New Report Highlights Initiatives to Transform Continuing Medical Education

ACCME Report Describes Progress in Innovation, Evolution, and Alignment in Continuing Education for Clinicians and Teams

  • ACCME releases inaugural year-in-review report.

  • The report celebrates the CME community’s initiatives to drive meaningful change.

  • The report is part of ACCME's efforts to build visibility for the CME community and communicate the value of accreditation and accredited CME.

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The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) is pleased to release Transforming Continuing Medical Education Together: 2017 Highlights from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®). The inaugural year-in-review report showcases the efforts of the ACCME and the continuing medical education (CME) community to leverage the power of education to respond to the changing healthcare environment. 

Transforming Continuing Medical Education Together celebrates the CME community’s initiatives to drive meaningful change for educators, clinicians, and ultimately patients: 

  • The Menu of Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation represents the CME community’s vision of the future of education. From engaging with students, patients, and teams to tackling population and public health issues, CME providers that meet these criteria demonstrate the capacity of education to address healthcare challenges. 
  • As a result of collaborations between accreditors, certifying boards, and educators, there are expanded opportunities for physicians to participate in education that counts for multiple requirements, thus reducing burdens and allowing clinicians more flexibility in choosing education that meets their needs. 
  • Through the alignment of ACCME/American Medical Association requirements, CME providers now have the freedom and flexibility to employ blended, new, and innovative approaches to education. 
  • To increase recognition for interprofessional continuing education (IPCE), the ACCME collaborated with nursing and pharmacy accreditor colleagues to initiate a new IPCE credit mark that identifies education designed to improve team collaboration and patient care. 

The report also describes the ACCME’s commitment to supporting the CME community. With its new annual meeting and online learning portal, as well as other educational offerings, the ACCME aims to build a community of practice that assists CME professionals in achieving their full potential. 

The ACCME published Transforming Continuing Medical Education Together as part of its efforts to build visibility for the CME community and communicate the value of accreditation and accredited CME.  

“The CME community has much to be proud of. We look forward to continuing our work together, as we fulfill our shared aspiration to enhance education, drive improvements in clinician and team performance, and—most important—to optimize care for the patients we all serve.” –Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, ACCME President and CEO  

Download the report here and watch a video commentary about it below. 


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About the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education 

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) is a nonprofit organization based in Chicago, responsible for accrediting institutions that offer continuing medical education (CME) and for recognizing state medical societies as accreditors of local CME programs. 

The ACCME sets standards for CME that reflect the values of the educator community and aim to accelerate learning, inspire change, and champion improvement in healthcare. These standards ensure that accredited CME is designed to be relevant to clinicians’ needs, evidence-based, evaluated for its effectiveness, and independent of commercial influence. Through participation in accredited CME, clinicians and teams drive improvement in their practice and optimize the care, health, and wellness of their patients. 

Accredited CME facilitates engagement with physicians and healthcare teams where they live, learn, and work. There are approximately 1,800 accredited CME providers within the ACCME System, across the country and internationally, representing a range of organizations including medical schools, hospitals/health systems, government/military agencies, specialty societies, and insurance/managed-care companies. Accredited providers offer about 159,000 activities each year, comprising more than one million hours of instruction and including more than 27 million interactions with physicians and other healthcare professionals. For more information, visit You can also follow the ACCME on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook