Tips and Tools
New Videos: How CME Can Support Health Care Professionals’ Continuing Professional Development
Video Interviews: How a Medical Education Company Supports Quality Improvement and CME Research
Additional Compliance Examples Posted for Accreditation with Commendation Criteria
The ACCME has added a new session to its 2013 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop, which is scheduled for April 24-26 in Chicago. The two-part “Public Health Imperatives Forum” will feature representatives from several federal government agencies. The following agencies have accepted our invitation to participate: the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). In the first part, the government representatives will discuss how CME can be a strategic partner in addressing public health priorities. A breakout session will follow, giving participants the opportunity to engage directly with federal representatives about collaboration opportunities to address public health priorities.
Registration is still open for the April workshop. A second workshop will be held July 31-August 2. As we have done in previous years, we will hold "Self-Study for Accreditation" sessions in conjunction with each workshop. We have invited providers whose next accreditation decisions are scheduled for July 2014, November 2014, and March 2015. If you are in one of those decision cohorts and you have not received information about the self-study sessions, please contact Saifra Khan, Coordinator, Education and Outreach, at email@example.com.
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.
Feedback from the August 2012 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop
“This two-day workshop helped put in perspective the role that CME plays in our professional careers. Its overview of the educational process allowed me to understand the relationship of undergraduate, graduate, and CME,” writes Frank N. Harrison, MD, a new CME committee chair in his blog post.
Here are other comments from participants.
- “I thought it was a really great blend of plenary and breakout. I had several 'aha' moments during the lectures that I was able to explore further with my colleagues during the discussion.”
- “After hearing more about the commendation criteria I realize that my organization is already doing all of these things and now I have a much clearer sense of how to properly articulate them in my report.”
- “CME as a Bridge to Quality became a concept that I can now articulate to my organization's partners: CME is the bridge between QI and physicians... CME is the physician's friend...”
- “I am planning to share these case studies with our Executive Leadership group first for further discussions, and then use them in small group settings with staff.”
ACCME-accredited providers: To meet your year-end reporting deadline, you must complete entering data for your 2012 activities and complete your 2012 program summary by Friday, March 29, 2013. So far, 537 ACCME-accredited providers have entered 49,987 activities into PARS for the 2012 reporting year. For links to more educational resources and PARS information, please visit our About PARS Web page.
Please note: These instructions apply only to ACCME-accredited providers, not to providers accredited by a state medical society. Some Recognized Accreditors (state medical societies) have opted to use PARS for their providers. Intrastate providers should check with their accreditor for information.
Tips and Tools
In three new videos, Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and CEO, discusses the role of CME as a strategic asset to health care professionals’ continuing professional development.
- Accredited Continuing Medical Education as an Educational Home to Support Continuing Professional Development
- Can your CME Program support accredited continuing education for the health care team?
- What are the biggest misconceptions that physicians may have about CME?
In this two-part video interview, William A. Mencia, MD, CCMEP, Vice President, Education & Medical Affairs, Med-IQ, explains how his company developed collaborations to improve hospital-based care and publish CME outcomes research.
- How CME Can Improve Health Care Quality While Reducing Costs: A Medical Education Company/Hospital Collaboration
- Demonstrating CME’s Value through Outcomes Research and Publishing
We have added new examples of compliance with the criteria for achieving Accreditation with Commendation to the Examples of Compliance and Noncompliance: Findings Based on the ACCME Accreditation Criteria. Here is the list of new examples.
- Criterion 16: Compliance Examples 10–26
- Criterion 17: Compliance Examples 12–23
- Criterion 18: Compliance Examples 10–19
- Criterion 19: Compliance Examples 10–16
- Criterion 20: Compliance Examples 10–22
- Criterion 21: Compliance Examples 11–23
- Criterion 22: Compliance Examples 8–14
The Examples of Compliance and Noncompliance: Findings Based on the ACCME Accreditation Criteria enables providers and CME stakeholders to learn from each other and to understand how the ACCME determines compliance and noncompliance with its requirements. Examples of compliance and noncompliance with each of the Accreditation Criteria, drawn from the accreditation review process, are included. For your convenience, in addition to the Web version, we have created a PDF of the Examples, with the new examples highlighted.
Education and Outreach
The ACCME and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada have joined together to create the International Academy for CPD Accreditation. The purpose of the Academy is to provide an opportunity for interchange for leaders serving in continuing medical education (CME) and continuing professional development (CPD) accreditation systems and for those seeking to establish CME/CPD accreditation systems.
The Academy aims to support networking, facilitate mentoring, promote innovation, and enhance the development and implementation of CME/CPD accreditation systems internationally. Accreditation leaders will have the opportunity to learn about each other’s values, principles, and metrics; explore educational and ethical accreditation standards; and to foster evaluations to assess the effect of CME/CPD accreditation systems on physician learning, competence, health care team performance, and health care outcomes.
The Academy has invited accreditation leaders from around the world to join. Currently, the Academy includes members from the US, Canada, Hong Kong, Oman, and Australasia. The inaugural meeting of the Academy will be held via webinar on May 23.
The World Federation of Medical Education (WFME) has invited the ACCME to participate in the revision of its standards for postgraduate medical education and continuing professional development. Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and CEO, will serve on an international task force to prepare the draft revision.
WFME’s mission is to strive for better health care for all people. Its primary objective is to enhance the quality of medical education worldwide, through the promotion of the highest scientific and ethical standards in medical education.
The ACCME is pleased to participate in the initiative as part of its commitment to supporting collaboration within the global CME community.
- The Genetics/Genomics Competency Center for Education provides links to curricular materials and resources for educators of genetic counselors, nurses, and physician assistants. The Center plans to create a resource page for teaching physicians about genomics. If you have resources that you would like to submit for review, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Academic CME: The 2012 AAMC/SACME Harrison Survey reports on CME trends in academic medical centers and medical schools in the US and Canada.