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As it has since its inception, the ACCME System continues to rely on our community of dedicated volunteers. We thank all the volunteers for their commitment to achieving our mission and to sustaining a high-quality, self-regulated CME system that advances clinician performance and patient care.

About Our Volunteers

Currently, approximately 165 volunteers serve on the national level as accreditation surveyors, and as members of the Accreditation Review Committee, Joint Accreditation Review Committee, Committee for Review and Recognition, and Board of Directors. Thousands of volunteers serve at the state level as surveyors, accreditation reviewers, and committee members. In total, an estimated 20,000 people across the country support the system.

In return for their donation of time and expertise, ACCME volunteers receive the opportunity to learn from their colleagues, gain a broader understanding of the CME environment, and contribute to continuous improvement in the accreditation system. Volunteers receive no honoraria or other form of compensation; however, they are reimbursed for the expenses they incur in compliance with the ACCME’s volunteer expense reimbursement policies.

The Board of Directors is the governing body of the ACCME. It is charged with setting the strategic direction for the organization and leading the ACCME in identifying, developing, and promoting standards for quality continuing medical education.

Accreditation Review Committee (ARC) members are responsible for reviewing the information about CME providers gathered during the accreditation process and making recommendations about accreditation decisions to the Decision Committee of the ACCME Board of Directors. ARC members are CME professionals who have in-depth knowledge of CME, the ACCME, and accreditation requirements.Their volunteer service with the ACCME makes it possible to maintain a voluntary, self-regulated CME system. 

The following is a list of current Accreditation Review Committee Members:

  • Jodi F. Abbott, MD
  • Scott J. Cameron, PhD, MD, RPVI
  • Nels Loyal Carlson, MD
  • Steven Diaz, MD
  • Shelby Englert
  • Susan E. Farrell, MD, EdM
  • Steven Folstein, MFA, Med
  • Jason Golbin, DO, MBA, MS
  • Susan B. Greenwood-Clark, RN, MBA
  • Anne D. Grupe, MSEd; Chair
  • Kristin C. Jensen, MD
  • Steven Kawczak, PhD
  • Lois Krahn, MD
  • Rob Armstrong Martin, MBA
  • Kristin Ouweneel, MBA
  • Hemesh Patel, DO, MS; Vice Chair
  • Anne Perch, MBA
  • Niranjan V. Rao, MD
  • Clara Schroedl, MD, MS
  • Emily K. Vinas, EdD
  • Deborah Virant-Young, PharmD, BCPS, BCC

The Committee for Review and Recognition (CRR) is comprised of members nominated by the Recognized Accreditors and elected by the ACCME Board of Directors. The CRR synthesizes data to formulate recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding the recognition status of state medical societies that wish to accredit intrastate providers of CME. The CRR also makes recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding recognition policy development. 

The following is a list of current members of the Committee for Review and Recognition:

  • Marci Fjelstad, MPH, MBA; Chair
  • Martin Jacobs, MD
  • Marc Jackson, MD, MBA
  • Kendra J. Peterson
  • Haritha R. Rachamallu, MD; Vice Chair
  • Brooke Taylor, MPH
  • Walton A. Taylor, MD


Volunteers play a critical role to support the ACCME and the national CME system. In return for their donation of time and expertise, the ACCME provides its volunteers with tools and education resources to support their professional development.

Training and Continuing Professional Development

Awards and Recognition

The ACCME is grateful for the contributions of its many volunteers to the accreditation process and the maintenance of excellence in the accreditation system.

To show its gratitude, and recognize those volunteers that exhibit exemplary service, ACCME periodically grants the following awards:

The ACCME is only successful in its mission because of its dedicated volunteers (Board members, committee members, surveyors), partners in accreditation (the Recognized Accreditors), and accredited providers. Our annual acknowledgment of volunteers pays special tribute to those volunteers who have demonstrated exemplary and long-term service to the ACCME through our (a) service awards, and (b) recognition for the completion of surveys.

