International Continuing Medical Education

Recently, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) announced the publication of The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education at Work: Accreditation, Recognition, Education, Operations, and Governance.

The purpose of this report is to provide an in-depth, easily understandable explanation of the ACCME accreditation system and services. The report includes narrative and data designed to answer questions that the ACCME is frequently asked about, such as:

The goal of the new publication is to increase understanding about the ACCME accreditation system among a wide range of stakeholders, including accredited providers, physician learners, other accreditors, health care leadership organizations, the public, the media, and the government.

In announcing the report, ACCME encouraged people to share this report with CME and healthcare stakeholders, to deepen their awareness of how CME Matters to Patient Care.

Additionally, ACCME Chief Executive Murray Kopelow, MD, gave a short presentation about the new report. Dr. Kopelow explained that the ACCME produced this report as part of their ongoing efforts to facilitate dialogue, increase transparency, and promote understanding about the ACCME and accredited CME.

Dr. Kopelow noted that the ACCME thought it was important to publish this report now, because the ACCME accreditation system has experienced significant change and growth during the past few years. Specifically, the CME community has undergone this transformation because the government, the public, and the profession of medicine called on accredited CME to increase its accountability.

He noted how the ACCME in 2006 released the Accreditation Criteria to answer that call and how data from the new report demonstrate that accredited providers are successfully managing the transition to the 2006 Accreditation Criteria.

Accordingly, Dr. Kopelow asserted that, “accredited CME is now strongly positioned to support U.S. health care quality-improvement efforts and to align with emerging continuing professional development systems such as the Maintenance of Certification and the Maintenance of Licensure initiatives.

Throughout this ongoing transformation, he noted that ACCME has aimed to support accredited providers in meeting the ACCME’s higher standards and to demonstrate accredited CME’s value to stakeholders.

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