CME Expectations

Thank you for serving as a presenter for an educational activity in which CME credit is provided by the Division of Continuing Medical Education at Indiana University School of Medicine. This portion of our website is designed to help you understand our requirements and provide resources and information about presenting or authoring educational CME-credited material.

The CME planning process is based on a foundation of needs assessment which serves to identify professional practice gaps of the intended audience, articulate the needs, and outline objectives that change knowledge/competence, performance, and/or patient outcomes.  As faculty, you should be designing objectives and developing presentation material to address learners’ practice gaps consistent with the objectives of the activity.  Additionally, your material must address one or more competencies identified for the activity and, to the extent possible, address barriers as they relate to implementation of recommendations and offer strategies for removing those barriers.  Finally, we ask that you strive for balance, independence, objectivity and scientific rigor.  Your presentation will be reviewed for the following:

  • Evidence that supports the conclusions drawn in the presentation and that this evidence is acceptable to the profession.
  • Research that forms the basis of the content is scientifically objective and not skewed by the opinion of the manufacturer of drugs that are referenced as treatments.
  • Treatment options that are fair and balanced, where no one treatment is singled out in the presentation without balancing it with other treatments in the same drug class.
  • Activity material that is independent and free from commercial bias.
  • Learning objectives referenced in the course materials link properly to the identified gaps.
  • There are no omissions or additions to the content that would bias information presented to the learners.
  • The activity contributes to improvements in healthcare by providing the learner with practice recommendations that fit within the learners’ scope of practice, meet the criteria listed above, and contribute to overall improvements in patient care.

Invited presenters will receive a packet of information in the mail with a letter from the activity coordinator that outlines these expectations. Our website is designed to support that packet with copies of the required forms and other helpful information for preparing your presentation or material. If you need more assistance, please contact the activity coordinator directly.


All presenters and authors should be familiar with the IUSM CME policies and practices that allow us to offer and credit educational material under the criteria set forth by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME):


All individuals who are in a position to affect the development, management, presentation or evaluation of an educational activity must disclose all relevant financial relationships.  In addition, other information is needed at specific times throughout the preparation period.


In order to meet CME criteria and standards, content should be based on current best evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for the decisions about the care of individual patients.  The following pages provide a host of helpful resources for preparing your material consistent with these criteria and standards:

Division of Continuing Medical Education
410 W. 10th Street, HS 2100 | Indianapolis, IN 46202 | Phone: (317) 274-0104 | Fax: (317) 274-5182