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Accreditation Process

The ISMA is recognized by the ACCME to accredit organizations to offer continuing medical education (CME) programs. The applicant must first complete a pre-application and an initial application (See the forms below). The reaccreditation process starts after the initial application has been approved and certification has been awarded.

Accreditation Process Overview

The ISMA is recognized by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education ACCME to accredit CME providers in the state of Indiana.

Accreditation areas of concern

New forms coming soon. Please contact Shelly Symmes for current forms.

Regularly Scheduled Series Toolkit

Regularly Scheduled Series Toolkit

CME accreditation/reaccreditation surveyor critique

New forms coming soon. Please contact Shelly Symmes for current forms.

Guide to the Progress Report Process

Guide to Progress Reports

Resources

AMA PRA Frequently Asked Questions for CME Providers

Surveyor forms

ISMA Surveyor Report Form

ISMA Documentation Review Form

ISMA Procedures for Appeals and Reconsideration

ISMA Procedures for Reconsideration (pdf)
ISMA Procedures for Reconsideration (word)

PROCEDURE FOR HANDLING COMPLAINTS/INQUIRIES REGARDING ACCREDITED SPONSORS (pdf)

Accreditation Forms

Outline for the self-study report for ISMA initial accreditation

Guide to the process for ISMA initial reaccreditation:
an overview and submission requirements

Outline for the self-study report for ISMA reaccreditation

Guide to the process for ISMA reaccreditation:
an overview and submission requirements

Accreditation Statements

Accreditation Statement Requirements
The accreditation statement must appear on all CME activity materials and brochures distributed by accredited organizations, except that the accreditation statement does not need to be included on initial, save-the-date type activity announcements. Such announcements contain only general, preliminary information about the activity such as the date, location, and title. If more specific information is included, such as faculty and objectives, the accreditation statement must be included.

Accreditation Statement
The accreditation statement must appear on all CME activity materials and brochures distributed by accredited organizations, except that the accreditation statement does not need to be included on initial, save-the-date type activity announcements. Such announcements contain only general, preliminary information about the activity such as the date, location, and title. If more specific information is included, such as faculty and objectives, the accreditation statement must be included.

The ISMA  accreditation statement is as follows: For directly provided activities: “The (name of accredited provider) is accredited by the Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

For jointly provided activities: “This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) through the joint providership of (name of accredited provider) and (name of nonaccredited provider). The (name of accredited provider) is accredited by ISMA provider to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”

There is no "co-providership" accreditation statement. If two or more accredited providers are working in collaboration on a CME activity, one provider must take responsibility for the compliance of that activity. Co-provided CME activities should use the directly provided activity statement, naming the one accredited provider that is responsible for the activity. The ACCME/ISMA has no policy regarding specific ways in which providers may acknowledge the involvement of other ACCME/ISMA accredited providers in their CME activities.

AMA Credit Designation Statement 
The AMA Credit Designation Statement indicates to physicians that the activity has been certified by an accredited CME provider as being in compliance with AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ requirements. 

The AMA Credit Designation Statement must be written without paraphrasing and be listed separately from accreditation or other statements. The following AMA Credit Designation Statement must be included in relevant announcement and activity materials:

The [name of accredited CME provider] designates this [learning format] for a maximum of [number of credits] AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 
The learning format listed in the Credit Designation Statement must be one of the following AMA approved learning formats: 

  1. Live activity 
  2. Enduring material 
  3. Journal-based CME activity 
  4. Test-item writing activity 
  5. Manuscript review activity 
  6. PI CME activity 
  7. Internet point-of-care activity 

Use of phrase "AMA PRA Category 1 Credit ™" 
The phrase "AMA PRA Category 1 Credit" is a trademark of the American Medical Association. Accredited CME providers must always use the complete italicized, trademarked phrase. The phrase "Category 1 Credit" must never be used when referring to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.

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