Accreditation Overview

The mission of University of California, San Diego Continuing Medical Education (UC San Diego CME) is to provide needs-based education for physicians and health care providers to improve knowledge, competence and/or performance and enable the optimum provision of health care. 

Please take a moment and read through the Policies and Procedures section before you start the accreditation application process.  Note that a UC San Diego School of Medicine faculty member must be a major decision-maker in the planning of your activity and take responsibility for validating the content and ensuring compliance with all accreditation requirements.

To navigate this website and learn more about the steps involved in planning and executing a CME activity, please visit the section that is relevant for your activity type.  Following is a brief description of the main activity types:

Live Activity A live activity is an activity that occurs at a specific time. 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, simulation workshops, structured learning activities presented during a committee meeting and live Internet webinars.

Regularly Scheduled Series (RSS) A Regularly Scheduled Series (RSS) is a live activity that is planned to have 1) a series with multiple sessions that 2) occur on an ongoing basis (offered weekly, monthly, or quarterly) and 3) are primarily planned by and presented to the UC San Diego’s professional staff. Examples of activities that are planned and presented as a regularly scheduled series are Grand Rounds, Case Conferences, Tumor Boards and M&M Conferences.

Enduring Activity An enduring material (or home study activity) is an activity that endures over a specified time. These activities include print, audio, video, and Internet materials, such as monographs, podcasts, CD-ROMs, DVDs, archived webinars, as well as other web-based activities.

If you are planning an activity that does not fit the criteria outlined above or if you need assistance determining the correct activity format, please contact our office.  We encourage the utilization of multiple formats specific to educational needs and individualized learning styles and will be happy to work with you to develop self-directed learning opportunities and performance improvement activities.