Nevada Cancer Institute and Nevada State Medical Association Hold ACCME Leadership Forum

Program brings together regional health care education leaders to highlight best practices for improving physician performance and patient care
Chicago, IL and Las Vegas, NV
October 18, 2010

The Nevada Cancer Institute (NVCI) is hosting the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) "2010 ACCME Regional Forum:  Building Leadership, Building Value" on October 18 from 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. The forum is being produced in collaboration with the Nevada State Medical Association.

"Building Leadership, Building Value" will bring together continuing medical education (CME) professionals from across the region to share strategies for producing community-based CME programs that contribute to health care safety and quality initiatives.
"Building Leadership, Building Value" will draw continuing medical education leaders from Nevada as well as from California, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas and Utah. It is the last of four regional forums the ACCME offered across the country in 2010.

“This forum provides an important and unique opportunity to bring together professionals from diverse backgrounds to assure that future physician continuing medical education programs meet the demands of a rapidly changing clinical and public policy environment,” said Ronald M. Kline, MD, President of the Nevada State Medical Association. “We are pleased to work with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the Nevada Cancer Institute to sponsor this event.”

“NVCI is honored to host this important event and welcomes attending physicians from Nevada and all other states,” said John C. Ruckdeschel, MD, Director and CEO of NVCI. “By equipping physicians to provide the highest quality of care, CME plays a critical role in strengthening our health care system. NVCI is privileged to be a part of this process.”

"The ACCME is producing the Nevada 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."

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 approximately 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 planned the forums with input from an advisory committee of state medical society CME leaders from around the nation.

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The Nevada State Medical Association

The Nevada State Medical Association ( is Nevada's oldest and largest physician advocacy and support organization. The NSMA was organized in 1875 and has met annually for 106 years to address the needs of Nevada physicians and their patients.

The Nevada Cancer Institute
Nevada Cancer Institute (NVCI) is the official cancer institute for Nevada, headquartered in Las Vegas.  A nonprofit organization, NVCI is committed to reducing the burden of cancer by pursuing the development of a comprehensive cancer center as defined by the National Cancer Institute. Through the knowledge and expertise of its scientists, clinicians, educators and caregivers, the Institute provides hope to communities in Nevada and throughout the Southwest.  NVCI combines the best in research, education, early detection, prevention and high-quality patient care to help each patient in their battle against cancer.  Interdisciplinary teams focus on providing optimal treatment for patients by having all of the specialists that might be involved in a patient’s case review the data before a course of action is planned. NVCI has three locations:  the main treatment and research center in Summerlin, a cancer treatment center at University Medical Center and a consultation clinic in Henderson.  For more information, please visit or call (702) 822-LIFE.

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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