ACCME Hosts Luncheon Discussion for Accreditation Surveyors

February 28, 2013
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Tamar Hosansky

ACCME Accreditation Surveyors Review 2012 Accomplishments

The ACCME hosted a luncheon and discussion for ACCME accreditation surveyors during the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEHP) Annual Meeting, held in January in San Francisco. The event was attended by more than 60 stakeholders, including ACCME accreditation surveyors; members of the ACCME Board of Directors, Accreditation Review Committee, and Committee for Review and Recognition; and staff and volunteers representing Recognized Accreditors.

Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME, discussed the accomplishments surveyors made during the previous year. Thanks to surveyors’ contributions, the ACCME made 161 accreditation and reaccreditation decisions in 2012. To support this decision-making, 107 surveyors conducted accreditation interviews.

The ACCME asks providers to complete evaluations regarding their experience with the accreditation process and uses this feedback to analyze its current practices and make improvements. Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Deputy Chief Executive and COO, ACCME, presented data reflecting feedback from each of the three 2012 cohorts, which showed that providers reported positive experiences with surveyors and the accreditation interviews.

The ACCME asks surveyors to fill out questionnaires about their experience with the accreditation interview process. This feedback helps the ACCME provide support to volunteer surveyors. Dion Richetti, Director, Accreditation and Recognition Services, ACCME, reviewed the feedback, which showed that 95% or more of surveyors had a positive experience with the interview process. Mr. Richetti also presented surveyor feedback regarding the Accreditation Compliance Review System (ACRS), which was implemented last year in order to simplify and streamline the process for accredited providers and accreditation surveyors. The data shows that 97% of surveyors found the ACRS easy to use.

Steve Singer, PhD, Director, Education and Outreach, ACCME, welcomed the new volunteer surveyors. He reported that the ACCME trained 20 new surveyors in 2012 and looks forward to training more new surveyors in 2013. Training sessions for new and experienced surveyors are held throughout the year. The ACCME welcomes applications for new surveyors. Visit the Volunteers Web page for more information.

Dr. Kopelow reviewed the progress made addressing the ACCME strategic imperatives, explaining that the ACCME convened more than 20 focused discussions about the strategic imperatives with more than 1,100 stakeholders.


Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME, discusses surveyor accomplishments in 2012