The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) has awarded the American College of Surgeons (ACS) its highest honor—Accreditation with Commendation. In addition to extending the accreditation term to six years (through November 2020), the ACCME presented the College with a special certificate. The ACS thereby joins an elite group of ACCME-accredited organizations that have achieved this honor. This is the first time the College has received this distinction, which is recognition that the College complies with the ACCME Accreditation Criteria and is a leader and innovator in surgical education.
The Division of Education’s Continuous Professional Development Accreditation Section engaged in a four-year self-study of continuing medical education (CME) activities throughout the College, ACS Chapters, and Joint Providership Program, totaling more than 2,000 activities annually. This extensive accreditation review process included submission of extensive documentation, auditing by the ACCME, interviews with Division of Education leadership, and follow-up reviews by the ACCME Committee and ACCME Board of Directors.
Such an honor is awarded only to those providers that move CME into the arena of improving actual practice, identifying factors that impact patient care, implementing strategies to remove barriers to physician change, and participating within a systems-based framework for quality improvement. The College has taken a leading role in these areas, and the ACCME has recognized this with Accreditation with Commendation. View the ACCME website at http://www.accme.org/.