Education and Outreach
Registration Open for the August 2012 CME as a Bridge to QualityTM Accreditation Workshop
ACCME Holds Town Hall for Publishing and Education Company Accredited Providers; Four More Town Halls Scheduled for 2012
ACCME Participates in CME Events in Arizona and California
ACCME Presents at 2012 AHME Educational Institute, Participates in Member Organization Meetings
ACCME Presents at Fifth Annual PACME Summit
Professional Development Opportunities
Join the Team of ACCME Volunteer Surveyors
For Your Reference
Journal of European CME Releases Its First Issue
The Accreditation Council for CME Board of Directors engaged in strategic planning in 2011 about the future of the ACCME system and identified three strategic imperatives:
1. Foster ACCME Leadership and Engagement
2. Evolve and Simplify the Accreditation Standards, Process, and System
3. Explore and Build a More Diversified Portfolio of ACCME Products and Services
The Board incorporated feedback from stakeholders to identify these priorities. Now, the ACCME is seeking creative and constructive suggestions for how to fulfill them. This year, there will be many opportunities for the CME community and other stakeholders to engage with us about these goals and the future of the ACCME system.
Listen to a commentary by Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, discussing the ACCME’s engagement with stakeholders regarding the strategic imperatives.
Tips and Tools
The ACCME has published a compilation of the accreditation requirements in one document, for your convenience. The PDF includes the ACCME Accreditation Criteria, the ACCME Standards for Commercial SupportSM: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities, and the ACCME Policies.
Exploring Regularly Scheduled Series—Expectations, Insights and Opportunities for Accredited CME: Join Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive; and Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, ACCME Deputy Chief Executive and COO, as they offer practical insights for managing regularly scheduled series (RSS) in compliance with the ACCME Criteria. Learn how to utilize your institution's staff-focused series, such as grand rounds, tumor boards, and morbidity & mortality conferences, as a strategic asset to improve practice and the delivery of care.
More interviews with ACCME staff, CME providers, and health care leaders, as well as video FAQs and tutorials are available on the Education & Support section of our Web site.
Education and Outreach
Registration is open for the ACCME's 2012 CME as a Bridge to QualityTM Accreditation Workshop scheduled for August 16–17 in Chicago. Designed for all levels, from CME novices to veterans, 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. Sessions take participants step-by-step through the Accreditation Criteria and Standards for Commercial Support, using case examples to help providers understand ACCME expectations for implementing, evaluating, and improving CME programs.
Two preconference sessions will be offered on August 15:
- Newcomers' Introduction to Accredited CME is designed for those who have been in CME for one year or less. This session introduces beginners to CME and ACCME basics to help them get the most out of the workshop.
- Self-Study for Accreditation Session will be offered for CME providers who are expecting their next accreditation decision in July 2013, November 2013, and March 2014. Participation is by invitation only; we sent invitations earlier this year. If you are in one of those decision cohorts and you have not received information about the self-study sessions or have any questions, please contact Katherine Swimm, Coordinator, Education and Outreach, at email@example.com.
More workshop information is available here.
The ACCME has begun its fourth annual series of town hall meetings with a webinar for publishing and education company providers. Held on May 10, the town hall drew approximately 140 participants representing about 53 organizations.
Guest speaker Mark Levine, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Denver, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), discussed the CMS’ strategic goals: Better Care, Better Health, Lower Costs, and explored opportunities for accredited CME to address national health care priorities.
Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive; and Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, ACCME Deputy Chief Executive and COO, answered providers' questions about compliance with the Accreditation Criteria and explained strategies for achieving Accreditation with Commendation.
Dr. Kopelow and Ms. Regnier also engaged participants in a discussion about the ACCME's strategic imperatives. Participants offered their viewpoints on the value of the accreditation requirements, process, and system; and their suggestions for improvements.
The ACCME will hold four more town halls this year for the following accredited provider groups:
- June 20 for government and military providers
- July 19 for medical school providers
- July 31 for nonprofit physician membership organizations
- August 30 for hospitals, health systems, and managed-care/insurance companies
The purpose of the town halls is to facilitate open discussion between ACCME staff and participants about issues and questions related to specific provider groups. The meetings are free of charge and we have sent invitations to all accredited providers who are eligible to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Katherine Swimm, Coordinator, Education and Outreach, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information is available here.
The ACCME participated in the following CME events in California and Arizona in May. This participation is part of the ongoing support the ACCME provides for the intrastate accreditation system and for Recognized Accreditors (state/territory medical societies recognized by the ACCME as accreditors of local CME providers).
- Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, presented at a CME provider conference called Conquering the Updated Criteria: Achieving CME Program Excellence, held by the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA). Dr. Kopelow provided strategies for achieving Accreditation with Commendation and explained how CME providers can become responsive leaders, meeting the needs of various stakeholders, including their own organizations, health care systems, communities, government, and the public. He facilitated an open discussion about the ACCME’s strategic imperatives, focusing on how to evolve and simplify the accreditation requirements, process, and system, He also participated in ArMA’s Committee on Accreditation and Medical Education Meeting, where he reviewed the self-assessment exercise developed and implemented by the ACCME in response to requests from Recognized Accreditors. The voluntary tool, comprising online, case-based questions, is designed to assist Recognized Accreditors' staff and volunteers with their own professional development.
