RIMS Continuing Medical Education Program
Patrick J. Sweeney, MD, PhD, MPH, Chair
Gerardo Carino, MD
Jonathan Gates, MD
Louis J. Marino, Jr, MD
Bernard Zimmermann, MD
The Rhode Island Medical Society is recognized by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education as a CME accreditor for organizations and/or institutions that sponsor intra-state continuing medical education within Rhode Island. Recognizing that continuing medical education is an important process towards the improvement of quality patient care, the society is committed to ensuring that organizations seeking accreditation demonstrate the capability to plan, present and evaluate quality CME for physicians.
CME consists of educational activities that serve 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. CME represents 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. AMA Physician's Recognition Award, Requirements of Accredited Providers, V 3.2
Section 6.0 Continuing Education
6.1 Every physician licensed to practice allopathic or osteopathic medicine in Rhode Island under the provision of the Act and the regulations herein, shall on or before the first day of June of every even-numbered year after 2004, on a biennial basis, earn a minimum of forty (40) hours of AMA Category 1 /AOA Category 1a continuing medical education credits and shall document this to the board of medical licensure and discipline.
6.2 The application shall include evidence satisfactory to the Board of completion a prescribed program of continuing medical education established by the appropriate medical or osteopathic society, and approved by the board.
6.2.1. Said continuing medical education shall include a minimum of four (4) hours from a list of topics related to current public health needs, which list shall be developed by the Director in consultation with and as approved by the appropriate medical or osteopathic society. The list shall be available to physicians as of 1 July of each even-numbered year. See link for list of topics.http://health.ri.gov/licenses/detail.php?id=200#continuingeducation
6.3 The Board, may extend for only one (1)six(6)month period such educational requirements pursuant to the provisions of section 5-37-2.1 of the General Laws.
6.4 It shall be the sole responsibility of the individual physician to obtain documentation from the approved sponsoring or co-sponsoring organizations, agencies or other, of his or her participation in a learning experience and the number of dated credits earned.
6.41. Those documents must be safeguarded, for a period of three (3) years, by the physician for review by the Board if required. Only a summary list of those documents, not the documents themselves, shall be submitted with the application for renewal of the certification.
6.5 Licensure renewal shall be denied to any applicant who fails to provide satisfactory evidence of continuing medical education as required herein.
A complete copy of the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline, Chapter 5-37, is available at the RI General Assembly website.rilin.state.ri.us
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§ 5-37-2.1 Recertification – Continuing medical education. – Every physician licensed to practice allopathic or osteopathic medicine in Rhode Island under the provision of the Act and the regulations herein, shall on or before the first day of June of every even-numbered year after 2004, on a biennial basis, earn a minimum of forty (40) hours of AMA Category 1 /AOA Category 1a continuing medical education credits and shall document this to the board of medical licensure and discipline. The board may extend for only one six (6) month period these educational requirements if the board is satisfied that the applicant has suffered hardship which prevented meeting the educational requirement. No recertification to practice medicine in this state is refused, nor any certificate suspended or revoked except: (1) as provided for in this chapter and, (2) for failure to provide satisfactory evidence of continuing medical education as provided for in this section.
The AMA expects CME providers to present physicians with commercially unbiased and objective information in all of their activities. Accredited providers must also meet all ACCME disclosure requirements and standards for commercial support. Industry should fund CME activities only through educational grants. The AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) defines industry as "all proprietary health-related entities that might create a conflict of interest." Industry-supported activities, like all CME activities, must serve primarily to educate physicians. Promotional materials should feature a program's educational content, with advertising for unrelated amenities playing a secondary role. Both physician and non-physician CME faculty should ensure the scientific accuracy of their presentations, and avoid influence by either industry or financial contributions. They must communicate any potential conflict of interest to providers and physician participants.