How Can I take CME Tests and Get My Certificate at this Site?

You look under "Available Tests" tab -- if there are tests they will be listed there and you can log into the site and take them.

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Can I Receive CME Credit as a Faculty for My Presentations?

Yes. Physicians may claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credits directly from the AMA for learning that occurs as a result of Teaching, Poster Presentations, Published Articles, Acquiring a Medially Related Advanced Degree, etc. For further details and instructions as to how to apply for these credits, please go to: www.ama-assn.org

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What is CME?

Continuing Medical Education (CME) consists of educational activities, which serve 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. The content of CME is that 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.

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Why Are CME Providers Accredited?

CME providers are accredited by the ACCME to assure physicians and the public that CME activities meet accepted standards of education.

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Who is the ACCME?

The ACCME is the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. It is the organization that sets the standards for the accreditation of all providers of CME activities. ACCME providers are dedicated to the identification, development and promotion of standards for quality CME utilized by physicians in their maintenance of competence and incorporation of new knowledge, in order to improve quality medical care for patients and their communities. For more information on ACCME, visit www.accme.org

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What Types of Activities Can Qualify for CME Accreditation?

A wide variety of educational activities can qualify for CME accreditation. CME activities are often lectures and meetings in which learners are physically or remotely present. CME activities can also be printed materials, CD-ROMs, audio CDs, DVDs, and Internet presentations. CME activities based on recorded or published content are known as "enduring materials" and have some additional accreditation requirements.

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What Type of CME Credit do Physicians Need?

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit is the most common type of credit physicians need for medical license maintenance. In order for an activity to be designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit, it must be planned by an accredited CME provider.

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What is the Difference Between Category 1 and Category 2 Credit?

Category 1 CME activities are:

  • Formally planned activities that include documentation of acceptable needs assessment, learning objectives, education design, an evaluation method and disclosure.
  • Planned and implemented in full compliance with the ACCME standards for Commercial Support.
  • Prospectively certified for credit by an ACCME-accredited CME provider.

Category 2 CME activities are all educational activities not designated for Category 1, which have improved the care that a physician provides for his or her patients. Some examples are:

  • Consultation with peers and medical experts
  • Developing and reviewing quality assessment data (Morbidity and Mortality)
  • Use of electronic databases in patient care
  • Use of enduring materials (reading medical books, periodicals, and web sites)
  • Small group discussions
  • Self-assessment activities
  • Journal club activities not designated Category 1
  • Teaching health professionals (medical students, residents, physicians, nurses, and allied health)
  • Medical writing (abstracts, journal articles, book chapters)
  • Teleconferences
  • Lectures, seminars, and workshops not designated Category 1.


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Who is Eligible to Receive AMA PRA Category 1 Credit?

Only MDs and DOs can claim AMA PRA Category 1 Credit.

The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) and American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accept AMA PRA Category 1 Credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

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How do I Know if the CME Activity is Given by an Accredited CME Provider?

The ACCME requires accredited CME providers to state specifically the source of their accreditation. This statement is usually included in the promotional materials and on the certificate of completion. Look for the designation AMA PRA Category 1 credit on the certificate. This designation refers to the American Medical Association's Physician's Recognition Award and is the standard type of CME credit you should receive from formally planned activities.

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For Further Information?

Contact the Center for Continuing Professional Development at (718) 920-6674 or cme@montefiore.org

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