Commendation Criteria Resources; Session on CME Strategy at AAMC Council of Deans; New Look for ACCME

Published Date: 
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Reminders for Accredited Providers
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New Commendation Criteria Resources: “Addresses Public Health Priorities” and “Enhances Skills”
New educational resources about the “Addresses Public Health Priorities” and “Enhances Skills” categories of the new commendation criteria are now available. Visit the ACCME website for an overview, video, FAQ, and compliance examples for Criteria 26-28 and Criteria 29-32.
These resources are part of a series ACCME is publishing to support implementation of the Menu of Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation, our mechanism for recognizing and celebrating organizations that excel as CME providers.
There are 16 new commendation criteria, divided into five categories. To be eligible for commendation, providers will need to demonstrate compliance with any seven criteria of their choice, from any category—plus one criterion from the Achieves Outcomes category—for a total of eight criteria. If you missed our previous announcements, you can find the resources for the “Achieves Outcomes” and the “Promotes Team-based Education” categories on the ACCME website.
We look forward to working together to ensure our CME community’s successful implementation of the new criteria to achieve our shared goal of advancing quality and achieving outcomes in post-graduate medical education.
As a reminder, as with the existing commendation criteria 16-22, compliance with the new commendation criteria is optional for CME providers and is not required to achieve Accreditation. For more information about the new commendation criteria overall, including a transition timeline, please see the Menu of New Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation page on our website.
ACCME Leads Session on CME Strategy at AAMC Council of Deans
We were pleased to participate in the Association of American Medical Colleges’ 2017 Council of Deans Spring Meeting recently, where Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, led a plenary session about how to leverage the power of learning to advance safety and quality, and drive professional development.
The session, “Strategically Deploying Continuing Medical Education for Maximum Value,” encouraged medical school deans to use continuing education as a strategic resource to support their mission. In the interactive presentation, Dr. McMahon used small group exercises, reflective self-assessment, and best practice examples to help participants identify approaches for enhancing the relevance and effectiveness of CME for clinicians and interprofessional teams, and for recognizing how educational homes can sustain joy, promote wellness, and drive professional development. The group also discussed how to integrate CME into faculty development and system improvement to achieve safety and quality goals, and how to assess the funding, resources, and staffing needed to optimize the effectiveness of the education program.
ACCME’s New Look Celebrates the Transformation of CMEACCME logo
The ACCME unveiled a new logo, tagline, and color palette that emphasize the lifelong journey of learning and celebrate the forward trajectory of the CME community. New marks are also available for CME providers to communicate their accreditation status. 
The initiative is part of the ACCME’s efforts to build visibility for the CME community and communicate the value of accreditation and accredited CME. The new visual identity is designed to convey the transformation in accredited CME to better meet the needs of clinicians and teams where they live, work, and learn. It also reflects the ACCME’s evolving role as coach, in addition to regulator, aiming to support, inspire, and motivate the community of educators to achieve its full potential.
Learn more by reading our announcement or watching this short video featuring ACCME staff.
Dr. McMahon Calls on Healthcare Leaders to Leverage the Power of Education
In his Academic Medicine commentary, “The Leadership Case for Investing in Continuing Professional Development,” Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, calls upon healthcare leaders to recognize the power and capacity of accredited CME to address many of the challenges in the healthcare environment, from clinician well-being to national imperatives for better health, better care, and lower costs.
Dr. McMahon offers principles and action steps for aligning leadership and educational strategy and urges institutional leaders to embrace the continuing professional development of their human capital as an organizational responsibility and opportunity — and to view engagement in education as an investment in people.
CME is “an underused and low cost solution that can improve clinical performance, nurture effective collaborative teams, create meaning at work, and reduce burnout,” Dr. McMahon writes. To optimize the benefits of education, clinical leaders need to think of CME as a vehicle that can help drive change and achieve institutional goals, in concert with quality improvement efforts, patient safety, and other systems changes.
For more, see our news release, read the commentary in Academic Medicine, or watch this short video.
Upcoming Educational Activities
“CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions” Webinar: May 16
The ACCME is offering a series of bimonthly webinars to discuss strategies for planning CME that Counts for MOC, and to answer provider questions. Join us for the next "CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions" webinar on Tuesday, May 16, from 2:00-3:00 pm Central; sign up here.
As part of our CME that Counts for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) efforts, accredited CME providers can use the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) to register activities for the MOC programs of the American Board of Anesthesiology®, American Board of Internal Medicine, and American Board of Pediatrics. This collaboration enables you to benefit your community of physicians by offering more options for high-quality education that best meets their needs and helps them fulfill professional requirements.
When you register your CME activities that count for MOC in PARS, they will appear in our online search tool The earlier you enter an activity in PARS, the sooner it will appear in, allowing physicians to find and register for your activities.
For more information about CME that Counts for MOC, view our recording of the March 15 “CME that Counts for MOC" webinar, or visit our webpage.
Reminders for Accredited Providers
Deadline to Complete Your 2016 Year-End Reporting in PARS: Tomorrow, March 31!
To meet your year-end reporting requirements, providers must enter data for your 2016 activities and your 2016 program summary in the ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) by March 31, 2017. Providers accredited by a state medical society may have been required to complete their 2016 year-end report earlier, and should check with their accreditor for information. For more information and links to educational resources, please visit our About PARS webpage.
For Your Reference
  • “ACCME Update: Promoting Engagement, Opportunity and Strategic Value through Accredited CME,” Almanac, a publication of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp), reports on Dr. McMahon’s January 2017 ACEhp conference workshop. The article is available to ACEhp members on the ACEhp website.
  • “Updates from the ACCME,” appeared in INTERCOM, the Society for Academic Medical Education newsletter, highlighting our new commendation criteria, CME that Counts for MOC, and CME Finder, among other topics.
  • The ABMS Visiting Scholars Program is accepting applications for the 2017-2018 class. The one-year, part-time program facilitates professional development and scholarship. Early career physicians, junior faculty, fellows, residents, and individuals holding advanced degrees in public health, health services research, and other relevant disciplines are invited to apply by May 1.
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