Accreditation Council for CME, American Board of Anesthesiology, and American Board of Pediatrics Announce Collaborations in Support of Physician Lifelong Learning

Collaborations Aim to Simplify the Integration of Maintenance of Certification and Accredited CME for Diplomates and CME Providers

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The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) is pleased to announce two new collaborations, with the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) and the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). The goal of the collaborations is to simplify the integration of accredited continuing medical education (CME) and Maintenance of Certification (MOC).

The ACCME, ABA, and ABP share a commitment to supporting physicians’ continuing professional development and to improving physicians’ performance and their care of patients. The collaborations are designed to expand the number and diversity of accredited CME activities that meet the Boards’ MOC requirements for lifelong learning and self-assessment (Part 2), and to streamline the MOC process for accredited CME organizations and board-certified physicians. The organizations pursued this collaboration in response to the needs and requests of physicians and of accredited CME providers that support physicians’ lifelong learning and improvement.

The collaborations continue the ACCME’s commitment to supporting the goals of MOC. Last year, the ACCME and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) initiated the first collaboration between a certifying board and the ACCME to streamline the integration of accredited CME and MOC.

A Simpler, Unified Process

These latest collaborations will facilitate the ability of ABA- and ABP-certified physicians to access and participate in high-quality accredited CME that meets the MOC lifelong learning and self-assessment requirements of their certifying boards.

All accredited CME providers in the ACCME System already use the ACCME Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) to enter data about each of their CME activities. The ACCME maintains a publicly available list of accredited CME activities registered for ABIM MOC. The list will expand to include accredited anesthesiology and pediatric CME activities approved for MOC credit. CME providers that choose to participate will use PARS to attest their activities’ compliance with MOC requirements. When physicians complete activities, CME providers will report course completion through PARS to the ABA and ABP.

The ACCME, ABA, and ABP expect to have the processes open for accredited CME providers later this year or early in 2017. More information will be announced as it becomes available.

Leadership Comments

“The ACCME has long supported the goals of MOC and the alignment of accredited CME and MOC. We share a common mission to facilitate the continuing professional development of physicians. We celebrate these collaborations because they will make a real and meaningful difference to physicians and educators who are working every day to improve healthcare in their communities. These collaborations will generate many more opportunities for accredited CME providers to serve as a strategic resource by delivering relevant, effective, independent, practice-based education that counts for MOC. I look forward to continuing to work together with ABIM, ABA, ABP, our community of accredited CME providers, and our community of diplomates to leverage the power of education to drive quality in our medical profession and improve care for the patients we serve,” said Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME.

“The ABA is committed to providing physicians with a convenient path to access CME courses to promote lifelong learning and high-quality patient care,” said James P. Rathmell, MD, Secretary of the ABA. “This collaboration is designed to create a central repository that will help our diplomates easily locate courses that are most relevant to their practice needs.”

“This collaboration is another excellent example of the types of innovations American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Member Boards are making to the MOC process,” stated Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD, MBA, ABMS President and Chief Executive Officer. “Across the Boards community we are seeing a continued commitment to offer diplomates greater access to practice relevant CME activities to help them achieve their Lifelong Learning and Self- Assessment (Part II) MOC requirements.”

“The ABP is committed to making the MOC process more efficient for certified pediatricians,” said Virginia A. Moyer, MD, MPH, ABP Vice President, Maintenance of Certification and Quality, ABP. “This agreement will allow pediatricians to automatically get lifelong learning and self-assessment credit for qualifying CME activities. It is one of several changes the ABP is making to simplify the MOC process and remove barriers to getting credit for projects and learning activities that pediatricians already are doing.”


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The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME)

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) is a nonprofit organization based in Chicago that is responsible for accrediting institutions that offer continuing medical education (CME) 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 CME that improves healthcare for patients and their communities. There are approximately 1,900 accredited CME providers within the ACCME System that offer more than 147,000 activities each year, comprising more than one million hours of instruction and including more than 25 million interactions with physicians and other healthcare professionals.

The ACCME's member organizations—which represent the profession of medicine and include physician licensing and credentialing bodies—are 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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The American Board of Anesthesiology

The mission of the American Board of Anesthesiology® (ABA) is to advance the highest standards of the practice of anesthesiology. As the certifying body for anesthesiologists since 1938, the ABA is committed to partnering with physicians to advance lifelong learning and exceptional patient care. The Board administers primary and subspecialty certification exams as well as the Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology Program® (MOCA®), which is designed to promote lifelong learning, a commitment to quality clinical outcomes and patient safety. Based in Raleigh, N.C., the ABA is a nonprofit organization and a Member Board of the American Board of Medical Subspecialties (ABMS).

The American Board of Medical Specialties

Established in 1933, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) continues to be the leading not-for-profit organization overseeing physician certification in the United States. ABMS establishes the standards its 24 Member Boards use to develop and implement educational and professional evaluation, assessment, and certification of physician specialists. More than 840,000 physicians are certified in one or more of the 150 specialties and subspecialties offered by the ABMS Member Boards. For more information about ABMS, visit or call (312) 436-2600.

The American Board of Pediatrics

The American Board of Pediatrics certifies general pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists based on standards of excellence that lead to high quality health care during infancy, childhood, adolescence, and the transition into adulthood. The ABP certification provides assurance to the public that a general pediatrician or pediatric subspecialist has successfully completed accredited training and fulfills the continuous evaluation requirements that encompass the six core competencies: patient care, medical knowledge, practice-based learning and improvement, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, and systems-based practice. The ABP's quest for excellence is evident in its rigorous evaluation process and in new initiatives undertaken that not only continually improve the standards of its certification but also advance the science, education, study, and practice of pediatrics. Founded in 1933 and based in Chapel Hill, N.C., the ABP is a nonprofit organization and a member of the American Board of Medical Subspecialties (ABMS).