PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center deeply appreciates our speakers' willingness to contribute to the Continuing Medical Education (CME) of our staff. This page is designed as a resource to assist faculty in complying with the regulations of the Washington State Medical Association, our accrediting body, particularly in areas of disclosure and conflict of interest.
Disclosure and Resolution of Conflict of Interest
All CME planners and faculty (speakers or moderators) must disclose to learners their financial interests in a commercial entity before an educational activity begins, either orally or in written form. Submitting a signed Disclosure and Conflict of Interest Resolution (pdf) is necessary prior to the CME activity. Any faculty who refuses to disclose will be unable to present education designated as Category I.
In the event a faculty member has commercial interest(s) to disclose, he or she is seen to have a conflict of interest that must be resolved. This is may be achieved in several ways, as outlined in the Disclosure and Conflict of Interest Resolution form.
Disclosure of Off-Label Uses
Experimental or off-label uses must be disclosed to learners during a CME presentation.
Use of Trade Names
It is appropriate for faculty to discuss drugs or devices in some CME activities, depending on the topic. However, to avoid commercially biasing a presentation, faculty should discuss classes of drugs and avoid use of trade names. If it is necessary to use trade names, faculty should address drugs or devices made by at least two companies. These guidelines apply whether or not a presentation receives commercial support.
HIPAA and Case Presentations
Case presentations are extremely valuable learning formats in CME. Patients should be de-identified during case discussions in keeping with HIPAA regulations.
Commercial Support & Ethics
PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center expects CME faculty to adhere to the AMA ethical opinions on CME and Gifts to Physicians from Industry, as well as the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support. Please help the CME Office ensure that no financial support (including in-kind payment) is received directly from a commercial entity to faculty. All monies that may be received for a speaking engagement, including honoraria or travel expenses, must be received and disbursed through the CME office for any Category 1 presentation. Failure to do so may jeopardize program accreditation and result in revocation of credit for the educational event.
Speakers on the PeaceHealth St. Joseph medical staff are not offered honoraria, but may be reimbursed up to $150.00 for receipts directly related to costs incurred for preparing an educational activity.
Speakers from out of town or not on the medical staff may receive an honorarium, to be negotiated prior to confirmation of the activity.
Credit for Teaching
In 2006, the AMA granted accredited CME providers the ability to award Category 1 credit to physician faculty on a 2:1 basis for original presentations that have been designated for Category 1 credit for participants. Use the AMA Learning from Teaching form (pdf).