CE Accreditors Discuss Joint Accreditation, Interprofessional Education
The ACCME participated in the following meetings that addressed interprofessional education and practice in recent months. The ACCME’s participation is part of its long-standing commitment to advancing interprofessional education and collaboration with other CE accreditors.
- ACCME executive staff members were invited to give presentations at the National Optometric Continuing Education Conference 2013, held by the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry in April in Chicago. Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME, compared the benefits and challenges of provider and activity accreditation systems, offering his perspective on the issues to consider when choosing which system to develop. Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Deputy Chief Executive and COO, ACCME, participated in a panel presentation that discussed a community of practice created by the ACCME, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She and her co-panelists from the ACPE and ANCC presented brief overviews of each individual system and described the joint accreditation process launched in 2009 by the three accreditors in order to streamline the accreditation process and promote interprofessional education by and for the health care team.
- On behalf of the ACCME, ANCC and ACPE, Ms. Regnier gave a presentation at Collaborating across Borders, a conference focusing on interprofessional education and collaborative practice in health care, organized by the Canadian Interprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC) and the American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC). Ms. Regnier explained how the ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC collaborated to develop the joint accreditation process and shared the lessons they learned about interprofessional education and collaboration that participants could apply to their own institutions’ CE activities.
- The ACCME, ACPE, and ANCC held a Joint Accreditation Executive Meeting in June at the ACCME offices to discuss issues and updates related to the joint accreditation process. The three accreditors have been collaborating for 15 years to foster interprofessional education and collaboration. Improvements and further enhancements to joint accreditation were reviewed.