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Accreditation with Commendation Puts ACSM in Top Tier of CME Providers

In kindergarten, it’s a gold star and a cookie. For the college graduate, it’s summa cum laude. For providers of continuing medical education, the top distinction is accreditation with commendation. Only the top 15 percent of providers, including some of the nation’s most prestigious medical schools, earn accreditation with commendation – or Level 3 – from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

ACSM’s recently awarded Level 3 accreditation reflects sustained high standards achieved under the leadership of Sandra Hoffman, M.D., FACSM, who chairs the College’s Medical Education Committee. Sue Hilt, senior director of education and CME activities, plays a big role, in guiding CME and accreditation activities.

Steve Passin, president of Steve Passin & Associates, consulted with ACSM in the effort that resulted in the six-year accreditation through ACCME. He noted, “ACSM’s continued inclusion into the vaulted ranks of Level 3-accredited organizations places them among those medical educators in the country that have demonstrated the highest levels of educational acumen based on quality and patient safety parameters consistent with identified needs of the physician.”

ACCME accreditation seeks to assure both physicians and the public that continuing medical education activities sponsored by ACSM meet the high standards of the Essentials Areas and Criteria for Accreditation of the ACCME. The ACCME rigorously evaluates the overall continuing medical education programs of institutions according to standards adopted by all seven sponsoring organizations of the ACCME: the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, and the Federation of State Medical Boards.

CME activities are developed with complete independence and are based on the best medical and scientific evidence as determined by distinguished scientific planning committees associated with the College’s educational initiatives. more

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