Education and Outreach
Getting Started with Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™
Registration Still Open for April 2015 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop
ACCME Presents at Recognized Accreditor Events in Arizona, Idaho
ACCME Hosts ABMS Visiting Scholars
2015 ACGME Annual Educational Conference Includes ACCME Presentation
Reminders for Accredited Providers
Complete Your 2014 Year-End Reporting in PARS; PARS Improvements for Reporting of 2015 Activity and Program Data
As we previously announced, the ACCME Board of Directors chose Graham T. McMahon, MD, MMSc, as the next President and CEO. He will begin his tenure at the end of April 2015, following the retirement of Murray Kopelow, MD, MS(Comm), the current President and CEO. Dr. Kopelow will continue to work with the Board of Directors and Dr. McMahon to ensure a smooth leadership transition process.
The leadership transition is proceeding successfully. Dr. McMahon has had the opportunity to interact with stakeholders at the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp) Annual Conference and at other events. He is looking forward to ongoing engagement with the ACCME community of member organizations, state medical societies, and accredited CME providers as well as with colleague accreditors in the health professions and the multiple other stakeholders with whom the ACCME collaborates to improve healthcare.
Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ and the National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education have created a partnership to expand the reach of interprofessional continuing education (IPCE).
Joint Accreditation—a collaboration of the ACCME, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)—establishes the standards for education providers to deliver continuing education (CE) planned by the healthcare team for the healthcare team. The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education provides the leadership, evidence, and resources needed for the study of interprofessional education and collaborative practice (IPECP) as an effective healthcare delivery model.
Together the organizations have formed the Advisory Board on Interprofessional Continuing Education, the first step in developing a strategic plan for adding IPCE into the educational offerings of the National Center and for integrating IPCE in team-based practice settings across the country.
The 13-member advisory board—which includes thought leaders from continuing education accreditors in the health professions, jointly accredited providers, and academic institutions, as well as a public representative —will leverage the research of the National Center to identify IPCE models that can advance the development of a workforce that thrives in a team-based environment.
Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Executive Vice President, ACCME, is one of the Board members. “I am honored to serve on the Advisory Board for Interprofessional Continuing Education. The ACCME and Joint Accreditation have long been committed to the advancement of healthcare education by the team, for the team. We welcome this opportunity to foster interprofessional collaborative practice through the integration of interprofessional continuing education into workplace settings,” Ms. Regnier said.
Read the National Center news announcement.
Tips and Tools
In this video interview series, leadership from Rush University Medical Center discuss how they created and implemented an institution-wide continuing education strategy to address Ebola preparedness. They also explore how they leverage interprofessional education and patient involvement to improve healthcare.
- Preparing for Our First Ebola Patient: Identifying Educational Needs for Continuing Education
- Training for All: Institutional Strategies to Address Ebola Preparedness with Continuing Education
- Learning from Challenges: Building Interprofessional Partnerships for Ebola Preparedness CE
- Expanding the Scope of CE: Leveraging Interprofessional Education to Support Professional Development and Patient Care
- Involving Patients in Healthcare Improvement: Strategies and Observations from an Academic Medical Center
Education and Outreach
Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ is hosting an introductory workshop on May 20, 2015 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. CT at the ACCME’s offices in Chicago. The workshop will explain the basics and benefits of Joint Accreditation as well as answer questions about the Joint Accreditation process. It is designed for organizations in the initial stages of the application process as well as organizations that are considering applying for Joint Accreditation. Organizations that are already jointly accredited are also welcome to attend and may benefit from a review of the process and interaction with their colleagues.
During the workshop, we will discuss:
- value & benefits of Joint Accreditation
- eligibility criteria
- application process and timeline
- Joint Accreditation Criteria
There is a registration fee of $125 per person for this workshop. Space is limited and is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The agenda, registration information, and more details are available here.
If you have questions about the Getting Started with Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ workshop, please contact Marcia Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joint Accreditation offers organizations the opportunity to be simultaneously accredited to offer interprofessional continuing education activities planned by the team for the team as well as provide individual medicine, pharmacy, and nursing continuing education activities. Joint Accreditation includes a single, unified application process, fee structure, and set of accreditation standards. Joint Accreditation is a collaboration of the ACCME, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). For more information, visit Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education.
Registration is still open for the ACCME's 2015 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop scheduled for April 23–24 in Chicago. Space is limited—please register now if you wish to attend.
In response to attendees’ feedback and to meet your individualized learning needs, we are continuing to offer the improved features first introduced in 2014. As we have done in previous years, we will hold "Self-Study for Accreditation" sessions in conjunction with each workshop.
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.
More information on the April workshop is available here. Another workshop will be held August 6–7, 2015; information on the August workshop is available here. Registration for the August 2015 workshop will open in spring 2015. If you have questions, please contact Saifra Khan, Coordinator, Education and Outreach, at email@example.com.
Special Features for 2015
- Flipped classroom approach: We’ve incorporated this educational model to give you the opportunity to gain knowledge on your own time prior to the workshop, so that during the event you will have more time to focus on problem-solving, analysis, and interaction with peers and experts.
- More interaction: We’ve reduced the number of didactic sessions and included more discussion time, vignettes, cases, and examples throughout the workshop.
- Small group discussions: Integrated throughout the workshop, these sessions give you the opportunity to build on the information presented at the general sessions and discuss strategies for improving your CME program with your peers.
- Learner-centered breakout sessions: Choose breakouts on topics of specific interest to your organization and explore these issues with your colleagues.
- Public Health Imperatives Forum: Explore opportunities for your organization to contribute to public health improvement. Read about the Public Health Imperatives Forum we offered in April 2014.
