Accreditation Council for CME Supports Maintenance of Licensure Initiative

ACCME Accreditation Criteria align with Federation of State Medical Boards’ goal to promote physicians' lifelong learning and performance improvement
Chicago, IL
May 20, 2010


The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) supports the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) Maintenance of Licensure Initiative. Maintenance of Licensure (MOL) aims to strengthen the licensure renewal process by implementing new standards for physicians' lifelong learning and practice improvement.

In April, the FSMB adopted a policy report that lays the groundwork for implementing Maintenance of Licensure. The FSMB recognizes continuing medical education (CME) as an integral part of this process.

"The FSMB believes that lifelong, continuing medical education is an effective means of physician learning and change as part of a system of continuous professional development,” said Humayun Chaudhry, DO, president and CEO of the Federation of State Medical Boards. “As medical boards begin developing maintenance of licensure programs, accredited CME can be an important source of support for physicians' reflective self-assessment and a strategic asset in helping physicians improve their competence, performance and patient care.”

"We believe that the ACCME accreditation system is well-aligned with the Maintenance of Licensure framework,” said Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive. "The ACCME Accreditation Criteria position CME as a strategic asset to health care quality and safety initiatives. The Criteria require providers to design education that is reflective of physicians' scope of practice and aims to improve physicians' competence, performance or patient outcomes. We believe that accredited CME will serve as a resource to physicians seeking to fulfill the requirements of Maintenance of Licensure. We are pleased to have contributed to this process and congratulate the FSMB in moving forward with the Maintenance of Licensure initiative.” 

The ACCME served as a member of the FSMB’s Special Committee on Maintenance of Licensure, participated in authoring the special committee's reports and attended the Physician Accountability for Physician Competence Summits. Dr. Kopelow is currently serving on a CEO Advisory Council to the Maintenance of Licensure Implementation Group. The FSMB is a member organization of the ACCME.

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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 2,300 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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