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CME Attendance Transcripts Prepared


The Clinical Learning & Development Section at Health Services Sector, HAAD has prepared the attendance transcripts for all participants of CME events at HAAD Auditorium and/or Behavioural Sciences Pavilion.

intro_picThis transcript indicates all events attended January 1-June 30, 2007. In January 2008, another transcript will be available which reflects attendance at events July 1-December 31, 2007.

If you are an employee of a HAAD facility, all transcripts will be forwarded to your facility for distribution. Your institution will notify you indicating when and how to collect your transcript. You will be allowed to collect only your own personal transcript, as your signature upon receipt is necessary.

If you are an employee of a non-HAAD facility, please nominate ONE member of your staff to be responsible for collecting all transcripts for your facility. This representative should contact me via email (kafify@gahs.ae) or via fax (02 449-3376) at least 3 working days in advance of the desired pickup date to receive details on this procedure.

Any further inquiries regarding this announcement, please contact Mr. Khalid Afify, kafify@gahs.ae.

Announcement Date: Jul. 08, 2007



Viewing of Taped Accredited CME Event


At the CME Advisory Committee meeting on September 14, 2005, it was decided to amend the present CME Program Guide as follows:intro_pic

    GAHS will allow the viewing of a taped, accredited CME event to now be counted in Section 1 (Accredited Group Learning Activities), provided it is viewed in a moderated group setting. The moderator is responsible for the following:

    * previewing the program.

    * verbally defining the learning objectives of the program for the attendees.

    * preparing appropriate questions for discussion.

    * conducting a formal Question and Answer period following the viewing.

    * ensuring that a written evaluation is completed by the participants.

    * reviewing the evaluations to assist in quality improvement and planning future CME activities.

    * tracking attendance of participants.

If the viewing takes place in a group setting without a moderator, or if the tape (or DVD) of an accredited event is viewed individually, it will remain in Section 3 (Other Activities - Unaccredited).

Any further inquiries regarding this policy change may be emailed to cme@gahs.ae.

Announcement Date: Oct. 05, 2005



CME Requirements in 2005 for GAHS Employees


As per the original decree issued in July 2004, physicians and dentists who have been employed by GAHS for 12 months or more are required to complete a minimum of 50 CME hours per calendar year. Of these hours, no less than 25 can be accredited and no more than 25 can be unaccredited.

intro_picAt the CME Advisory Committee meeting on September 14, 2005, it was decided to amend the present CME Program Guide as follows:

    * Physicians and dentists who have been employed by GAHS for less than 6 months (i.e. start date after June 30, 2005) do not have to meet any minimum CME requirements in 2005.

    * Physicians and dentists who have been employed by GAHS for more than 6 months but less than 12 months (i.e. start date between February 1 and June 30, 2005), must complete 25 hours of CME by December 31, 2005. Of these hours, no less than 12 can be accredited and no more than 13 can be unaccredited.

Any further inquiries regarding this policy change may be emailed to cme@gahs.ae.

Announcement Date: Oct. 05, 2005



CME Attendance Transcripts Prepared


The Clinical Learning & Development Section at GAHS has prepared the attendance transcripts for all participants of CME events at GAHS Auditorium and/or Behavioural Sciences Pavilion.

This transcript indicates all events attended January 1-June 30, 2005. In 2006, another transcript will be available which reflects attendance at events January 1-December 31, 2005.intro_pic

If you are an employee of a GAHS facility, all transcripts will be forwarded to your facility for distribution. Your institution will notify you indicating when and how to collect your transcript. You will be allowed to collect only your own personal transcript, as your signature upon receipt is necessary.

If you are an employee of a non-GAHS facility, please nominate ONE member of your staff to be responsible for collecting all transcripts for your facility. This representative must contact Mr. Khaled Afify via email (kafify@gahs.ae) or via phone (02 419-3594) at least 3 working days in advance of the desired pickup date to receive details on this procedure.

Any further inquiries regarding this policy change may be emailed to cme@gahs.ae.

Announcement Date: Sept. 20, 2005



Amended Guidelines to Accredited Online CME


The CME Advisory Committee has agreed to the following revision to its guidelines regarding completion of accredited online CME:

Medscape (www.medscape.com) is an accredited CME provider in accordance with the standards established by the Accreditation Council for CME (ACCME). intro_picIf a physician successfully completes an online Medscape activity, a Letter of Completion which indicates the maximum number of CME hours allowed for this activity will be accessible online to the participant. Each physician is allowed to claim only those credit hours for time actually spent doing the Medscape activity. This amount may not exceed that allowed in the Letter of Completion.

The number of hours indicated in the Letter of Completion will be accepted by GAHS and may be counted in Section 2 (Accredited Self Assessment and Professional Development Activities) of the CME Program Guide. Letters of Completion must be printed and filed in the physician's CME portfolio, to substantiate his claim of completion.

Other online activities such as literature and information searches (MEDLINE®), remain in Section 3 (Other Activities - Unaccredited) of the CME Program Guide. A maximum of 25 hours may be claimed in this section.

Any further inquiries regarding this policy change may be emailed to cme@gahs.ae.

Announcement Date: July 20, 2005



Amended Guidelines Regarding CME Credit for Exams


At the CME Advisory Committee meeting on June 13, 2005, it was decided to amend the present Program Guide as follows:

º GAHS will allow participants who have successfully passed recognized examinations to be exempt from meeting the minimum requirement of 50 CME hours in the calendar year in which the examination is written.intro_pic

For example, if the exam is written in November 2005 and favourable results are received in February 2006, the physician would be exempt from the minimum CME requirement of 50 hours for the calendar year 2005.

The examinations which are recognized for exemption from the minimum requirement include Membership Exams (e.g. MRCP, MRCGP), Fellowship Exams (e.g. FRCP, FRCS) and Arab Boards. If you wrote and successfully passed an exam in 2005 in one of these categories, you have been "pre-approved" to be exempt from the minimum guidelines for 2005.

If you are seeking exemption from the minimum CME requirements for an exam not list above, application for exemption must be approved in advance of sitting the exam to determine GAHS recognition. Exemption requests indicating all details may be sent to cme@gahs.ae.

Any further inquiries regarding this policy change may be emailed to cme@gahs.ae.

Announcement Date: June 25, 2005



Important Reminder to All Physicians and Dentists Employed by GAHS


On 06/07/2004, a decree was issued by the H.E. Mohammed bin Butti Al Qubaisi regarding the minimum requirements for CME, applicable to all GAHS physicians and dentists, which became effective January 1, 2005. The minimum requirement is for 50 hours of CME (minimum 25 hours of accredited activity and maximum 25 hours of unaccredited activity). These requirements must be met by December 31, 2005, since the guidelines apply to each calender year.intro_pic

Each physician and dentist employed by GAHS should have received a CME Program Guide. If you do not have a guide, please contact your Departmental Chair or Medical Director. The guide (pp 6-7) explains the responsibilities of physicians and dentists to maintain a record and supporting documentation to substantiate participation in CME.

We are pleased by the positive response to the introduction of the minimum requirement for CME, from in-hospital Journal Clubs to international symposia. The members of the Clinical Learning and Development Department at GAHS and of the CME Advisory Committee are always available to lend assistance, guidance and support as you plan CME events. Please do not hesitate to contact us, if you have further enquiries regarding CME.

Contact us at: cme@gahs.ae.

Announcement Date: June 15, 2005

  
  
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