Collaboration and Engagement
ACCME Participates in AMA Events
ACCME Presents at Recognized Accreditor Events in Illinois, Mississippi, Ohio, and Oregon
ACEhp Board of Directors Meeting and Alliance Quality Symposium include ACCME Participation
Awards, Achievements, and Best Practices
Accredited CME Providers: Share Your Awards and Achievements
CME Works! Share Your Best-Practices—Call for Submissions
Celebrating our Volunteers
ARC Members Sandy Deeba and Joyce Fried Recognized with Service Awards
For Your Reference
ABMS Launches MOC Directory Powered by MedEdPORTAL’S CE Directory
“Accreditation Rules Safeguard Continuing Medical Education from Commercial Influence” Letter to the Editor by Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, Published by Journal of Medical Ethics
“ABIM-ACCME Collaboration Helps Hospitalists Earn Credit for Continuing Medical Education,” The Hospitalist
“Obama Administration Announces Public and Private Sector Efforts to Address Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Use,” White House Fact Sheet
“Tulgan receives 2015 Rutledge W. Howard, MD, Award,” UMassMedNow
“The CME Industry Slams Slippery Slope Series,” Op-Ed by the CME Coalition, Published in MedPage Today
Education and Resources for CME for ABIM’s MOC Program
We are pleased to release additional resources to support the CME community’s engagement with CME that Counts for ABIM’s MOC program.
Archived Webinar: A recording of the October 14 webinar “CME That Counts for ABIM MOC” is available here. Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, discusses the ACCME’s collaboration with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) to simplify the integration of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and accredited CME. The webinar also includes a demonstration of how to register CME activities for ABIM’s MOC program in the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS), as well as a question and answer session with ACCME staff.
We appreciate the CME community’s high level of engagement—the webinar drew participants from more than 670 individual sites. The webinar included an interactive poll; about 275 participants responded to each question. Ninety-five percent of respondents said that they had either already discussed or planned to discuss the new opportunity with their organization’s leadership. Thirty-six percent of respondents said the process for registering CME activities for ABIM’s MOC program seemed “very easy and clear,” and an additional 61 percent said it seemed “somewhat clear.” As for plans to register CME activities for ABIM’s MOC program, 33 percent of respondents expect to begin registering CME activities for ABIM’s MOC program before the end of the year, while another 45 percent expect to do so in the first quarter of 2016.
CME\MOC Badge: The CME\MOC badge and guidelines for its usage are now available here. Along with the ABIM MOC Recognition Statement, accredited providers are welcome to use this badge to identify CME activities that are registered for ABIM MOC points. Use of the badge is optional. ABIM and the ACCME created the badge to support accredited providers’ efforts to promote their CME activities that count for MOC.
Improved—Find a CME+ABIM MOC Activity List: The list of CME activities registered for ABIM’s MOC program is now available in a web-based format, as well as in the Excel spreadsheet published in September. The list includes information about more than 300 currently available CME activities registered for ABIM’s MOC program. (Please note this list only includes activities that are currently available and does not include activities that have already occurred.) The functionality of the web-based list allows viewers to choose to see all the activities or view activities by specialty. We have created a short URL, which you can share with physicians so they can easily access the list: www.accme.org/MOClist
For more information, visit CME that Counts for ABIM MOC. We welcome your questions and feedback. The ACCME is responsible for support of accredited CME providers. ABIM is responsible for support of ABIM Board Certified physicians. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Upcoming Educational Activities
The ACCME's 2016 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshops are scheduled for April 14-15 and August 4-5 in Chicago. As we have done in previous years, we will hold "Self-Study for Accreditation" sessions in conjunction with each workshop. Early next year, we will send more information to providers about registering for the self-study sessions.
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.
NEW for the April 2016 Workshop — CME that Counts for ABIM MOC: At this two-hour session, staff from the ACCME and American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) will discuss the integration of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and accredited CME, explore strategies for advancing CME in support of MOC, explain how to register CME activities for ABIM’s MOC program in PARS, and answer your questions about the ABIM’s Medical Knowledge Assessment Recognition Program requirements. For more information about the ACCME and ABIM collaboration, visit CME that Counts for ABIM MOC.
More workshop information is available here. Registration for the April 2016 workshop will open later this fall.
