Conference Planning Resources

Activity Planning Assistance

The thought of planning a conference in the midst of all your other responsibilities can certainly seem daunting.  But if you want AMA PRA Category 1 Credit TM awarded, the Division of Continuing Medical Education is here to assist you.  Contact us from the very start so we can provide the most planning assistance, provide materials to guide you through the credit award process, and respond to all of your questions.  

Applications are not available on line as discussion must first occur to determine the appropriate classification for your activity. After determination has been made, we will supply you with the appropriate credit application and materials via e-mail for your review and completion. The initial step is to contact Karen Bertucci at 216-3809 or to discuss your activity plans and obtain materials. 

Activity Descriptions

Live Course
A single (one-time) live educational activity is focused on a single topic or discipline within a defined time period and location. The learner participates in the educational activity in person. If the activity is more than one day in duration, the actual audience attending must remain the same for each session. The target audience is both internal (Loyola) and external (local, regional, national) healthcare professionals, staff and students.

Regularly Scheduled Series Activity
A Regularly Scheduled Series is a live departmental activity that is planned as a series with multiple sessions that occur on a weekly, monthly or quarterly basis.  A regularly scheduled series is primarily planned by and presented to the accredited organization’s professional staff and generally targets the same audience over the whole series. The target audience is internal (Loyola) healthcare professionals, staff and students. Examples include grand rounds, tumor boards, and morbidity and mortality conferences.

Faculty Development Activity
A CME faculty development activity is one planned for Loyola healthcare professionals, students, and volunteer faculty.  The activity is composed of either one occurrence or several occurrences in a specific period of time and have a defined topic/educational content.

Internet Live Course                                                                                                                                          An internet live course is an online course available at a certain time on a certain date and is only available in real-time, just as if it were a course held in an auditorium.  Once the event has taken place, learners may no longer participate in that activity.  Examples include a livestream, webcast, or webinar.

Enduring Materials Activity
Enduring materials are printed, recorded or computer asssted instructional materials which may be used over a specified time at various locations and which in themselves constitute a planned Continuing Medical Education activity focused on a single topic or discipline. Eduring material activites do not have a specific time of location designated for particiaption; rather, the participant determines whether and when to complete the activity.

Examples of such materials are independent assisted instructional materials which are used alone or in combination with written materials. Books, journals (unless specifically designated) and manuals are not classified as enduring materials. The target audience is both internal (Loyola) and external (local, regional, national) healthcare professionals, staff and students.

Jointly-Provided Activities                                                                                                   The Joint providership refers to an activity developed by an accredited provider and a non-accredited institution.

Co-Provided Activities
Co-providership refers to an activity developed by two accredited providers.

Resources for Activity Development

A Primer for CME Course Directors
This e-learning module provides education on changes in the CME environment and how to create a CME activity to meet the current requirements. 

What Content Do Physicians Really Need and Want? - Planning and Information
Whether you are just beginning to make decisions on your content or have already identified the content you want to include, we can help.  This resource is meant to assist activity directors with development of the educational content for the activity you are planning.  Here you find links to sites and data that identify areas of need to better serve patients, public health priorities, and healthcare professionals' areas of need in order to provide quality patient care.