Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM) Office of Continuing Education (OCE) is pleased to work with our affiliated hospitals on continuing education (CE) for their Regularly Schedule Series (RSS). As an accredited provider, we strive to uphold rigorous national standards for quality CE that improve clinician performance and care for patients and communities. Using a planning form, and other supporting documentation, the OCE will lead you through an effective educational planning process. In doing so, we will highlight the quality standards required of CE providers and educational partners by the following national CE oversight and accrediting bodies: The American Medical Association (AMA) and the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Please find more information here: http://www.accme.org/requirements/accreditation-requirements-cme-providers/accreditation-criteria
The ACCME defines a RSS as an activity that is: 1) planned as a Series with multiple sessions that occur on an ongoing basis (offered weekly, monthly, or quarterly); 2) are primarily planned by and presented to the institution's professional staff, and 3) take place within the institution. Examples of a RSS include: Grand Rounds, Morbidity and Mortality conference, Journal Club, Case Conference, Tumor Board, Ethics Rounds, etc.
NOTE: Educational activities such as one-time, live conferences hosted by hospital departments would NOT be considered a RSS. Those are considered a non-RSS live activity and thus require submission of a different planning form, and there are associated accreditation fees. Please see the Educational Activities page for more information.
Physicians who attend a RSS approved for continuing education can earn 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per one hour session. If you would like to offer AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for your RSS, you will need to complete and submit a planning form along with the required supporting documentation noted on the checklist. The OCE operates on an academic calendar year, July 1 - June 30. We do not accept forms after the start of an academic year, July 1st. Please visit the RSS Planning Documents & Resources page for more information.
Throughout the academic year, there are also session-specific and End of Year requirements that must be met. Please see the Session Documents and End of Series Documents page for more information.
It is very important that each Series comply with the accreditation requirements to be eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Therefore, we require the Administrator and Course Director(s) for a new Series to schedule a training session with our office to review the RSS requirements and process in detail. If you would like to request a training or have questions regarding the planning process, please contact Jennifer Besaw at Jennifer.Besaw@tufts.edu or call 617.636.6579.