Expectations for presenters

All presenters are expected to present an unbiased, content-validated, evidence-based presentation. 

In accordance with the ACCME standards for commercial support:

"The content or format of a CME activity or its related materials must promote improvements or quality in healthcare and not a specific proprietary business interest of a commercial interest."

"Presentations must give a balanced view of therapeutic options. Use of generic names will contribute to this impartiality. If the CME educational material or content includes trade names, where available trade names from several companies should be used, not just trade names from a single company."

"Educational materials that are part of a CME activity, such as slides, abstracts, and handouts, cannot contain any advertising, trade name or a product-group message."

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The ACCME's Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education state that commercial companies cannot provide slides or biased data or pay direct expenses to presenters such as honoraria, travel expenses, etc.

Additional expectations:

  • All presenters must complete a Disclosure Form to identify any potential conflict of interest as soon as it is received.
    • If EVMS CME determines there is a potential conflict of interest, you may be asked for more information or to preview your presentation.
  • Please respect the time allotted for your presentation and allow for a question and answer period.
  • Please send in your presentation when requested. This is especially important for courses when a syllabus is prepared.
  • For grand rounds: If your presentation is to be broadcast, please bring your presentation on a thumb drive as it must be run from an EVMS computer connected to our network.
  • Keep all original receipts for reimbursement.
  • Keep open communication with EVMS CME and your host department.

Credit for presenters


Learning associated with teaching encourages your own professional development as a medical educator.

You can earn American Medical Association (AMA) PRA Category 1 Credit by engaging in new learning intended to make you a better presenter and then applying your new learning to teaching medical students, residents and fellows. CME credit recognizes how your learning changed your teaching.

Here is the basic principle of learning associated with presenting:


  • Undertake new learning associated with making you a better preceptor.
    • This may include acquiring new factual information, communication skills or teaching techniques. You can also learn how to make better slides or how to mentor.
  • Apply your new learning by teaching medical students, residents or fellows as a presenter.
  • You will be awarded 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits for every hour of teaching time. 

What you need to know

  • The process applies only to presenting at EVMS grand rounds or conferences.
  • Learning must be paired with teaching; you must engage in some new learning that is applied to teaching.
  • If you teach the same content on more than one occasion – even if the content is presented to a different audience – you may claim credit only once. However, if you undertake new learning – even on a previous topic – that becomes a new learning-teaching combination eligible for credit. 

Learning sources

We expect that the educational material you use will have been developed independent of any commercial interest, as defined by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). You can ensure this by using: 

How to receive credit

Complete and submit the speaker credit form reporting only teaching time; do not include your learning time. EVMS CME will calculate the amount of credit you will be awarded by doubling the teaching time and then rounding to the nearest quarter-hour. Credit will appear in your EVMS CME transcript.

Please contact us by email at cme@evms.edu or by phone at 757.446.6140 if you have any questions or requests.