Dr. McMahon Describes CME as Solution to Healthcare Challenges at SACME Meeting
Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, participated via video conference in the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) 2015 Spring Meeting held from April 29 to May 2 in Tampa, Florida. Dr. McMahon described the scope of CME delivered by SACME members and thanked them for what they were doing “as a community for the well-being of the country.”
Dr. McMahon discussed his background, his new role as ACCME President and CEO, and his commitment to furthering the leadership role of CME in the healthcare community. He explained that the ACCME is a service organization, focusing on meeting the needs of the CE community and its learners. The ACCME will continue to support public health initiatives, advance continuing education by the team, for the team through Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™, and explore opportunities for CME to engage across the medical education continuum.
Dr. McMahon said that the ACCME is interested in collaborating with the CE community to advance a national research agenda about the effectiveness of CME. He noted that there is already evidence showing that physicians can learn—we now need evidence that demonstrates the most effective means for education to drive changes in patient outcomes, and healthcare quality and safety. CME providers need evidence to demonstrate to their colleagues that “education is the solution to healthcare challenges,” he said.