Continuing Medical Education

APPNA offers live CME activities, including courses, conferences, and workshops, taking place at a specified date, time and location. APPNA’s long-standing commitment to offering quality continuing medical education for physicians and healthcare professionals supports our mission to optimize patient care. To this end, our programs are designed to engage learners in interactive learning sessions; provide the most up-to-date information and strategies; and develop or enhance skills that may be applied in clinical practice, research, or teaching.

Adeel Butt, MD
Chair, Research Education and Scientific Affairs (RESA) Committee 2017

CME Program Purpose and Mission Statement

The mission of the APPNA Office of Continuing Medical Education is to assist practicing physicians, advanced practice providers, and other health care professionals with educational activities to enhance their knowledge and skills in the subject area(s) offered, and apply the knowledge and skills to improve performance and patient outcomes in their practice settings.

The purpose of the APPNA Office of CME is to collaborate with APPNA members to identify educational needs and to design, implement, evaluate and document educational conferences and initiatives. APPNA CME’s core services include:

• Certifying learning activities for physicians that meet Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Essentials, Criteria and Standards for Commercial Support.
• Tracking credit for physicians and other healthcare providers who attend APPNA CME-certified activities.

The content areas are inclusive of all areas of contemporary primary and specialty practice including leadership and management skills. Content is presented when it is appropriate to physicians and other healthcare professionals and of benefit to patients or to the public health.

The target audience includes practicing physicians, advanced practice providers, and other healthcare professionals of APPNA’s membership and, when appropriate, a national and international audience of these healthcare professionals.

The types of activities include: regional, national, international symposia and conferences. The scope of these activities involves the body of knowledge and skills generally recognized and accepted by the profession as within the basic medical sciences, the discipline of clinical medicine, and the provision of healthcare to the public.

The expected results are to:

• Assist physicians and healthcare professionals in gaining competency and improving performance in order to become better able to provide higher quality care in order to enhance the health status of the population.
• Assist in the dissemination of new medical knowledge.
• Collaborate across the continuum of medical education.
• Collaborate on the design of interdisciplinary educational strategies to improve patient safety and to facilitate patient-centered care.
• Contribute to the CME profession through service, education, leadership training, and research.
• Enhance clinician leadership within the APPNA Membership.
• Enhance the quality of the educational process through consultation and documented compliance with accreditation standards/criteria.
• Link the American Board of Medical Specialties competencies (patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice) and/or Institute of Medicine competencies (provide patient-centered care, apply quality improvement, utilize informatics, work in interdisciplinary teams, employ evidence-based practice) into activities.
• Optimize appropriate prescribing behaviors.
• Promote the practice of evidence-based medicine.
• Improve the health and health awareness of the many communities that we serve.
• Develop and present activities in a manner that is culturally competent.

Revised and approved January 2016

Policies & Procedures

Guidance for the development and implementation of CME activities.

APPNA CME Conflict of Interest Policy & Procedure
Guidance for the identification, management, and resolution of potential conflicts of interest for CME activities.

APPNA CME Policy On Honoraria and Reimbursement Expenses
CME Guidelines Related to Honoraria and Reimburement for Lecturers, Moderators, Staff and other faculty.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is CME?

Continuing Medical Education (CME) is defined as “educational activities that serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public, or the profession” (source: ACCME and AMA).
Who is the ACCME?
ACCME is the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and is the organization that sets the standards for the accreditation of all providers of CME activities.
Who is the AMA?
The American Medical Association helps doctors help patients by uniting physicians nationwide to work on the most important professional and public health issues.
What types of activities qualify for CME certification?
Although not limited to; APPNA mainly qualifies educational activities for CME certification that are lectures and/or meetings in which learners are physically present.
What type of CME credit do physicians need?
AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM is the most common type of credit physicians need for medical license maintenance. In order for an activity to be designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit, it must be planned by an accredited CME provider.
What is the difference between Category 1 and Category 2 credit?

According to the American Medical Association, Category 1 CME activities are:

♦  Formally planned activities that include documentation of acceptable needs assessment, learning objectives, educational design, an evaluation method, and disclosure.
♦  Planned and implemented in full compliance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support.
♦  Prospectively certified for credit by an ACCME-accredited CME Provider.

Category 2 “self claim” credits are:

♦  Informally planned physician-initiated activities such as practice-based self-study, consultations with colleagues, teaching, M&M conferences, journal clubs, etc.
♦  APPNA is not involved with planning, certifying, or tracking Category 2 activities.

