Learning associated with Teaching at an ACCME accredited (CME) Activity


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Forms must be submitted within 6 months of the teaching event in order for credit to be awarded.


As a presenter at an ACCME accredited (CME) activity, you can earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ (CME credit) for your own professional development.  The guidelines are listed below:

  • Physicians may be recognized for learning associated with the preparation and teaching of an original presentation at an accredited CME live activity that is certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Non-WU-affiliated physicians may be considered for this credit if the CME activity they prepared for is accredited by WU CME.
  • Learning must be paired with teaching.  * You must engage in some new learning that is applied to the teaching activity.  Credit will be awarded based on a 4 to 1 ratio to teaching time.  For example, faculty may be awarded up to 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits ™ (CME) per hour spent teaching.  Credits will be rounded to the nearest 15 minutes (.25 credits).
  • Learning from teaching credit may be earned by preparing for: lectures, developing case studies, supervising clinical or simulated activities, teaching clinical skills, mentoring QI/PI projects.
  • Credit may be claimed only once for teaching the same content, even if being presented to a different audience.
  • Physician faculty may not claim credit as a participant for their own presentations; however, they may claim credit for other segments they attend as a participant at a certified activity.
  • Educational material that is used in the learning process should be independent of any ACCME-defined commercial interest **.
  • One application form should be completed for each learning activity and submitted to the CME department.
  • Please allow up to 2 weeks for review of submitted forms before approved credit will be issued.



In support of improving patient care, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.



American Medical Association (AMA Credit)

Washington University School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per 1 hour of teaching.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their particpation in the activity.

*A key concept is that the CME credit being discussed is for learning that is then employed in the teaching setting.  It is not credit for teaching.  CME credit is not a reward or payment, but rather is a recognition of engagement in a self-directed educational activity to improve teaching of medical professionals. 

** A commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.

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