State and Regional Organizations
Just as healthcare is shaped in part by local influences, so is continuing medical education (CME) affected by issues at the local, state, and regional levels. These factors include the types and distribution of healthcare providers in a particular region, their educational needs and preferences, the local availability of medical education resources, and each state’s own legal, regulatory, and licensure requirements for CME.
- Why form an SRO?
To enhance the quality of CME in the locales they serve, CME professionals have formed state and regional organizations (SROs) to provide opportunities for their professional education, networking, and career development.
- Who is a part of an SRO?
Thanks to the dedicated efforts of many individuals, SROs have grown to include hundreds of CME professionals in dozens of states and Canada. SRO members represent all CME provider groups (eg, hospitals, medical schools, medical education companies) and job responsibilities (eg, leaders, managers, coordinators, administrative support staff). Many SROs include representatives from businesses that support and facilitate the provision of CME (eg, pharmaceutical companies, hotels, publishers, software developers, meeting managers).
- What does an SRO do?
SROs present educational meetings and conferences, provide networking opportunities, offer mentoring programs, develop CME tools and resources, conduct research, and deliver recognition awards. While addressing issues and delivering services of interest to all CME providers, SROs often work closely with state medical society CME departments to design educational programs relevant to the needs of state-accredited CME providers.
- What is the structure of an SRO?
Administrative structure and constituent demographics vary from one SRO to another. Some have established by-laws and are legally incorporated. Others are more informally organized around a particular project or educational activity. Some have a multi-state constituency. Others focus primarily on the needs of CME professionals within a single state or intra-state region.
However they are organized, all SROs share a commitment to education, collaboration, and professional growth. Given the many challenges in healthcare today, CME professionals appreciate the chance to communicate with colleagues about the challenges they face and the solutions they’ve found. SROs provide this opportunity at the grass roots level.
To see the SRO in your state or region please click on the name below.
- Arizona CME Network
- California – San Diego CME Coordinators
- Southern California Medical Education Council
- Canadian Association for Continuing Health Education
- Colorado Alliance for CME
(click here for a history of CACME)
- Florida – SE Florida CME Professional Consortium
- Georgia Alliance for CME (GA-ACME)
- Hawaii – CME Facilities Accreditation Committee
- Illinois Alliance for CME
- Mid-Atlantic Alliance for CME
- Minnesota CME Network
- Northeastern Consortium of Medical School CME Professionals
- Ohio – Focused Task Force on Accreditation
- Oklahoma Alliance for CME
- Texas Alliance for CME
- North Texas Continuing Medical Education Alliance
- Utah CME Providers
- Virginia CME Provider Network
- Washington State CME Networking Group
- Wisconsin Consortium for Continuing Medical Education
Sample SRO Bylaws
Sample SRO Articles of Incorporation
TACME Articles of Incorporation: http://www.tacme.org/
Sample SRO Member Recognition Award
TACME Outstanding Achievement Award: http://www.tacme.org/2013-tacme-outstanding-achievement-award/
Sample SRO Membership Materials
Texas Alliance for CME Membership Invitation and Application: http://www.tacme.org/register/
Please email information, advice, and tools to help other SROs get started, develop and grow. Items may include:
• Sample by-laws
• Articles of incorporation
• Recommended organizational models
• Membership recruitment and retention strategies
• Lessons learned from state, regional or municipal conferences
• Mentoring opportunities for SRO organizational development
• SRO survey statistics
• SRO presentation materials
SRO/State Medical Society Connection
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) recognizes approximately 50 state or territory medical societies to accredit CME providers serving the educational needs of physicians at the local, state, and regional level. SROs serve as a resource to state medical societies by providing state accredited CME providers with opportunities for education, networking, research, and professional development. At the same time, state medical societies provide SROs with grass roots constituencies of state accredited CME providers that help define the scope and audience of SRO programs and services. In this way, SROs and state medical societies complement each other to add value to the CME enterprise. Please let us know if you have suggestions or would like to learn more about developing a mutually beneficial relationship between the state medical society and SRO in your state or region.