Educational Resources Review: ACCME Academy Update

In June 2021, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) expanded access to their online ACCME Academy so that their courses would be available to everyone, whether an accredited provider or not. They continue to add courses and expand existing curriculum, so the educational resources have grown since that expansion.

When I first wrote about this expanded access, I highlighted Education for Equity and Access, and I still recommend it. A recent addition to this curriculum is “Accessibility in CE.” I found this new course offers a lot of useful tips and guidance on making sure that both in-person and online education is made accessible to all learners.

The ACCME has also added a course focused on the Standards for Integrity and Independence. While these Standards might no longer be considered “new,” they are still a vital part of ensuring that the education we provide is as free from bias as we can make it.

If your organization has access or the budget to purchase courses, it is worth looking at the catalog. You may find, as I do, that there are useful resources to be had.


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ACCME Academy: ACCME 2022 Meeting Highlights

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) has recently released highlights from their 2022 Meeting as a course in the ACCME Academy. The modules include 3 keynote lectures and selections from some of the workshops that were held. As with the live meeting, they are a mix of usefulness depending on your experience, the company in which you work, and the type of educational activities you plan.

Key Takeaways

  1. Learner engagement is an ongoing problem. We know that engaged learners are more likely to remember and implement what they have learned. And we also know that passive learning is easy. It’s easy to design and easy to convince people to participate in. But we still should strive to engage learners to provide the best education that we can
  2. Theories drawn from behavioral economics can support education. Find ways to change defaults and simplify complicated processes to help learners put what they have learned into action
  3. Commendation criteria represent best practices. Even if your program has no plans to achieve commendation, these criteria can still be used as a guide to improve your program and provide the best educational experience for your learners
  4. Find out where the data lives in your organization. Is there another department that can provide data related to patient care? Can you collaborate with them to design data-driven activities?
  5. Look at who is planning your activities. Do they represent your audience of learners? Do they represent the patients your learners care for? Think about how you can be more inclusive

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