Murray Kopelow, MD, Receives Inaugural Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award

January 28, 2015
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Tamar Hosansky

Murray Kopelow, MD, Honored for Leadership and Lifetime Achievement

Murray Kopelow, MD, President and CEO, ACCME, received the inaugural Alliance Lifetime Achievement Award from the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp) during its Annual Conference held in January in Dallas. The award was presented to Dr. Kopelow in recognition of his 20 years of leadership, which has resulted in impressive growth, advancement, and recognition for accredited CME nationally and internationally.

In accepting the award, Dr. Kopelow thanked his wife, Cathy Bachman, without whose support “I couldn’t have made any of these contributions; I couldn’t have had the nerve to come and take this role.” He also expressed his appreciation for the ACCME Board of Directors, volunteers, and staff, describing them as the foundation of his success.

Reflecting on his role as ACCME CEO, Dr. Kopelow told the audience that he felt his job was to support those whom “I have always believed to be the most important people in the continuum of medical education—and that’s you, the continuing medical education professionals.”

Looking ahead to the transition of leadership for the ACCME, Dr. Kopelow said, “CME has always been about the future…. It keeps reinventing itself. Now is no exception to that. We are fully engaged as a CME enterprise in these concepts of ‘CME as a Bridge to Quality’ and ‘continuing medical education as a strategic asset’ to those who are trying to improve health, healthcare, and healthcare professionals. That is why I was so pleased when the Board of Directors of the ACCME chose Graham McMahon as the next custodian of this important role. Graham clearly has the vision and energy that is going to be needed for this and always has been.”


In conclusion, Dr. Kopelow said, “I believe the future of CME is bright. I hope you enjoy the future as much as I have enjoyed contributing to getting us to this fork in the road…. I want to thank you all for your lifetime of achievement in continuing medical education.”

Dr. Kopelow received several standing ovations. The ACCME and its colleague accreditors, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), held a reception in Dr. Kopelow’s honor following the award ceremony.

The ACCME also participated in the following events at the Alliance Conference:

  • Dr. Kopelow gave a presentation to a standing-room only audience about the future of medical education. He described the evolution of accredited CME and how it has become a strategic asset for medical education across the continuum of education and for public health initiatives. Looking to the future, he explored how accredited CME needs to evolve to meet the lifelong learning needs of the emerging generations of physicians who—as digital natives—learn, think, and process information differently than preceding generations. The ACCME has produced a brief video version of this presentation, available here.
  • The ACCME hosted a breakfast discussion for ACCME surveyors. The event was attended by more than 60 stakeholders, including ACCME volunteer surveyors, staff and volunteers representing Recognized Accreditors, and members of the ACCME Accreditation Review Committee and Board of Directors. Dr. Kopelow introduced Graham T. McMahon, MD, MMS as the next President and CEO of the ACCME. Dr. McMahon thanked the surveyors for their contributions and said that he appreciates the opportunity to work with them as he takes on the role of ACCME CEO. ACCME staff discussed the accomplishments surveyors made during 2014. Thanks to surveyors’ contributions, the ACCME made 156 accreditation, reaccreditation, and joint accreditation decisions in 2014. Evaluations from providers and surveyors showed that more than 90% of respondents reported positive experiences with the process. The ACCME trained 15 new surveyors in 2014 and looks forward to training more new surveyors in 2015. Training sessions for new and experienced surveyors are held throughout the year. The ACCME welcomes applications for new surveyors. Visit the Volunteers Web page for more information.

  • Kate Regnier, MA, MBA, Executive Vice President, ACCME, participated in the “Overview on Accreditation Super Panel.” She explained how the ACCME Accreditation Criteria safeguard independence and foster the role of accredited CME as a strategic asset for public health initiatives. Ms. Regnier and her colleagues from the ACPE and ANCC described how Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ offers organizations the opportunity to be simultaneously accredited to provide medicine, pharmacy, and nursing continuing education activities through a single, unified application process, fee structure, and set of accreditation standards.

  • Ms. Regnier participated in a panel presentation about the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program. She discussed how accredited CME aligns with CLER’s focus on patient safety and quality improvement. She explored how accredited CME can support change and improvement in the clinical learning environment across the medical education continuum.
  • Dion Richetti, Vice President for Accreditation and Recognition, ACCME, participated in a panel discussion along with Recognized Accreditors. He and the other panelists provided practical tips for navigating the accreditation process.