Can you believe it’s already February? Time is flying by, of course, and if you’re like most of us, you’ve got plenty of demands on your time. Earning CME and tracking credits may not be a priority now, but it’s an important task when it comes to maintaining your license and staying current in your field.
To make the process of earning and tracking credits easy and stress-free, you need a simple way to document your progress. Here are some tips for doing just that.
Verify the number of CME credits you need and create a schedule
The first step to earning and tracking your CME credits is making sure you know the number of credits required in your field. The number of credits needed varies across specialty areas and geographies, so make sure you know the requirements for your specialty and where you practice.
You also want to make sure you know the deadlines for earning your credits and any other regulations and policies, such as what types of activities count as CME credit.
Once you have a clear understanding of the requirements, you can plan your CME activities for the rest of the year and make a schedule to help you meet your goals.
Keep a record of your CME activities
It’s important to keep accurate records of all your CME activities. This includes keeping track of the date, location, type of activity, and number of credits earned. You should also keep track of any fees or costs associated with your CME activities and any materials or certificates you receive. Keeping detailed records will make it easier to provide evidence of your participation when it’s time to renew your license.
And it goes without saying — you should make a backup of your records and keep them in a safe and secure location.
Choose activities accredited by reputable organizations
Making sure your CME activities are accredited by reputable organizations is really important to ensure your CME programs meet standards for content, educational methods, and evaluations. You know you’re getting content that is evidence-based and up-to-date.
Not only does accreditation ensure the quality of your education, it also gives you certainty that the CME activities you’re completing will count towards your required credits.
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Complete assessments to get full credit
Many CME activities include a required assessment at the end of the course. These assessments ensure you’ve gained the knowledge and skills you need to stay current and enhance patient care, while providing feedback that can help you improve performance. Set aside time to complete these evaluations to make sure you get full credit for your completed CME activities.
Oakstone Makes Tracking CME Credits a Breeze
Here at Oakstone CME, we know you have a lot on your plate, so we work hard to make sure earning and tracking your CME credits is oh-so-easy.
Our accredited CME programs are evidence based and developed by experts, so you know you’re getting a high-quality education.
Keeping track of your credits couldn’t be simpler thanks to our convenient credit tracker. You can easily download, save, and print each of your CME courses. Each of our courses tells you exactly how many credits you’ll earn, so there’s no confusion. Or, you can take advantage of our subscription service and earn unlimited credits.
We’re developing comprehensive guides to general and specialty-specific CME requirements so you have all the information you need in one place.
Earning CME is easy with Oakstone.