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


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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:

  • Physician faculty 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™. 
  • 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 2 to 1 ratio to teaching time.  For example, faculty may be awarded 2 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.
  • Forms must be submitted within 6 months of the teaching event in order for credit to be awarded.
  • 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 2 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 /acknowledgement/ metric intended to note that the physician has engaged in an educational activity which serves to maintain, develop or increase the knowledge, skills and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public, or the profession.

** 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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