Education and Outreach
Registration Now Open for April 2015 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop
ACCME Participates in National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment
ACCME Holds Workshop at Oman Medical Specialty Board
ACCME Manager, Monitoring and Improvement
Reminders for Accredited Providers
Complete Your 2014 Year-End Reporting in PARS; PARS Improvements for Reporting of 2015 Activity and Program Data
For Your Reference
“Getting to Know ACCME's New Chief Exec,” Medical Meetings
Boston University School of Medicine SCOPE of Pain Program Wins White House Award
“Conference Report: Cologne Consensus Conference, Management of Conflict of Interest,” Journal of European CME
In Case You Missed It
Accreditation Council for CME Names Graham T. McMahon, MD, MMSc, as New President and CEO Beginning April 2015; Leadership Summit for Jointly Accredited Providers Convened by ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC
- Reflections on the Future of Accredited CME: A Commentary with Murray Kopelow, MD—ACCME President and CEO Murray Kopelow, MD, reflects on the continuous professional development needs of future generations of physicians and explores how the accredited CME system—already well positioned as a bridge to quality—will need to continue to evolve to meet their needs.
- PARS Educational Resources: The Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) have been refreshed to reflect the changes for 2015.
Education and Outreach
Registration is now open for the ACCME's 2015 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop scheduled for April 23–24 in Chicago. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
- 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 continues to participate in the National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment (NCICLE). Steve Singer, PhD, Vice President for Education and Outreach, ACCME, attended the February meeting of the NCICLE, where he co-facilitated a discussion about how NCICLE would define its success. He also described the ACCME’s role in supporting graduate medical education and faculty development. NCICLE, an initiative of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), brings together healthcare education leaders to identify strategies to improve the educational experience and patient outcomes within clinical learning environments. The ACCME’s participation is part of its commitment to supporting improvements in healthcare education across the continuum.
The ACCME held a workshop at the Oman Medical Specialty Board (OMSB) in February, which brought together training and staff development officers from across Oman. Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME, gave an overview of the ACCME Accreditation System, and explained the expectations of the Accreditation Criteria, from needs assessment to program evaluation and improvement. Using case examples, he discussed how the Plan-Do-Study-Act cycle is integral to ACCME requirements. He described how the Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities℠ provide a framework for obtaining and monitoring disclosure, identifying and resolving conflicts of interest, ensuring content validity, and preventing commercial bias.
Dr. Kopelow also met with the Oman Medical Specialty Board CME Committee and other healthcare leaders—the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health, Sultanate of Oman; and the Chairman and Executive President, OMSB.
In 2014, the OMSB was designated as an accreditor that is substantially equivalent to the ACCME. The OMSB is the first accreditation system outside North America to receive this status from the ACCME. Read more about this achievement in our news release.
Dr. Kopelow’s visit and ongoing engagement with OMSB and health leaders in Oman is in support of OMSB’s status as an accreditor that is substantially equivalent to the ACCME and in support of the ACCME’s commitment to foster collaboration in the global CME community.
The ACCME is looking for an experienced accreditation or CME professional to fill the full-time position of ACCME Manager, Monitoring and Improvement in our Chicago office. As part of the ACCME Accreditation team, the Manager is responsible for day-to-day management of the monitoring and improvement activities, including the processes for pre-applications, complaints and inquiries, corporate structure and corporate change reviews, and audits. The Manager is also responsible for implementing the ACCME’s question-answering service for accredited CME providers and other stakeholders, and for providing staff support to the volunteer Accreditation Review Committee. Candidates should have a minimum of five years of experience in accredited continuing education, including experience with ACCME accreditation. An advanced degree or equivalent work experience is a requirement. Candidates must be dedicated to continuous improvement and quality assurance processes and value a highly demanding environment.
Interested candidates should submit their CVs, references, and salary requirements to Barry Newman, SPHR, Senior Human Resources Field Representative, The Synergy Companies, Inc., at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 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 About PARS.
- 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 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.
- "Getting to Know ACCME's New Chief Exec,” by Sue Pelletier, Medical Meetings, features a Q&A with Graham T. McMahon, MD, MMSc. Dr. McMahon describes his inspiration for becoming a physician and educator, and discusses what he is looking forward to as ACCME’s next president and CEO. Characterizing himself as “a passionate educator,” he says that his job will be “to do everything I can to help our field and our community grow and thrive.” He also emphasized, “The ACCME will be an ally in any way we can to help the community achieve our shared mission of providing quality patient care through education.”
- Boston University School of Medicine SCOPE of Pain Program Wins White House Award: Boston University School of Medicine’s (BUSM) Safe and Competent Opioid Prescribing Program (SCOPE of Pain) received a 2014 National High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) award for Outstanding Prevention Effort from Michael Botticelli, Director, White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). The ONDCP has included continuing education for healthcare professionals in its national drug control policies; the 2014 National Drug Control Strategy describes the government’s efforts to expand continuing education for healthcare professionals, including through the FDA Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioid Analgesics Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS). SCOPE of Pain offers REMS-compliant CE activities. For more information about REMS CE, please see CME in Support of REMS. BUSM is an ACCME-accredited provider.
- “Conference Report: Cologne Consensus Conference, Management of Conflict of Interest, 12 and 13 September 2014, Cologne, Germany,” by Julie Simper, Journal of European CME, includes descriptions of ACCME’s participation in that event. Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME, gave a presentation focusing on the ACCME perspective on ensuring independence in accredited CME. He also co-chaired a section of the conference on physicians and their relationships. Our news item about the conference can be found here.