The Easiest Way to Earn CME Credits and CME Certificates for Physicians, Nurses, and Physician AssistantsEvery year continuing education requirements come due and time is short. What's the easiest way to earn CME credit and document your CME credit compliance?
If you are a physician, nurse or physician assistant, you need to fulfill continuing education requirements, be they AMA Category 1 credits or more specialized CME credits, pretty much every year. If you don't have much time - like any healthcare provider working today - there comes a time when you get tired of scraping by at the last minute and want a fast, but quality solution to your CME requirements. Since requirements are due like clockwork, it's a pattern. And if it's a pattern you can plan for it. Thankfully, someone has been thinking about more than "getting through one exam" - and getting through the bigger picture of your healthcare certification throughout your career.
December 31st is coming. It comes every year.
Physicians, nurses and PA's are so busy they often put off CME compliance until the last minute, leaving them to scramble to earn and document required continuing education credits before the deadline - typically by December 31st as CME credit compliance is mostly governed on the calendar year.
There's the long way. Generally, there are many sources of CME credit, but they vary wildly in quality, true educational impact, and convenience. Um, yeah, you can "find CME anywhere." Online sources who are funded by industry are usually the most available because the CME is for marketing and sales. The education scope is extremely limited meaning it's a quarter hour here - half an hour over here. It is doable but it takes forever and you spend more time adminstrating you education than actually protecting and growing the scope and breadth of your clinical knowledge.
There's the difficult way. It's not too hard to understand that working online in a moment's notice is a lot more efficient than traveling to a live event over several days. Plus, live CME events by nature are somewhat haphazard. Each experience is different. Do you get a single paper certificate to keep safe for months? Can you describe specifically what you have you done for specialized requirements? Can you earn, record, and document your earnings across all the "flavors of CME credits" you are responsible for with some systemic control?
What's the best way? Many online board review courses may solve some portion of standard AMA Category 1 requirements, but not much else. That is, you're no better off unless you have resources that are built for more than board review and "vanilla" CME. The ideal CME solution is something that can satisfy all of your other specialized CME obligations and do it in a simple, easy way, year after year.
It turns out that's where options run short. Just like your time and energy.
The only CME credit resource or CME course provider that facilitates that type of efficiency, where you can earn CME credits of multiple types, have detailed records, produce certificates at any time, from anywhere, have an electronic log, and re-usable resource for earning CME every year is Med-Challenger.
There are many worthwhile CME sources, but nothing quite as easy, effective, and smart as the way Med-Challenger works.
Right from your Med-Challenger account's dashboard, you can find, earn, and claim CME credits. Types of CME credit available depend on what course assets you have in your account. Some courses provide multiple CME types. You never have to re-buy these assets. You can earn CME credit from them every year.
Med-Challenger courses are modular and complised of CME topic segments. By completing topic assessments, you earn credit in that topic. Typically one credit per topic. Courses can contain hundred of topics.
After you have earned credits, you can choose how to "claim" them and produce CME certificates. One of the truly helpful aspects of the way Med-Challenger does it, is that you don't have to claim CME one topic at a time. You simply work and accrue any sum of credits. You can then claim a "batch" of CMEs of a specific type. If a topic provides both AMA and AAFP credit, you don't have to pass the topic test twice, you can claim each of the types separately for that one topic.
The CME certificates are PDFs that are easy to print. The certificates list every topic title so it's very clear to any CME authority that you've complied with specific topic requirements. If you lose your PDF file or have some other mishap - you can simply reproduce it. Everything is saved in your online Med-Challenger account.
What types of CME credits are available?
Types of continuing medical education credits (CME credits) provided by Med-Challenger include:
- AMA Category 1 Credit
- AAFP Prescribed Credit
- ACEP Credit
- ABIM MOC Points
- AAP Credit
- ABP MOC Part II
- ANCC CNE credit for RN/PN (contact hours, CEUs)
- ANCC CNE credit for NP/ENP (contact hours, CEs)
- NP Pharmacotherapy CEs (Nurse Practitioner)
- AAPA Credit (Physician Assistant)
- State-Required CME
- Trauma Center CME
- Stroke Center CME
- Cardiac Center CME
- Medical Professionalism CME
Credits are earned by scoring 80% or higher on topic assessments.
CME credit certificates produced through Med-Challenger will list each topic completed by name with corresponding credit values earned. This makes reporting CME earnings to various organizations easy. Credits may be applied for State requirements, specialty workplace requirements (stroke, cardiac, trauma centers) and other standards such as professionalism and other competencies.
CME and Accreditation information is located in the "Course Info" section of each course.
Med-Challenger renews their accreditations and certifications prior to ACCME activity expirations so there is no interruption in CME services. See more information about earning and claiming CME in our support library.
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