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The Science of Standardization: CME Budget and Reconciliation Templates

How a working group of educators and grantors collaborated to create standardized budget templates and terminology.

Standards have been the key to freeing up time for innovation and creativity since the ancient Egyptians developed the royal cubit standard of measurement for use in building the pyramids nearly 5,000 years ago. The continuing medical education community’s monumental task—providing high-quality, cost-effective education that changes behavior—may not involve construction, but it has challenges of its own that cry out for standardization.

One is the budget process. Every grantor has its

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