CME Provider Services
Let the WSMA help your organization become an accredited provider and ensure your physicians are receiving CME that meets our high standards of excellence.
The WSMA is recognized by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide a voluntary interstate accreditation program for organizations that provide Category 1 continuing medical education activities. CME is central to life-long learning and professional development to which physicians and the WSMA are committed. Through its accreditation program, the WSMA seeks to assure physicians and the public that CME activities presented by accredited providers meet the high standards adopted by the association and by the ACCME.
WSMA CME Accreditation Service
The WSMA offers CME accreditation services to numerous providers meeting our high standards of quality. Specifically our CME Accreditation Committee is charged with:
- Monitoring the administration of the mandatory continuing medical education requirements of the Washington State Medical Quality Assurance Commission.
- Evaluating and accrediting providers of intrastate Category 1 continuing medical education programs.
- Representing the WSMA in its professional role to assure that appropriate needs assessment programs are carried out on behalf of its members; that its members are encouraged to participate in the full spectrum of continuing medical education activities; that they are assisted by the WSMA in becoming acquainted with the extent of those opportunities; and that the WSMA assists in evaluation of the same.
- Advising the Washington State Medical Commission (formerly the Medical Quality Assurance Commission) on medical education, continuing medical education, licensure and other issues as directed by the WSMA Board of Trustees or Executive Committee.
Purpose of accreditation
Accreditation is the set standard to assure quality continuing medical education activities that are planned, implemented and evaluated in accordance with all WSMA policies, the ACCME accreditation requirements and policies and standards of commercial support.
If you have questions about WSMA's accreditation services, contact Kendra Peterson, associate director of education and accreditation, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206.956.3638.
2020 WSMA Virtual CME Provider Conference
For WSMA's first all-virtual CME provider conference, we are happy to welcome back Kate Regnier, the Executive Vice President at ACCME. Kate provides executive leadership to the accreditation, recognition, education, monitoring, governance, and business functions of the ACCME. She oversees ACCME's relationships with government stakeholders, certifying boards, and other health professions' accreditors. Kate also serves as the primary staff liaison to Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education. Kate will be giving us updates about innovations in education delivery during this crisis, changes to the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, and other current topics.
Other topics this year include discussion of the many challenges we have faced this year, from social unrest to the pivot to online learning, and where accredited CME can fit in to best serve our learning communities.
November 11, 2020
9:00 – 9:05 Opening remarks
9:05 – 10:35 Keynote Speaker: Kate Regnier, MA, MBA
10:35 – 10:45 Break
10:45 – 11:45 WSMA Updates: Kendra Peterson
11:45 – 11:50 Closing remarks
11:50 – 12:00 Break
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch Networking: Chat with your colleagues over lunch
November 12, 2020
9:00 – 9:05 Opening remarks
9:05 – 10:30 Health Equity and CME: Kendra Peterson, Jessica Martinson, MS; Washington State Medical Association
10:30 – 11:15 Vignettes
- Megan Bryant, Providence Alaska Medical Center (Anchorage, AK)
- Debbie Kesselring, CPCS; Bartlett Regional Hospital (Juneau, AK)
- Alan Hirayama, MS; Providence Health Care (Spokane, WA)
11:15 – 11:30 Break
11:30 – 12:30 Compliant or Noncompliant? Kendra Peterson
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch networking
The CME provider conference is open to all CME professionals in the Pacific Northwest who are involved in the planning and administration of CME activities, from administrators to physician planners to the executive leadership of accredited CME providers.
- WSMA-accredited CME providers: 2 free registrants, $50 per subsequent registrant
- CME providers from Oregon Medical Association: 1 free registrant, $50 per subsequent registrant
- WSMA CME committee members (both accreditation committee and program committee): free
- All other registrants: $75 per person.