Accreditation Council for CME Convenes Stakeholders Dialogue Session

ACCME brings together continuing medical education leaders to discuss the current and future CME environment
Chicago, IL
April 21, 2011

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) brought together a spectrum of continuing medical education (CME) stakeholders and the ACCME Board of Directors to gather input about issues concerning the current and future CME environment. Held on March 16, 2011, at the ACCME Chicago offices, the dialogue session built on the ACCME's December 2009 Roundtable discussions, the work done by the ACCME Board of Directors' 2010 task forces, and the interactive forums the ACCME has convened with various stakeholder groups.

Participants included the ACCME Board of Directors and executive staff; representatives from the ACCME's seven member organizations (listed at the end of this release); the Illinois State Medical Society and the Medical Society of Alabama, which are ACCME-Recognized State Medical Societies; other accrediting organizations including the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American Osteopathic Association; and the following stakeholder organizations: the Alliance for CME, the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers, the Association for Hospital Medical Education CME Committee, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies CME Directors, the National Association of Medical Education Companies, and the Society for Academic CME.

Participants discussed the following topics.

  • Improving the Accreditation Process While Maintaining Quality in Accreditation
  • Interconnections among the ACCME, Accredited CME, and the emerging Maintenance of Licensure and Maintenance of Certification® programs
  • Building on the ACCME's Bridge to Quality™ Model to Further Enhance Accredited CME's Value

The ACCME Board of Directors appreciates the ideas, perspectives, and vision shared at the dialogue session and will incorporate the feedback into its upcoming strategic planning process. 

Read a summary of the dialogue session.


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.

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