How do I certify my activity for CME credit?
Contact the APPNA Office of CME at (630) 968-8585 or to discuss your activity. See also the Steps for Certifying CME Activity page.
What is the difference between direct, joint, and co-sponsorship?
Direct Sponsorship: A CME activity that APPNA CME develops and implements internally for its own membership.
Jointly Sponsorship: A CME activity that is developed and implemented by two institutions or organizations and only one of the institutions or organizations is accredited by the ACCME. The accredited provider (e.g., APPNA) must take responsibility for a CME activity when it is presented in cooperation with a non-accredited institution or organization. A commercial interest cannot take the role of non-accredited entity in a joint sponsorship relationship (Source: ACCME).
Co-sponsorship: A CME activity presented by two or more accredited providers. One institution must take responsibility for the activity.
Why do CME faculty (speakers, presenters, moderators, activity medical directors, authors, planning committee member, etc) have to complete a CME disclosure form?
The ACCME requires CME providers to require everyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest(s) in order to prevent potential bias in the educational content.
Is it okay for a pharmaceutical sales representative to bring in food for my CME activity?
No, pharmaceutical sales representatives or representatives of medical product/device manufacturers cannot pay directly for the food. However, they can provide an educational grant to APPNA in support of the food costs (see ACCME Standard 3).
A pharmaceutical company has offered to provide an educational grant to cover the speaker’s honorarium, but they will “take care of the speaker’s travel.” Is this okay?
No, the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support require that all support from commercial interests be provided to the accredited CME provider in the form of an educational grant (see ACCME Standards 3.8 and 3.9).
Can a pharmaceutical company choose who will speak at my CME activity?
No, it is up to the Activity CME Chair to select appropriate topics and speakers for their CME activity based upon the target audience’s educational needs. The Activity CME Chair can request a Speaker List from a pharmaceutical representative and then select an appropriate speaker and topic from the list. The Activity CME Chair should then communicate with the chosen speaker and delineate the learning objectives he/she would like the speaker to address (see ACCME Standard 1.1).
Why do I have to obtain patient authorization or de-identify information for my CME presentation?

In response to growing concerns about keeping health information private, Congress passed the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). The legislation includes a privacy rule that creates national standards to protect individuals’ personal health information.  Patient authorization must be obtained OR information de-identified. The items considered to be identifiers by the federal government and therefore to be removed are extensive—basically anything that could tie the medical information to an individual—including, but not limited to name, address, social security and medical record number, picture of face, any date associated with the individual (admission, discharge, birth, death), and implanted device serial numbers. WHENEVER POSSIBLE, DE-IDENTIFY INFORMATION TO BE PRESENTED AT CONFERENCES. For additional information, visit


AMA Physicians Recognition Award
Requirements for Accredited Providers & Physicians

State CME Requirements for Physician Relicensure
State Medical Licensure Requirements & Statistics 2009

Recognizing Physicians’ Participation in Educational Activities
What Physicians Should Know About the AMA PRA Credit System

Claiming CME Credit

APPNA Members

Self-print CME certificates are available through the APPNA portal.  An email notification will go out to attendees when the certificates have become available online.

The steps to claim your CME hours and download your CME certificate are as follow:

1. LogIn to your APPNA account.
2. On right side, under Quick Links, click “Claim CME Credit”.
3. Select the appropriate CME Program that you wish to claim credit for.
4. Complete the speaker evaluations.
5. Complete the activity evaluation.
6. Check the “Disclaimer and Acknowledgement” box.
7. Click on green “Download Certificate” button.
8. Download/Print CME Certificate.

For a short “How to” video on claiming CME Credit, please see the following.


CME activity attendees that are not members of APPNA can receive their CME certificates be completing an activity evaluation and submitting it to APPNA at  After review of the submitted evaluation form(s), a CME certificate will be emailed to you.  For available evaluations, see Course Evaluations in the menu on the left.

CME Activity Evaluations

Receipt of a CME certificate is contingent upon submission of an activity evaluation form, as required by the ACCME.  CME attendees that are not members of APPNA, but would like to receive a CME certificate, can download a hardcopy of the evaluation form and submit it to the APPNA Office of Continuing Medical Education.  A CME certificate will be sent to you after review of your evaluation.

APPNA members can claim their CME hours and download their certificates online through their APPNA accounts.

Please download the appropriate evaluation and submit to APPNA via mail/email/fax.

