Continuing Medical Education

Albert F. Painter Jr., Psy.D., Assistant Dean of Faculty Affairs

Live Activities

A live activity is a certified CME activity that occurs at a specific time as scheduled by the accredited CME provider. Participation may be in person or remotely as is the case of teleconferences or live Internet webinars. These may be offered through a variety of delivery mechanisms; examples include, but are not limited to, national, regional or local conferences, workshops, seminars, regularly scheduled conferences, journal clubs, simulation workshops, structured learning activities presented during a committee meeting and live Internet webinars.

To be certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, a live activity must:

  • meet all core requirements for certifying an activity.

Designating, claiming and awarding credit for participation in a live activity

  • Credit designation for each live activity is determined by measuring formal interaction time between faculty and the physician audience; 60 minutes of physician participation in a certified live activity equals one (1) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™; credit is designated in 15 minute or 0.25 credit increments; accredited CME providers must round to the nearest quarter hour.
  • Physicians should claim credit based on their participation time in 15 minute or 0.25 credit increments; physicians must round to the nearest quarter hour.
  • The time for simultaneous certified sessions within a live activity can only be counted once toward the designated maximum.
  • Only segments of the live activity that comply with the AMA core requirements may be certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. These certified segments must be clearly identified in the activity materials and included in the designated maximum amount of credit.

Source: AMA Physician's Recognition Award and credit system 2010 Booklet