ACCME Participates in International CME Events in Caribbean, Europe

September 30, 2014
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Tamar Hosansky

ACCME Participates in Caribbean, European CME Events

The ACCME participated in the following international events during the past few months, as part of its commitment to support collaboration in the global CME community.

  • Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME, participated in the Caribbean Accreditation Authority for Education in Medicine and Other Health Professions (CAAM-HP) 10th Anniversary Conference, held in July in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Dr. Kopelow described the role of accreditation in supporting physicians’ continuing professional development – now and in the future. He explained how accreditation provides a framework that has been proven valid and effective in improving physician performance. He also described how information about physician practice informs the medical education continuum, including undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education; and he discussed how CME will need to adapt to the needs of the new generations of physicians. The conference was written up in an article in the Jamaica Gleaner.
  • Dr. Kopelow gave a presentation at the Cologne Consensus Conference 2014: Management of Conflict of Interest, held in September in Cologne, Germany.  His presentation focused on the ACCME perspective on ensuring independence in accredited CME. He explained how the Standards for Commercial Support: Standards to Ensure Independence in CME Activities℠ (SCS) provide a framework for preventing commercial bias by requiring the disclosure of relevant financial relationships and the identification and resolution of conflicts of interest.  He explained that the Standards for Commercial Support represent shared values across the health professions: the Standards are incorporated into Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Education™ and the accrediting bodies of optometry, pharmacy, nursing, osteopathy, family medicine, physician assistants, and dentistry base their requirements on the Standards. In addition to his presentation, Dr. Kopelow co-chaired a section of the conference on physicians and their relationships. Dr. Kopelow also participated in a meeting of the European Cardiology Section Foundation, held in conjunction with the Cologne Consensus Conference.

View Dr. Kopelow’s 2013 presentation at the Cologne Consensus Conference here.

A summary of the 2013 Cologne Consensus Conference, including a write-up of Dr. Kopelow’s presentation, is published in “Conference Report: Report on the Cologne Consensus Conference 20-21 September 2013,” by Robin Stevenson, in the Journal of European CME.