Continuing Medical Education

Continuing Medical Education

For CME Accredited Providers

Overview

Welcome to the Maine Medical Association accreditation web page. The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) recognizes the Maine Medical Association as the authorized body for conducting a voluntary accreditation program for institutions and organizations providing intrastate continuing medical education (CME) in the state of Maine, or in a region including states contiguous to Maine. By offering intrastate accreditation, MMA seeks to assure both physicians and the public that any educational activities provided by accredited providers meet the high standards of educational design as promulgated by MMA through its Accreditation Essential Areas, Elements and Policies, and Standards for Commercial Support. In addition, it is only accredited providers that can award AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Accreditation is granted on the basis of the provider's demonstrated ability to plan and implement CME activities in accordance with accreditation requirements. 

The MMA Committee on CME Accreditation adopts necessary procedural rules and prescribes forms to be used in the conduct of CME accreditation. It reviews applications and survey team reports for intrastate CME sponsors, and makes decisions on the granting of initial accreditation and continuation of accredited status. The committee is responsible for maintaining MMA' recognition as the state CME accreditor through the ACCME. The committee also takes a leadership role in providing education for continuing medical education planners and site surveyors.

An integral part of the accreditation program is the site visit, used to gather materials, document and verify that the applicant has met the Essential Areas for accreditation. Physicians throughout the state, including members of the MMA Board of Directors, councils, committees, and medical educators, function as site surveyors to gather the necessary information, interview appropriate individuals and observe local CME activities. The Site Survey Team then makes recommendations to the MMA Committee on CME Accreditation that determines the provider’s accreditation status and reports this to the MMA Board of Directors.

It is important to note that the MMA does not accredit individual CME activities. (Please see CME approval “Maine Medical Education Trust”).  Institutions and organizations are accredited for their overall program of CME. The overall program consists, at least in part, of one or more educational activities, developed according to these Essential Areas. The designation of credit for specific CME activities is not within the purview of ACCME or MMA as accrediting bodies, but it is the responsibility of the accredited provider. You can find the following documents in this section:

The document, Accreditation Program: Essential Areas, Glossary of Terms, Accreditation Policies, and Decision Making Criteria has been developed to explain in detail the meaning and application of the Essential Areas and to provide information to providers on how to comply with the Essential Areas. This document includes guidelines that are intended to assist sponsors in meeting the requirements for accreditation.

The Accreditation Application is the official document that must be submitted by accredited providers or those seeking initial accreditation as part of the overall accreditation process. The other documents, Surveyors Report; Decision Report Template and Documentation Review Form are the Policy Statements & Actions used by surveyors and the Committee on CME Accreditation during the accreditation process.

All providers are welcome to download these documents. Organizations seeking initial accreditation must first complete a Preliminary Questionnaire, which can be obtained by contacting the Maine Medical Association at:

Maine Medical Association
Committee for Continuing Medical Education and Accreditation
30 Association Drive
Manchester, Maine 04351

Gail Begin gbegin@mainemed.com
Telephone: 207-588-6619
Fax: 207-622-3332