ACCME's New Strategic Plan; Charter on Physician Well-Being; Social Media Highlights from ACCME 2018 Meeting





Executive Summary of March 2018 Board Meeting
ACCME Releases New Strategic Plan

Collaboration and Engagement
Charter on Physician Well-Being
Vision Initiative Survey

Connect with Us
ACCME 2018 Meeting Social Media Highlights

Upcoming Educational Opportunities
CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions Webinars

Tips and Tools
CME for ABIM MOC: Updates and Reminders

Career Opportunities
Join the ACCME Team

For Your Reference
Case Study: Choosing Wisely at the Right Time

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CME that Counts for ABPath Continuing Certification
ACCME and Board of Medical Examiners in Tennessee Collaborate on Pilot Program to Facilitate Reporting of Physician Participation in CME
“Managing Our Most Precious Resource: Burnout Dissatisfaction and the Future of our Profession,” Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, NEJM


Executive Summary of March 2018 Board Meeting
Accredited Provider Mark

The Executive Summary of the ACCME Board of Directors meeting held March 22-23, 2018 is now available on the ACCME website. 

The ACCME ratified 57 accreditation and reaccreditation decisions. Welcome to the new providers and congratulations to the providers that received Accreditation and Accreditation with Commendation!  

We encourage CME providers to celebrate their success in achieving accreditation and communicate the value of their accreditation and accreditation-related accomplishments by informing their community, stakeholders, and the public. You are welcome to use this messaging.

Also in the executive summary: 

  • As part of its ongoing series of forums with special guests, the Board convened a discussion with invited healthcare leaders on “Professional Development and the Transformation of American Healthcare.” The guests, Board members, and ACCME member organization liaisons discussed their vision for how the ACCME and the CME community could evolve to support efforts to transform American healthcare.
  • The Board adopted a new strategic plan for 2018–2021, which delineates the ACCME’s goals to drive transformation in the learning environment, support the CME community, and simplify and align regulatory systems.
  • The Board was pleased to elect Steven Craig, MD, to serve on the ACCME Board of Directors.

For additional information, download the March 2018 Executive Summary on the ACCME website. 

ACCME Releases New Strategic Plan
Strategic Plan

Over the past year, the ACCME Board of Directors and executive leadership, together with our entire staff, engaged in a strategic planning process. To build our vision of the future, we reviewed our trajectory, identified opportunities and challenges, and interviewed stakeholders to gain their insights and perspectives. The ACCME Strategic Plan 2018–2021: Transforming Education to Improve Health, addresses these interconnected opportunities and challenges, and aims to promote an even more dynamic CME enterprise that is well-positioned to adapt to the changing educational needs and expectations of clinician-learners today and in the years to come.

The strategic plan comprises six priority areas:

  • Strategic Goal 1: AUGMENT Awareness of CME’s Value
  • Strategic Goal 2: ASSURE Accreditation Quality and Equivalency
  • Strategic Goal 3: ACCELERATE the Evolution of CME
  • Strategic Goal 4: ASSIST CME Educators
  • Strategic Goal 5: ADVANCE Data Systems
  • Strategic Goal 6: ADVOCATE for CME Scholarship

The objectives of this strategic plan are ambitious, but we believe that together with our staff, leadership, colleagues in the CME community, and our stakeholders across the health system, we can realize our shared vision of leveraging education’s awesome power to improve the quality of care for the patients and communities we serve.

Download the strategic plan here.

Collaboration and Engagement


The Charter on Physician Well-Being by Larissa R. Thomas, MD, MPH, Jonathan A. Ripp, MD, MPH, and Colin P. West, MD, PhD, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), includes guiding principles for addressing physician well-being from medical training through physicians’ entire careers.

Aimed at organizations, medical leaders and policymakers, the charter calls for adequate support systems for physicians dealing with stress, overwork, and mental health issues. It promotes development of institutional and organizational changes ranging from re-engineering work schedules and personnel policies to providing wellness and counseling programs for physicians.

The Charter has been endorsed by many major medical organizations including the ACCME; ACCME’s Vice President of Education and Outreach, Steve Singer, PhD, is a member of the Collaborative for Healing and Renewal in Medicine (CHARM) Gold Charter on Physician Well-Being Working Group.


The Continuing Board Certification: Vision for the Future Commission is currently seeking feedback from as broad an audience as possible regarding the current and future state of continuing board certification. Help shape the future of continuing certification by completing the Vision Initiative Survey. The deadline to complete this survey is May 11, 2018.

Connect with Us


We want to thank everyone who joined us in Chicago for the ACCME 2018 Meeting! We had such a wonderful time coming together to discuss how to transform practice and care through accredited CME. We have included some social media highlights from the meeting below. We would also like to encourage you to share how you put the learning into practice following the ACCME 2018 Meeting by tagging us in your posts! You can find us on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

Day 1: Leading by Design


Day 2: Home Improvement


Day 3: Our Community


Upcoming Educational Opportunities

MOC Webinar Updated

We are continuing to offer our series of bimonthly beginner and advanced webinars to discuss strategies for planning CME that Counts for MOC and to answer provider questions. For providers that have not yet offered CME for MOC or have just offered a couple of activities, our next "Beginner CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions" webinar is on May 22. For providers that have more experience, our next "Advanced CME for MOC: Ask Your Questions" webinar is on July 17. 

Registration information is available on the events section of our website. 

Tips and Tools


ABIM Program Guide: Last month, The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) published an updated version of the ABIM Program Guide. The updates simplify the references to format-specific requirements, as a result of the ACCME/AMA alignment of requirements and the AMA’s reduction of learning format requirements.

ABIM IDs: In January, ABIM launched a new physician verification tool, making it easier for CME providers and physician learners to search for ABIM IDs by the learner’s name or NPI number. To find a physician’s ABIM ID, go to Providers should update any language within their existing activities, websites, and promotional materials to point learners to this tool.

Visit our webpage for more information about CME that Counts for ABIM MOC.

Career Opportunities

Join Our Team

The ACCME is looking for individuals to join our team! We are currently seeking a Data Systems Analyst and a Manager of Monitoring and Improvement.

The Data Systems Analyst is responsible for providing support to ACCME providers, staff, and volunteers in their use and understanding of ACCME’s proprietary data collection systems, including the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). This person will support CME providers in inputting data correctly and analyze ACCME’s data for quality and reporting purposes.

The Manager of Monitoring and Improvement is a key member of the Accreditation and Recognition team developing and implementing strategies for supporting adherence to and understanding of the ACCME’s Accreditation Criteria and policies across the ACCME System.

Please see the ACCME Careers page for more information about each position. 

For Your Reference

  • Case Study: Choosing Wisely at the Right Time: This case study describes how Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin (F&MCW) and Monroe Clinic reduced the use of antibiotics for adults with bronchitis, inpatient blood transfusions, and imaging for headaches and low back pain. The case study describes the importance of peer-led, small-group CME discussions that feature real-world cases and clinician-level performance data as a successful first step in promoting evidence-based care. The project highlights the relationship between Maintenance of Certification (MOC) and performance improvement, stating that physicians earning MOC credits had an increased improvement rate (about 50 percent) compared to their peers.

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