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Continuing Medical Education Information

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The information below provides general information about CME accreditation. In addition to information in this section, the CME Accreditation Manual and other resources can provide further insights into the world of CME. Click here for information about initial accreditation. Click here to find information about reaccreditation.

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) has designated IMQ/CMA California’s intrastate accrediting agency. Organizations choose to become CME accredited providers because:

  • The ultimate goal of continuing medical education is optimum patient care. The physician’s concern for this goal can be expressed through lifelong learning – through experience, professional relationships, reading, independent study, and participation in organized educational activities. CME activities developed in accordance with accreditation criteria enhance the physician’s professional growth.
  • Organizations accredited for CME are widely recognized by physicians and other health care professionals as offering high-quality continuing medical education. By providing courses that meet the AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM, these organizations help physicians earn the credits required to maintain their licenses and to meet board certification requirements.

Eligibility for IMQ/CMA CME Accreditation

To be eligible for IMQ/CMA CME Accreditation, organizations must meet the following criteria:

  • Be located in California or another state where IMQ/CMA is approved by ACCME to accredit CME providers
  • Offer CME to a physician audience that is at least 70% from the state where the organization is accredited
  • Develop and/or present CME for physicians on a regular and recurring basis
  • Not be a commercial interest as defined by ACCME
  • Conduct activities with “valid” content that promotes recommendations, treatment or manners of practicing medicine that are within the definition of CME. Providers are not eligible for accreditation if they present activities that promote treatments that are known to have risks or dangers that outweigh the benefits or are known to be ineffective in the treatment of patients