August 2008

 

OPHTHALMOLOGY NEWS

 

ASCRS implements faculty review program for educational programs


 

 

The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS) launched its Faculty Continuing Medical Education (CME) Review program this month. The independence of CME has been under increased scrutiny over the past five years from within the medical community and the public sector. This close examination of the ties between industry and medical education has lead to policy changes related to the planning and implementation of CME programs.

Officials at ASCRS (Fairfax, Va.) decided the best way to alert presenters about the changes to CME guidelines would be to implement a faculty review program consisting of a short slide presentation and 12-question test. All who wish to present within ASCRS-sponsored CME activities will need to complete the review and test annually. Those who are submitting abstracts for the 2009 ASCRS•ASOA Symposium & Congress in San Francisco will need to complete the review and test by the submission deadline of Oct. 2.

“This program is not meant to be onerous, but to enhance our educational programming and experience for all—attendees and faculty alike,” said Howard S. Barnebey, M.D., Chair of the ASCRS CME Advisory Committee.

The online program reflects some of the subtle changes in the CME program as well as provides a general overview of what presenters must include in their presentations. It is designed as a series of question and answer and vignettes that apply the policies to real-world situations and takes approximately 15 minutes to complete. The post-test reinforces the information and provides documentation of the faculty members’ understanding. The test is valid for one year. The program will be available on the association’s Web site, www.ascrs.org. Any questions should be directed to Laura Johnson, ASCRS Director of Education, who can be contacted at 703-788-5762 or by e-mail at ljohnson@ascrs.org.

The changes to the ASCRS CME program were made to reflect updates to the policies and procedures of the association’s accrediting body, the Accreditation Council of Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Other bodies that have affected ASCRS’ CME program include the American Medical Association (AMA), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Department of Health & Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General (OIG), Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PhRMA) and Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed).

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