The provider incorporates into CME activities the educational needs (knowledge, competence, or performance) that underlie the professional practice gaps of their own learners.
Provider identifies gaps between current practice or outcomes and desirable or achievable practice or outcomes (i.e., professional practice gaps). The provider deduces needs as the 'knowledge causes,' 'strategy causes,' or 'performance causes' of the professional practice gap(s). The key for compliance is to be able to show ACCME that planning included the identification of a professional practice gap from which needs were identified. A common theme in the noncompliance descriptions is that the ACCME could not find in the description any evidence that a professional practice gap was identified. Professional practice is not limited to clinical, patient care practice but can also include, for example, research practice and administrative practice.