Now Available—2020-2021 Highlights Report: Learning to Thrive Together

highlights report spreadWe are pleased to release the ACCME’s 2020-2021 Highlights Report, Learning to Thrive Together, which outlines the key initiatives we’ve taken to respond to the CME community’s recommendations, fulfill our strategic goals, and support our shared mission to improve care for patients and communities.  

Key Takeaways—Inspiration and Innovation   

  • Throughout the pandemic, we, along with our colleagues in Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education, offered new accommodations and resources to help the accredited education community adapt to new circumstances. We provided an expedited pathway for planning activities related to COVID-19, a searchable database for vaccine-related education, and guidance for transitioning to virtual learning formats.  

  • Working with our colleague accreditors in the health professions, providers, and other stakeholders, we released the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. With these Standards, we deliver on our promise to healthcare professionals that they can trust accredited continuing education to provide accurate, balanced, evidence-based information that supports high-quality patient care.  

  • To meet the needs of our accredited providers, physicians, regulatory bodies, and other stakeholders, we developed an upgraded version of the Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS). Providers can now enter, track, and manage learner data for all accredited activities. In conjunction with the new PARS, we launched CME Passport, a free, all-in-one web application that enables physicians to find, track, and manage their CME.  

  • We continue to expand our collaborations with our colleague regulatory bodies, with the goal of reducing CME-reporting burdens for physicians, giving them more time to focus on their education and patient care, rather than on compliance.  

  • As part of our commitment to fostering learning environments that promote diversity, health equity, and inclusiveness, our Board of Directors convened a special task force to explore how we can facilitate meaningful change and advance these ideals in accredited education. The Board of Directors will share their findings in 2022.  

Together, we are building our community of practice, nurturing collaboration, promoting growth, and demonstrating how accredited education makes a meaningful difference in the lives of clinicians and patients.  

Previous highlights reports are available here.  

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