Continuing Medical Education (CME) is a critical part of maintaining and growing one's knowledge over the years and is central to Radiopaedia's mission to create the best radiology reference the world has ever seen and to make it available for free, forever, for all.
We do this because we genuinely believe that improving an individual's knowledge will directly improve patient outcomes and the well-being of their entire community.
CME mission statement
Radiopaedia's mission is to educate radiologists and other health specialists in all areas pertaining to the practice of medical imaging. Through our reference articles, cases, multiple-choice questions and our various courses and learning pathways, we aim to not only improve learners’ knowledge but more importantly translate this knowledge into tangible gains in personal competence and performance that can be applied to everyday clinical practice: more accurate differential diagnoses; greater confidence when interpreting and reporting imaging studies; enhanced ability to contribute to patient management.
To achieve this, we endeavor to provide...
- concise and up-to-date reference material with an emphasis on medical imaging free from commercial influence or bias
- illustrative examples from all relevant modalities of typical as well as unusual presentations of all human afflictions presented in a way that is as close as possible to that encountered in routine clinical practice
- a variety of learning formats appropriate to each topic to enable readers to best incorporate new knowledge into their daily practice
- develop learning activities in line with desirable physician attributes and core competencies as defined by relevant organizations (e.g. American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)/Accreditation Council of Continuing Graduate Medical Education (ACGME); Royal College of Radiology (RCR); Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Radiology (RANZCR))
- fair and equitable access, focusing on making all our content entirely free to all low and middle-income regions, and affordable for readers lucky enough to live in higher-income regions
Radiopaedia is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
As we have only recently become an accredited CME provider (see above) only some activities are designated with AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™, in line with American Medical Association (AMA) guidelines. The number AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ available is clearly stated in each activity. If an accreditation statement is not present, that means that that particular activity has not yet been accredited.
Courses, learning pathways and lectures
The following courses and learning activities will be accredited:
- new courses (released after October 2023)
- some existing courses will gradually be revised and re-issued
Radiopaedia 2024 will be the first conference to offer AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
At this stage none of the Radiopaedia reference articles are accredited for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ however we are working towards enabling this soon.
Recognition of credits in other countries
AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ are recognized by many other non-US accrediting bodies and we encourage you to check with your local organization prior to claiming credits.
The UEMS-EACCME® and AMA signed an agreement of mutual recognition of CME credits between Europe and the USA.
- Europe (USEMS): Mutual recognition agreement with the American Medical Association (AMA)
- USA (AMA): Agreement with European Union of Medical Specialties (UEMS)
How we grow
We don't yet have content on every single topic but you can rest assured that one day we hope to. So in the interim, please let us know what you would like to see us focus our attention on. This will help guide our efforts.
Radiopaedia contributions generally, and the CME program specifically, are overseen by the Radiopaedia Education Board. It is entrusted with ensuring that detailed internal processes are followed to ensure that the content provided is free from bias and commercial conflict of interest.
Find out more about our peer-review process.
If you have any questions or concerns about our content or processes please contact [email protected].
How to use Radiopaedia for CME
Most accrediting professional bodies recognize the importance of CME and require some form of recorded and audited CME activity for ongoing accreditation. The details vary greatly from country to country and between accrediting bodies.
Some of our learning activities are designated with a specific number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ with certificates available and these can be claimed by physicians as usual.
Most professional accrediting bodies also recognize self-directed learning and allow at least a proportion of CME activities to be in the form of self-declared study (e.g. AMA PRA Category 2 Credit(s)™. ) whether that be journal reading, courses or online resources like Radiopaedia.
To make it easier for our users to claim these points, we will keep a record of your time spent on the site and give you a running monthly tally, which you can view from the CME tab in your user profile page. You must, of course, be logged in for this to occur.
If you are a supporter then you can also download a certificate (PDF) of the time spent on the site for any defined date range, and not just the last two calendar months.
What is tracked
Your CME stats are based on the number of cases and articles you have viewed and the time you spent on them. For tracking to occur the article or case needs to be interacted with and active (i.e. we will not track time if you open an article and walk away from the computer for 24 hours).
- Articles are timed in view mode.
- Cases are timed both in normal view and presentation mode (e.g. as part of playlists and quiz mode).
What isn't tracked
Well, pretty much anything else isn't tracked. Just to be clear here are some activities that do not contribute to time:
- editing cases
- editing articles
- moderating edits
- watching course videos (they have their own certificates)
- learning pathways
Keeping a record of the time you spend on individual cases and articles is not as straightforward as you may think. We aim to provide an accurate and representative tally of the active time you spend viewing and reading articles and cases. Depending on your firewall, network and browser settings this may not always work as expected. This is not, however, something we can help with, other than suggesting you use a modern up to date browser.
This feature was implemented mid-2018. As such no figures for activity prior to that time are available.