Continuing Education Credits

Program Overview

ASM Microbe 2024 showcases some of the best microbial science in the world, providing a one-of-a-kind forum to explore the complete spectrum of microbiology. The meeting will interest basic and applied researchers, clinical microbiologists and infectious diseases practitioners. Attendees of ASM Microbe 2024 will be able to claim up to 31.25 credit hours of CME and 32.5 hours of PACE/CA-CE/FL-CE to earn or maintain their certifications. Search the program planner to find sessions offering CE credit. Sessions will cover current trends in the following topics: 

Target Audience

ASM Microbe 2024 is designed to meet the needs of professionals in the field of microbiology, particularly clinical microbiologists, pathologists, researchers, pharmacists, physicians and other health care professionals, cutting across all disciplines of microbiology.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of sessions with available credit, learners should be able to:

  • Discuss key updates in the areas of cellular, environmental, ecological and evolutionary microbiology, microbial pathogenesis and infectious diseases, applied and clinical microbiology, pharmacology and microbiology education. 
  • Recognize and interpret new information regarding physiology, genetics, ecology, evolution, cell biology and antimicrobial resistance of microbes. 
  • Synthesize new data on the roles of microbes in the environment, industrial and food science, health and disease. 
  • Recognize new therapeutics and prevention strategies for infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. 
  • Use new technologies, practices and developments to improve research studies and clinical practice. 
  • Promote multi-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration among clinicians and investigators. 

Credit Claiming Process

Credit Designation

Attendees of ASM Microbe 2024 will be able to claim up to 32.5 credit hours (subject to change) of the following continuing education credit types:

  • AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ (CME) (31.25 hours maximum).
  • Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education (P.A.C.E.®) (32.5 hours maximum).
  • California Clinical Laboratory Personnel (CA-CE) (32.5 hours maximum).
  • Florida Clinical Laboratory Personnel (FL-CE) (32.5 hours maximum).
The ASM Microbe 2024 Program Planner's ‘My Credit Cart’ will be available to claim CE credit hours and download certificates beginning on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. CME credit hours will be available to claim via a separate emailed evaluation from The France Foundation (TFF) through ASM beginning Wednesday, June 19, 2024.

Please note: CE/CME is available for live content only. On-demand viewing (recorded content) will not be offered for ASM Microbe 2024 in any capacity.

Available credit types have different claiming windows. Reference the dates below to ensure the appropriate steps are completed for each type to claim credit:

Thursday, June 13, 2024—Monday, June 17, 2024
  • CA-CE & FL-CE (All credit hours will be claimed on-site at ASM Microbe 2024credit claiming will be unavailable after the meeting).
Wednesday, June 19, 2024—Friday, July 19, 2024
  • CME (AMA PRA Category 1™).
Wednesday, June 19, 2024—Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2024
  • P.A.C.E.®
Most sessions listed in the Antimicrobial Agents and Resistance (AAR), Clinical Infections and Vaccine (CIV), Clinical and Public Health Microbiology (CPHM) and Profession of Microbiology (POM) tracks will offer various credit hour types and some general sessions. Sessions in the aforementioned tracks that take place in the Exhibit and Poster Hall will not offer CME credit hours, however, may offer P.A.C.E.®, CA-CE and FL-CE. When reviewing sessions in the ASM Microbe 2024 Program Planner, look for the "Credit Hours Available" in the left column to confirm if and what type of continuing education credit hours are being offered. Those sessions without this listed will not offer credit hours.

If you are claiming Continuing Medical Education (CME - AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™) for ASM Microbe 2024, an administrative fee of $75 is required at the time of registration. This fee is only applicable to CME credits and no other forms of continuing education credits offered by ASM (e.g., P.A.C.E.®). If you have not paid this fee, please visit registration to make the necessary payment.

Please note: To provide the best science to ASM Microbe 2024 attendees, if a conflict of interest is discovered during content validation, CME credit is not offered for that specific session. If a session has CME removed this reason, a notice will be added to the session page within the ASM Microbe 2024 Program Planner. For more information regarding ACCME compliance guidelines, visit their website.

Continuing Education Portal Available July 19, 2024

Method of Participation & How to Receive Credit

  • You must attend the sessions on-site in Atlanta that you want to claim CME, P.A.C.E.®, CA-CE, and/or FL-CE credit hours for.
  • If you are claiming CA-CE or FL-CE credit hours, you must sign in before each session you attend on-site to be awarded credit. Outside of each session room at ASM Microbe 2024, there will be a QR code available to scan. After scanning, you will be brought to a short form to fill out, including selecting the session name you are attending from the provided drop-down list, your full name and your CA or FL license number. The form must be fully completed for each session attended. Credit hours will not be reported for incomplete or missing sessions.
  • If you selected to pay the CME credit hour fee, then CME credit hours will be available for claiming via a separate emailed evaluation from continuingeducation@asmusa.org after the meeting. This evaluation will be accessible beginning Wednesday, June 19, 2024. All registrants who paid the $75 fee to claim CME will receive an email notification containing a link to access the evaluation.
  • P.A.C.E.® credit hours will be available for claiming via the ‘My Credit Cart’ in the ASM Microbe 2024 Program Planner. This CE portal will be accessible beginning Wednesday, June 19, 2024. Once available, complete the individual session evaluations for all sessions you want to claim P.A.C.E.® credit for. Then, download the corresponding certificate.

