Proposal Process

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Proposal Process

Processes are in place for New Activities, Renewal Activities and Regularly Scheduled Series (RSS). Please review this information, and contact us with any questions.

New Activities are courses never offered previously or those that have not been offered for more than two years. To propose a new activity, you will be required to:

  • Schedule a meeting with HMS DCE. The Course Director(s) and Course Administrator of the course will meet with Ajay Singh, MBBS, MBA, FRCP (UK),  Associate Dean for Global and Continuing Education; Mary Lou Townsend, M.Ed., Executive Director and Danna Muir, MBA, Director, Educational Development & Accreditation.
  • Submit an Activity Proposal to HMS Department of Continuing Education (DCE), along with the Agenda Template, proposed budget, and Financial Disclosure forms.
  • Present your activity to the HMS DCE Committee on Proposal Review.
  • Follow our Disclosure and Conflict of Interest procedures.
  • Comply with our Policies and Procedures.

The proposal review process usually requires four to six weeks. During that time, your proposal will undergo a comprehensive review by a medical reviewer and/or CME reviewer to ensure that the educational content promotes improvements or quality in healthcare; is based on best-available evidence; and is free from the control of a commercial interest. Additionally, it will be reviewed to ensure compliance with ACCME, AMA, and HMS CME standards and regulations.

To begin the process, e-mail ceproposal@hms.harvard.edu.


Renewal Activities are courses that have been offered in the previous two years. To propose a renewal activity, you will be required to:

  • Submit an Activity Proposal to HMS DCE.
  • Follow our Disclosure and Conflict of Interest procedures.
  • Along with your proposal, you’re required to submit an Agenda Template and the Course Approval and Net Income Distribution (NID) form.

The proposal review process for renewal activities usually requires four to six weeks. During that time, your proposal will undergo a comprehensive review by a medical and/or CME reviewer to ensure that the educational content promotes improvements or quality in healthcare; is based on best-available evidence; and is free from the control of a commercial interest. Additionally, it will be reviewed to ensure compliance with ACCME, AMA, and HMS CME standards and regulations.


RSS Activities are activities that are planned as a series with multiple sessions that occur on an ongoing basis (for example, grand rounds). Faculty members at HMS affiliated institutions who are interested in planning an RSS activity should: