By: Nanette Bahlinger, Jenny Mataj and Heidi Watts
The joke at our institution was that there were so many CME-certified activities that physicians could earn credit by walking down the hall. Why then, was it so difficult for some physicians to earn enough CME credits to maintain their license? Like most states, Tennessee requires physicians to obtain a minimum number of CME credits for license renewal, and for years it fell to colleagues in Provider Support Services (PSS) to ensure compliance for all credentialed physicians at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. This process involved accessing the CME database to check individual transcripts — an enormously time-consuming task for PSS staff — that was not always appreciated by physicians whose credit totals fell short of the state’s standard.