A Regularly Scheduled Series (RSS) is a live activity planned as a series with multiple, ongoing sessions, offered weekly, monthly, or quarterly. An RSS is primarily planned by and presented to the accredited organization's professional staff and generally targets the same audience over the whole series. Each series is reported for a maximum of a 12-month period. If a series lasts longer than 12 months, it is reported as a separate activity.

*Live activities where the same content is offered multiple times for different audiences DO NOT qualify as RSS.*

Types of RSS:

  • Grand Rounds: Grand Rounds are a formal presentation by an expert of a clinical issue, in the presence of faculty, staff, and other health care providers.
  • Case Conference: A Case Conference is a meeting or discussion held concurrently between health-care providers from different professions or specializations, arranged in advance, to discuss a patient or case in detail, and to coordinate care.
  • Morbidity & Mortality (M&M): The goal of M&M conferences is to provide a forum for faculty and trainees to explore the management details of particular cases wherein morbidity or mortality occurred.
  • Journal Club: A journal club is a group of individuals who meet regularly to critically evaluate recent articles in the academic literature, such as scientific literature, medical literature, or philosophy literature.
  • Tumor Board: A tumor board is a group of doctors and other health care providers with different specialties that meets regularly at the hospital to discuss cancer cases and share knowledge. The board's goal is to determine the best possible cancer treatment and care plan for an individual patient.

Frequently Asked Questions for Planning an RSS

What content is acceptable for CME?

ACCME accredited providers must provide CME that contains content which falls within the definition of CME. The content of such CME must not promote recommendations, treatment or manners of practicing medicine that are known to have risks or dangers that outweigh the benefits, or are known to be ineffective in the treatment of patients. ACCME’s definition of CME describes what content is acceptable for activities that are certified for credit: 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.
Can only physicians be faculty at a CME activity?No, non-physicians can be faculty at a CME activity. However, the Program Director must be a Physician.
What are the roles and responsibilities associated with managing and RSS?PDF iconRSS Planning and Management.pdf
What resources are available to help with the application process?

PDF iconSMART Learning Objectives.pdf

PDF iconBlooms-Verbs.pdf

PDF iconExamples of Practice Gaps, Needs, and Learning Objectives.pdf

RSS Applications:

RSS Applications are valid for three years. Renewal applications are due 30 days before the application expiration date. Applications submitted within 30 days of the expiration date are subjected to a $500 rush application fee.