Early Bird Rate Extended for ACCME 2022 Meeting; How to Complete Your Year-End Reporting in New PARS; New ACCME Strategic Plan for 2022-2026
REGISTER FOR THE ACCME 2022 MEETING: LEARN TO THRIVE
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we understand there may be some uncertainty around traveling in the coming months. In order to give you the time that you and your organization may need to make an informed decision about joining us, we’re extending the opportunity to register at the discounted in-person early bird rate until February 25, 2022.
Explore the meeting agenda to view the 40 in-person and 20 virtual breakout sessions that will be led by your colleagues. Topics include diversity, equity, and inclusion in continuing professional development, innovative activity formats, achieving Accreditation with Commendation, mentorship and leadership in CE, simplifying and streaming planning processes, and more. If you are already registered for the ACCME 2022 Meeting, you can go ahead and reserve your seat in the sessions of your choice (based on your registration type).
Not Yet Registered?
View the sessions for both in-person and virtual participation options to determine which topics best fit your educational needs. Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to choose sessions. When considering how you will attend the meeting, keep in mind that some sessions are only available in person and some sessions are only available virtually.
Join a Working Group
We are pleased to once again offer Working Groups at the ACCME 2022 Meeting, an optional, longitudinal learning opportunity designed to facilitate the collaboration of CE professionals in the production of a resource for the CE community. You can add participation in a Working Group to your meeting registration for an additional $100 registration fee. Learn more about Working Groups here.
We can’t wait to see you in Chicago!
HOW TO COMPLETE YOUR YEAR-END REPORTING IN PARS
With the launch of the new, improved Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS), the process for year-end reporting has been simplified with the removal of the field for reporting year. We encourage you to enter activities as you plan them and close them when they end. To meet your year-end reporting responsibility, we ask that you complete the following steps by March 31, 2022:
- Accept the terms for the ACCME annual agreement, located on the dashboard in PARS under Agreement Page. Each year, all accredited providers are asked to accept the annual agreement regarding data submission and compliance with ACCME policies and procedures.
- Enter all activities that occurred in 2021 and close any that are no longer being offered.
- For any enduring materials that are continuing into 2022, update the total learner counts as of December 31, 2021. Note that you no longer need to enter enduring material activities for each year they are provided. Enduring materials should remain open until the end date. Once you have entered the enduring material once, you will only need to update learner counts each year thereafter.
- Complete and submit your program summary. The link to the program summary is located on the dashboard in PARS.
- Review and update your contact information. You can do this by clicking Back to Accreditation Management in the top right section of the PARS dashboard.
Please note: Providers accredited by a state medical society may be required to complete their 2021 year-end report earlier and should check with their accreditor for more information.
Year-End Reporting Resources
- Year-End Reporting Checklist: This guide includes a detailed checklist with the necessary steps and resources to help you complete your year-end reporting.
- Webinars: We're hosting a series of live, weekly webinars on Tuesday afternoons to answer your questions about year-end reporting. Register here.
- PARS FAQ: Explore frequently asked questions about year-end reporting.
Visit our New PARS webpage for more information.
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ACCME RELEASES NEW STRATEGIC PLAN 2022-2026
Over the past year, the ACCME Board of Directors and executive leadership, together with our entire staff, engaged in a strategic planning process. To build our vision of the future, we reviewed our trajectory, identified opportunities and challenges, and interviewed stakeholders to gain their insights and perspectives. The ACCME Strategic Plan 2022–2026, Thriving Together: Accelerate Learning, Change, and Growth in Healthcare, addresses these interconnected opportunities and challenges, and aims to promote an even more vibrant and thriving accredited continuing education enterprise—one that we are confident we can and will achieve together. Learn more about our goals and view the plan here.
TAMAR HOSANSKY, ACCME VP OF COMMUNICATIONS, ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT
It is bittersweet to announce that our beloved colleague Tamar Hosansky, Vice President of Communications, will retire at the end of February. Tamar joined the ACCME in 2009 to lead our newly created communications department as our first Director of Communications. During her 13-year tenure, she has grown the ACCME’s communications footprint tremendously, expanding our department and collaborating across teams to promote the value of accredited education and strengthen engagement with the provider community and other stakeholders.
