2014 Accreditation Council for CME Annual Report Shows Scope and Diversity of Accredited Continuing Medical Education

Continuing Medical Education Providers Offer More Than 147,000 Educational Activities to Physicians and Healthcare Teams across the Country
Chicago, IL
July 7, 2015

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) is pleased to announce the release of the 2014 Annual Report. The report shows a thriving community of more than 1,900 accredited continuing medical education (CME) providers across the country that offer physicians and healthcare teams an array of resources to promote quality, safety, and the evolution of healthcare.

CME providers in the ACCME System offered more than 147,000 educational activities in 2014, comprising more than one million hours of instruction. These activities included more than 25 million interactions with physicians and other healthcare professionals.

Accredited CME providers offer a range of online and face-to-face educational activities, giving healthcare professionals access to efficient, relevant, and engaging opportunities for lifelong learning. As this report demonstrates, CME providers design and evaluate activities for meaningful change in participants’ skills, performance, and patient health outcomes.

Accredited CME is a healthy, growing enterprise. The $2.6 billion investment in continuing education comes from a wide variety of sources including government grants, private donations, institutional allocations, commercial support, and the registration fees of healthcare professionals.

New in 2014

The functionality of the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) has enabled the ACCME to produce more comprehensive annual reports in recent years. In 2014, for the first time, all providers in the ACCME System submitted detailed, activity-level data through PARS, and this information is presented in the Annual Report. The 2014 report includes data from:

  • Organizations directly accredited by the ACCME that serve primarily national and international audiences
  • Organizations accredited by state and territory medical societies that are recognized as accreditors by the ACCME. These state-accredited providers offer CME primarily to learners within their own state or contiguous states.
  • Organizations that have received Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™

“The diversity of our community of accredited education providers enables CME to be flexible, nimble, and responsive to healthcare needs on the local, regional, national, and international level. We thank you for your efforts, and for the work you are doing every day to make a difference and improve the health of our nation,” said Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME.

View a video commentary with Dr. McMahon discussing the highlights of the report.

Stakeholder Community

The 2014 ACCME Annual Report marks the 17th year the ACCME has been publishing information about accredited CME. The ACCME produces annual reports as a service to educators, learners, and other stakeholders in the healthcare system.

2014 ACCME Annual Report and Supplementary Resources

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The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) is a nonprofit organization based in Chicago that is responsible for accrediting institutions that offer continuing medical education (CME) through a voluntary, self-regulatory system. The ACCME also has a system for recognizing state medical societies as accreditors for local organizations offering CME.

The ACCME's mission is to identify, develop, and promote standards for quality CME that improves healthcare for patients and their communities. There are approximately 1,900 accredited CME providers within the ACCME System that offer more than 147,000 activities each year, comprising more than one million hours of instruction and including more than 25 million interactions with physicians and other healthcare professionals.

The ACCME's member organizations—which represent the profession of medicine and include physician licensing and credentialing bodies—are the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, and the Federation of State Medical Boards of the US, Inc.

For more information, visit www.accme.org.