Attendees of World Microbe Forum will be able to claim the following types of credit:
- Continuing Medical Education – AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
- ACPE Pharmacy credits to be claimed within 45 days of the presentation – by August 4, 2021
- Maintenance of Certification: ABIM and ABPath
- P.A.C.E.®(Effective 2016, all ASM P.A.C.E.® accredited meeting activities must be claimed within 30 days of the presentation—by July 24, 2021)
- California Clinical Laboratory Personnel
- Florida Clinical Laboratory Personnel
- Certificate of Participation
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 CE credits, as well as some general sessions.
*Please Note: To provide the best science to World Microbe Forum attendees, if a conflict of interest is discovered during content validation, CE credit is not offered for that specific session. For more information regarding ACCME compliance issues, please visit their website.
World Microbe Forum 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. Current trends will be covered regarding:
- Antimicrobial Agents and Resistance
- Applied and Environmental Science
- Clinical Infections and Vaccines
- Clinical and Public Health Microbiology
- Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity
- Host-Microbe Biology
- Molecular Biology and Physiology
- Profession of Microbiology
World Microbe Forum Learning Objectives
World Microbe Forum showcases some of the best microbial science in the world, providing a one-of-a-kind forum to explore the complete spectrum of microbiology from basic science to translational, applied, and clinical research. The meeting will be of interest to basic and applied researchers, clinical microbiologists, and infectious diseases practitioners.
Upon completion of World Microbe Forum, attendees 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 epidemiology, research studies, and clinical practice.
- Promote multi-disciplinary dialogue and collaboration among clinicians and investigators.
Physicians: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements 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.
Laboratory Science: ASM is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program.
The France Foundation designates this live internet activity for a maximum of 222.5 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™.
The France Foundation is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education and will award up to 222.5 CEUs to pharmacists who complete the activity and evaluation forms. These are knowledge-based educational activities. Your CE credits will be submitted electronically to the CPE Monitor. CE providers must upload participant information within 60 days from the date the participant completed the live activity.
To ensure your credit fulfillment, you must submit your credit request NO LATER THAN 45 days (August 4, 2021) from the date you completed the activity. Credit requests made more than 60 days after the activity WILL BE REJECTED by CPE Monitor, and are beyond our control. For more information about CPE Monitor, please click here.
The sessions offering ACPE credit will be designated in the registration materials with a Universal Activity Number (UAN) and hours of credit.
Maintenance of Certification
Successful completion of this CME activity, which includes participation in the evaluation component, enables the participant to earn up to:
- 171.75 Medical Knowledge MOC points in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program; and
- 171.75 Lifelong Learning (CME) MOC points in the American Board of Pathology’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
212.5 ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Credits
Diplomates 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 MDs and DOs may earn AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ toward recertification. All other Diplomates and Registrants may claim P.A.C.E.® or FL credits toward recertification. Each professional should claim credit commensurate with their level of participation in the activity. ASM is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the ASCLS P.A.C.E.® Program.
California Clinical Laboratory Personnel
212.5 California CE Credits
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 CME or P.A.C.E.® credits will also qualify for California CE credits toward license renewal.
Florida Clinical Laboratory Personnel
212.5 Florida CE Credits
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 or P.A.C.E.® credits will also qualify for Florida CE credits toward license renewal.
Other CE Licenses
You may obtain a Participation Statement of Credit by completing the activity evaluation. This is a detailed statement that documents your participation in the activity.
Method of Participation/How to Receive 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 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
- If you are requesting ACPE pharmacy credit—your CE credits will be submitted electronically to the CPE Monitor.
- If you are requesting ABIM or ABPath MOC credit, your credit will be uploaded to the ACCME.
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.
Activity Staff Disclosures
The planners, reviewers, editors, staff, CME committee, or other members at The France Foundation and the American Society of Microbiology who control content have no relevant financial relationships to disclose. Faculty (speaker) disclosures are available on the World Microbe Forum meeting platform.
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 US 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.