Feedback from August 2015 Workshop Participants
- “Dr. McMahon's presentations changed my perspective on the impact my job has toward the end result of better patient care. I will view my CME tasks as being world-changing.”
- “The very first session for new CME learners was most helpful to me. It provided a comprehensive overview that made me feel ready to dive in.”
- “It was helpful to talk with my peers at other organizations about challenges and best practices. I came away with a lot of really good ideas and strategies that will help me going forward.”
We will offer two Getting Started with Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ workshops in 2016. They will be held on April 20 and September 23, 2016. These workshops will explain the basics and benefits of Joint Accreditation as well as answer questions about the Joint Accreditation process. They are 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. More information about the workshops, including the opportunity to register, will be posted here later this year. For more information about Joint Accreditation, visit our website.
Tips and Tools
We are pleased to present a video interview series focused on how CME is a key resource for developing leadership in physicians and teams and for supporting institutional goals to improve quality and safety.
- Avoiding “Eduspeak”: How to Build Effective Interprofessional Communication in CME Planning — Jack Dolcourt, MD, MEd, Professor of Pediatrics; Associate Dean for CME, Medical Graphics, and Photography, University of Utah School of Medicine, discusses the lessons he’s learned about how to build effective communication with physicians and teams to facilitate CME planning, in a conversation with Steve Singer, PhD, Vice President for Education and Outreach, ACCME (13 minutes, transcript available).
- Engaging Leadership: Aligning CME with Institutional Quality and Safety Improvement Priorities — John Hannig, MD, CME Chairman, Salem Hospital, discusses how the CME Program became a key resource in in supporting the institution’s quality and safety improvement priorities and through these efforts achieved Accreditation with Commendation, in a conversation with Steve Singer, PhD, Vice President for Education and Outreach, ACCME (18 minutes, transcript available).
- Working Together: How CME Empowers Teams and Builds Leadership — John Hannig, MD, CME Chairman, Salem Hospital, explains how the CME Program develops physician leadership and empowers healthcare teams to improve performance and patient outcomes, in a conversation with Steve Singer, PhD, Vice President for Education and Outreach, ACCME (12 minutes, transcript available).
Collaboration and Engagement
The ACCME participated in two American Medical Association (AMA) events in October:
- Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, attended the Change Med Ed 2015 Conference, hosted by the American Medical Association in Chicago.
- Dr. McMahon and Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Executive Vice President, ACCME, and attended the American Medical Association Council on Medical Education meeting in Chicago to discuss opportunities for alignment and simplification within our shared system.
The AMA is an ACCME member organization. Our participation in the events is part of our ongoing collaboration with member organizations. Through joint leadership initiatives, the ACCME and member organizations identify and implement strategies for improving physicians' continuing professional development and patient care.
The ACCME participated in the following CME provider conferences during the past few months. The participation is part of the ongoing support we provide for the intrastate accreditation system and for Recognized Accreditors (state/territory medical societies recognized by the ACCME as accreditors of local CME providers).
- 28th Annual CME Planners’ and Surveyors’ Workshop, Illinois State Medical Society
- Monthly provider meeting via conference call, Mississippi State Medical Association
- CME Provider Symposium & Coordinator’s Exchange, Ohio State Medical Association
- 2015 OMA Provider Summit, Oregon Medical Association
At the events, ACCME presenters described the scope of the ACCME accreditation system nationally and in individual states, exploring how CME contributes to public health initiatives. They explained how accredited CME meets learners’ needs and reflects the changing healthcare environment, for example through the ACCME’s collaboration with the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) to simplify the integration of Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and CME. ACCME staff and participants reviewed the recommendations for advancing CME in "Continuing Medical Education as a Strategic Resource," a report published by the American Hospital Association's Physician Leadership Forum, and discussed the importance of offering physicians and teams opportunities for relevant, participatory, and active learning.
The ACCME participated in several events convened by the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp). Upon invitation, Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, and Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Executive Vice President, ACCME, attended the September meeting of the ACEhp Board of Directors. They took part in discussions about the landscape of CME, interprofessional education, and the value of continuing professional development within the healthcare system.
Ms. Regnier participated in a panel discussion about integrating quality improvement education across the medical education continuum at the 2015 Alliance Quality Symposium in September. She described how the Accreditation Criteria support the engagement of CME with QI and presented data showing that two-thirds of CME providers integrate CME into the process of improving professional practice and participate within an institutional or system framework for quality improvement. She was joined by panelists from the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).
