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The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) has been accredited to provide Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits since 1975.  ACPM is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). ACCME defines CME content as educational activities which serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public, or the profession. The content of CME is 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.

Not all continuing education activities which physicians may engage in are considered CME. Physicians may participate in worthwhile continuing education activities which are not directly related to their professional work. These activities are not classified as CME. Continuing education activities which respond to a physician's non-professional educational need or interest, such as personal financial planning or appreciation of literature or music, are not CME.

Providers are not eligible for ACCME accreditation or reaccreditation if they present activities promoting recommendations, treatment or manners of practicing medicine, which not within the definition of CME--or present training that is known to have risks or dangers outweighing the benefits, and are known to be ineffective in the treatment of patients.

An organization whose program of CME is devoted to advocacy of unscientific modalities of diagnosis or therapy is not eligible to apply for ACCME accreditation.


How Physicians Receive CME Credit


To receive credit, physicians must attend (either in person or via other electronic options) and complete the CME Activity and then apply for a certificate of credit in one of the following ways:

  • Live event - Participants submit a completed request form with number of credits they earned based on the amount of time they spent in the CME activity up to the maximum number approved for the session. Certificates are processed at the ACPM office and generally take 2-4 weeks once all supporting materials have been received by ACPM following the activity. Certificates are emailed to participants.

  • Enduring Material – There are several ways participants using enduring materials may receive CME. Some are generated automatically (i.e. webcasts), some are processed through an online system, and some are submitted by use of a request form similar to live events.

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