Pre-Workshop Optional Sessions
- Self-Study for Accreditation: This session will be offered by invitation only for providers that are seeking initial accreditation or expecting their next reaccreditation decision in July 2016, November 2016, or March 2017. Invitations for the Self-Study Sessions were sent to eligible participants at the end of January. If you are in one of these decision groups and you did not receive your invitation, please contact Saifra Khan, Coordinator, Education and Outreach, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Newcomers’ Introduction to Accredited CME: Designed for participants involved in CME for one year or less, this session will introduce you to CME basics, enabling you to get the most out of the workshop.
Feedback from 2014 Workshop Participants
- “The whole workshop was valuable to me. This was my first exposure to much of the material presented. I now have a better idea of how our CME program should be structured for success.”
- “The flipped classroom style is perfect for learning the material. The breakouts gave us an opportunity to learn great ideas from experienced professionals in the field.”
- “Working in the breakout sessions was very helpful in getting information and feedback from colleagues and breakout leaders. The insights from these will be valuable in going back to the office to develop new strategies for and approaches to practice.”
- “I really liked hearing how other companies/entities handle CME planning. I heard some great ideas that I can easily incorporate into my program. I also realized that I may be making more work for myself than I need to.”
- “I thought the case studies and discussion that ensued over them were extremely helpful. I got useful information and strategies out of each type of learning/session offered—the plenary sessions, the breakout groups, and the Q&A.”
- “Thanks also for the great public health panel. The workshop took on an academic tone when you brought people on the cutting edge of some of the hot topics in medical and interprofessional education. I felt that this was one of the most helpful and exciting parts of the workshop.”
The ACCME participated in the following Recognized Accreditor events during the past few months. The 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 intrastate CME providers).
- The ACCME participated via conference call in a meeting of the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) Committee on Accreditation and Medical Education in February. Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Executive Vice President; and Steve Singer, PhD, Vice President, Education and Outreach, ACCME, discussed the changing CME environment, including strategies for engaging with quality improvement initiatives.
- Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME; and Ms. Regnier participated in several meetings at the Idaho Medical Association (IMA) in March. They met with the staff, volunteer leadership, and accredited providers from Idaho to discuss the 2014 simplification of the accreditation requirements and process, the role of CME as a strategic asset in support of national and local public health initiatives, and Maintenance of Recognition.
The ACCME hosted the American Board of Medical Specialties’ (ABMS) first group of Visiting Scholars in March. Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Executive Vice President, ACCME, provided an overview of the ACCME System. She explained that accredited CME is designed to provide educational solutions for problems in practice. Ms. Regnier and Steve Singer, PhD, ACCME’s Vice President for Education and Outreach, described how accredited CME supports learners’ continuing professional development by providing opportunities for self-assessment, education, and periods of reflection and analysis. They explored how CME can be a strategic asset to population health and public health initiatives. They also described how the ACCME System is aligned with the goals of the ABMS Program for Maintenance of Certification (ABMS MOC®). The ABMS is an ACCME member organization.
Applications Now Open for ABMS Visiting Scholars Program
The 2015-2016 ABMS Visiting Scholars Program is accepting applications for an exciting opportunity for junior faculty, PhDs, residents/fellows, medical students, public health students, and graduate students in health services research and other relevant disciplines. Potential research topics include physician assessment and education, quality improvement in patient care, continuing professional development, and health policy, among others. Projects should build on existing research at the scholar’s institution and generate data, tools, and activities that could be useful to specialty boards in the Board Certification and Maintenance of Certification (MOC)/Continuing Certification (CC) process. For more information about the program and the application process, contact ABMS at VisitingScholars@abms.org.
Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME, gave a presentation at the 2015 Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Annual Educational Conference held in February in San Diego. Dr. Kopelow discussed the opportunities for collaboration between CME and graduate medical education. He explained that accredited CME can be a strategic asset in support of the ACGME Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) program. CLER offers a needs assessment opportunity. CME programs can offer the expertise and resources to support rapid progress improvement initiatives in response to these identified needs. He provided an overview of the research demonstrating the effectiveness of CME in changing physician practice and patient outcomes. Reflecting on the continuous professional development needs of future generations of physicians, Dr. Kopelow explored how the accredited CME system—already well positioned as a bridge to quality—will need to continue to evolve to meet their needs.
- Complete Your 2014 Year-End Reporting in PARS: To meet your year-end reporting requirements, you must enter data for your 2014 activities and your 2014 program summary in the ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). PARS is always open and we encourage you to start entering 2014 activity data now in anticipation of the year-end reporting deadline. You are welcome to enter basic information about an activity before it has taken place and complete the entry after the activity has occurred. Deadline: For ACCME-accredited providers the deadline for completing the 2014 year-end report is March 31, 2015. Providers accredited by a state medical society may be required to complete their 2014 year-end report earlier, and should check with their accreditor for information. For 2014, providers have the option to report the competency(ies) that each activity was designed to address. To accommodate this change, the instructions and templates for batch uploading 2014 activity data have been revised and can be found here:
For more information and links to educational resources, please visit our About PARS web page.
- PARS Improvements for Reporting of 2015 Activity and Program Data: The Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) is open for data entry for the 2015 reporting year and as we previously announced, you will find we have made some changes in PARS for this 2015 reporting year. The PARS educational resources have been refreshed to reflect these changes. The deadline for completing data entry for the 2015 reporting year is not until March 31, 2016, but we are reminding you now in order to give you time to prepare and to familiarize yourself with the changes. As always, you can enter basic information about an activity before it has taken place and complete the entry after the activity has occurred. There are no changes involved in opening activities. For more information, visit About PARS.