More Than CPI

Continuous Professional Improvement program takes on modality-specific CME.more than cpi

Radiologists who want to earn CME or SAM credits often seek materials or events that not only fulfill their practice requirements for the year but also keep them up-to-date within their specialties. This can be difficult, particularly with recent, more rigorous accreditation requirements from states, hospitals, and accrediting bodies.


One popular way the College has helped radiologists fulfill their CME needs is through the Continuous Professional Improvement (CPI) program, which offers self-assessment modules that carry six AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and one to two ABR-approved SAM credits each. Module topics are based on the areas of clinical study for the ABR boards with special editions in radiological "hot topics" or arenas of emergent educational need.

Introducing CPI Splice

When meeting modality-specific accreditation requirements for federal agencies, hospitals, states, and accrediting organizations, radiologists often find themselves under time-sensitive pressures. To help address these requirements, the CPI leadership envisioned the new CPI Splice program, which will be offered online for greater accessibility.

This unique evolution of the CPI Program began after Program Chair and Editor in Chief Harris L. Cohen, MD, FACR, and the CPI Operations Advisory Group (OAG) asked members to fill out a survey on CME needs. Nearly 1,400 individuals participated in the survey.

Survey findings showed that MRI and CT were the most sought-after modalities for CME/SAM credit, while breast ultrasound and cardiac MRI, although essential, were in less demand. The survey also revealed that more than 62 percent of respondents have experienced difficulty finding modality-specific CME/SAM credits that adequately meet their needs.CPI 1CPI 2

These responses were the basis for the OAG and the ACR Press to develop CPI Splice, modality-specific content delivered via an interactive digital program. Based on member feedback, the first three CPI Splices offered by the new program will be MRI, CT, and ultrasound. Each CPI Splice will be a collection of module excellence vetted by original CPI module authors and further reviewed by renowned experts in the field: Diego R. Martin, MD, PhD, for MRI; Elliot K. Fishman, MD, FACR, for CT; and Harris L. Cohen, MD, FACR, for ultrasound. Look for them this fall.

Moreover, the ACR continues to commitment to develop educational solutions that are as unique as its members and their practices. For more information about the CPI Splice program or other CPI modules, visit

By Brett Hansen

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