January 29, 2016
ACCME Discusses Future of CME at Alliance Conference
The ACCME participated in several sessions at the ACEhp 2016 Annual Conference, held by the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions in January.
- The ACCME hosted a breakfast discussion for ACCME surveyors, attended by more than 65 stakeholders, including ACCME volunteer surveyors; staff and volunteers representing Recognized Accreditors; members of the ACCME Accreditation Review Committee and Board of Directors; and volunteer surveyors for Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™. Thanks to surveyors’ contributions, the ACCME made 141 accreditation, reaccreditation, and joint accreditation decisions in 2015. Evaluations from providers and surveyors showed that more than 90% of respondents reported positive experiences with the process.
- Marcia Martin, Manager of Provider Outreach and Education, ACCME; and Steve Singer, PhD, Vice President for Education and Outreach, ACCME, presented a session on ACCME accreditation basics to introduce accreditation requirements, educational planning, and the evaluation techniques to participants new to the ACCME System.
- Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, gave a presentation, “Envisioning the Future of Continuing Medical Education.” He discussed how educators can leverage technology and innovative educational methods to increase learners’ engagement and the efficacy of education. He described how learners, regulators, health institutions, and CME providers need to evolve to ensure that CME remains relevant in the changing healthcare environment, contributes to solving healthcare problems, and serves the needs of emerging generations of healthcare practitioners.
- Dr. McMahon and Susan Skochelak, MD, MPH, Group Vice President, Medical Education, American Medical Association, co-facilitated a session “Building Value Together: ACCME and AMA Collaboration,” describing the two organizations’ ongoing collaborative efforts to align the credit and accreditation systems to better support CME providers and physician learners. Participants discussed their perspectives and suggestions for how the two systems should evolve and align.
- Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Executive Vice President, ACCME; Kevin Weiss, MD, Senior Vice President, Institutional Accreditation, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME); Josephine Fowler, MD, MSc, FAAFP, Vice President of Academic Affairs/CAO, Designated Institutional Official, JPS Health Network; and Kristin Ouweneel, Manager, Continuing Professional Development Office, Aurora Health Care, co-presented “New Discoveries in the Clinical Learning Environment: Connecting GME, CME & ACEhp to Improve Patient Care and Learning.” Ms. Regnier explored the strategic value of CME to the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program, and how CME can support change and improvement in the clinical learning environment across the medical education continuum.
- Dr. McMahon, Ms. Regnier, and Veronica E. Jones, Vice President, Program Operations, American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), co-facilitated a session on CME that Counts for ABIM MOC, describing how the collaboration between the two organizations offers a simpler, unified process for CME providers offering activities that count for ABIM’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program.