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Will the location and dates be on my certificate?

We CAN/WILL put specific dates on certificates, these dates will either be the date(s) requested by the participant on their evaluation OR it will be the date the test is received (if mailed, the postmarked date). The location will NOT appear on the certificate or any corresponding materials. See below.

Why can’t you put the LOCATION on the certificate, other organizations do?

Other Non-Accredited companies, who even affiliate with legitimate Accredited Organizations, “skirt” this issue by providing a “Certificate of Participation” with the location identified. This should NOT be confused with the Formal AMA PRA Category 1 Credit certificate and use of this “Certificate of Participation”, we fear, could get you in trouble with your workplace and/or the IRS if used improperly. As per the AMA Requirements, the AMA Certificate MUST NOT have the location of participation identified on it for Audio/Video (enduring materials) courses.  If you need location verification, other receipts and travel documents indicating your travel purpose and destination should be correlated with the legitimate AMA Certificate with course title, dates and credits such as we provide.

Are the CME Travel courses approved for AAFP credits like your live programs?

The AAFP accepts any activity approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit as equivalent to AAFP Elective credits, such as our enduring materials. This is self-reporting to the AAFP and must be reported as AMA PRA Category 1 Credit; however, they are NOT directly approved for AAFP credits.

Can I pay by Discover or American Express?

No. We accept MasterCard or Visa or participant can pay by check or money order. Make checks or money orders payable to American Medical Seminars, Inc.

Do we issue AOA credits for D.O.’s for our live and travel courses?

Our courses are approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit, which equate to 2-B AOA credits, and you would self-report these; however, they are NOT directly approved for AOA credits.

When must I complete my post-test?

Your post-test and evaluation must be completed online, faxed to us, or postmarked any time prior to the expiration date of the course. However, please note that all certificates have an issue date, and course completion dates if reported. The issue date is the date that we receive your completed test & evaluation via fax, post mark date, or on-line completion date. Credit can NOT be issued after the expiration date, no exceptions.

What is the normal shipping time and method?

Orders received prior to 12pm EST, Monday-Friday will be shipped same day (after 12pm will be shipped the next business day).  All courses ship FREE* via FedEx Ground and generally arrive in 3-6 business days.  *Courses can be expedited at the request and expense of the participant. Additionally, If shipping outside of the contiguous US, additional fees apply. Please call our office at 866-267-4263 for details.

Can we ship courses to participant’s travel location or hotel?

Yes. We can ship to the participant’s travel location/hotel, but we require complete destination information, such as name and address of the hotel, hotel telephone number, and most importantly, the participant’s hotel confirmation number. Please call the hotel and inform them that a package will be arriving at the hotel for you.

Can I take a course outside of the U.S., complete it in another country and get credit?

Yes. Our courses are designed to be flexible. You may take them where and when you like. However, if you are expecting reimbursement or tax deductions, you need to speak with your accountant and/or organization about your policies on reimbursement prior to travel. Please remember that it is unlawful for AMS to give tax advice.

How soon in advance should I order my course before starting my travel?

At a minimum you should give our office at least 7-10 business days, from your travel start date – please see “Normal Shipping Time and Method”.  If shipping outside the US, you MUST allow up to 3 weeks for delivery.  Please call our office at 866-267-4263 for details.

How many days can I take to complete the course?

The number of days you take to complete the course is up to you. The estimated time to complete a 5 credit course is 5 hours. Also, please note that all certificates have an issue date and course completion dates if requested. The issue date is the date that we receive your completed test & evaluation via fax, the post mark date, or on-line completion date.

LIVE

If my employer is paying the registration, can you hold a seat for me for a
seminar until my employer sends the check for registration?

Yes. We can hold a seat for you and mail an invoice due to send payment. You will receive an amount due invoice that you can submit to your employer for reimbursement. We follow up on all the held seats two weeks prior to the seminar.

Are all live seminars held at the Hyatt in Sarasota, Florida?

Yes. All live seminars are held at the Hyatt in Sarasota, Florida. We do have our popular “Home, Commute or Travel CME” on DVDs and Audio CDs/MP3s if you cannot attend one of our live sessions.

Enterprise Rental will not guarantee a car seat?

Enterprise now provides car seats through a 3rd party. Please confirm before guaranteeing.

Can I pay by Discover or American Express?

No. We accept MasterCard or Visa or participant can pay by check or money order. Make checks or money orders payable to American Medical Seminars, Inc.

Are any of your seminars ever canceled?

This has only happened one year (2 courses, the same speakers were supposed to present at both courses), due to a family emergency situation with our faculty. This was the first time this happened in all 31 years of presentations.

Is there a registration fee difference for a physician as opposed to a non-physician?

Yes. Physicians' fees are $849 for early registration, $899 for regular registration; Non-physicians' fees are $749 for early registration, $799 for regular registration.

What is the difference between the early registration fee and the regular registration fee?

To receive early registration fee, registration must be postmarked >30 days prior to program start date.

Does a Resident get any discount from the Registration fee?

Resident fee is the same price as the Non-physician fee, $749 early registration, $799 regular registration. Medical resident discounted fees must be accompanied by Department Head Letter indicating Resident status.

What is the schedule for the activity for the week?

All CME activities are held Monday – Friday from 8:00am-12:15pm unless otherwise indicated.

What does the registration fee include?

Paid participants only: Daily healthy continental breakfast; coffee/beverage breaks; e-syllabus/flashdrive and an AMA certificate of completion from American Medical Seminars, Inc.

Are the CME activities certified for credit?

Yes. American Medical Seminars, Inc. is accredited by the ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. You will receive an AMA PRA Category 1 Credit upon completion of the course.

Is there a government rate at the Hyatt?

Yes. The participant will need to contact the hotel to get the government rate. Rates are available and depends on times and availability of the hotel. They also need to know that with the government rate, they will be charged for internet access as that discount is only available through our AMS rate.

Who is the intended audience for these programs?

Family practitioners, Internal medicine, General practitioners, and specialists who intend to learn more about primary care medicine.

What is your cancellation policy?

To receive a refund (minus a $75 administrative fee), cancellations must be received in writing at least 7 days prior to the CME activity date. For cancellations received less than 7 days prior to the program, a $150 administrative fee will apply.

What is the policy for a no-show?

Individuals who fail to attend the course (no-shows) will not be entitled to any refund.

How many credits will I receive after attending the seminar?

American Medical Seminars designates these educational activities for a maximum of 20 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Do we issue AOA credits for D.O.’s for our live and travel courses?

No. Our courses are approved for Category 1 AMA credits, which equate to 2-B AOA credits, and you would self-report these.

How about other certifications?

Please go to our accredition/certification page for complete details.

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