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The ACCME rigorously evaluates the overall continuing medical education programs of institutions according to standards adopted by all seven sponsoring organizations of the ACCME. These are: the American Board of Medical Specialties; the American Hospital Association; the American Medical Association; the Association for Hospital Medical Education; the Association of American Medical Colleges; the Council of Medical Specialty Societies; and the Federation of State Medical Boards of the U.S., Inc.

Accreditation Statement

CME Educators Proposal

Interested in delivering a CME certified activity?
1. Open this PDF to learn how to write a proposal.

2. Submit your idea for consideration by filling out our online form.

3. Upon approval of your idea, fill out the full proposal you will have received.


Requirements | Practice Gaps | Priority Areas | Submit Your Idea


Pre-requisite Concepts 

Our purpose for continuing medical education (CME) is to support providers and improve the care of patients. CRICO is responsible for ensuring that our CME activities are designed for that purpose and comply with ACCME requirements.

If you are interested in offering education for credit by CRICO/RMF of the Harvard Medical Institutions, read through this section to learn how and then fill out the form below to begin.


The first step is to submit a proposal at least 6 weeks prior to the planned activity.  The Office of CME will look for proposals that follow these guidelines:

  1. Explicit identification of practice gap(s) of CRICO-insured physicians supported by CRICO malpractice data.
  2. Clear alignment with CRICO’s overall mission and consistent with the malpractice target areas.
  3. Active participation of a CRICO Patient Safety department staff member in the planning and/or teaching process.
  4. CRICO requires all CME activities be free of commercial influence and bias.
  5. You cannot advertise or announce an activity prior to approval. The Office of CME cannot review activities in this case. For example, you may not use statements such as approval has been applied for and credits are pending.



Practice Gaps

Describe the problem or challenge you will address with this activity and the process you used to identify that problem. A practice gap outlines current practice compared to optimal practice.

How to identify the practice gap:

Explain the problem or challenge this activity will address. Please be specific. What data or resources do you have to explain the challenge? This may include:

  • Malpractice data
  • Q1 data
  • Chart audits
  • Physician surveys    
  • Audience response system results   
  • Activity evaluations
  • Clinical or practice guidelines
  • Current literature

Example 1: Studies show that patient risk increases when teams have not trained for crises, when roles are not clear, and when they are not given permission to fully participate. Hesitancy to speak up can be an important contributing factor to communication errors.1
Reference: 1Okuyama et al.: Speaking up for patient safety by hospital-based health care professionals: a literature review. BMC Health Services Research 2014 14:61.


Example 2: Decisions about maternal health often rely on judgment and experience. Identifying and managing emergent issues may improve outcomes in these patients.
Reference: CRICO Obstetrical Services Guidelines Advisory Committee, Clinical Guidelines for the Obstetrical Services of the CRICO-insured institutions (2014). Boston, MA



CRICO Priority Areas

The proposal will ask you to indicate one of the following areas of interest for patient safety risk reduction education for your activity:
Obstetrics,  Diagnosis,  System Risk,  Primary Care/Ambulatory Surgery, Other (if other, specify on proposal)



Initiate the Discussion Now

Note that we are only able to review proposals if all sections are completely filled out. Final approval of the application requires a complete activity proposal along with planner and speaker CVs and all Conflict of Interest Disclosure Documents. Fill out this form to alert the Office of the CME that you are interested in a proposal. Someone from this office will contact you to begin the proposal process.

Explain the problem or challenge this activity will address. Please be specific. What data or resources do you have to explain the challenge?