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Society’s CME program awarded Accreditation with Commendation

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) has awarded Accreditation with Commendation status to the Wisconsin Medical Society as a CME provider for physicians. This status places the Society in the top tier of all CME providers, including some of the nation’s most prestigious medical schools. A CME provider since 1976, the Society received a six-year accreditation, the maximum awarded from ACCME.

“This recognition is a testament to the Wisconsin Medical Society’s commitment to physicians, the medical profession and patients throughout the state,” said Society CEO Bud Chumbley, MD, MBA. “Offering high quality educational opportunities is one of the many ways the Society supports physicians and their teams and thereby improves the quality of patient care.”

The Society also received Accreditation with Commendation in 2012, the last renewal period. To earn Commendation status, an organization must demonstrate compliance in all 22 Criteria and Accreditation Policies. The ACCME employs a rigorous, multi-level process for evaluating CME programs according to the high standards adopted by all seven ACCME member organizations: the American Board of Medical Specialties, American Hospital Association, AMA, Association for Hospital Medical Education, Association of American Medical Colleges, Council of Medical Specialty Societies and Federation of State Medical Boards.

“We commend your organization for meeting the ACCME’s accreditation requirements and for demonstrating that yours is a learning organization and a change agent for the physicians and patients you serve,” said ACCME President and Chief Executive Officer Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, in a letter to the Society. “You have demonstrated an engagement with your environment in support of physician learning and change that is part of a system for quality improvement.”

The Wisconsin Medical Society’s Medical Education and Professional Development Committee, chaired by Paul D. Burstein, MD, of Mequon, oversees the Society’s CME accreditation and recognition efforts. Brett Twente, MD, FACP of Milwaukee was committee chair during the re-accreditation process.

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education is a nonprofit organization based in Chicago that is responsible for accrediting U.S. institutions that offer continuing medical education through a voluntary, self-regulatory system. The ACCME also recognizes state medical societies as accreditors of intrastate CME providers, including community hospitals, state specialty societies and county medical societies.

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