Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education Announces Vacancy for Public Member of the Board of Directors

ACCME seeking nominees to bring public perspective to Board of Directors

Chicago, IL

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) is seeking nominees interested in serving as one of two public directors on its 20-member Board of Directors. ACCME's mission is to assure and advance quality learning for healthcare professionals that drives improvements in patient care. The ACCME fulfills its mission through a voluntary self-regulated system for accrediting CME providers and a peer-review process responsive to changes in medical education and the health care delivery system.

In addition to two public directors, the ACCME Board is composed of two nominees from each of ACCME’s seven member organizations (listed below), two directors affiliated with ACCME Recognized Accreditors (state/territory medical societies approved as accreditors for local organizations offering CME), and two non-voting representatives from the government. The ACCME member organizations are the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, and the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States.

ACCME Expectations of Directors

Directors representing the public have the same rights and responsibilities as all directors. They are full voting members of the Board of ACCME. It is a director’s duty to administer the corporate affairs for the benefit of the ACCME, and it is expected that each director acts upon an informed basis, in good faith, and in the honest belief that the action was taken in the best interest of the ACCME.

Because the ACCME believes strongly that its public directors bring an important perspective to the work of our Board, they are charged with monitoring all Board and committee discussions to facilitate the identification of potential conflicts of interest that might arise. In addition, the senior public member serves as chair of the compensation committee.

Time Commitments

Time commitments include participation in three (1½ day) Board meetings per year and some Board committee or task force work between meetings, usually via conference call or email.


Please consider forwarding the name(s) of individual(s) who you think might serve the ACCME well. According to the Protocol for the Selection of the Public Representative to the ACCME:

The nominee should by virtue of education and public service possess special qualifications for bringing a “public” perspective to the process of evaluating programs of continuing medical education. The nominee might be qualified, for example, by experience as a hospital trustee, trustee of a health delivery system, a former government official in a role related to health or health education, a university administrator, a member of the news media with a particular expertise in health education or science.

In order to ensure the requisite impartiality to represent the public at large, members of the healthcare profession, persons otherwise eligible for selection as professional members, and anyone else who might be considered as sharing in the special interests of institutions or organizations being evaluated, shall be ineligible for service as public members.


Nominations must be received by the ACCME no later than May 1, 2020. Nominations should include a curriculum vitae and a brief letter of nomination, and should be emailed to


Questions may be directed to ACCME’s Manager of Governance and External Relations, Debbie Payne, MA, CAE, at

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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 180,000 activities each year, comprising more than one million hours of instruction and including more than 36 million interactions with physicians and other healthcare professionals. 

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