The American Medical Association (AMA) and the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners (QCHP) Accreditation Department have signed a CME agreement under which select activities approved for QCHP Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit are eligible for conversion of the hours of participation to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. This agreement is effective on Jan. 1, 2017, and in place through Dec. 31, 2018. The agreement will be reviewed for renewal prior to December of 2018.
Educational activities certified for QCHP CPD credit by organizations accredited by the QCHP to provide continuing medical education to physicians, as well as those educational activities certified for QCHP CPD credit directly by the QCHP, are covered by this agreement.
AMA Will Convert QCHP CPD Hours of Participation
Only the following activity categories certified for QCHP CPD credit are eligible for conversion:
Category 1: Accredited Group Learning Activities
- Conferences, symposia, seminars and workshops
- Educational rounds, including morning report in health care facilities, grand rounds, morbidity and mortality rounds, tumor boards and case-based discussions
- Journal clubs
- Online synchronous or blended group learning activities
Category 3: Assessment Activities
- Accredited knowledge assessment programs
- Accredited simulation
QCHP CPD hours of participation as described above will be converted to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for individuals who have received a Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine or an equivalent international degree. Other health care professionals can receive a certificate of participation in an activity eligible for conversion to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.
Credit will be converted based on 1 hour of participation equaling 1 credit for all activities. Physicians wishing to convert QCHP CPD credit to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, and other health care professionals wishing to obtain a certificate of participation, will be required to follow the instructions outlined below. Physicians and other health care professionals will be required to pay a processing fee to the AMA.
The following AMA credit designation statement must be included on all disseminated promotional materials and all certificates given to physicians and other health care professionals for their participation in the above described categories.
“Through an agreement between the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners-Accreditation Department and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert QCHP CPD credit to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert QCHP CPD credit to AMA credit can be found on the AMA website. Other health care professionals may obtain from the AMA a certificate of having participated in an activity eligible for conversion of credit to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™."
Certificates provided to physician participants must delineate the number of hours of participation so that the appropriate conversion to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ can be made.
Instructions for converting QCHP CPD credit to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ will be available once the agreement is effective.