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Course Director Requirements

Course directors are required to serve as faculty for their course.

Please see the Faculty Requirements for further information.


Course Director Expectations

Course Directors are selected by the Program Chairs and are responsible for organizing and directing select programs at the Annual Conference. Specific duties include:

  • Provide leadership for the determination and updating of objectives and core curriculum.
  • Provide course planning materials in a timely fashion to meet publication and production deadlines.
  • Review post-conference critiques and provide timely summary evaluations to Central Office.

Due Immediately

update personal information via your aslms profile

  • Disclosure Form (only one submission required if serving in multiple sessions).
  • Biographical Sketch.
  • Professional Head Shot.
  • OFAC Information (if residing outside the United States).

Policy and Regulation Tasks

review - required

complete the following - required

  • Visit and complete the activity entitled "Faculty Roles and Responsibilities in Certified Continuing Medical Education (CME) and FDA Regulated Speaker Programs (RSP) - There is a Difference."
    • verify with that you have done so.

Course Tasks and Deadlines

program development worksheet - DUE by NOvember 15, 2019

  • This is an electronic form that will be emailed to you.
  • Completion of the Program Development Worksheet is an ACCME requirement.
  • Issuance of CME credit to educational activity attendees is dependent upon well-formulated and well-written objectives. It is expected that participants use knowledge gained to improve clinical outcomes as a result of improved understanding of best practices relative to patient treatment with these technologies and their safe use.
  • On this form be sure to include:
    • Confirmed list of selected faculty (For CME sessions, the ASLMS Office will need to review all suggest faculty disclosures before any faculty may be confirmed).
    • The topics assigned to each faculty member.
    • A preliminary schedule of the talks based on course time. Remember to include breaks (if applicable) and assigned times for Q&A.

Pre-/PoST-TEST questions with answer key - DUE BY march 9, 2020

  • Collect multiple choice questions that represent each faculty's presentation. We suggest a total of 5 to 8 questions for the course.
  • TEST WRITING TIPS - Then National Board of Medical Education (NBME) suggests the following for effective question writing:
    • avoid "true/false" and "none/all of the above" type questions
    • avoid complicated strings/stems - for example, a long question with multiple options then multiple answers below selecting from the listed options (a double layer multiple choice)
    • reduce ambiguity in questions to prevent learners from having to make assumptions about a patient case or treatment to answer the question
    • avoid multiple answer responses (i.e. A and C) by structuring multiple choice questions with a "one best answer" response

Planning Guidelines


  • It is important that content be "generic" rather than "brand name" in nature, and an effort should be made to include other technologies and competing products in the discussions (e.g. IPL, RF, etc.).
  • During the Q&A session, presenters can answer specific device questions, but the actual presentations must be generic in nature.

course content requirements

  • Plan your session to provide current, scientifically validated information to the attendees.
  • Promote interaction among attendees to underpin professional development and active learning.
  • Include information accessible to attendees with varied expertise. Based upon history, you should expect the following attendees:
    • Clinicians with a range of experience in utilizing lasers.
    • Scientists developing lasers and energy-based technologies.
    • Corporate employees involved in providing devices.
  • Select faculty who discuss both pros and cons of a subject. Include point/counterpoint presentations and panel discussions.
  • Each presentation should be UNIQUE. Limit content repetition between presentations.
  • Schedule time for questions and encourage audience participation.

Hotel and Travel

The ASLMS provides a group hotel rate. Please make hotel reservations as soon as possible, as rooms are based on availability.