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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Learning to Thrive at the 2023 ACCME Annual Meeting

In mid-May, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) held its annual meeting, titled “Learn to Thrive”. Approximately 600 people attended the two-and-a-half days of mini-plenaries, workshops, and homeroom discussions. As CME providers, we talk a lot about active learning. Each time I have attended an ACCME meeting, I have found a conference where the planners practice what they preach. It’s a great time for both networking and learning.

Key Takeaways:

  1. Incorporating active learning (AL) strategies into your educational interventions may be easier than you realize. In fact, you may already be including AL. The first question to ask yourself is what your goal is. What are you wanting learners to get out of the activity? If the goal is knowledge, a didactic lecture with questions-and-answers is an appropriate AL strategy. Pick AL to meet the activity, not an activity that uses a specific AL strategy.
  2. Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) takes work. It takes time. But there are easy places to start. What does your mission statement say? What about your policies? Do they promote DEI? Start there. That will provide a basis for your further efforts in DEI.
  3. Everyone struggles with low response rates to follow up surveys. A monetary incentive can increase that rate, but it all depends on the specialty and profession of the learner group as to how effective that incentive might be.
  4. CME programs run the spectrum from large shops with a staff of 20 to those that are run by a single individual on a shoestring budget. While software exists that is specific for CME and other types of accredited healthcare continuing education, there are also tools built into the standard software you’re probably already using – Microsoft or Google. These tools can help those tiny programs stay afloat without breaking the bank.

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