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Patrick J. Sweeney, MD, PhD, MPH, Chair, CME Committee, received RIMS' Rakatansky Award, honoring individuals who have distinguished themselves through exemplary professionalism and/or humanitarian service in the field of medicine.

 

RIMS Accreditation

Definition of CME

Accreditation Resources

Accredited Institutions

Ethical Considerations

RI Recertification Laws

Licensure Rules and Regulations

Other CME Resources for Physicians

AMA

Brown-Alpert Medical School

Harvard Medical School

Yale

Massachusetts Medical Society

Medscape

Emedicine

Free Books 4 Doctors

Doctor's Guide

Merck Manuals

Continuing Medical Education Program


RIMS Accreditation
The Rhode Island Medical Society is recognized by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education as a CME accreditor for organizations and/or institutions that sponsor intra-state continuing medical education within Rhode Island. Recognizing that continuing medical education is an important process towards the improvement of quality patient care, the society is committed to ensuring that organizations seeking accreditation demonstrate the capability to plan, present and evaluate quality CME for physicians.

Members of RIMS CME Committee

Definition of Continuing Medical Education
CME consists of educational activities that serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public, or the profession. CME represents 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 health care to the public.

AMA Physician's Recognition Award, Requirements of Accredited Providers, V 3.2


Accreditation Resources

Links

Essential Areas and their Elements
Standards for Commercial Support
Application for Accreditation
Accreditation Requirements

FAQs
Regularly Scheduled Series Guidelines
Annual Report Form
Annaul Report FAQs
Annual Report Definitions
AMA Guide to CME Credit System

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)
www.accme.org

AMA CME Department
ama-assn.org/go/cme


Accredited Institutions

Institutions accredited by RIMS

Butler Hospital
Kent Hospital
Landmark Medical Center
Memorial Hospital
Newport Hospital
Rhode Island Hospital
Roger Williams Medical Center
The Miriam Hospital
Women & Infants Hospital

RI institutions accredited by the ACCME
Brown-Warren Alpert Medical School


Ethical considerations for providers of CME

The AMA expects CME providers to present physicians with commercially unbiased and objective information in all of their activities. Accredited providers must also meet all ACCME disclosure requirements and standards for commercial support. Industry should fund CME activities only through educational grants. The AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) defines industry as "all proprietary health-related entities that might create a conflict of interest." Industry-supported activities, like all CME activities, must serve primarily to educate physicians. Promotional materials should feature a program's educational content, with advertising for unrelated amenities playing a secondary role. Both physician and non-physician CME faculty should ensure the scientific accuracy of their presentations, and avoid influence by either industry or financial contributions. They must communicate any potential conflict of interest to providers and physician participants.


RI Recertification Law

TITLE 5
Businesses and Professions
CHAPTER 5-37
Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline
SECTION 5-37-2.1
§ 5-37-2.1 Recertification – Continuing medical education. – Every physician licensed to practice allopathic or osteopathic medicine in Rhode Island under the provision of the Act and the regulations herein,  shall on or before the first day of June of every even-numbered year after 2004, on a biennial basis, earn a minimum of forty (40) hours of AMA Category 1 /AOA Category 1a continuing medical education credits and shall document this to the board of medical licensure and discipline.  The board may extend for only one six (6) month period these educational requirements if the board is satisfied that the applicant has suffered hardship which prevented meeting the educational requirement. No recertification to practice medicine in this state is refused, nor any certificate suspended or revoked except: (1) as provided for in this chapter and, (2) for failure to provide satisfactory evidence of continuing medical education as provided for in this section.


Rules and Regulations for the Licensure and Discipline of Physicians

Section 6.0 Continuing Education
6.1 Every physician licensed to practice allopathic or osteopathic medicine in Rhode Island under the provision of the Act and the regulations herein,  shall on or before the first day of June of every even-numbered year after 2004, on a biennial basis, earn a minimum of forty (40) hours of AMA Category 1 /AOA Category 1a continuing medical education credits and shall document this to the board of medical licensure and discipline.

6.2 The application shall include evidence satisfactory to the Board of completion a prescribed program of continuing medical education established by the appropriate medical or osteopathic society, and approved by the board.

6.2.1 Said continuing medical education shall include a minimum of two (2) hours related to current information on any one or more of the following topics: universal precautions, infection control, modes of transmission, bioterrorism, OSHA, ethics, end-of-life education, palliative care, pain management, and other regulatory requirements.

6.3 The Board, may extend for only one (1)six(6)month period such educational requirements pursuant to the provisions of section 5-37-2.1 of the General Laws.

6.4 It shall be the sole responsibility of the individual physician to obtain documentation from the approved sponsoring or co-sponsoring organizations, agencies or other, of his or her participation in a learning experience and the number of dated credits earned.

6.41. Those documents must be safeguarded, for a period of three (3) years, by the physician for review by the Board if required. Only a summary list of those documents, not the documents themselves, shall be submitted with the application for renewal of the certification.

6.5 Licensure renewal shall be denied to any applicant who fails to provide satisfactory evidence of continuing medical education as required herein.

A complete copy of the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, Chapter 5-37, is available at the RI General Assembly website. rilin.state.ri.us


Updated 1/28/14

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