Answers to all your CME-Related Questions
How can I obtain records of my CME events?
Attendance records are kept on file for six years. If you are on the Medical Staff at TCHHN, you can obtain a CME transcript by contacting TCH.MedStaff@TheChristHospital.com with the following information:
- Date range of records
- Means of transmittal (email address, fax number, post mail address, etc.)
If you are not on the Medical Staff at TCHHN or are a non-physician employee at TCHHN, you can obtain your CME Certificate(s) by contacting TCH.MedStaff@TheChristHospital.com with the following information:
- Name as it should appear on the certificate, including credentials (MD, DO, PA, NP, RN, etc.)
- Activity title
- Date of activity
I am on the Medical Staff at The Christ Hospital Health Network. I attended a CME activity, but it wasn't at The Christ Hospital. Can this be documented on my CME transcript?
Yes, please fax or email your CME certificate to TCH.MedStaff@TheChristHospital.com.
I am a nurse. Does attendance at a CME event count toward continuing education requirements for my license?
Yes. Events designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits(TM) convert to CE contact hours required by the Ohio Board of nursing.
How can nurses, technicians and other non-physicians obtain attendance certificates?
Attendance certificates are distributed by Medical Staff Services. Please email TCH.MedStaff@TheChristHospital.com to request a copy of your certificate.
For what activities does The Christ Hospital Health Network designate CME credit?
- Live education activities (attended in person or virtually)
- Enduring materials (a printed, recorded, or computer-based CME activity that was developed by the provider and that may be used over time at various locations and which, in itself, constitutes a planned activity)
- Journal-based (includes the reading of an article, a provider stipulated/learner directed phase such as reflection, discussion, or debate, and a predetermined set of questions or tasks relating to the journal)
- PI CME
- Learning from Teaching
- Committee Learning
TCHHN's CME Committee reviews medical education activities to ensure all core criteria for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(TM) are met.
- Conform to the AMA's definition of CME
- Address demonstrated education needs
- Communicates to participants a clearly identified educational purpose/objectives
- Designed using appropriate AMA approved learning formats; credit is based on the format
- Content appropriate in depth and scope for intended physician audience
- Planned in accordance with the relevant CEJA opinions and the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support (SM), and be non-promotional in nature
- Evaluate the effectiveness in achieving its educational purpose and/or objectives
- Document credits claimed by physicians for a minimum of six years
- Be certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit (TM) in advance of the activity
- Include the AMA Credit Designation Statement in any activity materials that reference CME credit with the exception of "save the date" or similar notices.
What is the difference between Category 1 and Category 2 Credit?
Category 1 Credit may be earned for attending structured activities with specified learning objectives, a defined means of measuring physician learning, and designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(TM) prior to the activity. Participants wishing to earn Category 1 Credit must turn in a completed evaluation at the conclusion of the CME activity. TCHHN records and tracks phsysician credits earned at CME events designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(TM). TCHHN may keep record of AMA PRA Category 2 Credits(TM) for such as hospital-based peer consultations and group discussions, but physicians are expected to keep their own records of AMA PRA Category 2 Credits(TM) as these are not designated and approved by TCHHN.
What types of activities can earn me AMA PRA Category 2 Credit(TM)?
- Unstructured online searching and learning
- Reading authoritative medical literature
- Consultation with peers and medical experts
- Group discussions
- Self-assessment activities
- Medical writing
- Peer review and quality assurance participation
- Participating in live activities not designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(TM)
Participation in an activity listed above may be claimed by the physician for AMA PRA Category 2 Credit(TM) if all three of the following are true:
- The activity complies with the AMA definition of CME
- The activity complies with the AMA ethical opinions on "Gifts to Physicians from Industry" and "Continuing Medical Education"
- Are not promotional
- The activity is determined by the physician to be a worthwhile learning experience related to his or her practice.