CME stands for continuing medical education. This type of education includes various activities that help develop the skills, experience, and knowledge of professionals in the medical industry. This could include a variety of areas such as improving their clinical knowledge, public stigmas, professional behaviors, or understanding how their industry peers are treating patients or handling certain situational matters within their practice. Continuing medical education events are also a great opportunity for medical professionals to build relationships and network with others in their field. It is an opportunity for them to learn about new areas within their specialty.
When a CME event or activity has been completed, the attendee typically receives a number of credits for their participation. Physicians are required to acquire a certain amount of credits in order to maintain their licensure. As a whole, CME activities are sponsored by providers who are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) in the United States, or another similar prestigious society in other countries. The ACCME creates the standards that CME providers are required to adhere to within the US.
The CME providers that are a part of the ACCME system are providers who are either certified through the ACCME, ACCME Recognized Accreditors, or the Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education program.