ACCME News Release (10/31/19) Hosansky, Tamar
A new report from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) details strategies and tips educators can follow to engage patients as partners in planning and teaching continuing medical education (CME). The report provides a summary of the Learning Together track held at the ACCME 2019 Annual Meeting, including reflections from a patient-partner; suggestions for formulating a patient inclusion action plan; a case study for organizing a patient-partner continuing education planning committee; a checklist for patient-partner readiness; and seven key recommendations. The Learning Together effort expands ACCME's initiative to support the inclusion of patients in CME for clinicians and teams. ACCME's Menu of Criteria for Accreditation with Commendation features a criterion recognizing accredited organizations that include patients as planners and faculty in educational programming, because incorporating the interests of people who are served by the healthcare system improves accredited CME. "Patient inclusion in CME can engage clinicians' hearts as well as minds and reinforce the reasons why our work matters," said ACCME President and CEO Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc. "Together we can create a CME community that not only aims to support clinicians in delivering optimal healthcare for all — but strives toward that goal with patients as partners."