Continuing Medical Education (CME)

What's new in CME?

We are launching a new on-line registration system for professional conferences. Be sure to create your Learner Profile to use this system.

High standards

ACCME accreditation assures physicians and other health care professionals that CME is designed to be relevant, effective, and independent. All CME programs within the ACCME system are held to the same high standards. Use of the accreditation statement means, Children's Hospital Colorado continues to meet those standards.

Children's Colorado CME is part of a community of more than 2,000 accredited organizations across the country addressing national, regional, and community-based health care improvement priorities.

The ACCME accreditation requirements are a roadmap for producing effective education that supports health care professionals' commitment to lifelong learning and practice improvement.

The ACCME Standards for Commercial Support require CME providers to design activities that are independent, free from commercial bias, and based on valid content. The ACCMEs objective is to support the free flow of scientific exchange while safeguarding accredited CME from commercial influence.

Since its founding in 1981, the ACCME has focused on setting and maintaining accreditation requirements that are relevant to physicians lifelong learning needs and responsive to changes in the health care environment.

The ACCME accreditation system is your accreditation system, ensuring that accredited CME is of, by, and for the profession of medicine.

What is Continuing Medical Education?

Continuing medical education consists of educational activities which 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. The content of CME is that 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 health care to the public.


It is the policy of Children's Hospital Colorado to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all of its certified educational events. Didactic content is not influenced by commercial support. Relationships between commercial supporters and faculty will be openly disclosed to our learners at the beginning of an activity. Any conflict of interest, either perceived or real will be resolved by the CME office prior to the planning or presentation of the educational event. Faculty refusing to complete a Faculty Full Disclosure form prior to an activity are eligible for disqualification from implementation.


Children's Hospital Colorado has been active in medical education since 1922 when a pediatric residency program was inaugurated. The residency program continued until 1976, when it was merged with the program at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. In 1949, continuing medical education became a major activity with the beginning of the Summer Clinics sponsored by Children's Hospital Colorado. Distinguished guest faculty from the leading children's hospitals and universities were invited to speak, attracting pediatricians from the region.

In 1967, L. Joseph Butterfield, MD, was appointed Director of CME, and a number of innovative courses were started. Children's Hospital Colorado was initially accredited as a provider of CME by the Liaison Committee on Continuing Medical Education in the early 1970s. Full accreditation of the CME Program has been maintained since that time.