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How should activities that allow learners to participate both in-person and virtually in real-time be reported in PARS?
In activities that blend in-person and virtual interaction, the activity format will depend on whether learners participate in real-time or can access the activity at any time. If learners participate in real-time, whether in person, virtually, or both, report this as a single activity. If learners do not need to participate in real-time and can access the activity whenever they choose, this should be reported as an enduring material.
More details about activity types in PARS can be found in this FAQ.
If we planned an in-person, multi-day activity that is switching to a virtual format, would it now be considered a regularly scheduled series (RSS)?
If your organization is converting an in-person activity to a virtual format, it should be appropriately identified in PARS as such. In general, if you are changing a single live, in-person CME course to a live, virtual format, that activity should be categorized instead as a "live-streamed" live course.
A regularly scheduled series (RSS) is a series of multiple, ongoing sessions, primarily planned by and presented to the organization’s professional staff. This activity format is most often used by hospitals and health systems for repeated, ongoing educational sessions.
Can CME related to a public health crisis address or include non-clinical topics like safety guidelines and PPE shortage?
Yes. All CME activities should fit ACCME’s definition of CME content, which includes any aspect of a physician’s professional work.
Yes. Our blog post, "Responding to COVID-19: CME for MOC," includes suggestions and resources to help you provide physicians with current, relevant COVID-19 education that also helps them meet Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements. You can also visit our COVID-19 Educator Resources page for more tips and tools.
With data changing so quickly, is it appropriate to offer enduring materials only for a limited time?
Yes. You can make enduring materials available for as short or as long a period as you choose, as long as the enduring materials continue to meet applicable ACCME requirements. The ACCME requires enduring CME materials to be reviewed (and updated, if necessary) at least once every three years.