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Online CME Series

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Program Purpose

Welcome to the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology's (ASCCP) Online CME Series. This interactive media program was designed by ASCCP to provide timely, evidence-based information to address the pressing issues in the screening and management of lower genital tract disease facing physicians and other licensed healthcare providers today.

Is this educational activity right for me?

The target audience is all licensed clinicians who interpret the results of cervical cancer screening tests and those who diagnose, observe, and treat preinvasive disease. The ASCCP Online CME Series has been developed for the gynecologist, family physician, gynecologic oncologist, advanced practice clinician (e.g., NP, CNM, and PA-C), pathologist, pediatrician, and resident working with women and adolescents. These online learning activities will also be relevant to those gynecologists, family physicians, and pathologists who supervise residents and fellows, and for physicians with administrative responsibility for patients.

Learner Participation

Each lecture features a PowerPoint lecture containing cytologic, colposcopic, and histologic images, as well as scrolling text and audio accompaniments, thumbnails and search functions. Each lecture takes approximately 1 hour to complete, however, participants may proceed through the lectures at their own pace, with the program allowing the user to bookmark a lecture and return at a later time. Each course includes a short self-assessment CME pre- and post-test composed of multiple choice clinical questions and case study questions, as well as a course evaluation survey. Upon completion of the CME post-test (min. 70% pass rate) and evaluation survey, the participant will then be able to claim up to one 1 continuing medical education credit (Category 1) for each lecture. 

CME Information

ACCME Accreditation

The American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Continuing Medical Education Credits

The American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology designates this enduring material for a maximum of 2 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Full information on how to participate and obtain CME credits for a given activity is found under Method of Participation and Obtaining CME Credit.


Professional Performance Gaps and Competencies

As part of its overall CME assessment, planning, and evaluation processes, ASCCP undertakes regular reviews of national, international, and internal learner data to determine the professional performance gaps experienced by its members. We then identify those medical knowledge, practice-based learning, patient care, systems-based practice, and interpersonal communication needs that are to be incorporated into our educational activities. The Online CME Series has been developed specifically to address the following provider needs:

  1. improve understanding of abnormal cervical cancer screening tests and cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN)/adenocarcinoma in situ (AIS), including colposcopic image recognition and individualization of generalized management guidelines for specific cases;
  2. increase understanding as to the epidemiology, natural history, and immune response of HPV;
  3. apply management guidelines to women from special populations with different risks and potential harms from treatment;
  4. gain an understanding of HPV vaccine benefits, side effects, cost effectiveness, societal impacts, risks and indications for vaccination and to increase one’s ability to communicate these issues to patients, their family members, and colleagues; and,
  5. improve knowledge of vulvar diseases and gain skills in the visual recognition, diagnostic evaluation, and management of vulvar disorders.

As you progress through the Series, please be sure to review each activity’s Summary page (use course links below) for the specific gaps and competencies that activity is designed to improve as well as its specific CME information.


Computer Requirements

Within any ASCCP Online CME Series lecture, you may easily navigate forwards or backwards and the audio and the slides will remain synchronized. ASCCP recommends the following system requirements for the best presentation viewing:

  • Microsoft Windows 2000, 2007, Windows XP, Windows 2003, or Vista
  • Display screen resolution of 800 x 600 pixels (1,024x768 recommended)
  • 100MB of available hard-disk space
  • Windows-compatible sound card
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer Internet Explorer 6.x, or higher, Mozilla Firefox 1.5 or higher (Windows or Mac)
  • Flash® Player 8 or 9 for Windows or Mac Flash Player 9 for Linux® or Solaris™
  • Windows Media Player X.0
  • Adobe® Adobe Reader 9® for viewing PDF files created with Adobe Presenter
  • Broadband Internet connection (256 Kbps & above)
  • Other system configurations may work perfectly well, subject to your personal preferences.

Statement of Independence

This CME activity was planned and produced in accordance with the ACCME Essentials Areas and Elements and the Updated Criteria. ASCCP also states that all decisions relating to the development and production activities of each lecture were made independent of any commercial interest. The ASCCP strives to develop and present educational activities that are balanced, scientifically rigorous, and that serve to improve patient outcomes. To that end, we welcome your comments about how to better serve your needs. Please forward your recommendations to

Disclaimer: The ASCCP Online CME Series is an educational resource and as such does not define a standard of care, nor is it intended to dictate an exclusive course of treatment or procedure to be followed. It presents methods and techniques of clinical practice that are acceptable and used by recognized authorities, for consideration by licensed physicians and healthcare providers to incorporate into their practice. Variations of practice, taking into account the needs of the individual patient, resources, and limitation unique to the institution or type of practice, may be appropriate.

The statements and opinions expressed within this educational program are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology (ASCCP). ASCCP disclaims any responsibility and/or liability for such information.

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