The ACCME is looking for a systems management professional to fill the full-time position of Coordinator of Accreditation and Recognition Services in our Chicago office. As part of the ACCME Accreditation and Recognition team, the Coordinator provides support for approximately 1,900 accredited CME providers and 40 state medical societies recognized as accreditors by the ACCME. The Coordinator is responsible for coordinating and supporting accreditation and recognition procedures, including record-keeping, communications, data entry, and scheduling. The coordinator serves as a key member of the accreditation and recognition staff, assisting in the implementation and improvement of the systems that support these processes, and coordinates the involvement of ACCME’s volunteer surveyors.
Candidates should have a BA in a related field or several years of related experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Candidates must have excellent communication skills and a commitment to providing high-level service to staff and volunteers in the accreditation and recognition systems. They must be highly organized, detail oriented, and have a demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple tasks and function under deadline pressure. Candidates must be skilled at developing and improving systems and procedures. Proficiency in Microsoft and SharePoint is required. Candidates should be dedicated to continuous improvement, and value a highly demanding, team-focused environment.
Interested candidates should submit their CVs, references, and salary requirements to The Synergy Companies, Inc. at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The ACCME is looking for a technology management professional to fill the full-time position of Data and Information Analyst in our Chicago office. As part of the ACCME Business and Operations team, the Analyst supports the maintenance, use, testing, quality assurance, and continuous improvement of ACCME’s website and proprietary software applications including the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). In this key role, the Analyst assists volunteers and staff in the use of technology, conducts training in new applications, and generates both ad-hoc and routine data analyses for executive staff, the Board of Directors, and other stakeholders.
Candidates must have a minimum of a BA and a minimum of three years of relevant experience. Candidates must have excellent analytical, problem-solving, and critical thinking skills. Candidates must have a demonstrated knowledge of relational database management systems, with practical experience using Microsoft Office Professional applications, Access, SQL, and Excel; experience with Tableau preferred. Experience with an accrediting, licensing, or credentialing organization is preferred. Candidates must have a commitment to providing high-level service to staff and volunteers, and have a demonstrated ability to prioritize multiple tasks and function under deadline pressure. Candidates should have a strong service orientation, be dedicated to continuous improvement, and value a highly demanding, team-focused environment.
Interested candidates should submit their CVs, references, and salary requirements to The Synergy Companies, Inc. at email@example.com.
Awards, Achievements, and Best Practices
If your CME program has received an award or recognition for your achievements, we want to help to spread the word. To further our goal of advocating for CME and supporting your efforts to communicate the value of your work, we will publicize your achievements on our website and in our newsletter. Send the information to Tamar Hosansky at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve heard from our community of CME providers that it would be helpful for the ACCME to facilitate sharing of best practices. Beginning in 2016, we will post brief, best-practice videos (three to five minutes in length) produced by accredited CME providers following our guidelines. Videos will focus on sharing practical strategies and perspectives for planning and implementing effective CME. Here are a few suggested questions the videos could address—these are suggestions only; we invite you to identify which of your best practices would be most helpful to share with your colleagues.
- How does my CME program engage large groups in active learning?
- How does my CME program facilitate performance change?
- What’s the best way to build an effective CME committee?
- What approaches work best to support personalized learning?
- What is a really effective evaluation question or tool?
- How can social media support learning?
- What are effective ways to recruit physician champions?
- How did my program begin to integrate CME with Quality Improvement?
We welcome your ideas. Participation is open to all accredited providers in the ACCME System. If you are interested in participating, please email Melody Latham, Coordinator of Education and Outreach, at email@example.com with a brief description of the best practice that you will feature in your proposed video. If we accept your submission, we will contact you to discuss the next steps and provide you with video production format requirements.
