CME is the abbreviation for Continuing Medical Education and consists of educational activities which serve to maintain, develop, or increase the knowledge, skills, and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, the public, or the profession.
Typically, CME refers to educational events and/or coursework that have been approved for CME credits. CME credits are especially important to physicians because some states require a specified number of credits annually to maintain medical licenses, and because most hospitals require a specified number of credits for their physicians to remain credentialed to see patients. CME credits are authorized by the American Medical Association Physician's Recognition Award.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2017, March 20). What is CME credit? National Institutes of Health. Retrieved from https://www.nih.gov/about-nih/what-cme-credit