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APPNA offers live CME activities, including courses, conferences, and workshops. APPNA’s long-standing commitment to offering quality continuing medical education for physicians and healthcare professionals supports our mission to optimize patient care. To this end, our programs are designed to engage learners in interactive learning sessions; provide the most up-to-date information and strategies; and develop or enhance skills that may be applied in clinical practice, research, or teaching.

CME Program Purpose and Mission Statement

Policies & Procedures

Frequently Asked Questions

The mission of the APPNA Office of Continuing Medical Education is to assist practising physicians, advanced practice providers, and other health care professionals with educational activities to enhance their knowledge and skills in the subject area(s) offered, and apply the knowledge and skills to improve performance and patient outcomes in their practice settings.

The purpose of the APPNA Office of CME is to collaborate with APPNA members to identify educational needs and to design, implement, evaluate and document educational conferences and initiatives. APPNA CME’s core services include:

• Certifying learning activities for physicians that meet the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Essentials, Criteria and Standards for Commercial Support.

• Tracking credit for physicians and other healthcare providers who attend APPNA CME-certified activities.

The content areas are inclusive of all areas of contemporary primary and speciality practice including leadership and management skills. Content is presented when it is appropriate to physicians and other healthcare professionals and of benefit to patients or to the public health.

The target audience includes practising physicians, advanced practice providers, and other healthcare professionals of APPNA’s membership and, when appropriate, a national and international audience of these healthcare professionals.

The types of activities include regional, national, international symposia and conferences. The scope of these activities involves the 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 healthcare to the public.

The expected results are to:

• Assist physicians and healthcare professionals in gaining competency and improving performance in order to become better able to provide higher quality care in order to enhance the health status of the population.

• Assist in the dissemination of new medical knowledge.

• Collaborate across the continuum of medical education.

• Collaborate on the design of interdisciplinary educational strategies to improve patient safety and to facilitate patient-centred care.

• Contribute to the CME profession through service, education, leadership training, and research.

• Enhance clinician leadership within the APPNA Membership.

• Enhance the quality of the educational process through consultation and documented compliance with accreditation standards/criteria.

• Link the American Board of Medical Specialties competencies (patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice) and/or Institute of Medicine competencies (provide patient-centred care, apply quality improvement, utilize informatics, work in interdisciplinary teams, employ evidence-based practise) into activities.

• Optimize appropriate prescribing behaviours.

• Promote the practice of evidence-based medicine.

• Improve the health and health awareness of the many communities that we serve.

• Develop and present activities in a manner that is culturally competent.


AMA Physicians Recognition Award
Requirements for Accredited Providers & Physicians

State CME Requirements for Physician Relicensure
State Medical Licensure Requirements & Statistics 2009

Recognizing Physicians’ Participation in Educational Activities
What Physicians Should Know About the AMA PRA Credit System

Claiming CME Credit

Attendees to APPNA CME activities will be provided a “Learner Notification Form” prior to the start of the CME program. Please be sure to receive a copy, as it will contain the instructions for claiming your CME hours and certificate.

If you have lost or misplaced the “Learner Notification Form”, please contact the CME chair or call the APPNA central office at 630-968-8585, ext. 108.

Developing a CME Presentation

The following information is intended to be useful to you and help you avoid any issues when developing slides or handout materials for your CME presentation.

• Remove all patient identifiers from laboratory studies, x-rays, imaging studies, slides, etc. OR obtain written permission from the patient to use his/her information as part of your presentation.
• Do not use identifiable photographs of patients unless written patient permission has been granted.
• Questions:

2. Copyright
• At a minimum, proper attribution should be included on tables, figures, algorithms, material copied and pasted from websites, etc. The source of the cited material can be properly acknowledged in a footnote on the slide.

3. Trade Names
• Generic names should be used instead of trade names in the educational materials (slides, abstracts, handouts, etc.). If the CME educational material or content includes trade names, where available trade names from several companies should be used, not just trade names from a single company.

4. Product Logos
• No product logos should be included in the educational materials (slides, abstracts, handouts, etc.).

5. Content Validation
• All 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 contra-indications 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.

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