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Integrating an Effective CME Presence into the Academic Medical Center

Academic CME Survey

The 2014 update of the Continuing Education and Improvement Section of the Group on Educational Affairs (GEA) and the AAMC Medical Education Cluster.

Related Organizations

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) External Link
ACCME's mission is the identification, development, and promotion of standards for quality continuing medical education (CME) utilized by physicians in their maintenance of competence and incorporation of new knowledge to improve quality medical care for patients and their communities.

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) External Link
ACGME is a professional organization responsible for the accreditation of residency education programs. Residency education is the period of clinical education in a medical specialty that follows graduation from medical school, and prepares physicians for the independent practice of medicine.

Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp) External Link
The Alliance is a community of professionals dedicated to accelerating excellence in health care performance through education, advocacy, and collaboration.

Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers (AIAMC) External Link
AIAMC is a national membership organization of major academic medical centers and health systems committed to quality patient care, medical education, and research.

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) External Link
The mission of AAFP is to improve the health of patients, families, and communities by serving the needs of members with professionalism and creativity.

American Association for Adult and Continuing Education (AAACE) External Link
AAACE provides leadership for the field of adult and continuing education by expanding opportunities for adult growth and development; unifying adult educators; fostering the development and dissemination of theory, research, information, and best practices; promoting identity and standards for the profession; and advocating relevant public policy and social change initiatives. Published periodicals include Adult Learning and Adult Education Quarterly.

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) External Link
ABMS works to create uniformity in physician certification and to increase public awareness of the value of specialty certification, advocating for safe, quality healthcare through efforts to establish and maintain high standards for professional physician certification.

American College of Medical Quality (ACMQ) External Link
The mission of ACMQ is to provide leadership and education in healthcare quality management.

American College of Physicians (ACP) External Link
ACP is a national organization of internists—physician specialists who apply scientific knowledge and clinical expertise to the diagnosis, treatment, and compassionate care of adults across the spectrum from health to complex illness—working to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care by fostering excellence and professionalism in the practice of medicine. Publications include Annals of Internal Medicine.

American Educational Research Association (AERA) External Link
AERA is a national research society striving to advance knowledge about education, encourage scholarly inquiry related to education, and promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good. Publications include Educational Researcher and the American Educational Research Journal.

American Health Quality Association (AHQA) External Link
AHQA represents quality improvement organizations (QIOs) and other professionals dedicated to promoting and facilitating fundamental change that improves health care quality and patient safety in communities across America.

American Medical Association (AMA) External Link
The mission of the AMA is to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health. Publications include JAMA.

American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) External Link
AMIA connects a broad community of professionals and students interested in informatics, utilizing data to connect people, information, and technology to lead the way in transforming healthcare through trusted science, education, and the practice of informatics as a bridge for knowledge and collaboration across a continuum. The journal JAMIA covers the full spectrum of activities in the field.

American Society for Quality (ASQ) External Link
ASQ is a global community of people dedicated to quality who share ideas and tools. ASQ brings together diverse quality champions to help transform the world’s corporations, organizations, and communities to meet tomorrow’s critical challenges.

Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME) External Link
AHME is a national, professional organization involved in the continuum of hospital-based medical education: undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education to promote improvement in, serve as a forum and resource for, develop professionals in the field of, and advocate the value of medical education in health care.

Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) External Link
AMEE promotes international excellence in education in the healthcare professions across the continuum of undergraduate, postgraduate, and continuing education. AMEE produces the journal Medical Teacher and a range of guides giving practical advice and current thinking on a series of important topics in medical and health professions education.

Association for Surgical Education (ASE) External Link
The mission of ASE is to promote, recognize, and reward excellence, innovation, and scholarship in surgical education.

Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) External Link
ASME seeks to improve the quality of medical education by bringing together individuals and organizations with interests and responsibilities in medical and healthcare education to promote knowledge and expertise. Publications include Medical Education and The Clinical Teacher.

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
AAMC serves and leads the academic medicine community to improve the health of all. The AAMC and the medical schools, teaching hospitals, academic and professional societies, faculty, residents, and students we represent are committed to improving the nation's health through medical education, research, and high-quality patient care. Publications include Academic Medicine and the Reporter.

Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada/Association des Facultiés de Médecine du Canada (AFMC) External Link
AFMC is the academic partnership of Canada’s faculties of medicine who, through their collective leadership, expertise, and advocacy, seek to achieve excellence in education, research, and care for the health of all.

Australian and New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) External Link
ANZAHPE promotes, supports, and advances education in the health care professions with aims to recognize, facilitate, and disseminate high quality educational research in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education and training. Publications include the multi-disciplinary journal Focus on Health Professional Education.

British Medical Association (BMA) External Link
BMA is the doctors' professional organization established to look after the professional and personal needs of their members, represented by doctors in all branches of medicine all over the UK. Included in their many publications is their flagship journal, The BMJ.

Canadian Association for Medical Education/Association Canadienne pour l'Éducation Médicale (CAME/ACEM) External Link
CAME is a grass roots organization for the promotion and advancement of excellence and scholarship in all aspects of medical education advocating for medical education and medical educators, supporting faculty and educational development, and encouraging research in medical education through networking and scientific activities.

Canadian Medical Association/Association Médicale Canadienne (CMA/AMC) External Link
CMA is a national, voluntary association of physicians that advocates on behalf of its members and the public for access to high quality health care, and provides leadership and guidance to physicians, with a mission to serve and unite the physicians of Canada and be the national advocate, in partnership with the people of Canada, for the highest standards of health and health care. Publications include the CMAJ.

