Central Michigan University's College of Medicine has achieved a new level of accreditation that now ranks its continuing medical education programs for faculty equivalent to the top medical schools in the United States.
After a thorough review of CMU's Office of Continuing Medical Education, the national Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education decided to award the college accreditation with commendation through 2024 as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians.
The decision was based on a review of CMED's self-study report, evidence of its performance in practice and an accreditation interview. Among the council's highlights were CMED's strategies to overcome barriers to change, its collaboration with stakeholders and its focus on continued improvement.
The top national medical schools with this ranking include Harvard, Stanford and Yale. The schools in Michigan the ACCME accreditation with commendation ranking are the University of Michigan School of Medicine, the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, Wayne State University School of Medicine and Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine.
"The CMU College of Medicine is honored to be able to bring this level of accredited continuing medical education to our area," said Dr. George Kikano, dean of the College of Medicine.
"As we educate future physicians, our faculty and community physicians who teach our students and residents must continue their lifelong learning," he said. "The CMU Office of Continuing Medical Education worked diligently to provide and attain ACCME accreditation with commendation to assure faculty and community physicians of the highest standards and quality in continuing medical education."
Continuing medical education in Saginaw previously was accredited at the state level. The existence of the College of Medicine allowed pursuit of this national-level accreditation.
In addition to this achievement, CMU Medical Educational Partners, recently announced the establishment of a surgical residency program starting in July 2018 at Covenant HealthCare and St. Mary's of Michigan under the leadership of Dr. John Blebea. A new podiatric medicine and surgery residency with reconstructive rear foot/ankle program also was launched last year and approved by the Council on Podiatric Medicine. The CMU College of Medicine and CMU Medical Education Partners currently manage six residencies and one fellowship program accredited through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
The College of Medicine also completed its final interview with the Liaison Committee on Medical Education accreditation and is awaiting their decision, expected in June 2018. LCME is the U.S. Department of Education-recognized accrediting body for programs leading to a medical degree in the U.S.
The ACCME system employs a rigorous process for evaluating institutions' continuing medical education programs according to standards that reflect the values of the educator's community and aim to accelerate learning, inspire change and champion improvement in health care. Through participation in accredited CME, clinicians and teams drive improvement in their practice and optimize the care, health and wellness of their patients.
CMU's Office of Continuing Medical Education supports more than 4,000 faculty and community physicians in Michigan's Great Lakes Bay region, in addition to providing livestreaming educational opportunities to physicians in rural, remote and underserved areas throughout the state. For more information, call 989-746-7602 or email CMEDCME@cmich.edu.