The annual American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress offers the highest quality Continuing Medical Education (CME) opportunities for surgeons. Clinical Congress 2021 will once again offer more than 200 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, including more than 20 sessions designated as offering Credit to Address Regulatory Mandates, and more than 75 sessions designated as offering Credit to Address ACS Accreditation/Verification Requirements. Practicing physicians are eligible to claim CME Credits for sessions they attend during the five-day meeting as well as sessions they engage in throughout the claiming period following the meeting. Residents, medical students, and allied health professionals are not eligible to claim CME Credits and may instead access a Certificate of Completion.
The virtual meeting format provides participants with the opportunity to engage with all the Clinical Congress 2021 content presented. Sessions will become available on-demand once they have aired during the five-day meeting schedule. Attendees may continue the evaluation and claiming process until February 1, 2022. Attendees must complete the evaluation and claiming process for each session attended in order to claim CME credit or hours of participation.
Credit to Address Regulatory Mandates
Most state licensing boards have established content-specific CME requirements. Clinical Congress 2021 sessions including this content have been designated as offering Credit to Address Regulatory Mandates. Clinical Congress 2021 regulatory mandate content areas include: Cultural Competency, Domestic Violence, Ethics, Opioid/Pain Management, Palliative Care, Patient Safety, and Risk Management.
Individuals must check with their state or local medical board, hospital, or organization to verify that the content does meet the specific requirements.
Credit to Address ACS Accreditation/Verification Requirements
Institutions that are accredited or verified by the ACS require specified members of the medical team to earn credits in applicable content areas. Clinical Congress sessions that include this content have been designated as offering Credit to Address ACS Accreditation/Verification Requirements. Clinical Congress 2021 will offer sessions addressing all the ACS Accreditation/Verification Program content areas, which are: Bariatric Surgery, Breast, Cancer, Geriatric Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, and Trauma.
Individuals may meet these requirements with relevant AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ awarded by other accredited organizations. It is the responsibility of the individual to verify that the content meets the specific requirement.
Self-Assessment Credits are not offered at Clinical Congress this year. The ACS continues to offer Self-Assessment Credit opportunities through the Surgical Education and Self-Assessment Program (SESAP®), Selected Readings in General Surgery (SRGS®), Journal of the American College of Surgeons, online CME activities, and more. Contact [email protected] for assistance in identifying Self-Assessment opportunities.
How do I claim CME?
Attendees must complete the online evaluation and claiming process for each session to claim CME Credits or completion hours. Credit is not earned solely by logging in and viewing a session. Participants must also complete the meeting’s Global Evaluation in order to download or print a CME Certificate or a Certificate of Completion. Step-by-step evaluation and claiming instructions may be found in the Claim Credit tab on the meeting website, and Division of Education staff will be available to answer questions through online chats, by e-mail, and by phone.
Residents and allied health professionals are not eligible to claim CME Credits and may instead access a Certificate of Completion.
How do I know what CME I need?
The ACS has compiled listings of physician CME requirements for all state licensing boards, the American Board of Medical Specialties and American Osteopathic Boards, and ACS Accreditation/Verification programs. Visit www.facs.org/education/cme to view this information. Contact [email protected] with questions. The ACS strives to keep this information up to date, but CME requirements are subject to change.
A list of states requiring this year’s Regulatory Mandate content areas is included below:
- Cultural Competency: CT, DC, and NJ
- Domestic Violence: CT, DE, DC, FL*, KY*, and MA
- Ethics: DC, MI, NV, PR, RI, and TX
- Opioid/Pain Management: AL, AK*, AR, AZ, CA, DC, FL*, GA, IL, IN, IA, KY*, LA*, ME, MI, MS, NV, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, UT*, VT, VA, WA, WV*, WI*, and WY
- Palliative Care: CA, NY, RI, and VT
- Patient Safety: PA
- Risk Management: CT, MA, PA, and RI
*These state requirements must be fulfilled through a course preapproved by the state board or contain state-specific elements to the content requirement. Visit www.facs.org/education/cme/state-mandates to find a detailed description of each state board’s CME requirements.
The Division of Education staff is available to answer your CME questions and help ensure your Clinical Congress 2021 experience is rewarding. Contact the Division of Education Monday through Friday at [email protected] or (866) 918-4799.