General guidelines for developing a CME course.
Specific steps for developing a CME course:
All Continuing Medical Education activities held at Saint Louis University must be approved prior to the program by Saint Louis University School of Medicine Continuing Medical Education Program (SLU CME) staff. A signed service agreement from the SLU CME program does not constitute a guarantee that AMA credits will be awarded for the activity. Such service agreements give notice that the proposed educational activity has undergone review for needs assessment and conflict of interest. Anyone not following the guidelines in the service agreement with regard to disclosure, content validation, fair and balanced therapeutic options, conflict of interest resolution, promotional material, budget finals and the policies listed below will not be granted AMA credits for all or a portion of the proposed activity.
Material Presented at all CME activities must follow the ACCME's Policy on Content Validation
All the recommendations involving clinical medicine in a CME activity must be based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contraindications in the care of patients. All scientific research referred to, reported or used in CME in support or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis. Providers are not eligible for ACCME accreditation or reaccreditation if they present activities that promote recommendations, treatment or manners of practicing medicine that are not within the definition of CME, or known to have risks or dangers that outweigh the benefits or known to be ineffective in the treatment of patients.(www.ACCME.org)
These requirements are outlined within the faculty invitation letter that can be found on the documents and form section.
Awarding of AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM must be both pre-approved and granted by the Saint Louis University School of Medicine CME program. A CME provider from outside Saint Louis University may not grant CME credit unless approved in writing prior to planning the activity and justification proves the need for the Joint Sponsorship. SLU CME would still be in control of the educational activity.
The ACCME defines joint sponsorship as the sponsorship of a CME activity by one accredited and one nonaccredited organization. Therefore, ACCME accredited providers that plan and present one or more activities with non-ACCME accredited providers are engaging in "joint sponsorship." Please note: the ACCME does not intend to imply that a joint sponsorship relationship is an actual legal partnership. Therefore, the ACCME does not include the words partnership or partners in its definition of joint sponsorship or description of joint sponsorship requirements.
The accredited provider must take responsibility for a CME activity when it is presented in cooperation with a nonaccredited organization and must use the appropriate accreditation statement.
The accredited provider must inform the learner of the joint sponsorship relationship through the use of the appropriate accreditation statement. All printed materials for jointly sponsored activities must carry the appropriate accreditation statement.
"This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Saint Louis University School of Medicine and (name of non-accredited provider). The Saint Louis University School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians". --ACCME Accreditation Statement Policy
All Letters of Agreement for commercial support, hotel accommodations, meeting rooms and AV support, food and beverage service, or any other type of contract or agreement associated with a CME activity must undergo preliminary preview by the SLU CME Program Director. SLU CME staff will route the contracts for review, approval and signature to the authorized signature approver for the School of Medicine. The Dean of the School of Medicine and his designated faculty has sole signature authority to approve all contracts, Letters of Agreement, and acceptance of educational or equipment grants or other financial support for CME activities.
All Standards for Commercial Support shall be followed as outlined by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).
All educational funds must be processed through SLU CME, including funds for travel, hotel accommodations, and honoraria. Saint Louis University policies for payment and reimbursement for travel, meals, and honoraria must be followed. These policies are posted on the Business and Finance website.
For more information please contact the SLU CME Program at 314-977-7401 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Our staff is willing to help facilitate each phase of your activity to achieve an educational outcome for our learners that will provide tools for better patient outcomes.