- Dr. Kopelow participated in the IMQ CME Provider Annual Conference: Techniques, Tips & Tools to Make CME Work for You! IMQ is a subsidiary of the California Medical Association. Dr. Kopelow presented an introduction to the ACCME’s strategic imperatives, and facilitated conversation with the participants about how to evolve and simplify the accreditation requirements, process, and system.
The ACCME participated in the 2012 AHME Educational Institute held by the Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME) in Fort Lauderdale in May. AHME is an ACCME member organization. Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, gave a presentation about CME as a strategic asset, explaining that accredited CME is linked to practice and focused on quality gaps. He noted the alignment in the medical education continuum, describing the links between the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education's Next Accreditation System and the ACCME’s Accreditation Criteria. He discussed the role of accredited continuing education as a strategic asset to the Food and Drug Administration's Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for long-acting and extended-release opioids. Looking ahead, Dr. Kopelow presented an introduction to the ACCME’s strategic imperatives.
The ACCME also participated in the following member organization events during the last few months: Sandra Norris, MBA, Chair, ACCME Board of Directors, participated in the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) 100th Annual Meeting. Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, ACCME Deputy Chief Executive and COO, participated in the March meeting of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Maintenance of Certification® Committee; Dr. Kopelow participated in the May meeting. Dr. Kopelow participated in the ABMS Annual Assembly Meeting, a meeting of the ABMS Joint Working Group on MOC® CME, and the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) CEOs Session.
This participation is part of the ACCME’s ongoing collaboration with its member organizations. Through joint leadership initiatives, the ACCME and member organizations identify and implement strategies for improving physicians' continuing professional development and patient care.
Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, gave a presentation at the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions' Fifth Annual PACME Summit, held in April in Jersey City. (PACME is the Pharmaceutical Alliance for CME.) Dr. Kopelow discussed the role of accredited continuing education as a strategic asset to the Food and Drug Administration's Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for long-acting and extended-release opioids. He explained that the ACCME’s role was to offer information regarding compliance with ACCME requirements. Using case examples, Dr. Kopelow explained that accredited providers must comply with the Standards for Commercial Support when developing CME that addresses REMS.
Information and resources about REMS and CME are available here:
- FDA Blueprint for Prescriber Continuing Education Program
- FDA information about the opioid REMS, including links to the FDA letter to manufacturers and frequently asked questions
- CME and the Opioid Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS): Audio Commentary by Dr. Kopelow
- ACCME News Release: Accreditation Council for CME Plans to Assist Accredited Providers That Choose to Address Prescription Drug Abuse Through Accredited CME and FDA-defined REMS
- ACCME Response to FDA REMS Draft Blueprint
- Ask ACCME about REMS
Professional Development Opportunities
If you are an experienced CME professional looking for a professional development opportunity, consider applying to join the ACCME team of volunteer surveyors. The ACCME accreditation system is supported by a national pool of volunteer surveyors made up of CME professionals from all provider types, ensuring that CME providers are evaluated by their peers. Surveyors include physicians, CME and other health care professionals, and educators.
ACCME surveyors play a critical role in the accreditation process. In return for their donation of time and expertise, surveyors receive the opportunity to learn from their colleagues, gain a broader understanding of the CME environment, and contribute to continuous improvement in the accreditation system.
You can nominate yourself or a colleague. For more information about surveyor qualifications and the application process, please visit our Volunteers Web page.
The ACCME is looking for strategic, experienced professionals with a strong commitment to continuing health care education and accreditation. We want to find the right people to join our team and our approach to job descriptions is to create the best match between our needs and qualified applicants' talents and experience. We are looking for people with expertise in the following areas:
- Continuing professional development; educational support and design
- Multimedia education; integration of new media into education, outreach, and communications
- Data methodology and survey instruments; data collection, analysis, and reporting
- Information Technology; support for local area networks, laptops, desktop inventory, and audiovisual equipment; testing, quality assurance, analysis, and customer support for proprietary software applications
Candidates should have a minimum of three years coordinator or management experience in the field of continuing health care education or accreditation. Candidates must be dedicated to continuous improvement and quality assurance processes, and value a highly demanding environment that combines strategic and tactical responsibilities.
Interested candidates should submit their CVs, references, and salary requirements to Barry Newman, SPHR, Director – Employee Relations and Benefits, The Synergy Companies, Inc., at email@example.com.
This announcement is also posted on our Careers Web page.
For Your Reference
The Journal of European CME (JECME) has released its first issue. The JECME is a peer-reviewed journal, focusing on the practical application of European CME-CPD methods, techniques, and case studies, as well as opinion pieces on European CME-CPD regulatory issues. Published through a partnership between Informa Healthcare and the European CME Forum, the JECME is an online only, open access publication, which means that all articles can be viewed and downloaded as PDFs at no charge; authors pay a publication-support fee. The Editor-In-Chief is Robin Stevenson, Professor of Medicine, University of Glasgow. Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive, serves on the Advisory Board.
- The ACCME Report, April 26, 2012
- ACCME Releases March 2012 Board of Directors Meeting Executive Summary
- ACCME Publishes New Compliance Examples
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