ACCME

Essential Areas

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The ACCME® recognizes that the professional responsibility of physicians requires continuous learning throughout their careers, appropriate to the individual physician’s needs. The ACCME also recognizes that physicians are responsible for choosing their CME activities in accordance with their perceived and documented needs, individual learning styles, practice setting requirements, and for evaluating their own learning achievements. The Essential Areas and Elements (including the Standards for Commercial Support) and Accreditation Policies, therefore, are designed to encourage providers to consider the needs and interests of potential physician participants in planning their CME activities and to encourage the physicians to assume active roles in the planning process.

In the Essential Areas and Elements (including the Standards for Commercial Support) and Accreditation Policies, the ACCME has identified certain elements of structure, method, and organization that contribute to the development of effective continuing medical education. The Essential Areas and Elements (including the Standards for Commercial Support) and Accreditation Policies are the practices that a provider must implement to achieve and maintain accreditation.