ACCME Assists Vietnam in Creating a National CME Accreditation System

April 30, 2015
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Tamar Hosansky

ACCME and Vietnam Ministry of Health Collaborate to Build CME Framework

The Vietnam Ministry of Health Administration for Science, Technology and Training; and the Partnership for Health Advancement in Vietnam (HAIVN) invited and sponsored Murray Kopelow, MD, Past President, ACCME, to lead a three-day workshop to discuss implementing a framework for a CME accreditation system in Vietnam. The workshop, which was held in March in Hanoi, brought together stakeholders and leadership from government agencies, hospitals, and medical schools from across Vietnam.

Dr. Kopelow shared his perspectives on the development of accreditation systems in the United States and Oman. (The ACCME has provided support to the Oman Medical Specialty Board and designated it as an accreditor that is substantially equivalent to the ACCME.) Dr. Kopelow provided strategic advice about how to establish a governance structure for the accreditation system and how to establish and manage CME programs. He explained how to develop accreditation criteria, forms and processes, and data collection systems.

In addition, Dr. Kopelow was invited to speak at the Embassy of the United States in Hanoi to provide an overview of CME. His presentation was part of a series of educational programs held by the embassy for local university and high school students on a variety of topics including careers in medicine.

Dr. Kopelow began his work in Vietnam last fall, when he was invited by HAIVN to participate in a series of meetings to discuss the development of a national CME accreditation system.

Dr. Kopelow’s work with Vietnam is part of the ACCME’s commitment to support collaboration in the global CME community.

Read more in the US Embassy Hanoi news release and in this article about the collaboration in the Vietnamese press.