Continuing Education

ACCME AccreditationWMed’s Office of Continuing Education is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and also provides credit for the American Medical Association Physician's Recognition Award. 

Please note our system will be down from September 27 through October 1 and you will be unable to log any credit or access your account.

Credit requests for 2016 are no longer being accepted.

Office of Continuing Education Mission Statement

The mission of continuing education at the medical school is to develop and promote high quality, evidence-based continuing education at our affiliated hospitals and healthcare organizations that addresses professional practice gaps of learners and results in improved physician, healthcare provider, and health care team knowledge, competence, performance, and patient outcomes.

Activities are planned based on needs assessments and encompass topics across the full spectrum of the scope of practice of our learners. This specifically encompasses clinical medicine, patient safety and quality improvement, medical education, biomedical research, clinical research, community research, education research, leadership, advocacy, professionalism, and ethics.

Activities address the needs of health care providers practicing in the disciplines represented in Southwest Michigan.

A full gamut of activities are offered, including individual courses, single and multi-day courses, regularly scheduled series, and live internet offerings.

Activities incorporate interactive didactic sessions, small group and large group discussions, and other learning methodologies.

The Office of Continuing Education provides continuing education consultative services for hospitals and other health care organizations to facilitate high quality, evidence-based continuing education throughout Southwest Michigan.

Learn more about managing your profile and navigating the Continuing Education evaluation page

CE Office Staff

Charles L. Zeller Jr., MD
Assistant Dean for Continuing Education

Dr. Zeller is available for consultation prior to beginning the application process. He is happy to help explain our accreditation requirements and assist applicants in defining practice gaps and educational needs.

Bethany Banner
CE Manager

Beth is responsible for maintaining WMed's ACCME accreditation and working with Dr. Zeller to ensure the CE Office meets its strategic goals. She is happy to meet with applicants prior to and during the application process. Feel free to contact her with any questions about accreditation requirements, suggestions for new ways the CE Office can assist all providers with their continuing education needs, etc.

Courtney Puffer
CE Coordinator

Courtney is responsible for all new activities.  She assists throughout the entire application process and is happy to meet in person or over the phone to ensure that all of our activities meet accreditation requirements.   Contact her with questions about applications and the application process.  She also coordinates the Annual Developmental Disabilities Conference and can answer any questions about that activity.

Kelsey Caras
CE Coordinator

Kelsey is responsible for all ongoing activities.  She coordinates the individual sessions for regular series (e.g. Grand Rounds) and assists applicants with the annual renewal process.  Contact her with questions about regular activities, schedules, and assistance with the CE website.  She also coordinates the performance improvement CME activities.

Credit Types

The Michigan Board of Medicine has recently updated its categories to align more closely with those described by the AMA.  A full description of all categories can be found here.

WMed currently provides Category 1A credit to all physicians, including residents, attending accredited activities.  Other health professionals (e.g. nurses or PAs) can claim this type of credit; however, because we are required to differentiate physician and other learner attendance rates, their credit will be recorded as "attendance." All attendees can access their transcripts through our website at any time. Click on "My Transcript" from either the "Evaluation Forms" or "Calendar" pages. We recommend that other learners save copies of the certificates of attendance for their records as the transcript may not contain all of the information required for submitting their educational credits.

Upon request, WMed residents may receive Category 1D  credit. The CE Department does not automatically apply this credit to residents. Please contact us if you wish/require this credit.

WMed does not document and/or track Category 1B, 1C, or Category 2A-H credit. Physicians who wish to claim credit in these categories are required to keep their own records of these credits.