Next Steps for Proposed Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited CE; Inspire Others with Your CME Story at the ACCME 2020 Meeting; Complete Your Year-End Reporting by March 31
Thank you for your responses to our call for comment about the proposed, revised ACCME Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. The call for comment is now closed. We will publish a summary of the responses on our website within the next few months.
The ACCME Board of Directors will review the responses at its March 2020 meeting. After the Board makes modifications and adopts the revised Standards, the ACCME will release a transition plan for the accredited continuing education community. This plan will include:
- Transition phase to give accreditors, accredited educational providers, faculty, volunteers, and other stakeholders time to prepare to meet the expectations of the revised Standards.
- Education and resources to support the continuing education community’s successful adoption of the revised Standards.
Please note: The current Standards for Commercial Support remain in place and accredited continuing education providers should continue to comply with them, in addition to complying with other accreditation requirements.
Upcoming Educational Opportunities
INSPIRE OTHERS WITH YOUR CME STORY AT THE ACCME 2020 MEETING
Your accredited CME programs are supporting improvement and better healthcare in many different ways. At the ACCME 2020 Meeting: Driving Change, we want to help you share what you have learned in order to inspire and encourage your colleagues—as well as our entire community—to drive change. Registration is now open.
Thank you to those who have already submitted your CME story during our call for proposals. During the meeting, you will find CME stories shared in our meeting app, on social media, in video clips, and on story posters. If you did not participate in the call for proposals, don’t worry, everyone will have an opportunity to share their story using the hashtag #myCMEStory.
Here are a few CME stories you can look forward to:
- Mining the Gaps: Focus Groups, the Hidden Jewel of Needs Assessments
- An Interactive Multi-Modal Learning Experience for Physician Well-Being
- To Infinity and Beyond: Our Approach to Transitioning from CME to CPD
For more information about the ACCME 2020 Meeting, visit www.accmemeeting.org.
GETTING STARTED WITH JOINT ACCREDITATION WORKSHOP
Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ is hosting an introductory workshop on April 2, 2020 from 9:00 am - 3:30 pm Central at the ACCME’s offices in Chicago. The workshop will explain the basics and benefits of Joint Accreditation as well as answer questions about the Joint Accreditation process. It is designed for organizations in the initial stages of the application process as well as organizations that are considering applying for Joint Accreditation.
During the workshop, you will learn about the:
- Value and benefits of Joint Accreditation
- Eligibility criteria
- Application process and timeline
- Joint Accreditation Criteria
CME for MOC Updates
NEW WEBINAR: PLANNING AND EVALUATION IN SUPPORT OF CME FOR MOC
Join us for a new webinar, Planning and Evaluation in Support of CME for MOC, on March 24 from 1:00 – 2:00 pm Central. ACCME staff and participants will take a collaborative look at the steps for planning a CME activity that also counts for MOC and explore how ACCME and MOC requirements are aligned. Register for the webinar.
NEW ENHANCEMENTS TO PARS LEARNER REPORTING
We are pleased to announce we have made enhancements to the learner batch upload in the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Please note that you will not need to make any changes to your batch upload file formatting. We have created a tutorial to help walk you through this new upload process. The technical instructions for batch uploads are updated on our website to reflect the new upload process.
Read more about the learner reporting improvements.
Reminders for Accredited Providers
COMPLETE YOUR 2019 YEAR-END REPORTING IN PARS BY MARCH 31
This is an important reminder about annual year-end reporting requirements. By March 31, 2020, your organization is required to submit data about your 2019 CME activities and overall CME program in the ACCME’s Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). In addition to year-end reporting requirements, please review your organization’s contacts and make updates to individual roles as needed.
To access PARS, go to https://pars.accme.org, and enter your email and password. If you have forgotten your password or are logging in for the first time, click on, “Can’t log in or forgot your password?” on the login screen. Please note that the first time you access PARS, there is a short delay while the application is loading.
Note: Providers accredited by a state medical society may be required to complete their 2019 year-end report earlier and should check with their accreditor for information.
Collaboration and Engagement
ABMS SEEKS APPLICATIONS FOR VISITING SCHOLARS PROGRAM
The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) is seeking applications for the 2020-2021 ABMS Visiting Scholars Program, a one-year, part-time program that positions early-career physicians, and others with relevant advanced degrees, as future healthcare leaders. ABMS Visiting Scholars conduct research relevant to initial and continuing board certification in collaboration with mentors from their institutions and liaisons from ABMS and its Member Boards. The deadline for applications is May 8 at 5:00 pm Central.
INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY FOR CPD ACCREDITATION CALL FOR COMMENT
The International Academy for Continuing Professional Development Accreditation (the Academy) is pleased to invite stakeholders to participate in a call for comment about the proposed set of international standards to guide the accreditation of continuing medical education/continuing professional development (CME/CPD) for physicians and teams globally. The proposed standards are based on the feedback that the Academy received from the international community of CPD accrediting bodies and regulators. Visit the Academy’s call for comment webpage to access an information package and the survey. Submit your comments by March 25 at 5:00 pm Eastern.
Tips and Tools
CORONAVIRUS COVID-19 RESOURCE GUIDE
We've compiled a list of accredited CE Novel Coronavirus Education Resources to help the accredited provider and clinician community respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. We encourage our accredited providers to circulate these resources to your learner community. If you would like to share information about accredited CE activities to post on our webpage, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Connect with Us
COFFEE WITH GRAHAM
Now streaming on all podcast apps!
Clinicians need more than knowledge to perform the complex decision-making required in medicine today. As educators, we are moving beyond information transfer to create learning experiences that allow clinicians to apply information to clinical scenarios and develop a cognitive capacity to improve problem solving. In episode 4, Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, explains the evolution of professional development. Listen to full episodes at www.accme.org/coffee-with-graham.
WHY I LOVE CME
Earlier this month we celebrated Valentine’s Day by sharing videos of our valued colleagues telling us why they love CME, why it matters, and what they think the future holds. Thank you to all who've dedicated their time and effort to improving CME. View the full list of videos on the ACCME website.
We are seeking a Communications Specialist to support the implementation of communication strategies designed to promote the value of accredited continuing education for health professionals and to build engagement with the accredited continuing education community, clinicians, healthcare leaders, and other stakeholders. The Specialist is responsible for managing, monitoring, and improving the ACCME’s communications via multiple channels including social media, website, newsletters, articles, and reports. Key responsibilities include writing, editing, preparing graphics, sending email blasts, and identifying strategies to achieve communications goals.