Accreditation Council for CME Publishes 2012 Annual Report

ACCME report includes expanded analysis of the continuing medical education system
Chicago, IL
July 25, 2013

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) has released the 2012 Annual Report. The 2012 report features expanded data analysis in order to provide more information about the continuing medical education (CME) accreditation system.

The ACCME 2012 Annual Report shows a robust system with 2,000 accredited CME providers that offered more than 130,000 educational activities, comprising almost one million hours of instruction. These CME activities educated more than 24 million learners, including physicians and other health care professionals.

To offer a long-range view of the accreditation system, the ACCME expanded the year-by-year data analysis, showing trends in CME revenue and expenses, and the numbers of educational activities, hours of instruction, and participants from 2005 through 2012.

This year, the report includes additional trend analysis exploring participation in various activity types. Accredited providers offer CME in a wide range of activity types. This data shows the growth of participation in online CME and activity types such as performance improvement and Internet searching and learning.

The 2012 Annual Report demonstrates that accredited CME providers are successfully achieving the ACCME’s expectations. The ACCME's Accreditation Criteria require providers to produce educational activities that are designed to create change and to analyze the changes that were achieved as a result of the activities. This year, the report includes the percentages of CME designed and analyzed for changes in competence (teaching health care professionals strategies for translating new knowledge into action), performance (changing and improving what health care professionals actually do in practice) and changes in patient outcomes.

The 2012 Annual Report marks the 15th year the ACCME has been collecting, analyzing, and publishing information about accredited CME providers, and offers more than a decade-long perspective on the evolution of the ACCME accreditation system. The annual reports are produced as a service to accredited CME providers and other stakeholders.

Listen to an audio commentary by Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME President and Chief Executive, about the 2012 Annual Report.

View the ACCME 2012 Annual Report.

View previous years' reports.

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The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) is a nonprofit organization based in Chicago that is responsible for accrediting US 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 approximately 2,000 accredited CME providers in the United States, whose educational activities draw more than 24 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 US, Inc.

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