Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development Planning a Continuing Medical Education (CME) Activity The University of Maryland School of Medicine is an accredited provider of continuing medical education for physicians, and the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development is responsible for overseeing the development and implementation of all University of Maryland School of Medicine educational activities approved for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM. The office staff is knowledgeable about the educational, financial, and logistical requirements of CME activities and works closely with individual activity organizers to design and implement educational programs to meet accreditation guidelines. The office has uptodate tools and resources to facilitate CME activity planning, implementation, and evaluation. The CME planning process provides an opportunity to develop the educational elements of the proposed conference, workshop, series, or enduring educational material. Planning includes: • • • • • • •
Designation of the potential target audience Identification of the audience’s practice performance gaps and learning needs Development of objectives based on the identified needs Selection of instructional formats and learning technologies Identification of experts to serve on the planning committee and as activity faculty Definition of potential financial and other resources to support activity development and implementation Determination of strategies to measure activity effectiveness in improving physician competence and performance, and/or patient outcomes.
Timelines for Planning Live Activities and Enduring Educational Materials A minimum of 9 to12 months is required. Many educational, financial and logistical planning elements require substantial advance planning for optimum results. This leadtime provides the planning committee and faculty an opportunity to work with the CME staff to ensure success of the CME activity from an educational and fiscal perspective. Regularly Scheduled Series Planning and submission of CME applications for departmental grand rounds, tumor boards, case conferences, etc., takes place prior to the beginning of each new fiscal/academic year. A workshop for series coordinators is offered each spring to ensure timeliness of planning and submission of required materials.
If you have an idea for a CME activity, please contact Sterling North, Director, Continuing Medical Education (4109481776; firstname.lastname@example.org) to schedule an initial planning meeting and receive a CME Activity Application.