[ACCME logo/2015 Annual Report]
>>McMAHON: Hi, I’m Graham McMahon. I am the President and CEO here at the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, and I’m delighted to be with you to present the results that are in our annual report of 2015 data.
ACCME was founded now 35 years ago to provide safe spaces for clinicians to learn – where those clinicians can have the confidence that the learning they’re participating in is balanced, evidence-based, commercially independent, designed to meet real needs, and evaluated appropriately.
The system that ACCME has created and supports comprises nearly 1,900 accredited continuing medical education providers all across the country.
[1,900 accredited continuing medical education providers]
>>McMAHON: CME providers represent a very broad spectrum of organizations — from large, national specialty societies to small rural hospitals providing care to the underserved.
[Bar graph. Provider types: 1042 – Hospital/healthcare delivery system; 343 – Nonprofit (physician membership organization; 142 Publishing/education company; 130 School of Medicine; 96 – Nonprofit (other); 60 – Other; 35 – Government/military; 27 – Insurance company/managed-care company]
This diversity of providers within the accredited system allows educators to support healthcare professionals where they live, work, and learn.
CME providers in the ACCME System offered more than 148,000 educational activities in 2015 — comprising about a million hours of instruction.
[148,000 educational activities in 2015/Comprising more than 1 million hours of instruction]
>>McMAHON: Our accredited providers use a range of educational approaches to achieve their mission – from simulation, bedside learning, digital education, to courses, and collaborative learning sessions of all types. These CME activities included nearly 26 million interactions with physicians and other healthcare professionals.
[CME Activities/26 million interactions with physicians and other healthcare professionals]
>>McMAHON: This diversity of locations and institutions enables CME to be flexible, nimble, and responsive to healthcare needs on the local, regional, national, and even international level.
Accredited CME is evolving constantly to meet the needs of new generations of learners and to address emerging healthcare challenges. Accredited CME is not just about lectures. The range of activity types ensures that physicians and teams can find activities that meet their individual needs and learning preferences.
[Pie chart showing range of activity types: Courses, Internet (enduring materials), Regularly scheduled series, Enduring materials (other), Journal CME, Internet (live), Committee learning/Performance improvement/Learning from teaching/Test-item writing/Manuscript review/Internet searching and learning]
Accredited CME aims to change more than just what people know. It’s also designed to change attitude, skills, performance and health outcomes.
More than 90% of activities are designed to change learners’ competence — meaning the education gives physicians and teams strategies for translating new knowledge into action.
[Pie chart: More than 90% of activities give physicians and teams strategies for translating new knowledge into action.]
>>McMAHON: Nearly 60% are designed to change learners’ performance — what they actually do in practice.
[Pie chart: Nearly 60% are designed to change learners’ performance]
>>McMAHON: Increasingly, and now more than 30% are designed to change patient health outcomes.
[Pie chart: More than 30% are designed to change patient health outcomes.]
>>McMAHON: Accredited CME is a healthy and vibrant enterprise. CME providers nationally reported approximately $2.4 billion in investment in 2015. The majority of the investment in CME comes from registration fees, but other sources of income include commercial support, advertising and exhibits, government grants, and private donations.
[$2.4 billion in investment in 2015: Registration fees, Commercial support, Advertising and exhibits, Government grants, Private donations.]
>>McMAHON: I am hopeful that review of this data can help healthcare leaders recognize the strategic power of education to drive change and create collaborative, self-sustaining communities, and the need to support and invest in CME professionals and educators.
I also hope that the report is an inspiration to providers to see new ideas for how you can evolve your approach, meet the needs of our learners, and most readily attain your mission.
I thank you for the work that you’re doing to get the data into our systems, to allow us to prepare compilations, such as our annual report. I know that the numbers in this report represent your hard work and commitment to improving the quality and safety of healthcare in our communities. And I hope you’ll visit our website for lots more information, including interviews with CME providers telling stories of their emerging and involving initiatives.
[Screenshot of videos on accme.org.]
I celebrate your dedication and achievement and I certainly appreciate the remarkable work that everyone in our CME community —from staff and volunteers and CME professionals to faculty and learners — do every day to make a difference —not only to enhance education, but to improve care for the patients we serve and improve the health of our nation.
[Photographs of ACCME meetings.]
This is a transcript of ACCME 2015 Annual Report Introduction: Video Commentary with Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME- http://www.accme.org/education-and-support/video/commentary/accme-2015-annual-report-introduction-dr-graham-mcmahon
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