Board of Directors

  • Ron Ben-Ari, MD
  • Marilane Bond, EdD, MEd, MBA
  • Steven Craig, MD
  • Brooke Taylor, MPH

Accreditation Review Committee

  • Bruce Brod, MD
  • Katasha Charleston, MPH
  • Apostolos Paul Dallas, MD
  • Robert Kirsner, MD, PhD
  • Sarah Shimer, MPH
  • Mary Strong, MA
  • Loretta Thompson, MBA

Committee for Review and Recognition

  • Ram Sharma, MD

In 2023, the ACCME volunteer surveyors listed below reached the milestones noted for total number of interviews conducted since becoming surveyors: 

25 Surveys

  • Eileen Bailey, MS, CHCP
  • Bonnie Bixler, MEd
  • Casey D. Harrison, MBA
  • Stephanie Staggs, MHA, CHCP


The Robert Raszkowski, MD, PhD, ACCME Hero Award recognizes volunteers who have provided exemplary and long-term service to the ACCME, through service on the Board, the Accreditation Review Committee, the Committee for Review and Recognition, the Monitoring Committee, and as volunteer surveyors. The award is named for the late Robert Raszkowski, MD, PhD, a long-time, dedicated ACCME volunteer.


Recipients of this award are a distinguished group of volunteers whose contributions exemplify Dr. Raszkowski’s spirit of volunteerism. Their extraordinary commitment and generosity of time and expertise enable the ACCME to fulfill its mission of setting standards for quality medical education and assuring that accredited providers meet those standards.


  • Jeffrey S. Mallin, MD 
  • Suzanne Ziemnik, MEd 

Past Recipients


  • Murray Kopelow, MD, MS (Comm), FRCPC
  • Michael Romano, MD, MHA


  • Jerilyn Glass, MD, PhD
  • Carol S. Havens, MD
  • Timothy W. Holder, MD
  • John R. Kues, PhD
  • Kim Edward LeBlanc, MD, PhD
  • James Liljestrand, MD, MPH
  • Sandra Norris, MBA
  • David Pieper, PhD
  • Harold J. Sauer, MD
  • Stephen E. Willis, MD


  • Alejandro Aparicio, MD
  • Stuart C. Gilman, MD, MPH
  • Clifford Gevirtz, MD, MPH
  • D. Theresa Kanya, MBA


  • William W. Greaves, MD, MSPH
  • Karen E. Heiser, PhD


  • George Mejicano, MD, MS
  • Ronald Murray, EdD
  • J. Brian O’Toole, PhD
  • David Swee, MD


  • Stephen S. Biddle, MEd
  • Marcia J. Jackson, PhD
  • Jack Dolcourt, MD, MEd


  • Errol Alden, MD
  • Richard Ashby, MD
  • Jann Torrance Balmer, RN, PhD
  • Barbara E. Barnes, MD
  • Arnold J. Berry, MD, MPH
  • Dean R. Bordeaux, MD, MAEd
  • Stanley M. Bugaieski, MD
  • Linda Casebeer, PhD
  • Ellen M. Cosgrove, MD
  • Howard Dworkin, MD
  • Melvin Freeman, MD
  • Harry A. Gallis, MD
  • Jerry Hammon, MD
  • James E. Hartfield, MD
  • Marten O. Hotvedt, PhD
  • John Jurica, MD, MPH
  • Robert E. Kristofco, MSW
  • Brian W. Little, MD, PhD
  • J. David Marler, Jr., PhD
  • Albert May, MD
  • Howard McQuarrie, MD
  • Steven E. Minnick, MD, MBA
  • Don Moore, PhD
  • Robert C. Moravec, MD
  • Elizabeth Murphy, EdD, RN
  • Donald Pochyly, MD, MSEd
  • George Porter, MD
  • Robert Pyatt, MD
  • Robert C. Rock, MD
  • Deborah Sutherland, PhD
  • Patrick Sweeney, MD, PhD
  • K. M. Tan, MD
  • Henry Tulgan, MD