Congratulations, CHEST! 2017 Accreditation With Commendation


On December 2, CHEST received Accreditation with Commendation from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). This achievement grants CHEST accreditation through November 2023, and places the organization in the highest tier of continuing medical education (CME) providers.

“It is a true privilege to serve as a member of our outstanding CHEST Education team. We are very proud of our education program and have worked very hard to provide CHEST members and their health-care team with state-of-the-art learning opportunities,” said Alex Niven, MD, FCCP, current Chair of CHEST’s Education Committee, “ACCME Accreditation with Commendation is an important benchmark of this success, and we look forward to further advancing CHEST’s leadership role in medical education through its simulation, active learning, and other innovative educational offerings.”

To receive accreditation from the ACCME, CHEST met all of the requirements of the ACCME, has transitioned clinician knowledge into action, and has enhanced procedural performance to improve patient outcomes. Accreditation with Commendation is “a reward for going above and beyond requirements--having the absolute best practices and for striving to meet the aspirational goals of medical education,” said William Kelly, MD, FCCP, previous Chair of CHEST’s Education Committee.

In achieving Accreditation with Commendation, CHEST demonstrated compliance with the following:

• Improving the professional practice by consistently integrating CME into CHEST processes.

• Utilization of noneducation strategies such as the CHEST Foundation’s grant programs and disease awareness campaigns, to enhance change as an adjunct to CHEST’s activities/educational interventions.

• Identification of factors that effect patient outcomes and are outside of the provider’s control.

• Implementation of educational strategies, including the offering of additional training to improve procedural capabilities, so as to remove, overcome, or address barriers to physician change.

• Building of bridges with stakeholders such as The France Foundation, National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), through collaboration and cooperation.

• Participation within an institutional framework for health-care quality improvement.

• Positioned to influence the scope and content of activities/educational interventions.

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