Get Involved at ACCME: Become a Volunteer Surveyor

June 28, 2016
Posted by: 
Patty Harrison
 
We rely on our network of volunteers to support our accreditation system. By becoming a surveyor, you can play a critical role in the accreditation process, and in return for your donation of time and expertise, you’ll have the opportunity to learn from your colleagues, gain a broader understanding of the CME environment, and contribute to continuous improvement in the accreditation system. 
 
Surveyor Comments: the Value of Volunteering
 
  • "Volunteering as a surveyor with the ACCME has played a valuable role in my professional development. It helps me stay abreast of the standards and policies, and the added role of interpreting and applying the standards helps me improve my own CME program's success. Additionally, conducting interviews has helped hone my communication skills and, undoubtedly, allows me to better prepare my organization for the reaccreditation process." -Jenna Coleman, MA, CCMEP
  • "Volunteering as an ACCME surveyor continues to be such a valuable experience for me! Through the exploration process when reviewing others’ programs and activities, I’m constantly challenged to think about different perspectives, and I learn something new with every single survey I do. I enjoy working with colleagues I don’t otherwise have the opportunity to meet, and feel this is one small way I’m able to give back to our profession." -Mindi Daiga, MBA
  • "My experience with ACCME, and in particular serving as an ACCME volunteer surveyor, has been an integral part of my own continuing professional development. The overwhelming benefits I continue to experience as an ACCME surveyor include receiving hot-of-the presses, hands-on, just-in-time training on best practices for and by ACCME surveyors and the ACCME; hearing the stories of so many CME programs from every possible type of provider—each story is an education in itself; and experiencing the community of practice with my fellow volunteer ACCME surveyors—we learn so very much from one another!"-Diana J. Durham, PhD, FACEHP
  • "Being an ACCME surveyor is lots of fun, yet challenging and a great way to spend time learning new things outside of the routines of the usual in medicine and surgery!" -Melvin I. Freeman, MD, FACS, FACEHP
Surveyors are supported by ACCME staff and are expected to achieve and maintain a set of ACCME Surveyor Competencies. The ACCME provides intensive initial and ongoing training, and professional development and support, including face-to-face training, conference calls, and webinars.  
 
If you are interested in applying, please fill out the Application for ACCME Surveyors. If you have questions, contact Tim Koelling, ACCME Coordinator of Accreditation and Recognition Services, at tkoelling@accme.org.
 
Surveyors participated in a discussion led by Ranae Obregon, ACCME Manager of Systems Education and Outreach, during a new surveyor training, May 2016
 
 
Tara Steward (left) and Brenda Ram, CMP, CHCP (right) participate in a new surveyor training, May 2016