ACCME Presents at Recognized Accreditor Events in Alabama, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Virginia, Washington State

October 30, 2014
Posted by: 
Tamar Hosansky

State Medical Society Events Discuss CME as Strategic Resource

The ACCME participated in the following CME provider conferences this fall. The 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).

At the events, ACCME speakers discussed the 2014 simplification of the accreditation requirements and process, and the proposal for a menu of new criteria for Accreditation with Commendation. ACCME speakers facilitated discussions, asking participants: How many of the proposed criteria should be required to demonstrate compliance for Accreditation with Commendation? How should the menu be structured? Should any of the proposed criteria be required to achieve Accreditation with Commendation? How should the standard for awarding compliance be set?

ACCME presenters also explored the strategic value of CME. They gave an overview of "Continuing Medical Education as a Strategic Resource," a report published by the American Hospital Association's Physician Leadership Forum. They described the scope of the ACCME accreditation system nationally and in individual states, exploring how CME can be a strategic asset in support of national and local public health initiatives. They discussed how accredited CME can contribute strategic support to medical education across the continuum, including the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) program of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)Maintenance of Licensure (MOL), and the ABMS Program for Maintenance of Certification (ABMS MOC®). Looking to the future, presenters explored how accredited CME needs to evolve to meet the lifelong learning needs of the emerging generations of physicians.