How does Continuing Education

define your activity?



Live Activity

A live course is a live activity where the learner participates in real time. A live course is planned as an individual event. A live course can either be classified as an in-person event or live-streamed via an online platform.

If the same live course is held multiple times for different audiences (ex: ACLS trainings held in different locations), then each instance is considered a separate activity.

Examples of live activities: an annual meeting (Internal Medicine Update), FCCS trainings, one-off conference, or seminar.



Regularly Scheduled Series (RSS)

Regularly scheduled series (RSS) is a live activity planned as a series with multiple, ongoing sessions, e.g., offered weekly, monthly, or quarterly. RSS activities are primarily planned by and presented to the accredited organization's professional staff. These courses generally target the same audience over the whole series. RSS activities can be held live in-person or live virtually. RSS activities must have equal number of hours per session. (For example: Medicine Grand Rounds is approved to offer 1 hour of CE credit per occurrence. If Medicine Grand Rounds is held once, monthly beginning in January and ending in December, learners can earn up to 12 hours of credit for attending each session.)

Examples of RSS activities: grand rounds, tumor boards, and morbidity and mortality conferences.

Please note: Live activities where the same content is offered multiple times for different audiences should be reported as separate live courses and not RSS.


Enduring Materials

An enduring material is an on-demand activity that does not have a specific time or location designated for participation; rather, the participant determines whether and when to complete the activity. The content can be accessed at any point during the lifespan of the activity and there is no specific time designated for participation.

Examples of Enduring Materials: online interactive educational modules, recorded presentations, printed materials, and podcasts.




Self-Directed CME Activities enable providers to earn Category 1 AMA PRA Credit for self-designed and self-directed learning activities which meet their own personal needs for learning and professional development. If desired, providers may use their Geisinger “CME Hours” to participate in Self Directed CME Activities. An application must be completed and approved before the individual starts this activity.

Continuing Education provides credits to those completing approved educational self-directed projects. If you are not seeking credit, please refer to the HR policy. 

Credit awarded equals 100% of the reported time with a maximum of 6 AMA PRA Cat.1 Credits per day. Credit will be recorded in your Geisinger CME transcript.

Other Types

A journal CME/CE activity is an activity that is planned and presented by an accredited provider and in which the learner reads one or more articles (or adapted formats for special needs) from a peer-reviewed professional journal.

Manuscript review is an activity in which a learner participates in the critical review of an assigned journal manuscript during the pre-publication review process of a journal.

Test-item writing is an activity wherein physicians learn through their contribution to the development (and review) of examinations, or certain peer-reviewed self- assessment activities, by researching, drafting, and defending potential test-items. Committee learning is a live activity that involves a learner’s participation in a committee process addressing a subject which, if taught/learned in another format, would be considered within the definition of continuing education.

A performance/quality improvement activity is structured as a three-stage process by which a physician or group of physicians learn about specific performance measures, assess their practice using the selected performance measures, implement interventions to improve performance related to these measures over a useful interval of time, and then reassess their practice using the same performance measures.

An internet searching and learning activity is an activity in which a physician engages in self-directed, online learning on topics relevant to their clinical practice from a database whose content has been vetted by an accredited CME provider. This type of activity is based on a learner identifying a problem in practice and then accessing content in search of an answer from sources on the Internet that are facilitated by a provider. For the purpose of data collection, the ACCME includes AMA-defined point of care CME as a form of internet searching and learning.

Learning from teaching activities are personal learning projects designed and implemented by the learner with facilitation from the accredited provider. This type of activity recognizes the learning that occurs as physicians prepare to teach. Learning from teaching represents a range of activities in which an accredited provider can facilitate practice-based learning and improvement – where the ‘practice’ could be the person’s professional “teaching practice” or “clinical practice” or “research practice.”

The other/blended learning activity format is used for hybrid, new, or unique approaches that do not fall into one of the established activity types. Providers must identify these activities as other/blended learning in the AMA credit designation statement, in the credit designation statement, and in documentation given to learners (certificates, transcripts, etc.). The inclusion of this activity format allows educators to deploy new technologies such as simulation, adaptive e- learning, virtual reality, gamification, and social media into their medical education approaches.