Patrick Sweeney, MD, MPH, PhD, and Washington State Medical Association Receive 2016 Rutledge W. Howard, MD, Awards

ACCME Award Honors State Medical Society Staff and Volunteers for Their Contributions and Commitment to the Intrastate Continuing Medical Education Accreditation System
Chicago, IL
August 29, 2016

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2016 Rutledge W. Howard, MD, Award. Given in two categories, this award recognizes state medical societies, their staff, and volunteers for their contributions and commitment to advancing community-based continuing medical education (CME) programs and the intrastate accreditation system. The awards are named for Rutledge W. Howard, MD, who worked with every state, the District of Columbia, and four territories to develop a system for accrediting intrastate CME providers. The recipients will be given their awards during a ceremony at the ACCME State/Territory Medical Society Conference, to be held December 7–8, 2016, in Chicago.

2016 Rutledge W. Howard, MD, Award for Individual Service to the Intrastate Accreditation System:

Patrick Sweeney, MD, MPH, PhD

2016 Rutledge W. Howard, MD, Award for Outstanding Collaboration between Accreditors and Providers:

Washington State Medical Association

Patrick Sweeney, MD, MPH, PhD

Patrick Sweeney, MD, MPH, PhDPatrick Sweeney, MD, MPH, PhD, was nominated for the award by the Rhode Island Medical Society (RIMS). For the past 23 years, Dr. Sweeney has led the RIMS Committee on CME as Chair. Under his leadership, RIMS has continued to be designated as an ACCME Recognized Accreditor of intrastate CME.

Dr. Sweeney has served in many roles at Women and Infants Hospital, including as Director of Medical Education, Director of CME, Chair of the CME Committee, and Chair of the Graduate Medical Education Committee. He also spent 17 years as Associate Dean of Medicine for CME at Brown Medical School.

Dr. Sweeney has been involved with CME on a national level since 1992 as an ACCME surveyor, surveying more than 75 nationally accredited CME programs. He has served as a member of the ACCME Committee for Review and Recognition, and as a member, Vice Chair, and Chair of the ACCME Accreditation Review Committee. Dr. Sweeney was also active with the Alliance for Continuing Education for Healthcare Professionals (ACEhp) as a member of its Board of Directors and CME Advisory Committee, and has served on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ National Committee on CME as a member, Vice-Chair, and Chair.

Prior to receiving the 2016 Rutledge W. Howard, MD, Award for Outstanding Collaboration between Accreditors and Providers, Dr. Sweeney has been honored dozens of times for excellence in teaching. He earned the Distinguished Member Award from ACEhp in 2001, and in 2007 he received the Robert Raszkowski Hero Award for exemplary volunteerism from the ACCME.

“As I look back over the list of previous recipients of this award, I am impressed by how many of them have become valued personal friends and colleagues. I am indeed honored to have my name added to such a prestigious list of CME professionals, and I am grateful to the Rhode Island Medical Society for having submitted my name in nomination. During my 25 years in CME I consider myself extremely fortunate to have worked with some of the most talented and committed individuals in our field, and I gratefully share this recognition with them.” —Patrick J. Sweeney, MD, MPH, PhD

“It is very difficult to do justice to the breadth, depth, and distinction of Dr. Patrick Sweeney’s long service to CME in Rhode Island and nationally. He has been recognized and honored by his peers on numerous occasions, and has earned the respect of our legislators and regulators for his steadfast single-handed defense of the integrity of CME from the many unripe ideas that too often spring up in the halls of state government. Due to Patrick’s commitment to the community and education, he was honored by his colleagues with the Medical Society’s special award for medical professionalism. On behalf of all his colleagues and friends in Rhode Island, we thank the ACCME for formally recognizing this fine gentleman and physician.” —Russell A. Settipane, MD, President, Rhode Island Medical Society

“Through his commitment to advancing high-quality accredited CME throughout Rhode Island and across the US, Dr. Sweeney has demonstrated the power of education to make a difference for the medical profession and the patients we serve. For more than two decades, he has served as a leader and champion of CME. The Rhode Island Medical Society, the ACCME, and our communities of accreditors, CME providers, and physician learners have benefited from his expertise, professionalism, and passion for education. We celebrate Dr. Sweeney’s decades of service and contributions to communicating the value of CME and to improving healthcare on the local and national levels.”—Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME

Washington State Medical Association

The Washington State Medical Association (WSMA) CME Accreditation Committee has shown its commitment to CME providers’ success by focusing on three areas. First, WSMA offers education and outreach to assist CME programs in implementing current requirements and creating real change within their organizations. Second, WSMA maintains internal quality benchmarks and promulgates current best practices as an accreditor. Third, WSMA developed a model that enabled CME providers in Alaska to maintain their accreditation after the Alaska State Medical Association suspended its accreditation program, ensuring that quality CME is available for every community in the region. The WSMA CME has further demonstrated its commitment to CME beyond its borders by opening its annual provider conference to CME providers throughout the region, including those not accredited by WSMA.

“We are delighted and honored that the WSMA CME Accreditation Committee has been recognized by the ACCME. As part of our vision to make Washington the best place to practice medicine and to receive care, the WSMA strives to ensure physician continuing education in our state meets the highest standards of excellence. Receiving the Rutledge W. Howard, MD, Award is an acknowledgement of WSMA’s efforts in the state and region, and of the physicians, CME professionals, and staff of the WSMA CME Accreditation Committee, whose outstanding work and dedication are truly deserving of this recognition.”—Ray S. Hsiao, MD, president, Washington State Medical Association

“We celebrate the Washington State Medical Association’s leadership, initiative, and innovation in creating exemplary relationships with its accredited CME providers in Washington State and Alaska. From WSMA’s annual provider workshop to regional collaborations to small group consultations for CME providers to support their success in attaining accreditation, WSMA shows a remarkable commitment to building and sustaining collaboration with its CME community. We congratulate WSMA on its achievements and we thank the CME providers in Washington State and Alaska for the work they are doing every day to make a difference and improve the health of their communities.”—Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME

More information about the Rutledge W. Howard, MD, Awards and a list of previous recipients are available here.

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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 nearly 1,900 accredited CME providers within the ACCME System that offer more than 148,000 activities each year, comprising more than one million hours of instruction and including more than 26 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.

For more information, visit www.accme.org.