Continuing Medical Education

Albert F. Painter Jr., Psy.D., Assistant Dean of Faculty Affairs

Journal Based Activities

NOTE: On February 25, 2014, the ACCME announced the 2014 Simplified Polcies that affect the requirements of Journal-Based CME. Contact the CME program to clarify the simplified policies.

A journal-based CME activity is a certified CME activity in which an article, within a peer-reviewed, professional journal, is certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ prior to publication of the journal.

To be certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, a journal-based CME activity must:

  • comply with the guidelines for category I activities.
  • be a peer-reviewed article.
  • communicate to participants all required information (see enduring materials guidelines).
  • provide an assessment of the learner that measures achievement of the educational purpose and/or objective(s) of the activity with an established minimum performance level; this may include, but is not limited to, patient-management case studies, a post-test and/or application of new concepts in response to simulated problems.
  • communicate to the participants the minimum performance level that must be demonstrated in the assessment in order to successfully complete the activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
  • does not contain any advertising or product group messages of 'commercial interests'. Disclosure information cannot contain trade names. The learner should not encounter advertising within the pages of the article or within the pages of the related questions or evaluation materials.

Designating and awarding credit for participation in a journal-based CME activity

  • The ACCME does not consider a journal-based CME activity to have been completed until the learner documents participation in that activity to the provider.
  • Accredited CME providers should designate individual articles for one (1) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
  • Credit should be awarded only to physicians who meet at least the minimum performance level on the assessment as established by the accredited CME provider.