CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION (CME) Approval Process
CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION (CME) Approval Process
Regular Scheduled Series (RSS) or One‐Time Activity
Requesting Category 1 CME Credit
PLEASE READ ENTIRE APPLICATION AND THE CME ACTIVITY DEVELOPMENT AND
DOCUMENTATION GUIDELINES BEFORE PLANNING THE ACTIVITY OR COMPLETING THE
This Application process applies when a School of Medicine faculty member wants CME credit for an activity not
organized directly by the staff of the Office of Continuing Medical Education. It applies whether a unit of the
School of Medicine or an external organization organizes the activity. When the organization directly managing
the activity is not part of the School of Medicine, this is referred to as Joint Sponsorship and requires the
additional completion of the Joint Sponsorship Supplemental Application. Significant faculty involvement is
required for externally organized activities. WE ARE NOT PERMITTED TO GRANT CME CREDIT UNLESS WE ARE
INVOLVED IN AN ACTIVITY BEFORE TOPICS AND SPEAKERS ARE FINALIZED.
This application is also used for "Enduring Materials," which is ACCME's term for items like videotapes,
instructional online or computer activities, or printed material, the use of which involves the provision of CME
credit. However, these activities are handled on a case‐by‐case basis by contacting the Director of Continuing
Medical Education prior to beginning the CME application process.
The Application and Review Process
The application, along with the Joint Sponsorship Application (if appropriate), must be submitted to the Office of
Continuing Medical Education for review by a CME staff member and approval by the Director. An application for
a Regularly Scheduled Series (RSS) should be received at least four (4) weeks before the series begins; for a one
time activity (for example, an annual conference), the application should be submitted in the early stages of
planning – especially prior to any publicity being made available to the anticipated audience. Exceptions will only
be made in very unusual circumstances such as an activity that responds to an emergent need. No application
will be accepted after the activity has occurred. Because the approval process includes a review of publicity
materials to assure that they include required information, the application must be submitted in time for it to be
reviewed and for the activity manager to make any changes that may be necessary in publicity materials before
they are printed. The staff of the Office of Continuing Medical Education is happy to assist applicants when they
have questions or concerns about the application and required documentation.
When an application is deficient, the CME staff reviewer will contact the activity manager to discuss the
possibility that the deficiency can be corrected. For example, if no evaluation was planned, the reviewer will
discuss with the activity manager feasible ways to meet this requirement. Every reasonable effort will be made
to work with applicants toward a positive outcome.
A decision is usually provided in a few days, but may require as long as two weeks due to variations in the
workload of the CME Office. Thus, it is necessary that the application be submitted at least four (4) weeks in
advance of any deadline that may concern the activity planners.
The Office of Continuing Medical Education reserves the right to withdraw approval for Category 1 credit hours
from any activity, at any time, should it become apparent that there have been significant deviations from the
ACCME Criteria. The CME Office takes responsibility for providing accurate information on how the ACCME
requirements can be fulfilled. It is the activity manager's responsibility to be sure that the Criteria are observed in
Because of the staff time involved in assuring that accreditation requirements are observed, a non‐refundable
application fee of $1500 will be charged for one time activities and for Enduring Materials application approvals.
The fee is waived for Grand Rounds and similar Regular Scheduled Series activities originating in the
Departments and Divisions of the School of Medicine. Contact the Director of Continuing Medical Education for
information or questions regarding fees.
Submit an Application for CME Credit. The application is available online at
http://medicine.missouri.edu/CME (Application link) or by emailing Shirley Walters
(email@example.com). Please call Shirley at 882‐0366 should you have any
questions or concerns regarding the preparation of your application.
Director of Continuing Medical Education (Allison Rentfro) indicates whether the
activity is approved for Category 1 CME credit; if so, you may proceed with the activity as
indicated in your application. If the activity changes in a way that makes the information
in your application obsolete (such as new learning objectives or a difference in
schedule), please provide the new information to the CME staff reviewer.
If your application was not acceptable, CME staff will work with you to explore ways to
correct the problems, if possible.
Upon completion of a one‐time activity, you will need to submit a Post Activity Report. If
the activity is a Regular Scheduled Series such as Grand Rounds, you will need to submit
an interim report along with the required documentation materials at six months, and a
final report annually.*
*We require a new application, even for continuing activities, on an annual basis.
Data on participants is entered into the CME database. The Office of Continuing Medical Education does not
provide the activity participants with a certificate. Providing certificates upon the completion of an activity is at
the discretion of the activity manager. The Office of CME will provide a transcript upon request. For transcript
information, please contact Karla Imhoff via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or request in writing via fax at
573/882‐5666. For questions regarding transcripts, please call Karla at 573/884‐1505.