Canadian Network for Innovation in Education/Réseau Canadien pour l'Innovation en Éducation (CNIE/RCIÉ) External Link
CNIE is a national organization of professionals committed to excellence in the provision of innovation in education in Canada and serves as the voice for Canada's distance and open education communities. Publications include the Journal of Distance Education.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) External Link
The mission of CMS is to ensure effective, up-to-date health care coverage and to promote quality care for beneficiaries.

Coalition for Physician Enhancement (CPE) External Link
CPE, a consortium of professionals with expertise in quality assurance, medical education, and the assessment, licensing, and accreditation of referred physicians seeking higher levels of performance in patient care, works to support and develop expertise in assessment and educational enhancement for physicians and other healthcare providers who seek a higher level of performance.

College of Family Physicians of Canada/Le Collège des Médecins de Famille du Canada (CFPC/CMFC) External Link
CFPC supports family physicians through certification, advocacy, leadership, research, and learning opportunities that enable them to provide high-quality health care for their patients and their communities. Publications include Canadian Family Physician.

Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) External Link
CMSS is the unified voice for specialty societies established to improve the healthcare system and health of the public by providing an independent forum of collaboration for the discussion of issues of national interest and mutual concern to medical specialists to influence policy, medical education, and accreditation from a broad, cross-specialty perspective.

Foundation for Medical Practice Education (FMPE) External Link
FMPE's mission is to provide practicing physicians with the means to maintain and enhance their professional knowledge and competence and to integrate that knowledge into their practices through the development, dissemination, and evaluation of educational approaches and materials that are learner-centered and practice-based, using evidence-based educational principles.

Global Alliance for Medical Education (GAME) External Link
GAME is dedicated to the advancement of innovation in medical education throughout the world, serving as the international organization of leaders advancing innovation and collaboration in CME/CPD worldwide, with the goal of improving patient care.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) External Link
IHI is committed to redesigning health care into a system no longer plagued by errors, waste, delay, and unsustainable social and economic costs, to improve health and health care worldwide.

Medical Education Scholarship Research and Education (MESRE)
MESRE—the Medical Education Scholarship Research and Evaluation (formerly Research in Medical Education [RIME])—is the section of AAMC's Group on Educational Affairs (GEA) committed to enhancing the quality of research in medical education and promoting its application to educational practice.

National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) External Link
NBME is an organization that serves the public through high-quality assessments of healthcare professionals. While centered on assessment of physicians, the mission encompasses the spectrum of health professionals along the continuum of education, training, and practice, and includes research in evaluation as well as development of assessment instruments.

National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) External Link
NCQA is dedicated to improving health care quality as a central figure in driving improvement throughout the health care system, helping to elevate the issue of health care quality to the top of the national agenda. The Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) is a tool of NCQA used by more than 90 percent of America's health plans to measure performance on important dimensions of care and service.

National Quality Forum (NQF) External Link
NQF leads national collaboration to improve health and healthcare quality through measurement by acting as a convener of key public and private sector leaders to establish national priorities and goals to achieve healthcare that is safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable; endorsing the primary standards used to measure and report on the quality and efficiency of healthcare in the United States; and serving as a major driving force for and facilitator of continuous quality improvement of American healthcare quality.

Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) External Link
OCFP (the Ontario Chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada) is the voice of family medicine representing family physicians providing continuity of care in remote, rural, and urban communities throughout the province; supporting members by providing evidence-based education and professional development, promoting and recognizing leadership excellence in family medicine, and advocating for the role family physicians play in delivering the highest quality care to patients and families across Ontario.

Physician Reentry into the Workforce External Link
The Physician Reentry into the Workforce Project is a collaborative endeavor of organizations and individuals that aims to examine the diverse issues encompassed under the rubric of "reentry." The Reentry Project aims to develop resources and strategies to assist organizations as well as individual physicians who are seeking physician reentry information.

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada/Collège Royale des Médecins et Chirurgiens du Canada (RCPSC/CRMCC) External Link
The Royal College is the national professional association that oversees the medical education of specialists in Canada with a mission to improve the health and care of Canadians by leading in medical education, professional standards, physician competence, and continuous enhancement of the health system.

Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) External Link
The mission of SACME is to promote the research, scholarship, evaluation, and development of CME/CPD (continuing medical education/continuing professional development) that helps to enhance the performance of physicians and other healthcare professionals practicing in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere, for purposes of improving individual and population health. Publications include the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions (JCEHP).

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) External Link
STFM is dedicated to advancing family medicine to improve health through a community of teachers and scholars utilizing education, research, patient care, and advocacy.

The Joint Commission External Link
The Joint Commission strives to continuously improve health care for the public, in collaboration with other stakeholders, by evaluating health care organizations and inspiring them to excel in providing safe and effective care of the highest quality and value. Joint Commission accreditation and certification is recognized nationwide as a symbol of quality that reflects an organization’s commitment to meeting certain performance standards.

Vizient External Link
(formerly University HealthSystem Consortium, UHC) offers members specific programs and services to improve clinical, operational, and patient safety performance by creating knowledge, fostering collaboration, and promoting innovation to help members succeed.

World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) External Link
WFME is a global organization working to enhance the quality of and to promote the highest standards in medical education world-wide to improve the health care of all.

World Organization of National Colleges, Academies, and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians (WONCA) External Link
Better known by its short name, the World Organization of Family Doctors, WONCA works to improve the quality of life of the people of the world through defining and promoting its values, including respect for universal human rights and including gender equity, and by fostering high standards of care in general practice/family medicine by promoting care for the individual and the family in the context of community and society and promoting equity through the equitable treatment, inclusion, and meaningful advancement of all groups of people, particularly women and girls, in the context of all health care and other societal initiatives.