ACCME Data Report Shows Increasing Growth and Diversity in Accredited Continuing Medical Education

ACCME News Release (07/12/18)

A new report from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) highlights the continued growth of the continuing medical education (CME) arena in 2017. The "ACCME Data Report: Growth and Diversity in Continuing Medical Education–2017" reveals that the number of educational events rose 3 percent from 2016, while the number of hours of instruction and interactions with healthcare professionals each increased by 4 percent. Overall, the data reflect record numbers for the past decade, with approximately 1,800 CME providers offering nearly 163,000 educational activities last year, including over 1 million hours of instruction and 28 million clinician interactions. The number of interactions with physician learners increased by 37 percent over the past 10 years, while the number of interactions with nonphysician healthcare professionals rose by almost 90 percent. "As the CEO of ACCME — and a physician — I'm excited about the growing engagement of clinicians in accredited CME," says Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, president and CEO, ACCME. "I thank our educators for the work they do every day to deliver high-quality CME that provides immediate and long-term benefits to patients, families, caregivers, and all of our communities." New to the 2017 report are "other" activity types, reflecting the alignment between ACCME and the American Medical Association, and quartile data listed by provider type.

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