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AMBOSS CME information and policies

Last updated: January 22, 2021

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AMBOSS is in the process of applying for accreditation as a continuing medical education (CME) provider from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

Accreditation in the ACCME System seeks to assure the medical community and the public that AMBOSS delivers CME that is relevant to clinicians’ needs, evidence-based, evaluated for its effectiveness, and independent of commercial influence.

The mission of the AMBOSS CME program is to develop a library of articles which provide clinicians with updated, evidence-based, clinically relevant information on a wide range of diseases and conditions, in a concise and accessible format optimized to support learning and clinical decision-making. The expected results of the program are an increase in the clinical competence and an improvement in the clinical performance of participants.

  • Purpose: To promote the professional development of clinicians and provide support for clinical decision-making.
  • Target audience: Currently practicing clinicians, across various clinical and academic settings internationally
  • Funding source: None
  • Content: CME content is developed by a team of physician authors and editors in a standardized process which includes multi-stage peer review. The research sources that are used include updated best practice guidelines and expert recommendations, are adherent to accepted standards of scientific evidence, and are fully referenced. Content is free of commercial bias and adheres to the ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support (as well as with any immediately effective portions of the ACCME's Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, to be implemented in full by 12/30/2021).
  • Activity type: CME is currently offered in the format of a “searching and learning” activity, in which the learner self-identifies a particular clinical question or problem, and accesses AMBOSS CME content to search for an answer. The learner then completes a brief survey in which they are asked to identify their initial question and report the impact on their practice of any information learned.
  • Expected results: The AMBOSS CME program is designed to increase the clinical competence of program participants and to improve the quality of the clinical care they provide in practice, as measured by self-report.

AMBOSS has processes in place to ensure that all CME content it provides is independent and free of bias from any commercial interests. These processes are in compliance with the ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support (as well as with any immediately effective portions of the ACCME's Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, to be implemented in full by 12/30/2021).

  • COI identification
    • All individuals who have any element of control over CME content are required to disclose information annually about any conflicts of interest (COIs).
      • A COI is defined as a financial relationship, in any amount, with a commercial interest within the previous twelve months, which is relevant to the CME content over which the individual has control.
      • This information is collected on a standardized form, and all forms are maintained on file.
      • Individuals who decline to disclose this information are not permitted to be involved with any aspect of CME content.
  • Mechanisms for COI resolution
    • For owners or employees of commercial interests: Resolution of COIs is not possible.
      • Therefore, these individuals cannot have control over or involvement with any aspect of CME content, unless the CME content has no relation to the business lines or products of their employer/company.
    • For CME planners (including the Chief Medical Officer, Editor-in-Chief, and Content Leads): COIs are not permitted. If identified, they are required to be divested.
    • For individuals in all other CME roles (including authors and editors): Peer review of content by a non-conflicted individual is a standard part of our development process for all CME.
  • COI disclosure
    • Disclosures of the existence or non-existence of conflicts of interest for all content contributors are displayed in the topmost section of each CME topic article.
      • Where a relevant financial relationship exists, the name of the individual, the name of the commercial interest, and the nature of the relationship is disclosed.

AMBOSS is currently applying for initial accreditation as a CME provider, and we look forward to the opportunity to offer CME for credit when this process has been successfully completed. CME is not available for credit at this time.

AMBOSS CME is currently offered in a “searching and learning” activity format. To complete an activity, the learner:

  1. Must be registered with AMBOSS and logged in to the platform.
  2. Self-identifies a particular clinical question or problem and accesses AMBOSS CME content to search for an answer.
  3. Receives an email from AMBOSS with a link to a brief survey to complete.
  4. Completes the survey, which asks about their initial clinical question and the impact on their practice of any information learned.