The ABCs of Accredited Online Educational Activity for Planners and Speakers

Sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology and The France Foundation.


Accredited CME plays an important role not only in assisting physicians in maintenance of licensure but with maintenance of certification as well. In 2004 the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) issued the updated Standards for Commercial Support of CME and in 2006 released the Updated Accreditation Criteria. During the past several years, physicians involved in the planning and implementation of accredited CME have expressed frustration regarding "all the ACCME rules."

The American Academy of Dermatology and The France Foundation, both ACCME-accredited providers, developed this online educational activity – The ABCs of Accredited CME – to clarify that the intent of the "rules" is that accredited CME be based on the principles of adult learning and be independent of industry influence.

This online educational activity is presented in short modules and participants can select which module(s) they wish to complete.

Module 1

Who Are the Players in CME, Maintenance of Certification, and Maintenance of Licensure
Presented by: Norman B. Kahn Jr, MD

Module 2

Backwards Planning for Continuing Medical Education: Starting with the END in Mind
Presented by: Joseph S. Green, PhD

Module 3

Integration of the ABMS Core Competencies into CME Activities
Presented by: Robert S. Kirsner, MD, PhD, FAAD

Module 4

Designing CME to Change Competence, Performance and Patient Outcomes
Presented by: Christopher R. Spock, MD

Module 5

Independent, Fair Balanced CME
Presented by: Robert S. Kirsner, MD, PhD, FAAD


Module 6

The CME Educational Format: What Works and What Doesn't
Presented by: Bryan E. Anderson, MD, FAAD

Module 7

Performance Improvement CME and Its Potential Impact on Patient Care
Presented by: Arthur J. Sober, MD, FAAD

Module 8

HIPAA and Continuing Medical Education
Presented by: Mark D. Kaufmann, MD, FAAD

Module 9

Addressing Patient Safety in Continuing Medical Education
Presented by: James S. Taylor, MD, FAAD

Module 10

PowerPoint 101: Creating Effective Educational Materials
Presented by: Erik Stratman, MD, FAAD