She spearheaded communications about new initiatives such as the Menu of Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation and Standards for Integrity and Independence; led collaborative communications efforts with colleague organizations; oversaw rebranding and website redesign projects; launched ACCME’s social media platforms, and developed e-newsletters, reports, articles, and other communications products. Tamar is a cherished member of our ACCME family, and we will greatly miss her kindness, strategic thinking, and passion for CME. Her established legacy at ACCME will continue for years to come and we wish her all the best in her retirement. —Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME
The open position presents an exciting opportunity for an experienced and dedicated communications professional with a passion for continuing education and healthcare. We welcome applications from qualified candidates. Learn more here.
ACCME Academy Spotlight
FREE WEBINAR: LEVERAGING ACCME ACADEMY TO IMPROVE CE EFFECTIVENESS
New to ACCME Academy, our online learning portal, and not sure where to jump in? Join us for a free webinar on February 14 from 1-2:30 pm CT, to learn how to navigate ACCME Academy and explore courses that can help you onboard new staff, support CE planners with professional development resources, prepare for reaccreditation, and more. ACCME staff will lead an interactive discussion on how to get the most out of ACCME Academy and highlight system tools and community features. Register here.
Reminders for Accredited Providers
ANNUAL ACCREDITATION FEE SCHEDULE 2022-2023
Thank you to those of you who have already submitted payment for your 2022 annual accreditation fees. As a reminder, annual accreditation fees for ACCME-accredited providers as well as those accredited by the California Medical Association, Massachusetts Medical Society, and Missouri State Medical Association, are due by January 31, 2022. Read more here. The fee schedule is posted here.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. If your organization is accredited by a state medical society not listed above, please contact your accreditor.
CALIFORNIA MEDICAL ASSOCIATION STANDARDS FOR CULTURAL LINGUISTIC COMPETENCY AND IMPLICIT BIAS IN CME ARE NOW IN EFFECT
The California Medical Association's (CMA) new Standards for Cultural Linguistic Competency and Implicit Bias in CME went into effect on January 1, 2022. The Standards are designed to support the role of accredited CME in advancing diversity, health equity, and inclusion in healthcare. CME provider organizations physically located in California and accredited by CMA CME or ACCME, as well as jointly accredited providers whose target audience includes physicians, are expected to meet these expectations. Please note that adherence to the standards is separate and distinct from accreditation status. Learn more here.
Collaboration and Engagement
SPECIAL PUBLICATION FROM THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF MEDICINE TO ADDRESS OPIOID EPIDEMIC
In a special publication from the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), Educating Together, Improving Together: Harmonizing Interprofessional Approaches to Address the Opioid Epidemic, authors Steve Singer (ACCME), Kathy Chappell (American Nurses Credentialing Center), Eric Holmboe and Lauren Poulin (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education), Elizabeth Finkelman (NAM), and Aisha Salman (NAM), offer strategies for preparing the next generation of healthcare professionals and educators to tackle an ever-evolving opioid crisis. We at the ACCME are proud to collaborate with our colleagues to help identify key priorities and best practices for an interprofessional health educator response to the opioid crisis.
ADDRESSING HEALTH MISINFORMATION THROUGH CME
- The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) is seeking applications for its Misinformation Challenge, a grant program designed to identify and counter misinformation in healthcare and public health. Two grants totaling $110,00 will be awarded to programs that focus on improving the quality of communication by providing or ensuring accurate information to the public. Applications are due by February 15, 2022. Learn more here.
- “A Community Toolkit for Addressing Health Misinformation,” from the Office of the US Surgeon General, offers guidance and tools for combatting health misinformation.
INTERNATIONAL ACADEMY FOR CPD ACCREDITATION ANNOUNCES PILOT PROGRAM
The International Academy for CPD Accreditation (IACPDA), is initiating a two-year pilot of the process and application of the Standards for Substantive Equivalency between CPD/CME Accreditation Systems. The Standards are designed to support improvements in patient care and patient safety by promoting high-quality continuing education for medical doctors and teams across borders. The ACCME is proud to be a founding member of the IACPDA and to have participated in the process for developing the Standards.
The ACCME has three position openings. Interested candidates should send their cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
- VICE PRESIDENT OF COMMUNICATIONS: We are seeking a Vice President of Communications to oversee the development and execution of communication and marketing strategies and contribute as a key member of the ACCME leadership team.
- COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR: Our team is looking for a Communications Coordinator to support and improve the ACCME’s communications via multiple channels including websites, social media, podcasts, e-newsletters, articles, and reports.
- BI/SQL DEVELOPER: We have an opening for a BI/SQL Developer to support SSIS ETL processes and create Power BI dashboards and reports that will be embedded in a React single page application and a SharePoint Intranet application.