The American Association for Thoracic Surgery is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Association for Thoracic Surgery designates this educational activity for AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
To demonstrate compliance with requirements of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), it is the policy of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery to have any individual who is in the position to control or influence the content of an educational activity (i.e. planners, faculty, authors, committee members, content reviewers, staff, and the individual’s spouse/partner) disclose all relevant financial relationships with an ACCME-defined commercial interest(s), that is, any entity that produces, markets, re-sells, or distributes health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients prior to the CME activity.
Relevant financial relationships are financial relationships in any amount that create a conflict of interest and that occurred in the twelve-month period preceding the time that the individual was asked to assume a role controlling content of the CME activity. A conflict of interest is created when individuals have both a financial relationship with a commercial interest and the opportunity to affect the content of CME about the products or services of that commercial interest. AATS has mechanisms in place to identify and resolve conflicts of interest. Relevant financial relationships, or the absence thereof, are disclosed to all learners prior to the start of the CME activity.
These requirements are designed to ensure that accredited continuing medical education (CME) provide a safe place for learning – independent of commercial interests and commercial influence- and that educational content and recommendations involving clinical medicine are evidenced-based, objective, balanced, and scientifically rigorous.
For further information on the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards of Commercial Support, please visit www.accme.org.