The CME mission of the Hawaii Medical Association is to support quality patient care through appropriate and timely education with information about current and vital issues of medicine and medical practice for doctors of medicine and osteopathy in Hawaii and the PacificBasin.
The mission is achieved through the Hawaii Medical Association Continuing Medical Education Facilities Accreditation Committee (CME FAC) which is recognized by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) as an intrastate accrediting body. The Essentials provide the criteria that medical centers, specialty societies, and other health related organizations must meet to designate continuing medical education credit.
The primary goal of the CME program is to provide quality education based on prioritized needs, continuous evaluation, desired outcomes, and continuous improvement that result in quality patient care. To accomplish this, the CME FAC reviews reports from the accredited CME providers, conducts site surveys, educates the physician and staff members of those entities which provide CME on a regular basis, conducts provider customer satisfaction surveys, and participates in the continuous improvement of CME doctrine on a national level.
The Hawaii Medical Association is also a partner in the Hawaii Consortium of Continuing Medical Education, a joint effort between the Hawaii Medical Association and the John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii, which sponsors the scientific session of the HMA Annual Meeting, the CME programs of the medical school, and jointly sponsors programs of numerous non-accredited organizations in Hawaii.
Organizations with only a limited number of CME activities may be interested in joint sponsorship instead of accreditation. An organization that is not accredited may seek joint sponsorship through the Hawaii Consortium of Continuing Medical Education or another accredited institution/organization that has a joint sponsorship program. Joint sponsorship is often undertaken as a first step toward accreditation.
The Hawai’i Consortium for Continuing Medical Education (HCCME) administers and manages the certification program for continuing medical education (CME) activities for physicians. The mission of the HCCME, a joint venture of the Hawaii Medical Association (HMA) and JABSOM, is to support the highest quality of patient care, teaching, and research through appropriate and timely education with information on current and vital issues of medicine and medical practice for doctors of medicine and osteopathy in the State of Hawaii and the Pacific Rim. The format of activities presented utilizes new and innovative technology and includes but is not limited to lectures/discussions, small group presentations, workshops, departmental and interdepartmental scientific meetings, regularly scheduled conferences, tutorials, and neighbor island outreach activities. The educational activities provide opportunities for participants to review the basic medical sciences and their application to clinical medicine, learn new knowledge and technology, master specific skills and techniques,and improve professional performance.
The Hawaii Medical Association Continuing Medical Education Facilities Accreditation Committee (HMA CME FAC) is recognized by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to accredit intrastate continuing medical education providers.
The HMA CME FAC currently accredits fifteen (15) hospitals and two (2) other organizations, which provide continuing medical education activities on a regular and recurring basis primarily to physicians practicing in the State of Hawaiior the Pacific Rim. Continuing medical education is necessary for re-licensure in the State of Hawaii, and is strongly supported by the American Medical Association through the Physicians Recognition Award.