Twenty-five percent of the respondents work in hospitals/healthcare delivery systems; 18 percent in national/international medical or scientific societies or associations; 14 percent in publishing/medical education companies; 14 percent in schools of medicine; 5 percent regional/state/county/local medical or scientific societies or associations; with the rest in an “other” category that included pharma/device companies, clinical research organizations, government agencies, technology companies, and third-party companies. Most said their employers are accredited by at least one organization, the most common of which is the Accreditation Council for CME (56 percent), followed by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (20 percent), recognized state accreditors (19 per-
cent), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (19 percent).

While responses ran the gamut, a third of respondents said their department is responsible for up to 25 CME/CPD activities annually; more than a quarter, however, said their department handled more than 100 per year—these were most often medical schools and hospitals. Almost a quarter also said their budgets for these activities was in the $1 million to $4.9 million range, while 19 percent put their department’s budget at less than $50,000. The $1 million to $4.9 million budget range was most often found in medical schools and national/international medical or scientific societies/associations (35 percent of respondents from both these organizational types reported the budgets in this range, and 29 percent from publishing/medical education companies). Medical societies and medical schools scored the biggest budgets (15 percent of these two groups reported budgets in 2011 of more than $5 million), while just 7 percent of those working in publishing/medical education companies reported CME budgets over $5 million. Those reporting the lowest budgets were most likely to be hospitals/healthcare delivery systems (28 percent reported budgets under $50,000, while less than 10 percent of all the other organization types fell into this range).