The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) is pleased to announce the publication of The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education at Work: Accreditation, Recognition, Education, Operations, and Governance. The purpose of The ACCME at Work is to provide an in-depth, clear explanation of the ACCME accreditation system and services. The report includes narrative and data designed to answer questions that the ACCME is frequently asked about how it works. The ACCME produced this report as part of its ongoing efforts to facilitate dialogue, increase transparency, and promote understanding about the ACCME and accredited CME.
"We thought it was important to publish this report because the ACCME accreditation system has experienced significant change and growth during the past few years. We have undergone this transformation because the government, the public, and the profession of medicine called on accredited CME to increase its accountability," said Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive. "We hope that The Accreditation Council for CME at Work will increase understanding about the ACCME accreditation system among a wide range of stakeholders, including accredited providers, physician learners, other accreditors, health care leadership organizations, the public, the media, and the government."
The ACCME at Work is published in PDF format. Click to download the entire report or individual chapters and to listen to an audio commentary by ACCME CEO, Murray Kopelow, MD, explaining the purpose of The ACCME at Work.
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.