Commercial Support 

PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center accepts commercial support of Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities when provided in accordance with the WSMA and ACCME Standards for Commercial Support and the AMA's Ethical Opinions. We work with those companies who adhere to the PhRMA (pdf), AdvaMed, or Medical Imaging & Technology codes of ethics. 

We believe educational exchange between physicians and industry can benefit patient services. With that said, commercial entities in no way may direct or control the content of Category 1 CME activities. To maintain the unbiased spirit of Continuing Medical Education, promotion of commercial interests must remain absent from CME. 

Supporters may ask to attend (but not participate in) educational activities at PeaceHealth St. Joseph, with the exception of our weekly Tumor Board. On occasion, faculty from a commercial speaker's bureau may be invited, but those speakers must disclose their interests and remain unbiased in every facet of their presentation. Speakers may not be directly funded by commercial entities, even via in-kind support. Appropriate monies must be received and disbursed through the CME office; otherwise the event is not eligible for Category 1 credit. Typically funds are received in the form of an unrestricted educational grant and are secured with our Letter of Agreement (pdf). 

The inception of Category 1 CME activity at PeaceHealth St. Joseph is determined by staff interest and educational need, quality services data, and the health-related concerns of local non-profit agencies.

The CME Coordinator can help you through the process of supporting educational activities.