ACCME Discusses Strategic Value of CME at AIAMC Annual Meeting

April 30, 2015
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Tamar Hosansky

AIAMC Panel Addresses Leadership across Medical Education Continuum

Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Executive Vice President, ACCME, served as a panelist during the opening session of the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC) 2015 Annual Meeting, held in March in New Orleans. Titled “Leadership through the Continuum of Medical Education,” the session addressed trends in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education (CME).

Ms. Regnier discussed the strategic value accredited CME brings to AIAMC member institutions. Accredited providers that are AIAMC members offer about 5,000 activities annually, educating more than 650,000 learners, according to data from the 2013 ACCME Annual Report. She explained how accredited CME can contribute to medical education across the continuum. For example, CME programs can offer the expertise and resources to support rapid progress improvement initiatives in response to the needs identified through the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program, established by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

Exploring how the accredited continuing education (CE) community reflects the changing healthcare environment, Ms. Regnier described how interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) contributes to interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP). Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ —a collaboration of the ACCME, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC)—establishes the standards for education providers to deliver CE planned by the healthcare team, for the healthcare team.

Ms. Regnier’s co-panelists were Darrell Kirch, MD, President and CEO, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC); and Kevin B. Weiss, MD, Senior Vice President for Patient Safety and Institutional Review, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).