I'm very happy to be included in the extension [of certification] group [EOC]. I have found the CCMEP education (i.e., ongoing self study and group study) continues to help our organization with its strengths in CME.
- Alicia Sutton, CCMEP Class of June 2009-EOC Executive VP, Omnia Education; Fort Washington, PA
The National Commission for Certification of CME Professionals, Inc. (NC-CME) is a nonprofit organization founded in 2006 by an independent group of peers within the CME community for the purpose of establishing a definitive certification program for CME Professionals. In July 2008, NC-CME began designating qualified individuals as Certified CME Professionals (CCMEP); within six months, more than 150 CCMEPs were listed in the National Registry at NCCME.org
The overarching purpose of the CCMEP program is to raise the bar in CME. The public deserves assurance that CME (also known as CPD, CPPD, CPE, CE) is being managed by persons who understand principles of adult learning and professional development, know how to frame clinical content for maximum impact, and can wisely interpret the rules and regulations that define the field. CME Professionals are responsible for maintaining the integrity of activities essential for relicensure of more than 600,000 practicing physicians and 60,000 practicing physician assistants in the US.
Governance is provided by a Board of Directors, with guidance from an Advisory Board. Standing Committees include Strategic Planning, By Laws, Standards, Financial Development, Exam Development, and Marketing/Website. The Executive Committee, which handles operational matters, includes the President, Past President or President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Executive Director.
The Commission has developed a computer-based examination, accessible at more than 200 secure testing centers throughout the US and Canada, in order to provide evidence of minimal competency for individuals employed or volunteering in the continuing medical education field. Eligibility to sit for the exam requires Candidates to document their formal and informal education as well as their experience relevant to CME activities. Individuals employed or volunteering in all segments of the CME community are eligible to achieve the CCMEP credential.
The NC-CME is incorporated in the state of New Mexico and is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization with offices at 2522 69th Street, Lubbock, TX 79413-6314.
Comments and questions may be addressed to the Executive Director, Melinda Steele at [email protected]. For information about applying for the CCMEP credential, go to NCCME.org