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Planning a CME Activity

The CME planning process generally follows the classic Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) model for improvement.

The Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle is a simple yet powerful tool for accelerating improvement by developing a plan to test the change (Plan), carrying out the test (Do), observing and learning from the consequences (Study), and determining what modifications should be made to the test (Act).

Basically, the planning committee is asking: What are we trying to accomplish? How will we know that a change is an improvement? What changes can we make that will result in improvement?

If planning an annual event or a series of learning interventions, this model can be quite useful for measuring change, particularly in physician performance or patient outcomes.

More information on Plan-Do-Study-Act in health care is available through the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and PubMed.

Getting Started

The Application and Planning Worksheet is the primary starting point for planning an accredited continuing education activity. To get started, please submit an online application. All submitted applications will be charged a non-refundable $80 review fee. Additional information can be found in Forms and Policies.

Planners should submit applications at least three months (90 days) in advance to begin the accreditation process. After the application is approved, a Compliance and Educational Activity Coordinator will be assigned to your activity. The coordinator will schedule a face-to-face or Zoom meeting to review accreditation compliance needs and CME services.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all CME events are strongly encouraged and preferred to be held virtually. If it is a necessity that a CME educational activity be held in person, the activity must go through an initial approval process through the IU School of Medicine CME Review Committee for activities with 24 persons and under (inclusive of event organizers, staff, and participants) and Indiana University Event Request Committee approval process  for events with 25 and more participants (inclusive of event organizers, staff, and participants) approval process with Indiana University. This process is based on IU and CDC guidance and recommendations for in-person gatherings. Those making requests should allow 10 days for review process and decision. For non-IU clients, this process will be facilitated through CME through Kim Denny as part of the application process.