The Society for Pediatric Pathology (SPP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), and is qualified to provide Continuing Medical Education (CME), for physicians. The ACCME requires that the Society document effectiveness of our educational offerings. The SPP is also accredited by the American Board of Pathology (ABP) to provide Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs) for use in Maintenance of Certification (MOC). The SPP must demonstrate that it is in compliance with both ACCME accreditation criteria and with the ABP’s requirement that it provide SAMs. Participants can request CME or SAM credit but not both at the same time.

Testing is not required for CME credit, but we ask that all participants take the test before and after the meeting in order to assess effectiveness of the meeting. As SPP is an ACCME Accredited provider, completion of these questions also serves as a means to gauge evidence of commitment to life-long learning and self-assessment.

Explanation of Core competencies for Maintenance of Certification:

Six Core Competencies:
  1. Patient Care - Provide care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective treatment for health problems and to promote health.
  2. Medical Knowledge - Demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical and cognate sciences and their application in patient care.
  3. Interpersonal and Communication Skills - Demonstrate skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their families and professional associates (e.g. fostering a therapeutic relationship that is ethically sounds, uses effective listening skills with non-verbal and verbal communication; working as both a team member and at times as a leader).
  4. Professionalism - Demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles and sensitivity to diverse patient populations.
  5. Systems-based Practice - Demonstrate awareness of and responsibility to larger context and systems of healthcare. Be able to call on system resources to provide optimal care (e.g. coordinating care across sites or serving as the primary case manager when care involves multiple specialties, professions or sites).
  6. Practice-based Learning and Improvement - Able to investigate and evaluate their patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence and improve their practice of medicine.

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