ACCME Newsletter: Welcome ACCME's 2023 Officers; Thank You to Our CME Community; Explore the Role of Accredited Education in Combatting Medical Gaslighting
ELECTION OF 2023 OFFICERS
We are delighted to announce the election of the 2023 officers to our Board of Directors: Steven Craig, MD, was elected Chair; Gay Wehrli, MD, MBA, MSEd, was elected Vice Chair; and Jon Thomas, MD, MBA, was elected Treasurer of the ACCME at a meeting of its Board of Directors earlier this month. Read more here.
THANK YOU TO THE ACCREDITED EDUCATION COMMUNITY
“My ACCME colleagues and I remain inspired by the hard work and dedication of our accredited providers—you have continuously evolved to meet the changing needs of your learners, innovating to deliver much-needed education during a time of uncertainty. Health professionals’ education is among the most powerful currencies for change in the healthcare ecosystem. Your contributions make this change possible. Thank you.” –Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME
The ACCME is successful in its mission because of its dedicated volunteers. We sincerely thank all the volunteers for their commitment to sustaining a high-quality, self-regulated CME system that advances clinician performance and patient care. Each year, we have the privilege of honoring ACCME volunteers and paying special tribute to those who have demonstrated exemplary and long-term service to the ACCME. Read more here.
ACCME Academy Spotlight
EXPLORE HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE ACCME 2022 MEETING
We are pleased to introduce a new ACCME Academy course, “2022 ACCME Meeting Highlights,” which includes some of the most memorable sessions from the ACCME 2022 Meeting. This course features:
- Recorded keynote presentations with discussions led by ACCME President and CEO, Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc.
- Recorded “Inspire and Teach” sessions guided by leaders in accredited CE on topics including Accreditation with Commendation, leveraging data for CE planning, joint providership, addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion in CE, and getting started with MOC.
Access to the course is free for accredited CE providers with an ACCME Academy user account.
Note: If you attended the ACCME 2022 Meeting in person or virtually, you will receive free access to the course on ACCME Academy. Look for a separate e-mail sent to the e-mail address you used to register for the 2022 meeting.
Be sure to save the date for Learn to Thrive 2023, ACCME's annual meeting, on May 16-18, 2023, at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. Watch your inbox for registration details coming soon!
Education and Resources
JOURNAL ARTICLE: ROLE OF COMMENDATION CRITERIA IN PERFORMANCE IMPROVEMENT, HEALTHCARE QUALITY, AND PATIENT/COMMUNITY HEALTH
In an article published in the Journal of European CME, “Incentivising Higher Level Outcome Achievement in Continuing Education: Five-Year Experience from the ACCME Commendation Criteria,” author Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME, discusses how accreditation incentives can change the performance of educational providers and improve the quality of continuing education. Read the full article here.
Reminders for Accredited Providers
TAB-DELIMITED BATCH UPLOAD TEMPLATES IN PARS RETIRE TOMORROW
As a reminder, the tab-delimited batch upload templates in ACCME's Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS) will be retired tomorrow, December 16, 2022. We recommend uploading your 2022 activities using the Excel template, which allows for more seamless batch uploads for both activity and learner credit data.
To help you get started with Excel templates and answer any questions you may have, join us for a free webinar on Tuesday, December 20 from 1-2 pm CT to learn more about the Excel activity and learner credit data templates, including a demonstration of how to use them.
MEET YEAR-END REPORTING AND MOC LEARNER CREDIT REPORTING DEADLINES
All certifying boards have year-end requirements for their physicians. To best support your learners, please enter their CME for MOC credit data for 2022 in PARS. The following certifying boards require learner credit data for 2022 by December 31, 2022:
- American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA)
- American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM)
- American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO)
- American Board of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery (ABOHNS)
- American Board of Pathology (ABPath)
- American Board of Surgery
We encourage you to report this data into PARS on an ongoing basis, preferably within 30 days of the learner completing the activity and evaluation. For more information about submitting learner credit data in PARS, check out this tutorial. Explore additional technical details on submitting learner credit data in PARS using batch upload processes or web services here.
Questions? We're happy to help! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
2023 ANNUAL ACCREDITATION FEES
Thank you to those of you who have already submitted payment for your 2023 annual accreditation fees. In November, we sent invoices to ACCME-accredited providers as well as those accredited by the California Medical Association, Massachusetts Medical Society, and Missouri State Medical Association (at the request of those state medical societies). Payment is due by January 31, 2023. The fee schedule is posted here.
NEW ABA CONTENT OUTLINE AVAILABLE IN JANUARY 2023
The American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) has updated the content topic outline that accredited providers select when registering their activities for ABA Maintenance of Certification (MOC) credit, which will be available in January 2023. View the new content outline here and the Excel version here.
Accredited providers with current or upcoming activities impacted by a content topic change will receive a separate email with next steps. Contact email@example.com with any questions.
Connect with Us
THE ROLE OF ACCREDITED CME IN COMBATTING MEDICAL GASLIGHTING
In a new LinkedIn article, ACCME’s President and CEO, Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, discusses the meaning of gaslighting in medicine, and how accredited CME can support the delivery of compassionate and effective patient care. Read the full article here.