Accreditation Information

The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Accreditation status may also be verified at the ACCME website:


Disclosure from all presenters and planning committee members (if appropriate) must be obtained using the CME form provided. This must occur prior to the course and must be obtained in enough time to create the course handout that all participants will receive.

In addition all conference faculty members including moderators and organizing committee members, not including UPMC or University of Pittsburgh faculty or staff, must submit a curriculum vitae. Disclosures and CVs must be submitted to the CME office with the handout for review.

For the current CCEHS Disclosure Form, please click here

Copyright Policy

For the current CCEHS Copyright policy, please click here

AMA Physician's Recognition Award (PRA)

3-year certificate: 150 hours
60 credits Category 1
60 credits Category 2
30 credits Category 1 or 2
2-year certificate: 100 credits
40 credits Category 1
40 credits Category 2
20 credits Category 1 or 2
1-year certificate: 50 credits
20 credits Category 1
20 credits Category 2
10 credits Category 1 or 2
Reading is not reportable as Category 2 for the certificate with commendations.
AMA PRA standard certificate
3-year certificate: 150 credits
60 credits Category 1
90 credits Category 1 or 2
2-year certificate: 100 credits
40 credits Category 1
60 credits Category 1 or 2
1-year certificate: 50 credits
20 hours Category 1
30 hours Category 1 or 2
Reading is reportable as Category 2 for the standard certificate.

Category 1 vs. Category 2 Credit

Requirements for Category 1 are set with the more traditional/formal type of learning activity in mind. These requirements stipulate that the educational content of the activity must be specifically defined; this includes identification of the curriculum and the development of measurable educational objectives. The traditional lecture format is the ideal example of a Category 1 type of activity.

Category 2 activities are self-designated by those applying for the PRA. In order to determine the number of Category 2 credits to be declared, physicians should record the actual number of hours spent in the learning activity. Category 2 credits do not need to be documented or verified by an external party. It is recommended that physicians maintain on-going records of these activities in preparation for submission of information for the Physician’s Recognition Award. Physicians may self report Category 2 credit information on the CCEHS Credit Transcript by using the following information in the How to Add/Modify Credit Transcript tutorial (please click here). Please note that added information to your transcript will appear in a section of the transcript noted as unauthenticated credit from the CCEHS. For the State Board of Medicine website and their Category 2 Self Reporting Form click here.

*Learning experiences that are not designated Category 1 and are not included in the reading requirement can be claimed for Category 2 hours, including:

  • Consultation with peers and medical experts
  • Developing and reviewing quality assessment data
  • Use of electronic databases in patient care
  • Use of enduring materials
  • Small-group discussions
  • Self-assessment activities
  • Journal club activities not designated AMA PRA category 1
  • Teaching health professionals
  • Medical writing
  • Teleconferences
  • Preceptorships
  • Lectures, seminars and workshops not designated for credit
For more information about the AMA PRA, please call the AMA at 312-464-4664.

Grand Rounds Administration

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