The 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).
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 Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education
ASLMS complies with the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education.
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 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 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.