When Wiley’s ACCME-accredited providership launched back in 1992, the goal was to enhance medical knowledge through the dissemination of research and its clinical implications, resulting in improvements in the quality of patient care and professional practice. Beyond this, as a publisher we’re uniquely positioned to offer journal-based learning solutions that may benefit physicians in all stages of the publishing process.
The CME for Reviewers program is a new Wiley service that awards AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to physician peer reviewers for eligible journals in the health sciences to recognize learning already taking place within their busy schedules that may further their education requirements.
We began the pilot in August 2016, starting with three journals after completing a needs assessment to ensure relevance for each target audience. A total of 964 requests for credit were made across 2,932 submitted reviews, demonstrating a 33% participation rate for the pilot (aligning with our initial estimates based on a pre-pilot survey). Of the 531 unique users that have claimed credits, 177 have done so multiple times, reflecting a 33% retention rate over a relatively short time. One of the pilot journals, Transfusion, has published an editorial to promote the service’s availability to its readership.
As a result of the successful pilot, the CME for Reviewers service is being made available as part of Wiley’s reviewer recognition offerings for qualified journals in the health sciences field. We plan to continue to develop new and innovative teaching and instructional pathways for CME, to complement our more traditional journal-based activity development and to help authors and physicians achieve their goals.