MSSNY and ACCME Hold Continuing Medical Education Leadership Forum

Program brings together regional health care education leaders to highlight best practices for improving physician performance and patient care; New York City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley to Give Opening Comments
Chicago, IL
June 16, 2010


The Medical Society of the State of New York and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) are holding the "2010 ACCME Regional Forum: Building Leadership, Building Value" to bring together continuing medical education (CME) professionals from the Greater New York area to share strategies for producing community-based CME programs that contribute to health care safety and quality initiatives. Elizabeth Crowley, New York City Council member, will give the opening address. The forum will be held June 16, 1:30 – 5:30 p.m., at the Medical Society of the County of Queens in Forest Hills, New York.

"Building Leadership, Building Value" will draw more than 45 continuing medical education leaders from the tri-state area, as well as from Alabama, Hawaii, Rhode Island, Virginia and Puerto Rico. It is one of four regional forums the ACCME is offering across the country in 2010.

Accredited continuing medical education keeps physicians and other health care professionals abreast of the latest medical advances, and provides them with strategies to effectively address nationally-recognized health care priorities and improve the quality and safety of patient care.

The ACCME, the national accrediting body for organizations that produce continuing medical education, designates state and territory medical societies that meet its high standards 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 throughout the United States, drawing more than four million health care practitioner participants.

"The ACCME is producing the New York and other 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."

The ACCME planned the forums with input from an advisory committee of state medical society CME leaders from around the nation, including Joanne Wise, Manager, Continuing Medical Education, Medical Society of the State of New York.

“This event is an opportunity to advance patient care and health care priorities for the present and future,” said MSSNY President Leah McCormack, MD.

"In today's complex health care environment, physicians require ongoing training in a wide range of areas, including practice management skills as well as clinical issues,” said Janine Regosin, LCSW, Executive Director, the Medical Society of the County of Queens. "At this forum, we will discuss education strategies that enable physicians to continue to do what they love — practice medicine and treat patients"

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


The Medical Society of the State of New York

Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state’s principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality health care for all.

Medical Society of the State of New York
Linda Adams
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The Medical Society of the County of Queens

The Medical Society of the County of Queens serves to establish and maintain the highest possible standards of medicine in the County of Queens. The Society seeks to enhance the delivery of high quality medical care to all people, and to contribute to the professional and personal development of member physicians by advocating for a favorable environment for the practice of medicine and improvement of the health of the residents of the state of New York.  Through The Academy of Medicine of Queens County, the Society promotes high standards in medical education and in the practice of medicine. Together they serve as a resource for physician members, assisting them in addressing the many needs they face in providing health care to their patients.

Medical Society of the County of Queens
Janine Regosin, LCSW
Executive Director

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education  

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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