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Continuing Medical Education (CME)

ACCME-accredited-provider-full-colorThe American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc. (ASLMS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

ASLMS offers a variety of CME educational activities and strives to maintain quality programming with ACCME compliance.


AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

As an ACCME Accredited Provider, the ASLMS offers CME in the form of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. To certify educational activities for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, the sponsoring organization must:

  • Be accredited by either the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) or a recognized state medical society (SMS).
  • Meet all requirements of both the AMA and their accreditor (ACCME or SMS).

Accreditation Criteria

As part of its measures to ensure quality CME programming, ASLMS complies with ACCME Accreditation Criteria for the planning, implementation and documentation of all educational activities.


Standards for Commercial Support

Within the written agreements employed to establish industry partnerships or sponsorship support, ASLMS complies with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities. For more information, see our commercial support guidelines.


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.

Purpose

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.

Target Audience

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

Content

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.

Expected Results

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 multi-specialty 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

Learner's Bill of Rights

The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc. (ASLMS) recognizes that you are a life-long learner who has chosen to engage in continuing medical education to identify or fill a gap in knowledge, skill, or performance. As part of ASLMS’ duty to you as a learner, you have the right to expect that your continuing medical education experience with ASLMS includes:

Content That

  • promotes improvements or quality in health care;
  • is valid, reliable, and accurate;
  • offers balanced presentations that are free of commercial bias for or against a product/service;
  • is vetted through a process that resolves any conflicts of interests of planners, teachers, or authors;
  • is driven and based on learning needs, not commercial interests;
  • addresses the stated objectives or purpose; and
  • is evaluated for its effectiveness in meeting the identified educational need.

A Learning Environment That

  • supports learners’ ability to meet their individual needs;
  • respects and attends to any special needs of the learners;
  • respects the diversity of groups of learners; and
  • is free of promotional, commercial, and/or sales activities.

Disclosure Of

  • relevant financial relationships planners, teachers, and authors have with commercial interests related to the content of the activity; and
  • commercial support (funding or in-kind resources) of the activity.

Policy on Mechanism to Identify and Resolve Conflict of Interest

The ASLMS has implemented a process where everyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity must disclose to us all financial relationships with any commercial interest they and their spouse/partner may have received within the last 12 months.

Should it be determined that a conflict of interest exists as a result of a financial relationship, it will need to be resolved prior to their involvement. In order to do this, all individuals who are in a position to control the content must complete a disclosure form. If any conflict develops between the time the disclosure form is completed and the educational activity, the individual must notify the ASLMS in writing and disclose the additional conflict of interest. Individuals, who refuse to disclose all financial relationships, will be disqualified from being a part of the planning and implementation of the CME activity.

For more information, see our process of identifying and resolving conflict of interest.

The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery is the world’s largest scientific organization dedicated to promoting research, education and high standards of clinical care in the field of medical laser applications. It provides a forum for the exchange of scientific information and participation in communicating the latest developments in laser medicine and surgery to clinicians, research investigators, government and regulatory agencies, and the public.

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