Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Designation extends SOM’s ability to serve as accredited provider of continuing medical education for physicians for another six years
The University of Maryland School of Medicine announced today that is has been awarded Accreditation with Commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) as a provider of continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. The review was based on the School of Medicine’s self-study report, evidence of performance-in-practice, and an accreditation interview. UM School of Medicine has received Accreditation with Commendation for a six-year term, through November 2019.
“We are honored to receive Accreditation with Commendation from the prestigious ACCME,” says E. Albert Reece, MD, PhD, MBA, vice president for medical affairs of the University of Maryland and John Z. and Akiko K. Bowers Distinguished Professor and dean of the School of Medicine. “This recognition demonstrates that ours is a learning organization and a change agent for the physicians we serve.”
ACCME accreditation helps to assure the medical community and the public that UM School of Medicine provides physicians with relevant, effective, practice-based continuing medical education that supports US health care quality improvement.
The ACCME employs a rigorous, multilevel process for evaluating institutions' CME programs according to the high accreditation standards adopted by all seven ACCME member organizations. These organizations of medicine in the US 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 US, Inc.
“The School of Medicine CME program’s success is a tribute to our creative and dedicated faculty, to our institutional partners (including the University of Maryland Medical System and Medical Center), and to support from the Dean and the School of Medicine’s leadership,” says Nancy Ryan Lowitt, MD, EdM, FACP, Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, who has led the CME program, including the SOM Faculty Development Program, for 16 years. Dr. Lowitt is currently in her 3rd and final 2-year term as a member of the ACCME’s Accreditation Review Committee where she serves as a member nominated by the Association of American Medical Colleges.
“We are proud of our commitment to continuing medical education, and hope that we can serve as a model for other academic medical institutions around the nation,” added Richard F. Tischler Jr., PhD, FACEHP, Executive Director of CME and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Surgery at University of Maryland School of Medicine. Prior to joining the full-time staff of the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development in August 2012, Dr. Tischler served as an independent consultant to CME providers, including the UM School of Medicine, and was a past Director of Accreditation Services at the ACCME.
About the University of Maryland School of Medicine
Established in 1807, the University of Maryland School of Medicine was the first public medical school in the United States, and the first to institute a residency-training program. The School of Medicine was the founding school of the University of Maryland and today is an integral part of the 11-campus University System of Maryland. On the University of Maryland's Baltimore campus, the School of Medicine serves as the anchor for a large academic health center which aims to provide the best medical education, conduct the most innovative biomedical research and provide the best patient care and community service to Maryland and beyond. www.medschool.umaryland.edu.