Education and Outreach
Registration Open for Summer CME as a Bridge to QualityTM Accreditation Workshop
Government Representatives Address ACCME Public Health Imperatives Forum
ACCME Participates in Member Organization Meetings
Meetings Address Interprofessional Education and Practice
Northeastern Consortium of Medical School CME Professionals Meeting Includes ACCME Presentation
For Your Reference
2013 National Drug Control Strategy Issued by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
Clarification Regarding ACCME Standards, a Letter from Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and Chief Executive, Published in Endocrine Practice
Provider or Activity Accreditation, an Editorial by Robin Stevenson, Editor-In-Chief, Journal of European CME
Last month, the ACCME announced a “Proposal for Simplifying and Evolving the Accreditation Requirements and Process.” The purpose of the proposed changes is to streamline the accreditation process and requirements and to strengthen support for continuing medical education (CME) as a strategic asset to health care improvement initiatives.
The ACCME is asking stakeholders to review the proposal and submit their feedback through our online survey. The survey closes on July 2, 2013. We thank those of you who have responded and we look forward to receiving more feedback.
We held a free webinar on May 23 to explain the proposal and answer your questions. More than 1,200 stakeholders joined the webinar. The webinar recording and transcript are available here.
For more information on the proposal, please see our Simplification and Evolution Web Page.
Tips and Tools
The American Medical Association recently approved the teaching of medical students and residents as a type of live activity that may be certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. This new, AMA PRA approved format, from an accreditation perspective, fits within the ACCME’s 2010 description of a learning from teaching CME activity. The ACCME has long supported the integration of self-directed learning and improvement projects into accredited CME. The ACCME learning from teaching definition, along with the ACCME’s descriptions of manuscript review, test-item writing, performance improvement, and Internet searching and learning, describe a range of activities that accredited providers can facilitate to support individualized professional development in teaching, clinical, or research practice. To offer further guidance, we developed educational resources.
There are no special, additional, or different accreditation requirements for learning from teaching. We expect accredited providers to comply with all applicable accreditation requirements.
In response to providers’ questions about how to fulfill the ACCME requirements while facilitating individualized learning projects, we have prepared a Web page, Integrating Accredited CME Into Individualized, Self-Directed Learning Project Type Activities Like Learning From Teaching, Teaching Medical Students And Residents, and Other AMA-Approved Formats. Here, you will find links to resources including written and video FAQs and a tutorial.
Listen to a series of video interviews with CME and health care leaders about how CME can address public health initiatives. These resources are part of the ACCME’s ongoing efforts to support the role of accredited CME as a strategic partner in public health and safety initiatives.
Education and Outreach
Registration is open for the ACCME's 2013 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop scheduled for July 31-August 2. As we have done in previous years, we will hold a "Self-Study for Accreditation" session in conjunction with the 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 skhan@accmeorg.
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.
Here are comments from participants in the April workshop:
- “We are the leaders of education in our institution ('driver of the bus') and in the best position to help guide the educational agenda, but do not solely carry the burden of identifying the educational gaps. We should partner with internal constituents such as QI and Safety and align our CME mission with the institutional initiatives as well as state and federal initiatives.”
- “I attended this workshop in 2010 and again last week. The breakouts are by far the best part for me. It helps me to gauge where my processes are compared to other similar associations. I also come back with new ideas on how to improve some of the ways we do things.”
- “It's the best workshop I attend. Nothing compares to the amount of useful information I bring back from this meeting.”
Representatives from four federal government agencies participated in the “Public Health Imperatives Forum,” held during the ACCME’s April 2013 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop. The first-time event featured representatives from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.
In the first section of the two-part forum, the government representatives discussed how CME can be a strategic partner in addressing public health priorities. A breakout session followed, giving participants the opportunity to engage directly with the federal representatives about collaboration opportunities to address public health priorities.