Address: APPNA
Office of Continuing Medical Education
6414 South Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559

2016 Evaluations

January 2, 2016: APPNA 2015 Umrah CME – Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Activity Evaluation

February 6, 2016: APPNA 2016 Strategic Meeting – Dallas, Texas
Activity Evaluation

2015 Evaluations

February 14, 2015: Islamic Bioethics and End of Life Care: A Practical Workshop – North Rowland Heights, California
Activity Evaluation

February 10-12, 2015: APPNA 18th International Meeting – Australia & New Zealand
Activity Evaluation

April 18, 2015: JSMUAANA 2015 Annual Retreat – San Francisco, California
Activity Evaluation

April 25, 2015: Alabama Chapter 2015 Spring Meeting – Hoover, Alabama
Activity Evaluation

May 2, 2015: Oklahoma Chapter Meeting – Tulsa, Oklahoma
Activity Evaluation

May 8-9, 2015: DOGANA 2015 Meeting – San Antonio, Texas
Activity Evaluation

May 9, 2015: Ohio Chapter Meeting – Columbus, Ohio
Activity Evaluation

June 6, 2015: KEMCAANA Retreat: Medical Update 2015 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Activity Evaluation

June 5-7, 2015: Dissecting The Ethics Of Organ Donation: Islamic Bioethics Workshop – Chicago, Illinois
Activity Evaluation

July 26 & July 31, 2015: PdPSIL APPNA Illinois Chapter International Meeting CME
Activity Evaluation

August 13-15, 2015: APPNA 38th Annual Summer Convention CME – Orlando, Florida
Activity Evaluation

September 8 & 14, 2015: APPNA 19th International Meeting CME – Baltic Cruise
Activity Evaluation

October 24, 2015: APPNA Alabama Chapter Fall Meeting CME – Hoover, Alabama
Activity Evaluation

October 24, 2015: Initiative on Islam and Medicine – Dignity & Healthcare at End-of-Life – Claremont, California
Activity Evaluation

October 30-31, 2015: APPNA Fall Meeting CME – San Francisco, California
Activity Evaluation

2014 Evaluations

March 1-2, 2014: Old Quadian Reunion 2014 – Lahore, Pakistan
Activity Evaluation

March 5-15, 2014: APPNA 16th International Meeting – Jerusalem, Jordan and Istanbul
Activity Evaluation

April 5, 2014: APPNA Florida Chapter Spring Meeting – Ocala, Florida
Activity Evaluation

April 19, 2014: Jinnah Sindh Medical University Annual Meeting – Atlanta, Georgia
Activity Evaluation

April 19, 2014: APPNA Ohio Chapter Spring Meeting – Dublin, Ohio
Activity Evaluation

May 17, 2014: Islamic Bioethics and End of Life Care- Plano, Texas
Activity Evaluation

May 23-24, 2014: DOGANA Retreat 2014 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Activity Evaluation

May 24, 2014: KEMCAANA Retreat 2014 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Activity Evaluation

June 20-29, 2014: APPNA 17th International Meeting – Mediterranean Cruise
Activity Evaluation

August 14-16, 2014: APPNA 37th Annual Summer Convention – National Harbor, Maryland
Activity Evaluation

September 27, 2014: APPNA Florida Chapter Fall Meeting – Orlando, Florida
Activity Evaluation

October 18, 2014: APPNA 2014 South Central Texas Chapter Meeting – San Antonio, Texas
Activity Evaluation

October 25, 2014: APPNA 2014 Fall – New York, New York
Activity Evaluation

November 8, 2014: APPNA 2014 Michigan Chapter Meeting – Pontiac, Michigan
Activity Evaluation

November 14-15, 2014: APPNA 2014 Arizona Chapter Meeting – Carefree, Arizona
Activity Evaluation

November 15, 2014: APPNA 2014 Oklahoma Chapter Meeting – Tulsa, Oklahoma
Activity Evaluation

December 19-20, 2014: APPNA Winter Meeting – Multan, Pakistan
Activity Evaluation

December 22-23, 2014: KEMCAANA Winter Meeting – Lahore, Pakistan
Activity Evaluation

December 28-29, 2014: IMANA: Family Centered Care: Current and Future Directions – Jeddah, KSA
Activity Evaluation

2013 Evaluations

October 24-27, 2013: APPNA 2013 Fall Meeting – Houston, Texas
Activity Evaluation

Faculty Requirements

Invited speakers are required to provide the following information to APPNA.  Failure to submit the following items before the activity date will disqualify you as a speaker.

1. Speaker Introduction (Bio)
2. Talk Title
3. Three Learning Objectives
4. Abstract
5. Financial Relationship Disclosure Declaration
6. CV
7. Presentation
8. Picture

Download Financial Relationship Disclosure Form

Faculty Interest Form

If you are interested in serving as a speaker at one of our upcoming CME programs, please complete the Faculty Interest Form and return it to the APPNA Office along with your Curriculum Vitae for review. Our office will contact you once an opportunity becomes available.

Developing a CME Presentation

The following information is intended to be useful to you and help you avoid any issues when developing slides or handout materials for your CME presentation.

• Remove all patient identifiers from laboratory studies, x-rays, imaging studies, slides, etc. OR obtain written permission from the patient to use his/her information as part of your presentation.
• Do not use identifiable photographs of patients unless written patient permission has been granted.
• Questions:

2. Copyright
• At a minimum, proper attribution should be included on tables, figures, algorithms, material copied and pasted from websites, etc. The source of the cited material can be properly acknowledged in a footnote on the slide.

