structured by an accredited CME provider in which a physician engages in self-directed, online learning on topics relevant to their clinical practice. Learning for this activity includes a reflective process in which a physician must docu­ment their clinical question, the sources consulted and the application to practice.

For more information about any of the above types of activities, please refer to the  AMA PRA booklet or contact Alison Silvas.

Q: How do I fill out the accreditation application? 
A: The application is available on-line and consists of five pages that may be saved one page at a time. You may return at a later date to edit the application and add information. Please make sure you save the application as you go along to ensure sure you do not lose any information. Note that our office will not receive a copy of the application until you press the final submit button.

Q: What information do I need in order to complete the application? Is a sample application available?
A: Yes, sample applications are available. The Program Planning Document will also facilitate the collection of pertinent information needed for the application.

Q: When is the application due? 
A: A minimum of 60 days prior to the activity.

Q: How does the review and approval process of applications work? 
A: Once the accreditation application is submitted, it is vetted for accuracy and completeness by the Accreditation Manager, Director and Associate Dean. When this process is concluded, the application, on a per activity basis, is sent electronically to our CME Advisory Committee for review. We require a quorum of the advisory committee for preliminary CME approval. If your activity is granted preliminary approval you will receive a formal approval letter that outlines the requirements for the proper execution of your activity.

Q: What if my program is not finalized when I apply for credit; what do I do about the faculty disclosures? 
A: All persons involved in the planning of the CME activity (including course directors, planners, speakers,
and committee members) must complete the UC San Diego conflict of interest (COI) disclosure form. Disclosures are due from course directors, planners and committee members before the application can be reviewed and credit can be awarded. Disclosures from speakers may be submitted at a later date (but no later than 4 weeks prior to the start of the activity) as the program and faculty are confirmed. If you envision any problems meeting this deadline, please contact our office.