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UMSOM Awarded ACCME Re-Accreditation 'With Commendation' for Continuing Medical Education

February 04, 2020 | Joanne Morrison

Nancy Lowitt, MD, EdM

ACCME Re-Accreditation Assures Medical community and Public that UMSOM Delivers Education Relevant to Clinicians’ Needs

University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, along with Nancy Ryan Lowitt, MD, EdM, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs & Professional Development, announced today that the UMSOM has been awarded “Re-Accreditation with Commendation” for its Continuing Medical Education programs by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).  The re-accreditation, which is for the next six years, is the highest level of achievement recognized by the ACCME.

According to ACCME, the accreditation is designed to assure the medical community and the public that UMSOM is delivering education that is relevant to clinicians’ needs, evidence-based, evaluated for its effectiveness, and independent of commercial influence.

“This ACCME re-accreditation with commendation is an important recognition of our commitment provide the most advanced, relevant and high-quality continued training to our physicians,” said Dr. Lowitt.

Participation in accredited CME programs helps physicians meet requirements for maintenance of licensure, maintenance of certification, credentialing, membership in professional societies, and other professional privileges. Physicians can count on accredited CME to provide a protected space for them to learn and teach without commercial influence.

In meeting the re-accreditation, the ACCME reviewed if UMSOM demonstrated how the CME program will help improve performance or patient outcome and if the program addresses the needs of practitioners. The re-accreditation also took into account the role of patient and public representatives and students in the planning and delivery of CME programming.

Importantly, this ACCME also reviewed factors beyond critical care that affect health of populations and whether the UMSOM collaborates with other organizations to more effectively address population health issues.

“At the University of Maryland School of Medicine, we strive to be a leader in providing the most relevant and highest quality learning tools to support our research and care as we tackle the most challenging diseases and illnesses in the world,” said UMSOM Dean E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, who is also Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs, UM Baltimore, and the John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor, University of Maryland School of Medicine.“

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