Accreditation Council for CME Holds 2010 Regional Forums to Support Community-Based CME

ACCME and state medical societies share strategies for producing continuing medical education that contributes to health care safety and quality initiatives
Chicago, IL
June 16, 2010


The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) is holding its second annual series of regional forums across the country for state medical societies and state-accredited continuing medical education (CME) providers. The 2010 ACCME Regional Forums: Building Leadership, Building Value will bring together ACCME senior staff and regionally-based CME professionals to share strategies for producing CME programs that contribute to health care safety and quality initiatives.

The ACCME has a process for recognizing state and territory medical societies as accreditors of local CME programs. There are currently more than 1,500 CME providers accredited by ACCME-Recognized state or territory medical societies. Each year, these providers offer approximately 50,000 CME activities in communities across the country, drawing more than four million health care practitioner participants.

"The ACCME is producing the 2010 Regional Forums in appreciation and support of state medical societies and state-accredited providers’ commitment to advancing community-based CME that improves physicians’ competence, performance and patient outcomes," said Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive. "As the national standard bearer, the ACCME accreditation system ensures that continuing medical education at the national and state levels provides physicians and health care teams with practice-based learning and change opportunities, in support of closing the quality gap in U.S. health care."

Download the 2010 Regional Forums agenda, registration instructions and other information.


Schedule for 2010 ACCME Regional Forums Building Leadership, Building Value
  • June 16, Medical Society of the County of Queens in Forest Hills, New York, in collaboration with the Medical Society of the State of New York
  • July 8, Novant Health/Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, in collaboration with the North Carolina Medical Society
  • August 31, SMS DePaul Health Center in Bridgeton, Missouri, in collaboration with the Missouri State Medical Association
  • October 18, Nevada Cancer Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada


2010 Regional Forums Advisory Committee

The ACCME thanks the following advisory committee members for their invaluable assistance in planning the 2010 ACCME regional forums. Their input helped ensure that the programs offer timely and relevant content for CME professionals working in community-based settings.

Judy Debray
Director of Education, Council on Medical Education
Medical Association of the State of Alabama
Miranda Mosley
Education Manager
Kentucky Medical Association
Harry Gallis, MD
Consultant, Medical Education Committee
North Carolina Medical Society
D'arcy Renhard
Manager, Loss Prevention Education and Accreditation Services
Oregon Medical Association
Leslie Howell
Associate Director, Membership and Continuing Medical Education
Pennsylvania Medical Society
Benita Stennis
Director of Scientific Affairs
Missouri State Medical Association
Jackie Lehman
Education Manager
Utah Medical Association

Stephanie Turkowski
Education Manager
Minnesota Medical Association

Joanne Wise
Manager, Continuing Medical Education
Medical Society of the State of New York
Feedback from the 2009 Regional Forum Participants

The 2009 ACCME Regional Forums: Building Communities of Practice, held in New Jersey, Washington, Texas and Illinois, involved more than 230 CME leaders representing 26 states. Following are comments from 2009 regional forum participants. 

"As the day went on, I found myself wondering, ‘What took so long?’ for CME to be cast as a true asset to an organization. Perhaps the spirit was there all along, but it is never a good idea to assume that higher-ups understand the value of a particular program or service. This meeting gave us the methods to spell it out to the decision-makers."

 "Very empowering! And the interaction provided some new examples of activities that could be used to address gaps in knowledge and performance."


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 for Hospital Medical Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies and the Federation of State Medical Boards of the U.S. Inc.

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