The Medical Council
of Hong Kong
Continuing Medical Education Programme for Practising Doctors who are not taking
CME programme for specialists
of Continuing Medical Education (CME) for practicing doctors
of CME for practising doctors is to encourage practising doctors who are
not taking CME programme for specialists to keep themselves up-to-date
on current developments in medical practice so as to maintain a high professional
and Accreditation Committee (E & AC) of the Medical Council has approved
a certification programme for CME of practising doctors. This programme
is based on a "Credit Point System" with credit points awarded
for participation in CME activities recognized by the E & AC of the
||The Credit Point System
The "Credit Point
System" awards credit points in the following categories:
a. Active and Receptive
registered for certification of their CME activities are required
to submit proof of attendance, photocopies of published articles,
transcripts of courses taken or documentation of self-study programmes,
etc. to the E & AC of the Medical Council through CME Programme
CME Point Allocation
- 2 points per hour
for active and 1 point per hour for receptive participation in
- A maximum of 3 points
for a half day programme.
- A maximum of 5 points
for a whole day programme.
- A maximum of 10 points
for a programme lasting two or more days.
|| CME Cycle
doctors are expected to complete a 3-year cycle period of CME activities.
The cycle starts on 1 October 2001 and 1 January and 1 July of every
All newly registered medical practitioners are anticipated and encouraged
of 90 credit points has to be accumulated over a 3-year cycle period,
and a minimum of 30 credit points per year is required.
credit point is one point for each hour of participation in CME
CME activity claimed can only be accredited credit points under
one single CME catergory.
|| Criteria for recognizing (or
approving) CME activities
|| Active and receptive
This includes activities in which a registered doctor participates
and may include the following:
Active participation as speaker, chairman, panelist, presenter
or passive participation as attendant in any accredited activity
(2 pts/hr for active and 1 pt/hr for passive CME).
as teacher/trainer/trainee in formal, non-bedside didactic
post-graduate course (2 pts/hr for teacher/trainer and 1 pt/hr
Participation in a hands-on clinical course as trainer or
trainee in a hospital or clinic (1 pt/hr up to a maximum of
Publication includes papers on public health, clinical and/or academic
interest published in professional journals, books and newsletters
of professional bodies that have been accredited by the E &
AC through CME Programme Accreditors. (2 pts/publication)
This includes self-study programmes such as self-assessment programmes
accredited by local medical organizations, colleges and overseas
professional bodies that have been accredited by the E & AC
through CME Programme Accreditors. Credit points of each course
will be assessed individually and a maximum of 20 points can be
awarded for self-study per year.
accreditation by the E & AC, activities such as symposia, conferences,
scientific meetings, panel discussions, workshops, etc. need to
be organized by professional bodies that have been accredited by
the E & AC through CME Programme Accreditors, local or overseas,
and conducted by specialists or experts related to the field.
prior accreditation by the E & AC through CME Programme Accreditors,
regularly held activities of doctor-groups with attendance of a
minimum of 5 doctors will be recognized as CME activities. These
include journal meetings, case presentations, X-ray meetings, clinical
pathological meetings, audio-visual viewing sessions and invited
educational programmes which have received prior approval by accredited
professional bodies, organized distance-learning, diploma courses,
etc. will be granted credit points upon individual application.
Award of Certification
of Satisfactory CME Activity
Registrants who have accumulated the required minimum credit points are
eligible for the issue of a Certificate to certify that they have achieved
a satisfactory level of CME activity over the period of review. Such a
certificate can be displayed inside the doctor's office.
Use of the
title "CME certified"
Registrant doctors who have accumulated the required minimum credit points
during a 3-year cycle, i.e. 90 credit points, will be allowed to use the
title "CME certified" on their visiting cards.