Continuing Education at ASM CVS

This activity is jointly provided by The France Foundation and the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). 

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The France Foundation
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Attendees of ASM CVS will be able to claim the following types of credit:

  • Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)—AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.
  • P.A.C.E.® Effective 2016, all ASM P.A.C.E.® accredited meeting activities must be claimed within 30 days.
  • California Clinical Laboratory Personnel.
  • Florida Clinical Laboratory Personnel.
  • Certificate of Participation.

Statement of Need

This international symposium will provide a forum for the meaningful exchange of ideas dealing with viral infections, and is led by biomedical scientists engaged in research and primary care physicians and laboratorians involved with patient care. The relationship between rapid viral diagnosis, clinical course of viral infections and preventive and therapeutic modalities for viral infections is the theme of this 3.5-day meeting. Discussion of timely topics by renowned scientists assures that this symposium will be informative and interesting. Furthermore, newly acquired information about clinically-relevant viral infections will be useful to practicing physicians who can apply this knowledge in a clinical setting.

Educational Activity Learning Objectives

Upon completion of sessions with available credit, the participants should be able to:
  • Articulate the pathogenesis of viral diseases and the biology of the viruses that cause them.
  • Develop an improved ability to perform and interpret diagnostic virology tests.
  • Apply methods of antiviral therapies and vaccination strategies.
This activity is sponsored through an educational collaboration between ASM and The France Foundation.

Accreditation Statement

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The France Foundation and the American Society for Microbiology. The France Foundation is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation

Physicians—The France Foundation designates this live activity for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Medical Association (AMA) has determined that physicians not licensed in the U.S. who participate in this CME activity are eligible for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

P.A.C.E.®—The American Society for Microbiology is an approved provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences through the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® program.

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

Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel—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 CME credits will also qualify for Florida CE credits toward license renewal.

Other CE Licenses—You may obtain a Statement of Participation by completing the activity evaluation. This is a detailed statement that documents your participation in the activity.

Education Disclaimer

The primary purpose of the sessions at CVS is education. Information presented, as well as publications, technologies, products and/or services discussed, are intended to inform you about the knowledge, techniques and experiences of professionals who are willing to share such information with colleagues. A diversity of professional opinions exists in the fields discussed at CVS and the views of the CVA faculty are offered solely for educational purposes. Faculty's views neither represent those of ASM nor constitute endorsement by the association. ASM disclaims any and all liabilities for damages to any individual attending CVS and for all claims which may result from the use of this information, publications, technologies, products and/or services at CVS.


How to Claim Credit

  1. Review the activity objectives and CME/CE information. 
  2. Participate in the CME/CE activity. 
  3. Complete the CME/CE evaluation form, which provides each participant with the opportunity to comment on how participating in the activity will affect their professional practice; the quality of the instructional process; the perception of enhanced professional effectiveness; the perception of commercial bias; and his/her/their views on future educational needs. 
  4. Credit documentation/reporting: 
    • If you are requesting AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ or a certificate of participation, your CME/CE certificate will be made available for download. 

Disclosure Policy

In accordance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, 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 interest. 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 seek to 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.
A listing of disclosures will be made available in the CVS mobile app.

Activity Staff Disclosures

The planners, reviewers, editors, staff, CME Committee or other members at The France Foundation who control content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. 

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 is 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.

ASM Clinical Virology Symposium Disclaimer

TFF and ASM present this information for educational purposes only. Faculty who have been selected because of recognized expertise in their field provide the content. Participants have the professional responsibility to ensure that products are prescribed and used appropriately based on their own clinical judgment and accepted standards of care. TFF and ASM assume no liability for the information herein. 

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