The ACCME participated in the following CME events in Michigan, South Dakota, and West Virginia during the last few months. This participation is part of the ongoing support the ACCME provides for the intrastate accreditation system and for Recognized Accreditors (state/territory medical societies recognized by the ACCME as accreditors of local CME providers).
- Marcia K. Martin, ACCME Manager, Provider Education and Outreach, gave two presentations at the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) Provider Conference in September. During one presentation, she outlined the Accreditation Criteria, focusing on strategies for complying with Essential Area 3: Evaluation and Improvement (Accreditation Criteria 11-15); in another session, she described how to move a CME program toward achieving Accreditation with Commendation.
- Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and Chief Executive, participated via webinar in a meeting of the South Dakota State Medical Association Committee on Medical Education. He discussed the role of accredited CME as a strategic asset to health care quality initiatives, how CME can support physician performance improvement, and how CME aligns with the goals of Maintenance of Certification®, Maintenance of Licensure, and The Joint Commission’s Ongoing Professional Practice Evaluation (OPPE) and Focused Professional Practice Evaluation (FPPE) standards. He talked about how providers can become responsive leaders, meeting the needs of various stakeholders, including their organizations, health care systems, care teams, communities, the government, and the public.
- Steve Singer, PhD, ACCME Director of Education and Outreach, gave two presentations for the West Virginia State Medical Association (WVSMA) in September. During a WVSMA CME Committee dinner meeting, Dr. Singer explained the ACCME’s expectations of Recognized Accreditors and the support and resources it offers to the intrastate accreditation system. At the 2012 WVSMA Provider Conference, Dr. Singer provided a simple construct for approaching the Accreditation Criteria and used case examples to illustrate the ACCME’s expectations for compliance. He described how providers can add value to their programs by supporting public health and quality improvement efforts.