Credit Documentation/Reporting

  • If you are requesting CME credit hours, then your certificate will be emailed to you by The France Foundation (TFF) upon completing the emailed CME evaluation form. You can then self-report your credit hours to the American Medical Association (AMA) with your certificate.
  • If you are requesting P.A.C.E.® credit hours, then upon completing all individual session evaluations and downloading your P.A.C.E.® certificate in ‘My Credit Cart’ in the ASM Microbe 2024 Program Planner, ASM will report your claimed credit hours to the ASCLS P.A.C.E. ® Program.
  • If you are requesting CA-CE credit hours, ASM will report all properly claimed credit hours through the QR code sign-in forms to the California Department of Health (CDPH). To receive your CA-CE certificate, you will need to add all relevant sessions to your itinerary within the ASM Microbe 2024 Program Planner and complete all individual session evaluations in ‘My Credit Cart’. Then, download your California Clinical Laboratory Personnel Certificate. Note: This certificate is for your records only. The hours reported to the CDPH are calculated from the QR code sign-in forms on-site and cannot be altered.
  • If you are requesting FL-CE credit hours, ASM will report all properly claimed credit hours through the QR code sign-in forms to the Florida Department of Health (FDPH). To receive your FL-CE certificate, you will need to add all relevant sessions to your itinerary within the ASM Microbe 2024 Program Planner Portal and complete all individual session evaluations in ‘My Credit Cart.’ Then, download your Florida Clinical Laboratory Personnel Certificate. Note: This certificate is for your records only. The hours reported to the FDPH are calculated from the QR code sign-in forms on-site and cannot be altered.

Accreditation Statements 

       
The France Foundation in blue text with a green logo symbol.

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by The France Foundation and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). The France Foundation is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

CME

The France Foundation designates this live activity for a maximum of 31.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

P.A.C.E. ASCLS logos.

P.A.C.E.®

The American Society for Microbiology is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program.

Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education (P.A.C.E.®) is an administrative system established to stimulate and serve as the quality assurance mechanism for continuing education programs offered to clinical laboratory professionals by ASCLS constituent societies, laboratory industry, government agencies, hospitals and educational organizations. 

Diplomats of the American Board of Medical Microbiology and the American Board of Medical Laboratory Immunology and Registrants of the National Registry of Certified Microbiologists who are M.D.s and D.O.s may earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ toward recertification. All other Diplomats and Registrants may claim 32.5 P.A.C.E.® credit hours toward recertification. Professionals should claim credit commensurate with their level of participation in the activity.

CA-CE

The American Society for Microbiology is accredited by the California Department of Health to offer continuing education for California Clinical Laboratory Personnel. All sessions designated for P.A.C.E.® credits will also qualify for California CE credits toward license renewal. 

FL-CE

The American Society for Microbiology is accredited by the Florida Department of Health to offer continuing education for Florida Clinical Laboratory Personnel. All sessions designated for P.A.C.E.® credits will also qualify for Florida CE credits toward license renewal. 

All other healthcare professionals completing this course will be issued a statement of participation.

Method of Participation & How to Receive Credit

How many credits can I receive by attending ASM Microbe 2024 in Atlanta?  

Attendees of ASM Microbe 2024 will be able to claim up to 31.25 hours of CME (AMA PRA Category 1™)  and 32.5 credit hours of P.A.C.E.®/CA-CE/FL-CE.

What  continuing education credit types are available to claim at ASM Microbe 2024?  

  • AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ (CME) (31.25 hours maximum).
  • Professional Acknowledgment for Continuing Education (P.A.C.E.®) (32.5 hours maximum).
  • California Clinical Laboratory Personnel (CA-CE) (32.5 hours maximum).  
  • Florida Clinical Laboratory Personnel (FL-CE) (32.5 hours maximum).

Is there a cost to claim CME/CE for attending ASM Microbe?  

CME credit hours require an administrative fee of $75.00 at the time of registration. P.A.C.E.®, CA-CE, and FL-CE do not require an additional fee. 

How do I purchase the ability to claim CME credit hours?  