Here are comments from the government presenters:
- "The forum was a terrific opportunity to work directly with leaders in the CME field. Having a chance to highlight important public health concerns which are best addressed through collaboration was outstanding." ‑Wilson Compton, MD, MPE, National Institute on Drug Abuse
- “I enjoyed the Forum, the presentations by my government colleagues, and found the presentations by Dr. Kopelow and Steve Singer regarding ACCME very informative. The breakout sessions were the most valuable –the discussions animated and useful. Thank you again for the privilege of addressing the group.”—Gene Passamani, MD, Consultant, Division of Genomic Medicine, National Human Genome Research Institute
- “Representing the Office of National Drug Control Policy at the ACCME Continuing Medical Education (CME) as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshop provided me with a great opportunity to inform the health and education professionals developing CME’s for their medical staff on the Obama Administration’s 21st century drug policy, which emphasizes prevention, treatment, and early health innovations to reduce drug use and its consequences in America. During this session, topic areas addressed included the importance of educating the medical professions on the nuances of substance use disorders, prescription drug abuse, and proper opiate prescribing. As President Obama has noted, drug policy is a public health issue, not just a public safety issue. ACCME continues to be one of ONDCP’s strongest partners by championing important public health issues related to substance use disorders to the CME development field.”— June S. Sivilli, MA, Senior Advisor, Office of Demand Reduction, Office of National Drug Control Policy
- "The ACCME Public Imperatives Forum provided a great overview of the learning opportunities available for the nation's practicing clinicians. We applaud the ACCME for directing their focus to these important national priorities that will better prepare the workforce to collaborate toward better health and better care for lower overall cost. Through the use of health information technology, we can leverage the best evidence, the best measurement tools, and the best decision support tools to assist care providers in reaching these combined goals. By recognizing engaged clinicians who are actively learning and improving through the use of these tools, ACCME expands the model of continuing medical education well beyond the classroom – and into targeted learning that aligns with national priorities. We are transforming health care. Technology and education are both necessary and interdependent ingredients in this great transformation."‑Jacob Reider ,MD, Chief Medical Officer of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was unable to attend, but sent this comment:
- “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) commends the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education for its efforts to focus national continuing medical education on public health imperatives.” —Thomas R. Frieden, MD, MPH, Director, CDC
Here are comments from participants:
- “The opportunity to hear from—and meet—the representatives of the federal government was a tremendous opportunity for me. It was really amazing to think that they were taking [time] from their busy schedules to speak with accredited CME providers. For me to be able to go back and tell the leadership of my institution that these government agencies want us to help address these public health problems is very empowering.”
- “I was so inspired with the presentation regarding the teamwork approach to issues regarding addiction. As a matter of fact, during the presentation, I contacted a colleague in corporate communications with our health care facility to ask if he was aware of any programs addressing addiction. I have been developing an action plan since that moment! Thank you for encouraging CME coordinators/education specialists to get out of the offices and take their place at the roundtable of change.”
- “Loved the government reps' presentations!! So relevant and helpful! My favorite quote from Dr. Reider: We can't impose change, but we can inspire it. His arguments for the 'meaningful use' of medical informatics were quite persuasive! Dr. Passamani was also outstanding! His discussion, in the breakout, about how to heighten awareness (of human genome science) was excellent.”
The ACCME participated in the following meetings during the past few months as part of its 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.
- ACCME executive staff members participated in American Board of Medical Specialties Maintenance of Certification® Committee meetings held in May and June in Chicago. The ACCME has provided ongoing support for the ABMS MOC® initiative.
- Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Deputy Chief Executive and COO, ACCME, participated in a meeting of the American Hospital Association (AHA) Committee on Clinical Leadership, held in Denver in June. Committee members discussed the role of CME as a strategic partner in hospital initiatives to improve health care quality, safety, and delivery.
- The American Hospital Association’s Physician Leadership Forum held a webinar “Using CME for Delivery System Improvement” in June. James F. Burke, MD, Chair, ACCME Board of Directors, and Senior Vice President and Chief Physician Executive, Scottsdale Healthcare; and Charles Finch, DO, Chief Academic Officer, Scottsdale Healthcare, shared their efforts to use CME offerings to align physicians across the health care system and to drive performance improvement. The recorded webinar and presentation slides are available here.
- Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME participated in the American Medical Association (AMA) Council on Medical Education Networking and Stakeholders’ Forum held in June in Chicago. Participants discussed how the Affordable Care Act will affect medical education in the US.
- Steve Singer, PhD, Director, Education and Outreach, ACCME, attended the 5th Annual Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Integrating Quality Meeting: Improving Value and Educating for Quality held in June in Chicago. The interprofessional program brought together participants from health care institutions to share strategies for enhancing the culture of quality in clinical care and health professions education.
- Dr. Kopelow attended the CEOs session at the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) 2013 Spring Meeting held in Chicago in May.
The ACCME participated in the following meetings that addressed interprofessional education and practice in recent months. The ACCME’s participation is part of its long-standing commitment to advancing interprofessional education and collaboration with other CE accreditors.
- ACCME executive staff members were invited to give presentations at the National Optometric Continuing Education Conference 2013, held by the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry in April in Chicago. Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME, compared the benefits and challenges of provider and activity accreditation systems, offering his perspective on the issues to consider when choosing which system to develop. Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Deputy Chief Executive and COO, ACCME, participated in a panel presentation that discussed a community of practice created by the ACCME, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She and her co-panelists from the ACPE and ANCC presented brief overviews of each individual system and described the joint accreditation process launched in 2009 by the three accreditors in order to streamline the accreditation process and promote interprofessional education by and for the health care team.
- On behalf of the ACCME, ANCC and ACPE, Ms. Regnier gave a presentation at Collaborating across Borders, a conference focusing on interprofessional education and collaborative practice in health care, organized by the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC) and the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC). Ms. Regnier explained how the ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC collaborated to develop the joint accreditation process and shared the lessons they learned about interprofessional education and collaboration that participants could apply to their own institutions’ CE activities.
- The ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC held a Joint Accreditation Executive Meeting in June at the ACCME offices to discuss issues and updates related to the joint accreditation process. The three accreditors have been collaborating for 15 years to foster interprofessional education and collaboration. Improvements and further enhancements to joint accreditation were reviewed.
Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME; and Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Deputy Chief Executive and COO, ACCME, participated at the 17th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Consortium of Medical School CME Professionals, sponsored by New York Medical College. Dr. Kopelow and Ms. Regnier encouraged participants to view CME as a change agent and to become responsive leaders, supporting the health improvement priorities of various stakeholders, including medical schools, health care systems, care teams, communities, the government, and the public. They explained how information about physician practice informs the medical education continuum, including undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education. They described the joint accreditation process developed by the ACCME and its colleague accreditors, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in order to promote interprofessional education by and for the health care team. Dr. Kopelow and Ms. Regnier also facilitated a discussion about the “Proposal for Simplifying and Evolving the Accreditation Requirements and Process.”
It is with deep sadness that we observe the passing of Sterling B. Williams, MS, MD, PhD, Vice President, Education, The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists; and a longtime ACCME volunteer. Dr. Williams passed away on Sunday, May 19, after a brief illness. He was 72 years old.
Dr. Williams was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Illinois-Champaign/Urbana, a master’s degree in physiology from Northern Illinois University, and his medical doctorate and PhD from the University of Arkansas. He served his ob-gyn residency at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
He was a professor at Columbia University, and residency program director at the Harlem Hospital Center in New York City, from 1987 to 1997. From 1997 to 2001, he was the Kermit E. Krantz Professor and chair of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Kansas until accepting the position of Vice President of Education at The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.
Dr. Williams published extensively, received numerous honors, and served in many leadership positions related to medical education.
Dr. Williams was a dedicated volunteer for the ACCME. He served on the Board of Directors from 2006-2010, including serving as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Finance Committee, and serving as a member of the Executive Committee; Compensation Committee; Nominating, Elections, and Awards Committee; the Workgroup on Cost Reduction, and the Monitoring Task Force. Dr. Williams also served on the ACCME Accreditation Review Committee (ARC) from 2002-2005.
In addition to his dedication to medicine and education, Dr. Williams was an accomplished classical musician. He sang baritone for The Washington Chorus, and as a member of this chorus, performed with the National Symphony Orchestra in concerts at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
Dr. Williams is survived by his beloved wife, Joice, and three children, Sterling, Spencer, and Angela, and many other family members, as well as numerous friends and colleagues.
“We are honored that Dr. Williams served as a volunteer for so many years, contributing his wisdom and expertise to the ACCME. He was a thoughtful, reflective, and engaged volunteer, with a strong commitment to continuing medical education. We will continue to benefit from his contributions and we will greatly miss his presence,” said Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME.
“On a personal level, I enjoyed Dr. Williams’ musical talents. On the day I received my US citizenship, I returned to the office for an ARC meeting, where Dr. Williams was in attendance. He gave a powerful rendition of ‘America the Beautiful.’ His moving tribute made an important celebration even more memorable for me,” Dr. Kopelow said.
Dr. Williams' family requests that donations be made to the establishment of The Sterling B. Williams, MS, MD, PhD Lecture in obstetrics and gynecology. The Williams Lecture will be a fitting memorial to a man who was so committed to lifelong learning and his specialty.
Donations supporting The Sterling B. Williams, MS, MD, PhD Lecture should be made to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists/The Williams Lecture and sent to ACOG, Development Department, 409 12th Street, SW, Washington, DC, 20024. For additional information regarding donations, contact Katie O’Connell at 202-863-2546 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The family also stated that donations will be gratefully accepted for the promotion of research for a cure for Alzheimer’s, in loving memory of Dr. Sterling B Williams, Jr., and in honor of Mrs. Joice Johnson Williams. Donations can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 North Michigan Ave., Suite 1700, Chicago, IL, 60602; 1-800-272-3900.
Dr. Williams’ contributions and achievements are described on the following Web sites.
We acknowledge The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Web site and the Sterling B. Williams Memorial Service Program for the information included in this item.
As we have done in previous years, we will publish a combined/July August issue in August. Best wishes for an enjoyable summer.
- The 2013 National Drug Control Strategy, issued by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, describes the importance of educating health care practitioners about pain management, substance abuse, and safe practices for prescribing painkillers. The strategy includes information about CE initiatives developed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as part of the Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS).
- “Clarification Regarding ACCME Standards,” a letter from Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and Chief Executive, was published in the March/April 2013 issue of Endocrine Practice (subscription or payment required). The letter was sent in response to a previous article in order to clarify the requirements in the Standards for Commercial SupportSM: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities.
- "Provider or Activity Accreditation,” an editorial by Robin Stevenson, Editor-In-Chief, Journal of European CME, discusses the results of a survey conducted by JECME to garner responses to the previously published ”Commentary: The benefits of accrediting institutions and organizations as providers of continuing medical education.” Co-authored by Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME; and Craig Campbell, MD, Executive Director, Professional Affairs, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the commentary described how continuing education systems based on provider accreditation foster the development of communities of practice and produce an amplification effect, where one accreditation decision can result in the development of multiple activities.