Continuing Medical Education Program Achieves Accreditation with Commendation Status

News Archive December 26, 2012

Continuing Medical Education Program Achieves Accreditation with Commendation Status

Highest level of recognition awarded by the ACCME
The Division of Continuing Medical Education at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine received its reaccreditation decision from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) on Nov. 30, 2012, and was awarded Accreditation with Commendation for six years as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians. This is the highest level of recognition awarded by the ACCME.

ACCME data indicate that of the approximately 700 ACCME-accredited organizations, only 22 percent have met and implemented all standards to achieve Accreditation with Commendation status.

“We have eagerly awaited this decision,” said Keith Muccino, SJ, MD, director of the Division of Continuing Medical Education at Stritch. “At our meeting in July with the reviewers, they praised the high quality of our documentation and the carefully detailed preparation of the self-study we submitted. Receiving Accreditation with Commendation confirms both the quality of the education our faculty provides and the strength and integrity of our administrative processes.”

The Continuing Medical Education program at Stritch seeks to provide high-quality educational opportunities designed to advance physician competence, enhance practice performance, promote patient safety and, where possible, improve patient outcomes through education of health-care providers.

ACCME accreditation seeks to assure the medical community and the public that Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine provides relevant, effective, practice-based continuing medical education that supports U.S. health-care quality improvement.

The ACCME employs a rigorous, multilevel process for evaluating institutions' continuing medical education programs according to the high accreditation standards adopted by all seven ACCME member organizations. These organizations of medicine in the United States are 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 of the United States.

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