ACCME, American Board of Anesthesiology, and American Board of Pediatrics Announce Collaborations in Support of Physician Lifelong Learning
ACCME to Participate in FDA's Public Advisory Committee Meeting on REMS
ACCME President and CEO Calls for Transformation of CME in NEJM Perspective
Upcoming Educational Opportunities
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Awards, Achievements, and Best Practices
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The ACCME is pleased to announce two new collaborations, with the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). The goal of the collaborations is to simplify the integration of accredited continuing medical education (CME) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC).
The ACCME, ABA, and ABP share a commitment to supporting physicians’ continuing professional development and to improving physicians’ performance and their care of patients. The collaborations are designed to expand the number and diversity of accredited CME activities that meet the Boards’ MOC requirements for lifelong learning and self-assessment (Part 2), and to streamline the MOC process for accredited CME organizations and board-certified physicians. The organizations pursued this collaboration in response to the needs and requests of physicians and of accredited CME providers that support physicians’ lifelong learning and improvement.
The collaborations continue the ACCME’s commitment to supporting the goals of MOC. Last year, the ACCME and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) initiated the first collaboration between a certifying board and the ACCME to streamline the integration of accredited CME and MOC.
The ACCME is honored to be participating in the FDA public advisory committee meeting on the Extended-Release and Long-Acting (ER/LA) Opioid Analgesics REMS, scheduled for May 3–4. In the comments submitted for the meeting, Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, writes: “We appreciate the FDA’s recognition of the value of accredited continuing education (CE) in carrying out this critical public health initiative. We believe that accredited CE has made — and can continue to make — significant contributions to addressing the patient safety issues identified in the ER/LA Opioid Analgesics REMS. We value our engagement with the FDA and look forward to continuing to work together to make a difference to patients, families, and communities across the country.”
Dr. McMahon presents data from March 2013 through April 2016, showing that that 96 CME providers, accredited within the ACCME system, reported 647 ER/LA Opioid Analgesics REMS-compliant activities, educating close to 168,000 healthcare professionals.
He says that the ACCME fully supports the ongoing use of accredited CE as a delivery mechanism for prescriber training for the ER/LA Opioid Analgesics REMS. “By applying the lessons learned and incorporating a continuous improvement process, we are confident that accredited CE can continue to make an important contribution to reducing opioid misuse and promoting safe prescribing practice,” Dr. McMahon writes.
In addition, the ACCME believes that accredited CE can play a significant role in addressing the patient safety issues identified in REMS. “We fully support using accredited CE as a delivery mechanism for prescriber education for other REMS, including pre-and post-approval REMS, and single product REMS, provided the proper controls are in place to ensure independence from commercial influence. The collaboration between the FDA and the accredited CE community in support of the ER/LA Opioid Analgesics REMS has laid the groundwork for our continued work together in support of patient safety,” Dr. McMahon writes.
We are pleased to announce the publication of “What Do I Need to Learn Today? — The Evolution of CME,” by Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, in the April 14 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).
In the Perspective, Dr. McMahon calls upon clinicians, educators, healthcare institutions, and regulators to contribute to the transformation of CME. This transformation will serve to “expand the opportunities for educational innovation that improves physician practice and ultimately benefits patient care and the health of our country,” Dr. McMahon states.
Upcoming Educational Opportunities
Registration is open for the ACCME's 2016 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop scheduled for August 3– 5 in Chicago. Designed for all levels, from CME novices to masters, the Accreditation Workshops offer participants the opportunity to work closely with ACCME staff, national CME leaders, and colleagues to learn practical strategies for complying with accreditation requirements and positioning CME as a Bridge to Quality within their organizations.
