As it has since its inception, the ACCME System continues to rely on our community of dedicated volunteers. Currently, approximately 165 volunteers serve on the national level as accreditation surveyors, and as members of the Accreditation Review Committee, Joint Accreditation Review Committee, Committee for Review and Recognition, and Board of Directors. Thousands of volunteers serve at the state level as surveyors, accreditation reviewers, and committee members. In total, an estimated 20,000 people across the country support the system.
We thank all the volunteers for their commitment to achieving our mission and to sustaining a high-quality, self-regulated CME system that advances clinician performance and patient care.
In return for their donation of time and expertise, ACCME volunteers receive the opportunity to learn from their colleagues, gain a broader understanding of the CME environment, and contribute to continuous improvement in the accreditation system. Volunteers receive no honoraria or other form of compensation; however, they are reimbursed for the expenses they incur in compliance with the ACCME's volunteer expense reimbursement policies.
The ACCME also provides volunteers with tools and education resources to support their work.
The Board of Directors is the governing body of the ACCME. It is charged with setting the strategic direction for the organization and leading the ACCME in identifying, developing, and promoting standards for quality continuing medical education.
Accreditation Review Committee (ARC) members are responsible for reviewing the information about CME providers gathered during the accreditation process and making recommendations about accreditation decisions to the Decision Committee of the ACCME Board of Directors. ARC members are CME professionals who have in-depth knowledge of CME, the ACCME, and accreditation requirements.Their volunteer service with the ACCME makes it possible to maintain a voluntary, self-regulated CME system.
The following is a list of current Accreditation Review Committee Members:
Jodi F. Abbott, MD
Bruce Brod, MD; Chair
Nels Loyal Carlson, MD
Katasha Charleston, MPH
Apostolos Dallas, MD
Susan E. Farrell, MD, EdM
Susan B. Greenwood-Clark, RN, MBA
Anne D. Grupe, MSEd; Vice Chair
Kristin C. Jensen, MD
Robert Kirsner, MD, PhD
Rob Armstrong Martin, MBA
Hemesh Patel, DO, MS
Anne Perch, MBA
Niranjan V. Rao, MD
Clara Schroedl, MD, MS
Sarah A. Shimer, MPH
Mary B. Strong, MA
Loretta Thompson, MA, CHCP
Emily K. Vinas, EdD
The Committee for Review and Recognition (CRR) is comprised of members nominated by the Recognized Accreditors and elected by the ACCME Board of Directors. The CRR synthesizes data to formulate recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding the recognition status of state medical societies that wish to accredit intrastate providers of CME. The CRR also makes recommendations to the Board of Directors regarding recognition policy development.
The following is a list of current members of the Committee for Review and Recognition:
- Marci Fjelstad, MPH, MBA; Vice Chair
- Martin Jacobs, MD
- Kendra J. Peterson
- Haritha R. Rachamallu, MD
- Ram Sharma, MD
- Brooke Taylor, MPH; Chair
- Walton A. Taylor, MD