Continuing Medical Education


This document specifies the honorarium policy for Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities sponsored by the Stanford University School of Medicine. Stanford faculty who participate in CME activities sponsored by other CME providers are obligated to comply with relevant sections of the Stanford Faculty Handbook, Research Policy Handbook, and School of Medicine Faculty Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest PDF Doc.

Compensation and Reimbursement

1. Compensation for Stanford Faculty

An honorarium is supplemental personal compensation. Stanford faculty may be paid honoraria for participating in Stanford CME activities. Granting of an honorarium must be approved by the recipient's department and by Educational Programs and Services (EPS). Honoraria greater than $1,000 for CME activities are appropriate only for exceptional effort or in exceptional circumstances. Such honoraria must first be approved by the Associate Dean for Postgraduate Medical Education.

A faculty member's academic enrichment account, which may be used for discretionary expenditures according to University rules, may also receive payment for CME activity. Payment of honoraria or supplements to academic enrichment accounts to Stanford faculty is contingent upon adequate funds being available after all course expenses have been met.

Expenses related to participation in a CME activity (e.g. out-of-pocket travel, meals, and lodging) will be reimbursed. All pertinent rules and regulations set by Stanford University apply (such as per diem limits and mileage reimbursement rates). For details, see Administrative Guide Memo 36.7 on Travel Expenses and the Stanford Controller’s Office information on Travel Expense Reimbursement.

2. Compensation for Non-Stanford Faculty

Non-Stanford faculty may receive an honorarium in addition to reimbursement of their customary travel expenses in accordance with Stanford guidelines. An honorarium of up to $1,000 per CME teaching day may be awarded, up to a maximum of $2,000 per CME activity.

Course directors and/or the pertinent planning committee will set the actual honorarium amount. Factors to be considered in setting an honorarium include the individual's background, the usual level of honoraria for the discipline, the effort entailed, and available funding. In addition, it is expected that travel, meals and lodging expenses of visiting faculty will be reimbursed. All pertinent rules and regulations set by Stanford University will apply (such as per diem limits and restriction to coach class on airline flights).

The Associate Dean for Postgraduate Medical Education must approve honoraria for non-Stanford faculty that exceed the specified limit.

Stanford Center for CME 3/2/12

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