Must Read: ACCME’s New Advancing CME to Optimize Care

By Kurt Snyder, JD, Director of CME at Stanford University 

As CME providers, there is no shortage of emails, newsletters, conference handouts, articles and journals to read and keep abreast of the comings and goings of our profession. It can be overwhelming. Simply said, if you are like me, you have come to the realization that you can’t read everything.

As a result, I try to do my best by reading from the sources I trust most from entities such as ACEHP, ACCME, SACME and AHME, among others. Even with that, I must admit I can’t find the time to read everything. I am confident I miss things from time to time.

This is the reason I want to bring to your attention the recently released ACCME Advancing CME to Optimize Care: 2018-2019 Highlights from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®). The year-in-review report describes the ACCME and continuing medical education (CME) community’s initiatives to advance quality learning for healthcare professionals that drives improvements in patient care.

This document is important for two reasons. First, it provides a basic overview of the many wonderful things ACCME has done and is doing recently — from MOC to PARS improvements.  Moreover, it outlines ACCME’s new Strategic Plan, Mission, Vision and Promise.  Make no mistake about it: This is important stuff if you are a CME provider. This plan is a roadmap for the future of CME.

The six strategic goals are:

  1. Augment Awareness of CME’s Values
  2. Assure Accreditation Quality and Equivalency
  3. Accelerate the Evolution of CME
  4. Assist CME Educators
  5. Advance Data Systems
  6. Advocate for CME Scholarship

It is an easy read and is done in a traditional slick strategic plan type layout. You can find it at

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