MSACL 2024 is designated for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ which is the most commonly accepted form of CME credit used by hospital credentialing bodies, state medical boards, medical specialty certifying boards, medical specialty societies and other organizations.
The MSACL 2024 Monterey Conference will be the first MSACL conference to offer CME credit for Scientific Sessions and Short Courses, "upgrading" from CE.
This involves additional administrative work, as well as restrictions that must be adhered to by all involved parties; however we view this offering as critical to attract clinicians who require CME credit in order to justify and/or receive reimbursement for conference expenses.
Clinicians are fundamental to the integration of advanced technologies, such as MS, in the clinical lab. We need them at MSACL.
As part of CME accreditation, which we are able to provide thanks to the support of the University of Nebraska Medical School, there are some specific requirements.
The most relevant requirements have to do with eliminating commercial bias and influence.
For instance, commercial logos are not permitted to be shown as part of the educational content for the conference.
As a test case example, an individual who does not want to be commercially influenced must be able to attend the educational program of a CME-accredited conference and never view a commercial logo, if that is their desire and intent. Hence, within the main scientific session rooms, which are not designated as Industry Workshops, there should never be any logos, except those of the hosting organization(s) (e.g., MSACL, UNMC).
This is why there are no logos on the conference website or in emails related to the conference.
However, the webpage and emails pertaining to MSACL Connect, our virtual platform, do contain logos of supporting vendors because these activities are separate from the accredited activity of the MSACL 2024 conference, and they do not currently provide an avenue to CME credit.
In addition to restricting the presentation of commercial logos, we have been advised by our partner, as well as the CME accredited community-at-large, to restrict all logos outside those of the organizing association(s).