For an explanation as to why I’m doing these Conversations With The ACCME, go here.
Contrary to popular opinion, being a CME Director is not all glitz and glamour (It’s true!). Sometimes we have to roll up our sleeves and dig in deep to the mucky details. This particular question I posed to the ACCME is about the accreditation language used on a brochure or in the front matter of a syllabus/program book when there are multiple partners involved. I literally got into an argument with someone about this one. It was vicious; we almost attacked each other with our “GET THE FACTS!” pins.
Here’s the question:
I have a program with 6 different partners involved. Their roles are as follows:
Partner 1: CME Provider
Partner 2: Med Ed company handling logistics (also CME accredited)
Partner 3: ANCC Provider
Partner 4: ACPE Provider
Partner 5: Content expertise (also CME accredited)
Partner 6: Content expertise (NOT CME accredited)
What accreditation statement should I use and how should the partners be listed?
The ACCME’s answer:
Use the jointly sponsored accreditation statement and list all your partners.
So the accreditation statement would be written thusly:
“This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Partner 1, Partner 2, Partner 3, Partner 4, Partner 5, and Partner 6. The Partner 1 is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.”
And not that it matters, since I would never be so petty and vain as to bring it up, but…I was right.