ABIM and ACCME Receive ACEhp Award for Outstanding Educational Collaboration

We are honored that the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp) recognized the collaborative work of ABIM and the ACCME by presenting us with its 2017 Award for Outstanding Educational Collaboration at the ACEhp annual conference in January. The award is given to exceptional continuing education professionals and leaders “who are paving the way to improve patient care through education.”

Specifically, ACEhp recognized ABIM and ACCME’s collaboration in support of physician lifelong learning as part of the CME that Counts for ABIM MOC program we created in response to the needs and requests of physicians and CME providers. The goal of our collaboration is to expand the number and diversity of accredited CME activities that also count for ABIM MOC points, and to streamline the process for registering CME activities in ABIM's MOC program. The collaboration is achieving its goal: In the first 18 months, more than 200 accredited CME providers registered about 6,500 activities that count for ABIM MOC in PARS; more than 190,000 learner completion records have been reported in PARS, totaling more than 1.6 million MOC points. Nearly 2,900 activities are currently available for CME that also counts for ABIM MOC are listed in CME Finder.

ACCME Presentations

The ACCME also participated in several sessions at the ACEhp annual conference. Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, ACCME President and CEO presented “Shaping Our Profession, Demonstrating Our Value,” where – in addition to discussing ACCME’s new commendation criteria, the value of interprofessional continuing education, and ACCME’s recent collaborations – Dr. McMahon shared his thoughts on how CME providers can best meet learners’ needs.

During the session, Dr. McMahon discussed how the role of the CME provider has changed. “We have to get away from our tradition of giving credit for one-and-done sorts of activities and assuming that that’s adequate, because if we’re really thinking about educational transformation, we have to be thinking about education that’s just in time—not just in down time.” For more on Dr. McMahon’s session, read “Stop the Crazy Thinking About CME,” a recap by MeetingsNet.

ACCME staff also participated in several other sessions, including a workshop on the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities℠, the medical schools member section meeting, and an accreditors update with colleagues from the American Academy of PAs, the American Nurses Credentialing Center, and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. Later, Dr. McMahon also participated in a talk about cultural diversity in accreditation systems, and a session about how to create a culture of performance improvement for clinicians in practice. We were also delighted to have many of the ACCME surveyors join us for the 2017 Surveyors’ Breakfast.

Staff from ABIM and ACCME receive the ACEhp Award for Outstanding Educational Collaboration. In center: Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, ACCME President and CEO, shakes the hand of Bob Addleton, EdD, FACEHP, CHCP, ACEhp Past-President. Behind them, left to right: Steve Singer, PhD; Dion Richetti; Teri McCauley; Jonathan Mimm; Natalie Trahey; Marcia Martin; and Kate Regnier, MA, MBA

Representatives from ABIM and ACCME after accepting the ACEhp Award for Outstanding Educational Collaboration. From left to right, Jonathan Mimm, Senior Program Specialist, ABIM; Natalie Trahey, ABIM Manager, External Programs; Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, ACCME Executive Vice President; and Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, ACCME President and CEO

Surveyor’s Breakfast, from left to right: Jack Dolcourt, MD, MEd; Melvin Freeman, MD; Timothy Holder, MD, FAAFP; Ginny Jacobs, MEd; Morris Blachman, PhD; Jackie Lehman; Danna Muir, MBA; Sandy Deeba

Surveyor’s Breakfast, from left to right: Andrew Baumann; Evelyn Calhoun; Ailene Cantelmi; Brooke Taylor, MPH, CCMEP; Steven Kawczak, PhD; Edeline Mitton, MEd, CPP

We were pleased to share many social media posts from the ACEhp sessions. A few highlights are below. Don’t forget that you can follow the ACCME on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn for tips, tools, and important reminders any time!