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The National Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

As an accredited provider of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the NMA is committed to addressing the educational needs of physicians, measuring educational effectiveness and continual quality improvement. All continuing medical education presented in the name of the NMA must meet specific criteria in order to assure quality level education, professional development for practicing physicians and NMA accreditation by the ACCME. Failure of Program Directors to adhere to NMA policies and processes may jeopardize NMA’s standing with the ACCME and its ability to continue to certify educational activities for CME credit.


Each of the steps described in these booklets must be performed and documented to provide quality education and meet ACCME requirements. These planning steps are designed to guide you through the process of identifying an educational need, developing objectives based on that need, effectively designing the educational activity and evaluating the outcome or potential effect on the physician’s application of learning to patient care.


An understanding of the link between the need, the objectives, activity design and evaluation/outcome measures are a critical foundation for the planning steps which are described in this document. All planners must adhere to demonstrating and documenting this linkage.