Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Announces New Vice President of Communications

Ellen headshotThe Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) is pleased to announce Ellen J. Sullivan, MS, MSJ, CAE, as the new Vice President of Communications. Ms. Sullivan is a seasoned executive with more than 25 years of experience in communications for medical and scientific professional associations, including her most recent role as Chief Operating Officer for the Society of Gynecologic Oncology and Foundation for Women's Cancer. 

Ms. Sullivan received her BA from Washington University in St. Louis, her MS in Journalism from Northwestern University, and her MS in Exercise Science from Northeastern Illinois University. In addition, Ms. Sullivan is credentialed as a Certified Association Executive (CAE) from the American Society of Association Executives.

As the Vice President of Communications, Ms. Sullivan works with ACCME’s executive staff and Board of Directors to advance ACCME’s strategic plan and promote the value of accredited continuing education for health professionals. She oversees the development and execution of communication and marketing strategies designed to build engagement with the accredited continuing education community, and ensures that communications reflect ACCME’s commitment to transparency, accountability, integrity, diversity, and exemplary customer service.

"I am honored to join the ACCME team and look forward to collaborating with the continuing education community to assure and advance quality learning for healthcare professionals that drives improvements in patient care." —Ellen J. Sullivan, MS, MSJ, CAE, Vice President of Communications, ACCME 

“We are delighted to welcome Ellen to our ACCME team and the continuing education community. With her range of experience, leadership, and empathy, I am confident she will create a positive impact in our system as we work together to accelerate learning, change, and growth in healthcare.” —Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME


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

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 1,700 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 170,000 activities each year, comprising more than one million hours of instruction and including more than 45 million interactions with physicians and other healthcare professionals. 

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