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Q:  Who can receive CME credit (AMA Category1 credit)?
A:  Only MDs and DOs can claim AMA Category 1 credit. Other professionals are eligible for other types of credit, but the credit designation must be pre-arranged by planners and the SHC CME Office. If other professionals, who are not eligible for credit, need a record of the CME credit designation for an activity they can obtain a Certificate of Participation upon request.

Q:  What kind of programs can be approved for CME credit?
A:  Almost any activity that can be used 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" can be approved for credit. The needs assessment required by the SHC CME Office for approval generally justifies the activity.

Q:  Can Residents and Fellows receive CME credit?
A:  CME credit is intended for licensed and practicing physicians. Residents and Fellows are technically able to receive the credit, but may have little use for it until they become fully licensed practitioners. 
Q:  What is the difference between CMEs and CEUs?
A:  CME credits are for MDs and DOs only, and are designated on an hour for hour basis (minus social activities and breaks). Continuing Education Units (CEUs) can be provided to other professionals and are designated as 1/10 credit per contact hour. There is concern regarding the "value" difference, but one (1) hour of AMA Category 1 credit (CME) and 1/10 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) represent that same one (1) hour of contact.

Q:  How can I obtain CME forms?
A:  The SHC CME forms can be found on this web-site. All forms are saved as Adobe Acrobat PDF files. You will need an Adobe Acrobat Reader to retrieve the forms. 

Q:  Who is on the CME planning committee?
A:  The CME planning committee is composed of physician(s) and individuals responsible for the CME activity. Physician involvement is required for the planning of a CME activity.

Q:  What if there is no planning committee?
A:  SHC CME must have records of physician involvement in planning and how decisions regarding speakers and topics are made. Planning minutes are used to document this decision-making process. When planning minutes are not kept, please document these decisions in other written forms and forward these to the SHC CME office. Alternatives to planning minutes should be discussed with the CME office in advance.

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