The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dion Richetti, DC, as Director, Accreditation and Recognition Services.
In this position, Mr. Richetti will oversee the ACCME's accreditation and recognition processes for approximately 700 ACCME-accredited providers and 45 Recognized Accreditors (state/territory medical societies). These responsibilities include managing the ACCME’s accreditation and recognition teams, as well as contributing to the ACCME's strategic planning, management, quality assurance, and continuous improvement processes.
Mr. Richetti has more than a decade of experience in the CME profession. He joins the ACCME from the Discovery Institute of Medical Education (DIME), an ACCME-accredited provider, where he provided oversight, management, and leadership. He joined DIME as the Director of Education and Compliance in 2006, was promoted to Vice President, Educational Strategy and Development in 2008, and became the General Manager in 2009. Under his leadership, DIME was successful in achieving ACCME Accreditation with Commendation. Prior to joining DIME, from 2000-2006, Dion was the Director of the Division of AIDS Education with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, also an ACCME-accredited provider.
In addition, Mr. Richetti has been an ACCME surveyor since 2008, and has also served as a field reviewer for the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education. He has held numerous CME leadership roles, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Alliance for CME. He has served as faculty for the Alliance for CME’s Annual Conference, the Illinois Alliance for CME’s educational sessions, and the ACCME Bridge to QualityTM Accreditation Workshops.
Mr. Richetti earned his chiropractic degree from the National University of Health Sciences, where he also earned his bachelor of science in human biology. He earned his undergraduate degree in biology at Colgate University.
"We are honored to have Mr. Richetti join the ACCME. He brings a strong strategic vision, a long-standing commitment to the CME community, and a deep belief in the value of accredited CME as a strategic asset to health care quality improvement efforts," said Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive. "In his new role, Mr. Richetti will lead our efforts to support accredited providers and Recognized Accreditors in fulfillment of our shared goal—producing CME that matters to patient care."
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education is a not-for-profit organization based in Chicago that is responsible for accrediting U.S. institutions that offer continuing medical education 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 continuing medical education that improves health care for patients and their communities. There are currently approximately 2,200 accredited CME providers in the United States, whose educational activities draw more than 17 million health care practitioner participants annually.
The ACCME's member organizations include 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 U.S. Inc.
For more information, visit www.accme.org.