ACCME Workshop Includes Public Health Imperatives Forum

March 21, 2013
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Tamar Hosansky

Government/CME collaboration opportunities session at workshop

The ACCME has added a new session to its 2013 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop, which is scheduled for April 24-26 in Chicago. The two-part “Public Health Imperatives Forum” will feature representatives from several federal government agencies. The following agencies have accepted our invitation to participate: the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). In the first part, the government representatives will discuss how CME can be a strategic partner in addressing public health priorities. A breakout session will follow, giving participants the opportunity to engage directly with federal representatives about collaboration opportunities to address public health priorities.

Registration is still open for the April workshop. A second workshop will be held July 31-August 2. As we have done in previous years, we will hold "Self-Study for Accreditation" sessions in conjunction with each workshop. We have invited providers whose next accreditation decisions are scheduled for July 2014, November 2014, and March 2015. If you are in one of those decision cohorts and you have not received information about the self-study sessions, please contact Saifra Khan, Coordinator, Education and Outreach, at

Designed for all levels, from CME novices to masters, the Accreditation Workshops offer participants the opportunity to work closely with ACCME staff, national CME leaders, and colleagues to learn practical strategies for complying with accreditation requirements and positioning CME as a Bridge to Quality within their organizations.

Click here for more workshop information or to register.

Feedback from the August 2012 CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshop

“This two-day workshop helped put in perspective the role that CME plays in our professional careers. Its overview of the educational process allowed me to understand the relationship of undergraduate, graduate, and CME,” writes Frank N. Harrison, MD, a new CME committee chair in his blog post.

Here are other comments from participants.

  • “I thought it was a really great blend of plenary and breakout. I had several 'aha' moments during the lectures that I was able to explore further with my colleagues during the discussion.”
  • “After hearing more about the commendation criteria I realize that my organization is already doing all of these things and now I have a much clearer sense of how to properly articulate them in my report.”
  • “CME as a Bridge to Quality became a concept that I can now articulate to my organization's partners: CME is the bridge between QI and physicians... CME is the physician's friend...”
  • “I am planning to share these case studies with our Executive Leadership group first for further discussions, and then use them in small group settings with staff.”