Medical Society Executives Conference Discusses CME as Change Agent
ACCME executive staff gave several presentations at the 2013 American Association of Medical Society Executives (AAMSE) Annual Conference, held in July in St. Louis. Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME; and Kate Regnier MA, MBA, Deputy Chief Executive and COO, ACCME, presented an overview of the “Proposal for Simplifying and Evolving the Accreditation Requirements and Process” and the 2012 Annual Report.
They discussed the role of accredited CME as a change agent supporting public health imperatives on a local and national level. They described the discussions the ACCME has held with healthcare leadership organizations regarding the role of accredited CME in improving the health of the public and explained opportunities for CME to act as a strategic asset to government agencies’ health improvement initiatives.
Continuing professional development is a scholarly pursuit, with CME as the academy supporting that pursuit, explained Dr. Kopelow and Ms. Regnier. CME providers can facilitate this process by creating an educational home for their learners.
Dr. Kopelow and Ms. Regnier described the opportunities for CME to advance interprofessional collaborative practice and education through the joint accreditation process, a collaboration of the ACCME, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The benefits of the process, according to jointly accredited providers, are increased interaction and collaboration between professionals to address complex problems; recognition of the contributions of different healthcare professionals and reduction of professional hierarchies; and increased efficiency and leveraging of internal expertise.
Dr. Kopelow and Ms. Regnier also participated in a meeting of the AAMSE Working Group for CME.