The ACCME participated in the following CME events in New Mexico, New York, and Nevada in June. 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).
- Ellen Cosgrove, MD, member, ACCME Board of Directors, conducted an interactive educational workshop for New Mexico Medical Society accreditation volunteers and CME committee members. Using materials developed by the ACCME, Dr. Cosgrove facilitated a hands-on, case-based discussion regarding compliance with the Accreditation Criteria. Dr. Cosgrove also provided a brief overview of the accreditation review and decision-making process and reviewed the self-assessment exercise developed and implemented by the ACCME in response to requests from Recognized Accreditors. The voluntary tool, comprising online, case-based questions, is designed to assist Recognized Accreditors' staff and volunteers with their own professional development.
- Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive; and Steve Singer, PhD, ACCME Director of Education and Outreach, participated in the 16th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Consortium of Medical School CME Professionals, sponsored by New York Medical College. Dr. Kopelow addressed current issues in CME, including the role of accredited continuing education as a strategic asset to the FDA's Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) for long-acting and extended-release opioids. He discussed interprofessional collaborative practice and education, including the joint accreditation process launched in 2009 by the ACCME, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). Dr. Kopelow and Dr. Singer facilitated a conversation with participants about the ACCME's strategic imperatives. Dr. Kopelow also participated in a meeting of the Medical Society of the State of New York CME Committee.
- Dr. Singer participated in the 2012 CME Workshop held by the Nevada State Medical Association. He provided practical tips for complying with the Accreditation Criteria and successfully navigating the reaccreditation process. Dr. Singer also led a discussion about the ACCME's strategic imperatives.