3. Trade Names
• Generic names should be used instead of trade names in the educational materials (slides, abstracts, handouts, etc.). If the CME educational material or content includes trade names, where available trade names from several companies should be used, not just trade names from a single company.

4. Product Logos
• No product logos should be included in the educational materials (slides, abstracts, handouts, etc.).

5. Content Validation
• All recommendations involving clinical medicine in a CME activity must be based on evidence that is accepted within the profession of medicine as adequate justification for their indications and contra-indications in the care of patients.
• All scientific research referred to, reported or used in CME in support or justification of a patient care recommendation must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis.

Fee Policy

APPNA will bill all activities for the following fees, as they relate to your activity.

CME Application Fee:
$300/activity – joint providership with APPNA certified components societies.

Certificate Fee:
A $25 per person certificate fee applies only to those CME attendees that are not APPNA members.  Active APPNA member’s certificate fees are covered in their Annual/Lifetime dues.

Please take these fees into consideration as you plan your activity. Also, be sure to reflect these expenses in the “Income/Expense Report”.

*All fees are subject to change without notice.

Steps for Certifying CME Activity

The following pre-meeting steps must be fulfilled before the start of the CME activity.  No activity is considered certified until the following materials are submitted; then reviewed and approved by APPNA.  Failure to meet the below criteria will result in the activity being NOT approved.  Any individual participant (e.g. Activity Chair, Speaker, Moderator, etc..) that fails to meet their requirements in the below steps will be disqualified.

Checklist of the below items for your record keeping convenience.

Pre-Activity: Materials required to be filled out by the ACTIVITY CHAIR before the meeting and submitted to

A. CME Application Form – Submission of the CME application does not automatically constitute certification of your CME activity.  This application must be submitted along with the other items listed on this page for review by the RESA committee.  A decision on your CME activity will be communicated to you after review.
B. Application Fee, only applies to joint sponsors; (see Fee Policy).
C. Commercial Support – When there is any commercial support; the CME program chair is required to complete this file in cooperation with the commercial supporter.
D. Financial Relations Disclosure Form – This form is to be completed by anyone in a position to affect the CME Activity. Including CME Chairs, Speakers, and Moderators.
E. Resolution of Conflict of Interest Form – This form is required to be completed by the program chair or the RESA Committee Chair when any speaker discloses any financial relationship.
F. Need Assessment (Included in CME Application).
G. CME Program
H. List of all Faculty members with their e-mail, Talk Title, Talk Duration, Date and Time of Presentation.
I. All promotional/educational materials associated with the activity (e.g. handouts, abstracts, pamphlets, brochures, website, etc..) must be reviewed by APPNA in order to comply with ACCME Standard 4.3. which states that all materials must be free of “any advertising, corporate logo, trade name or a product-group message of an ACCME-defined commercial interest”.
J. Accreditation Statement – The accreditation statement must appear on all CME activity materials and brochures.
K. Scanned Signature Form – CME 
Chair’s signature will be placed on CME certificate.

Pre-Activity: Materials required to be filled out by the SPEAKER/PRESENTER/LECTURER before the meeting and submitted to

A. Financial Relations Disclosure Form – This form is to be completed by anyone in a position to affect the CME Activity. Including CME Chairs, Speakers, and Moderators.
B. See Faculty Requirements page.

Post-Activity: Materials required to be completed and submitted by the ACTIVITY CHAIR.

A. Income / Expense Report
B. Post Planning Meeting Minutes
C. List of attendees with their e-mails to claim CME credits online (Sign-In Sheet).  If attendee is an APPNA member, CME can be claimed online through their APPNA account.  If attendee is NOT an APPNA member, a hardcopy evaluation must be completed and returned to the APPNA office in order to receive a CME certificate, (see Course Evaluations).
D. CME Certificate Fee, only applies to non-APPNA Members (see Fee Policy).

Payments can be made by check or credit card.

To pay by credit card, complete the credit card authorization form and submit to the APPNA office at

Mail checks to:

6414 South Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
Attn: CME

2017 RESA Committee


Raheel Khan, MD

Fiaz Bhora, MD

Mansoor Mohiuddin, MD

Jawad Hasnain, MD

Faiq Hameedi, MD

Bilal Hameed, MD

Aamir Javaid, MD

Tanvir Sattar, MD

Sohail Qarni, MD

Mujeeb U. Shad, MD

Tanveer Rab, MD

Shehzad Saeed, MD

Sohail Ikram, MD

General Inquiries:
(630) 968-8585
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Mailing Address:
6414 South Cass Avenue
Westmont, IL 60559
Attn: CME

(630) 968-8677
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