Continuing Education Info
CME Mission Statement
The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) is a multi-disciplinary organization whose membership includes representatives from all medical and surgical disciplines, nursing, allied health, dentistry, podiatric medicine, veterinary medicine, industry, research and government.
ASLMS is dedicated to enhancing the understanding of lasers and the application of laser, light, energy-based and related technologies in biomedicine. The ASLMS is committed to continuous quality improvement and excellence in all of its activities.
The ASLMS is the largest organization of its kind and seeks to enhance dialogue between clinicians, scientists, industry and government through its variety of educational formats. The educational offerings are organized so that whether a novice or an expert, the attendees are provided with useful information.
Types of Activities Provided
The ASLMS accomplishes this goal through committee meetings, general sessions, the Annual Conference, educational courses, regional courses and other programs. A variety of educational formats are used including plenary lectures, scientific paper and poster presentations, panel discussions, didactic lectures, and educational courses. The latest information regarding biomedical applications of laser technologies is presented by experts from these fields. The ASLMS also functions as both advocate and advisor to a variety of groups and organizations as well as the Food and Drug Administration. These programs are designed to foster dialogue and discussion between clinicians, scientists, and manufacturers.
Educational programs are designed to enable each participant to select the program and course of learning which best meets individual educational needs while at the same time covering a broad and more balanced range of topics.
Written and verbal evaluations as well as pre-test and post-test results measure the degree to which these educational objectives are met and also provide information used for planning and implementation of future activities. All attendees will have exposure to basic science and clinical laser use in their particular field(s) of interest through their attendance and participation in plenary sessions, focus sessions, specialty breakout sessions, and clinical entity-based courses and panel sessions. The multispecialty nature of ASLMS educational offerings, as well as the spirit of disclosure among scientists and clinicians, provides cross-fertilization between specialties that often leads to breakthroughs in medicine, and facilitates the ability of the participants to fill gaps in their knowledge relative to these technologies and their applications. Specialty-specific courses provide exposure to information of clinical and scientific importance to those practicing in the field. Other content, including but not limited to courses and comprehensive educational activities such as the “Fundamentals of Lasers in Health Care" course and regional courses provide educational tools and will measure the degree to which material has been learned through the use of standardized testing methods. It is expected that participants in these activities will identify gaps in their knowledge, competence, or performance. It is expected that participants will use the knowledge gained to improve their clinical outcomes as a result of their improved understanding of the best practices relative to patient treatment with these technologies, and their safe use.
Approved by the Board of Directors, November 15, 2016
ACCME Accreditation Statements
For ASLMS provided activities:
The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
For jointly provided activities:
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) and:
- ESLD – European Society for Laser and Energy-Based Devices
- NAALT – North American Association for Photobiomodulation Therapy
- PAPDT – Pan-American Photodynamic Association
ASLMS is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”