The American Association of Continuing Medical Education® (AACME) recognizes that the professional responsibility of physicians requires continuous learning throughout their careers, appropriate to the individual physician’s needs. The AACME® also recognizes that physicians are responsible for choosing their CME activities in accordance with their perceived and documented needs, individual learning styles, and practice setting requirements and for evaluating their own learning achievements. The AACME® Standards & 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 Standards & Policies, the AACME® has identified certain Elements of structure, method and organization which contribute to the development of effective continuing medical education.
The Standards & Policies are the requirements that a provider must meet for accreditation.
They provide a valuable resource for physicians planning their own CME and for providers designing CME activities and programs.