To add CME to your ASM Microbe registration record, login using your ASM account credentials. On your dashboard, click on "Attendee Profile." On the profile page, click "Yes, I will be claiming CME Credits." Click "Next" to review and check out. Your credit card on file will be used for payment. Click, "Pay Now," to complete. If you need additional assistance, or do not have a credit card on file, please visit the registration help desk located in Building B, Level 4, Main Lobby of the Georgia World Congress Center.   

Will I have an opportunity to purchase the ability to claim CME credit hours after attending ASM Microbe?  

No, you must purchase CME with your registration record and/or add onsite while attending ASM Microbe in Atlanta. You will have until Monday, June 17 at 12 p.m. ET (local time) to add the CME option to your registration.  

Can I claim CME/CE credit hours by viewing on-demand sessions?

No, CME/CE credit is available for live content only by attending ASM Microbe 2024. On-demand viewing (recorded content) will not be offered for ASM Microbe 2024 in any capacity.

How long do I have to claim credit for the sessions attended at ASM Microbe?  

The asmmicrobemtgprogram@asmusa.org ‘My Credit Cart’ will be available to claim CE credit hours and download certificates beginning on Wednesday, June 19, 2024. CME credit hours will be available to claim via a separate emailed evaluation from The France Foundation (TFF) through ASM beginning Wednesday, June 19, 2024.  

Available credit types have different claiming windows. Reference the dates below to ensure the appropriate steps are completed for each type to claim credit: 

Thursday, June 13, 2024—Monday, June 17, 2024

  • CA-CE & FL-CE (All credit hours will be claimed on-site at ASM Microbe 2024credit claiming will be unavailable after the meeting).
Wednesday, June 19, 2024—Friday, July 19, 2024
  • CME (AMA PRA Category 1™).
Wednesday, June 19, 2024—Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2024
  • P.A.C.E.®

What if I have additional questions?

If you are claiming CME credits and have any questions about this activity, please contact The France Foundation at 860-434-1650 or info@francefoundation.com

If you are claiming P.A.C.E.®, CA-CE, or FL-CE credits, and have any questions about this activity, please contact ASM at continuingeducation@asmusa.org
 

Disclosure Policy

Disclosure Policy

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, The France Foundation (TFF) and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) require that individuals in a position to control the content of an educational activity disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial entity. TFF and ASM resolve all conflicts of interest to ensure independence, objectivity, balance and scientific rigor in all their educational programs. Furthermore, TFF and ASM verify that all scientific research referred to, reported or used in a CME/CE activity conforms to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis. TFF and ASM are committed to providing learners with high-quality CME/CE activities that promote improvements in health care and not those of a commercial interest.

To access educational steering committee members, faculty and activity staff disclosures, please visit the ASM Microbe 2024 Program Planner. 

Disclosures will be rendered by each faculty member at the beginning of their presentations. ASM and TFF staff who were involved with the planning of the CME/CE activity have nothing to disclose. All final planning decisions concerning content, learning objectives and evaluation questions were made by the non-conflicted educational steering committee member(s). Content was reviewed by a non-conflicted member of the educational steering committee to ensure that it is not commercially biased, was fair-balanced and is based on scientific evidence and/or clinical reasoning.

Disclosure of Unlabeled Use

TFF and ASM require CME faculty (speakers) to disclose when products or procedures being discussed are off label, unlabeled, experimental and/or investigational, and any limitations on the information that is presented, such as data that are preliminary, or that represent ongoing research, interim analyses and/or unsupported opinion. Faculty in this activity may discuss information about pharmaceutical agents that are outside of U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved labeling. This information is intended solely for continuing medical education and is not intended to promote off-label use of these medications. TFF and ASM do not recommend the use of any agent outside of the labeled indications. If you have questions, contact the Medical Affairs Department of the manufacturer for the most recent prescribing information. 

Disclaimer

TFF and ASM present this information for educational purposes only. The content is provided solely by faculty who have been selected because of recognized expertise in their field. Participants have the professional responsibility to ensure that products are prescribed and used appropriately on the basis of their own clinical judgment and accepted standards of care. The France Foundation TFF and ASM assume no liability for the information herein.

Contact Information 

If you are claiming CME credits and have any questions about this activity, please contact The France Foundation at 860-434-1650 or info@francefoundation.com.

If you are claiming P.A.C.E.®, CA-CE, or FL-CE credits and have any questions about this activity, please contact ASM at continuingeducation@asmusa.org

Education/CE Steering Committee

Thank you to the dedicated Continuing Education/ CE Steering Committee for their contributions to ASM Microbe 2024. 

Robert Tibbetts, Ph.D., Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, Mich. 
Jacinda Abdul-Mutakabir, Pharm.D., University of California San Diego, San Diego, Calif.
Katie Barten, DES, ASM Staff, Washington, D.C.