Oregon Medical Association Hosts Accreditation Council for CME Leadership Forum for Continuing Medical Education Accreditors

Guest speaker Lisa Dodson, MD, Director, Oregon Area Health Education Center, discusses opportunities for accredited CME to improve patient care through community-based education for health care professionals and teams
Portland, OR
July 9, 2012

The Oregon Medical Association (OMA) is hosting the 2012 Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) Regional Accreditor Meeting on July 9 –10. During the program, continuing medical education (CME) accreditors will engage in a leader-to-leader discussion about the strategic value CME brings to physicians' continuing professional development and the delivery of safe and effective care in communities throughout the region and across the United States.

The Oregon Regional Accreditor Meeting brings together CME leadership, staff, and volunteers from the ACCME and seven states including Arizona, California, Kansas, Louisiana, Oregon, Utah, and Washington.

Guest speaker Lisa Dodson, MD, Director, Oregon Area Health Education Center, will discuss how accredited CME can contribute to improving patient care through community-based education for health care professionals and teams.

The ACCME, a national accrediting body for organizations that produce CME, designates state and territory medical societies that meet its high standards as accreditors of local CME programs. There are more than 1,300 CME providers accredited by 43 ACCME-recognized state or territory medical societies, including the OMA. Each year, these CME providers offer more than 46,000 CME activities, drawing approximately four million health care practitioner participants.

The Oregon Regional Accreditor Meeting is one of three regional forums the ACCME has scheduled during the summer of 2012. The first regional forum was held June 25-26 in Chicago and the third will be held August 6-7 in Waltham, MA. The ACCME launched the regional accreditor forums in 2009, as part of its ongoing commitment to provide educational support and professional development opportunities for the regional CME system.

"The ACCME convened the 2012 Regional Accreditor Meeting in Oregon in support of state medical societies' commitment to providing physicians and health care teams with practice-based education that contributes to improving health care quality and safety in communities across the country," said Murray Kopelow, MD, ACCME Chief Executive.

“We’re excited to help to host this event for the first time in Oregon. We recognize that the increasing complexity of health care and medicine requires robust education offered throughout the professional career, and the OMA is proud to help support those efforts in Oregon,” said Carla McKelvey, MD, OMA Education Committee Chair and Immediate Past President.

"Oregon AHEC is addressing changes in the way physicians and other health care workers receive continuing education, and feel this should be a top priority for health reform. As we learn and adopt more effective ways of educating physicians about creating a healthier population, translating research findings into practice more quickly, and ensuring patient safety, we all have a lot of work to do. With so many changes happening in the current health reform environment, being certain that physicians receive the best quality, most effective continuing education is what the ACCME is all about," said Lisa Dodson, MD, Director, Oregon Area Health Education Center.

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The Oregon Medical Association

The Oregon Medical Association is Oregon’s largest organization of physicians, physician assistants, PA students and medical students and their spouses and partners, organized to serve and support physicians in their efforts to improve the health of Oregonians. Additional information can be found at www.theOMA.org.

Oregon Area Health Education Center

The Oregon Area Health Education Centers at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) works with communities around the state to improve the status of health, develop health career pathways and develop sustainable healthcare in Oregon communities. AHEC is a national network of state and regional community based centers that partner with medical schools to empower local communities to develop sustainable healthcare services, implement health career education programs and pathways and educate communities, health care providers, and health careers students in settings that build sustainable health care services for underserved communities. This is accomplished by programs that improve health care quality and increase the number of health care professionals working in rural and underserved areas. Oregon AHEC provides a long term investment in the economic and social health and well-being of Oregon communities, helping them to help themselves.

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education 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 20 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.

For more information, visit www.accme.org.