You will find suggestions and guidelines below to assist you in planning for your course. The course director, with the assistance of the course coordinator, has responsibility for planning, organizing and conducting the course. These responsibilities include faculty selection, course logistics, obtaining equipment, establishing participant registration processes, and requesting necessary course resources (audiovisual equipment, skills station equipment, catering, etc).
Detailed guidelines for course administration, including timelines, sample schedules, equipment lists, and forms, are provided to site coordinators/directors after course dates are set. The Fundamentals Sales Team can answer questions or discuss your plans with you. To reach a member of the team, please call +1 847 827-6869 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply for an FDM course license and add learners, please visit the Fundamentals portal. A username and password are required to log in. If you do not know this information, please e-mail email@example.com
. Please note that each learner will receive a copy of the book and one certificate will be issued for each learner who successfully completes the course.
When planning and administering an FDM course, please use the following as a checklist.
- Choose the type of course (online instructor-led or live instructor-led)
- Submit an application for a course license and purchase learners through the Fundamentals portal
- Identify course dates (one day for live instructor-led course or skill station dates/time for online instructor-led course)
- Submit payment for license and learners to SCCM
- SCCM forwards course materials to approved course director/course coordinator
- Conduct course
- Submit final course data (e.g., attendee test results, certificate requests, faculty listing) to SCCM through the Fundamentals portal
- SCCM ships Certificates of Successful Completion to the site coordinator for distribution
When purchasing a course license, SCCM will provide a textbook for each purchased learner and electronic access to presentations, skill stations, texts, and administrative forms. Course sites are expected to provide:
- Travel expenses for the course consultant and any visiting instructors
- Honorarium for the course consultant, if requested (The course director may negotiate a lower or pro bono fee schedule; however, nothing higher than $1,000 is advocated by the FDM Program Committee, SCCM Council, or SCCM Executive Office.)
- Comfortable conference room seating and food and beverage (for breaks and meals)
- Materials for learner and instructor packets
- Equipment for presentation delivery, including an LCD projector
- Equipment for skill stations
Continuing Education Credits
- The first time a site or course director offers a course, course consultant mentorship and approval is required.
- Selection of a course consultant is the site’s responsibility. If problems are encountered, please contact the Fundamentals Sales Team at SCCM headquarters.
- The course consultant may request an honorarium, not to exceed $1,000. The course director may negotiate a lower or pro bono fee schedule; however, nothing higher than $1,000 is advocated by the FDM Program Committee, the SCCM Council, or the SCCM Executive Office.
- Travel expenses for the course consultant and any visiting lecturers will be reimbursed by the site.
- The course director must be an approved FDM instructor who has taught in at least two courses during the previous two years.
- The course coordinator will provide administrative, organizational, and other types of support. There are no other requirements for the course coordinator.
- Each course must have two approved instructors (may include the course director). All other lecturers may be clinical experts and associate instructors from a variety of areas and professions (e.g., nurse, physician assistant, respiratory therapist, pharmacist, and other specialist physicians).
- Skill stations may be operated by non-FDM trained personnel, but integrity must be assured by the course director and the instructors.
- For the initial course to be presented, the course director and course coordinator will work under the direction of a course consultant who will mentor them with organization and administrative issues during setup, and personally evaluate the initial course presentation.
Online instructor-led course: The online instructor-led format provides 6.5 CME credits for physicians and 6.5 contact hours for nurses and pharmacists.
Live instructor-led course: SCCM does not have direct involvement in the course offering; therefore, SCCM cannot issue CE/CME credit to course participants. If the institution or course sponsor is a national or state accredited CE/CME provider, it may wish to grant CE/CME credit for the course. Typical credit for a one-day course would be 8 CME credits for physicians and 8 contact hours for nurses and pharmacists.