As we have done in previous years, we will hold a "Self-Study for Accreditation" session in conjunction with the workshop. Invitations to the both the April and August 2016 Self-Study Sessions were sent earlier this year for providers whose next accreditation decision is in July or November 2017 or March 2018. If you are one of these decision groups and have not received an invitation or would like it resent, please contact Melody Latham at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special Session for August 2016 Workshop — CME that Counts for ABIM MOC: Staff from the ACCME and American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) will discuss the integration of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and accredited CME, explore strategies for advancing CME in support of MOC, explain how to register CME activities and submit participant data for ABIM’s MOC program in PARS, and answer your questions about the ABIM’s Medical Knowledge Assessment Recognition Program requirements. For more information about the ACCME and ABIM collaboration, visit CME that Counts for ABIM MOC.
Feedback from Workshop Participants
"Dr. McMahon's presentations changed my perspective on the impact my job has toward the end result of better patient care. I will view my CME tasks as being world-changing."
"The very first session for new CME learners was most helpful to me. It provided a comprehensive overview that made me feel ready to dive in."
"It was helpful to talk with my peers at other organizations about challenges and best practices. I came away with a lot of really good ideas and strategies that will help me going forward."
More information on the August workshop is available here.
If you have questions please contact Melody Latham, Coordinator of Education and Outreach, at email@example.com.
We are pleased to announce the ACCME 2017 Meeting: Evolution, Innovation, and Alignment, scheduled for April 24-27, 2017 in Chicago. Incorporating — and expanding – on our traditional April Accreditation Workshop, the ACCME 2017 Meeting will explore how the accreditation requirements support evolution, innovation, and alignment in continuing professional development. In response to feedback from previous events, we’ll include dedicated sessions for experienced CME professionals, as well as hands-on sessions for newcomers. The ACCME 2017 Meeting will bring together participants from across the CME and healthcare communities to share best practices in education, create action plans to drive innovation, explore opportunities for alignment among CPD systems, and develop strategies to advance CME’s contributions to healthcare improvement. Join us to celebrate our community’s achievements and to gain inspiration as we work together to shape the future of CME. More information will be available soon. (We will also hold our standard CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop in August 2017 to focus on the accreditation requirements and process.)
Tips and Tools
Evaluation Tool: This resource includes examples of evaluation approaches that CME providers can use in activities that count for ABIM MOC.
Awards, Achievements, and Best Practices
Peter H. Vlasses, PharmD, DSc (Hon), BCPS, FCCP, Executive Director, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), is the 2016 recipient of the Cynthia A. Davenport Award. The Cynthia A. Davenport Award is presented by the Association of Specialized and Professional Accreditors (ASPA) to recognize exceptional effort on behalf of specialized and professional accreditors. Dr. Vlasses was awarded this prestigious honor as a proponent of good accreditation practice and a strong supporter of ASPA for many years.
“Dr. Vlasses, we congratulate you on this terrific achievement and well-deserved recognition for your work. We appreciate your dedication to making a difference in healthcare through elevating the value of continuing education (CE) accreditation. We look forward to many more years working together as colleague accreditors to support collaboration and alignment in CE accreditation across the health professions and to advance Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education." Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME
Conference Report — Cologne Consensus Conference: Providers in Accredited CME/CPD 11 – September 12, 2015, Cologne, Germany, Journal of European CME, April 5, 2016, provides a summary of the presentations and discussions from the conference, including ACCME’s participation. Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, gave a presentation on “Advancing ACCME Accreditation in Support of CME/CPD,” and co-chaired a session describing “What Do Providers Offer? Present and Future.” Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Executive Vice President, ACCME, provided the US perspective during a presentation on “Sharing Experiences: Provider Accreditation in North America (US and Canada),” and co-chaired a session discussing “What Do Differences in Healthcare Systems Contribute?”
Self-Directed CME Activity Helps Pathologists Identify Gaps and Improvements: “Identifying and Processing the Gap between Perceived and Actual Agreement in Breast Pathology Interpretation,” Modern Pathology, April 8, 2016, describes how an individualized, self-directed CME activity showed pathologists how their interpretations on a test set compared with a reference diagnosis. Nearly 80% of participants reported learning new information from the activity and 24% identified strategies for improving their practice. (Subscription or payment required to access the full article.)