CME/CEU & Trainee Certification

WebM&M on AHRQ PSNet offers continuing medical education (CME) credit for physicians and continuing education units (CEU) for nurses for completion of Spotlight modules. Credit is available only for physicians and nurses, although physician assistants may be eligible (see below; please contact the American Academy of Physician Assistants for more information).


WebM&M on AHRQ PSNet requires registration for individuals who want to obtain CME/CEU credit. In order to send you certification, we must collect contact information from you. This registration process is separate from our newsletter subscriptions, which require only an email address to activate. Likewise, case submission is anonymous and only requires an email address. You may choose to use the same or different email addresses for each of these actions.

How to Obtain CME/CEU

Each Spotlight module contains an actual case submitted by practicing clinicians, with expert commentary addressing issues of patient safety and medical errors. To obtain CME/CEU, click the CME link from within the Spotlight Case. This will direct you to the CME login page. If you have already registered for CME, enter your login ID and unique password. You may then proceed to the quiz, which will be graded immediately. Upon completion of the evaluation and passing of the quiz, your credits will be automatically recorded by the University of California, San Francisco. Please wait 2–3 weeks for your credits to be posted.

To review your CME credits earned for WebM&M and other UCSF activities, log in to your profile by going to: This will take you to your UCSF CME profile. Then click "CE Credits" from the right-hand menu. You can then view and print a copy of your AHRQ CME transcript listing all credits obtained through the system. If the transcript is not sufficient and you need a hard copy of your certificates, you may request them from and they will be mailed to you, but it may take up to 8 weeks (our downloading process for individual certificates is currently under construction). If you experience problems with this system, please email us at

To access information about your performance on previous CME modules and see modules still available for you to complete, log in to the CME portion of the WebM&M on AHRQ PSNet site. Quizzes are listed in chronological order of their release date, with the most recent quiz at the top. The main WebM&M on AHRQ PSNet CME page [link to:] includes links to all recent Spotlight cases, just click on "Read the case."

Trainee Certification

Each Spotlight module offers a unique opportunity for medical trainees to demonstrate competency in patient safety and health care quality. Residency programs are under increasing pressure from the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to show evidence that residents have achieved established learning objectives in topics such as systems-based learning. Residents must demonstrate that they can effectively use systematic approaches to reduce errors and improve patient care. Program directors may use WebM&M on AHRQ PSNet Spotlight modules as a key component of their "tool box." Trainees may print out a certificate verifying successful completion of each module.


Date of original release: February 1, 2003. Release and Termination Dates: July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018. This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint sponsorship of the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine (UCSF) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), US Department of Health and Human Services. UCSF is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

UCSF designates this Internet activity for a maximum of 12.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts category 1 credit from AOACCME, prescribed credit from AAFP, and AMA Category 1 Credit™ for the PRA for organizations accredited by the ACCME.

System Requirements


  • Windows XP or Higher
  • Internet Explorer 8 or higher
  • Firefox 3 or higher


  • Mac OS 9 or higher (OS X recommended)
  • Safari 3 or higher
  • Firefox 3 or higher

Problems, Questions?

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