ACCME Participates in State Medical Society Events for Volunteers and Providers
The ACCME participated in the following state medical society events during the past few months. This participation is part of the ongoing support the ACCME provides for the intrastate accreditation system and for Recognized Accreditors (state/territory medical societies recognized by the ACCME as accreditors of local CME providers).
- Steve Singer, PhD, Director, Education and Outreach, ACCME, conducted training sessions for volunteer leadership at the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) Committee on Accreditation and Medical Education and the Oregon Medical Association (OMA), in November. The purpose of Dr. Singer’s interactive sessions was to support participants’ continuing professional development as accreditation surveyors. He explained that the role of surveyors is to collect data, clarify information, identify missing information, and serve as an advocate for CME providers, helping them to tell the story of their CME programs. Using case examples, he described the ACCME’s expectations for compliance with the Accreditation Criteria and the Standards for Commercial Support.
- Dr. Singer gave a presentation at the New Mexico Accredited CME Providers Annual Training Conference, held by the New Mexico Medical Society (NMMS) in October. He discussed the ACCME’s ongoing engagement with stakeholders regarding the Proposal for Simplifying and Evolving the Accreditation Requirements and Process.
- Dr. Singer was a speaker at the CME Provider Education Conference held by the Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) in October. He explained how accredited CME can demonstrate responsive leadership and support public health imperatives on a local and national level.
- Marcia K. Martin, Manager, Provider Education and Outreach, ACCME, gave a presentation at the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) Provider Workshop, held in October. She discussed the role of accredited CME as a strategic asset to government public health initiatives, such as the Food and Drug Administration Extended-Release and Long-Acting Opioid Analgesics Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy and the National Human Genome Research Institute effort to improve the integration of genomics into health professionals’ practice. Following the workshop, Ms. Martin participated in a meeting of CME Directors from the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program (AHEC), where she answered questions about the CME environment.
- Ms. Martin gave two presentations at the Annual South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA) CME Provider Workshop held in November. In her first presentation, “Accreditation for Learning and Change,” she provided an overview of the Accreditation Criteria and discussed simple, effective approaches to planning activities that address practice-based problems and facilitate learner change and improvement. In her second presentation, “Engagement with the Environment: Achieving Accreditation with Commendation,” Ms. Martin used case examples to demonstrate how providers are successfully achieving compliance with Criteria 16–22.
- Ms. Martin gave a presentation at the 2013 Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) CME Provider Conference held in December. She explained how accredited CME links with quality improvement and discussed how CME providers can use the Accreditation Criteria as a roadmap for facilitating change and improvement in their CME programs.