Celebrating Our Volunteers
The ACCME is only successful in its mission because of its dedicated volunteers and we were pleased to have the opportunity to pay tribute to two of these volunteers at the October meeting of the Accreditation Review Committee (ARC). Sandy Deeba, CME Manager, Oklahoma State Medical Society; and Joyce Fried, BA, CCME-P, Assistant Dean, Co-Director, CME, University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine, received service awards upon the completion of their six-year terms of service. Ms. Deeba and Ms. Fried were celebrated by their ARC colleagues and ACCME staff for their dedication and contributions to accreditation decision making. They offered the following comments about their time on the ARC:
- “The time I have spent with each of you has given me an opportunity to meet other professionals from all over the United States who are devoted to CME and have a true talent and interest in serving the ACCME. In the past six years we have seen growth in our thinking and willingness to persevere no matter what it takes. As I end my time on the ARC, I will take my memories with each of you and tuck them in my heart and remember that this was one of the best times of my career.” — Sandy Deeba
- “Although it was a lot of work, participating as a member of the ARC was among the most gratifying experiences of my career. The opportunity to work side by side with really smart colleagues with the common goal of supporting high quality continuing medical education was a privilege. The wonderful leadership and staff of the ACCME provided inspiration, motivation, and a fair and thoughtful approach to the evaluation process. I was only sorry to see the six years end!” — Joyce Fried
- ABMS Launches MOC Directory Powered by MedEdPORTAL’S CE Directory: The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), in partnership with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), launched the ABMS MOC Directory, powered by MedEdPORTAL’S CE Directory. For ABMS Member Board diplomates, the directory offers a centralized repository of approved MOC activities across specialties and subspecialties; for CME providers, the directory offers a common submission form to submit and receive approval for MOC credit.
Please note that the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) is using the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) for the registration of CME activities for ABIM’s MOC program. Diplomates and providers accessing the ABMS MOC directory for information about ABIM MOC are directed to the ACCME and ABIM websites. For more information, visit CME that Counts for ABIM MOC.
- “Accreditation Rules Safeguard Continuing Medical Education from Commercial Influence,” a letter to the editor by Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, published by the Journal of Medical Ethics, responds to a Viewpoint article. Dr. McMahon delineates the difference between accredited CME and promotion, stating “Promotion or marketing has no place in accredited CME. Accredited education is designed to offer physicians and healthcare teams a protected space to learn, teach, discuss emerging science, and debate ethical and controversial issues without commercial influence.” He underscores that CME is a key resource for addressing public health needs and for helping physicians and teams “deliver safe, ethical, effective, cost-efficient, and compassionate care that is based on best practice and evidence—and not on promotion.” (Subscription or payment required to access the complete letter.)
- “ABIM-ACCME Collaboration Helps Hospitalists Earn Credit for Continuing Medical Education,” The Hospitalist, reports on the collaboration between ACCME and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) on Maintenance of Certification (MOC). The collaboration expands the MOC credit opportunities for physicians and simplifies the process for CME providers that offer educational activities that count for ABIM’s MOC program. For more information, visit CME that Counts for ABIM MOC.
- “Obama Administration Announces Public and Private Sector Efforts to Address Prescription Drug Abuse and Heroin Use,” a White House fact sheet, announces government efforts to address the prescription drug abuse and the heroin epidemic—including a focus on prescriber training. The fact sheet reports that more than 40 organizations, including a number of accredited CE providers and the Conjoint Committee on CE, have made a commitment to educate more than 540,000 healthcare professionals about appropriate prescribing practices. As always, the ACCME appreciates that the government values the role of continuing education in addressing the drug abuse crisis. For more about CME’s role in addressing opioid abuse, visit CME in Support of REMS.
- “Tulgan receives 2015 Rutledge W. Howard, MD, Award,” UMassMedNow, notes that Henry Tulgan, MD, FACP, received the ACCME’s 2015 Rutledge W. Howard, MD, Award for Individual Service to the Intrastate Accreditation System. The news item explains that Dr. Tulgan has been a member of the Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) for more than 40 years and was presented with the award in recognition of his commitment to advancing community-based CME programs and the intrastate accreditation system. Read the ACCME news release here.
- “The CME Industry Slams Slippery Slope Series,” an Op-Ed published in MedPage Today, by Andrew M. Rosenberg, JD, MP, the CME Coalition, describes how the ACCME requirements safeguard independence, mitigate commercial bias, and promote transparency. Mr. Rosenberg says that, “CME is among the most valuable—if unheralded—components of our healthcare system and has a demonstrably proven track record of improving patient outcomes and saving lives.”
- Message from the CEO: Connecting CME to MOC
- Dr. McMahon to Deliver Keynote at MAACME 2015 Annual Meeting