Using the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS)

Last Revised:
June 25, 2014
Published on:
Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Nonphysicians are called “other learners.” This category includes activity participants other than MDs and DOs. Beginning with the 2015 reporting year, residents are no longer included in this category and are instead counted as...

Last Revised:
November 3, 2016
Published on:
Monday, January 30, 2012

You are required to complete the following fields regarding commercial support at the individual CME activity level.

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Last Revised:
November 3, 2016
Published on:
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Learning from teaching is a descriptive label for a type of CME activity. (The identification of activity types by the ACCME serves to allow the ACCME to report data and information on the range of...

Last Revised:
November 3, 2016
Published on:
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

An internet live course is an online course available at a certain time on a certain date and is only available in real-time, just as if it were a course held in...

Last Revised:
March 22, 2016
Published on:
Friday, November 11, 2011

A directly provided activity is one that is planned, implemented and evaluated by the accredited provider.  Include co-provided activities (provided by two accredited providers) in this category if you are the...

Last Revised:
November 7, 2016
Published on:
Friday, November 11, 2011

The tab-delimited batch upload enables providers to export multiple activity records at one time into PARS.  The tab-delimited batch upload process originates with the use of an MS Excel template which closely mirrors the CME...

Last Revised:
June 26, 2014
Published on:
Friday, November 11, 2011

Physician participants are activity participants who are MDs or DOs. Through the 2014 reporting year, residents are not included in this category, but are included under nonphysician participants. Effective with the 2015 reporting...

Last Revised:
November 3, 2016
Published on:
Friday, November 11, 2011

An important concept in PARS is that of “open” and “closed” activities.  Open activities are those that have a minimum set of data entered for them:  specifically, activity name, activity type, activity date, and, if applicable,...

Last Revised:
November 3, 2016
Published on:
Friday, November 11, 2011

Report any in-kind (non-monetary) commercial support received for an activity by indicating the nature of the in-kind support. You should not estimate the dollar value of in...

Last Revised:
November 3, 2016
Published on:
Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A course is identified as a regularly scheduled series (RSS) when it is planned to have

  1. a series with multiple sessions that 
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Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Hours of instruction equals the total hours of educational instruction provided.  For example, if a one-day course lasts eight (8) hours (not including breaks or meals), then total hours of instruction reported for that...

Performance improvement activities are based on a learner’s participation in a project established and/or guided by a provider in which a...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

By default, the Activities page of PARS displays “open” activities that occur during the current Reporting Year.  If you enter all required activity information, but no longer see the...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

When you report Learning from Teaching CME in PARS, aggregate your data for Learning from Teaching CME for all learners into one activity. For hours of instruction, specify the amount of time you believe a learner would take to...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Providers may determine when and with how much frequency to enter their activity data.  ACCME encourages providers to begin inputting data as soon as possible.  You can enter basic...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

When reporting Regularly Scheduled Series (RSS) in PARS, each series should be reported as one activity. In addition, the...

Last Revised:
February 12, 2014

Yes, the accredited provider must report the full amount of commercial support received, even if the commercial support is distributed to other non-accredited joint providers.

Last Revised:
November 3, 2016

Manuscript review CME is based on a learner’s participation in the pre-publication review process of a manuscript.

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Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

If you provide the same activity in multiple locations (e.g., update course) or provide the same activity year after year (e.g., annual meeting), you can save time entering data about these activities by using the copy...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

When you report Manuscript Review CME in PARS, report each journal for which the manuscript is being reviewed as an activity regardless of how many manuscripts there are and regardless of how many persons have...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

If your organization assigns an internal code or identifier to each of its CME activities, you may enter it into this field.

The Provider Activity ID field is optional when entering single activities using the PARS...
Last Revised:
May 4, 2016

Internet searching and learning activities are based on a learner identifying a problem in practice and then accessing content in search of an answer from sources...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Below is a list of the different CME activity types that can be reported in the PARS System.  You can click on the name of any of these activity types for a definition and additional information:

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Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

No. The Excel template that the ACCME has published for use with the tab-delimited .txt file upload process cannot be used to add activities through an XML file upload in PARS. 

In order to...

Last Revised:
November 11, 2011

Yes.  Providers have the ability to download a file that contains all of their activity data by clicking on the "Download All Activities" link on the Activities tab in PARS.   By clicking on this link, the data that your...

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