OLD LYME, CT — JANUARY 24, 2014 — During the 2014 Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions Annual Conference, the American Academy of Dermatology and The France Foundation will receive the 2014 Outstanding Innovation in CPD for the CE/CPD Professional award. This award is in recognition of the innovative design and impact of “The ABCs of Accredited CME” initiative. “ABCs of Accredited CME” is an online series of educational modules designed for continuing education (CE) planners and faculty. Given in honor of Rafael Sanchez, MD, dedicated physician, educator, and CME leader, this award recognizes outstanding innovation in continuing professional development.

About The ABCs of Accredited CME
Accredited CME plays an important role not only in assisting physicians in maintenance of licensure but with maintenance of certification as well. In 2004 the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) issued the updated Standards for Commercial Support of CME and in 2006 released the Updated Accreditation Criteria. During the past several years, physicians involved in the planning and implementation of accredited CME have expressed frustration regarding "all the ACCME rules."

The American Academy of Dermatology and The France Foundation, both ACCME-accredited providers, developed this online educational activity – The ABCs of Accredited CME – to clarify the intent of the "rules" is that accredited CME is required to be based on the principles of adult learning and be developed, implemented, and evaluated independent of industry influence.

The modules in this Internet enduring initiative:

  • Who Are the Players in CME, Maintenance of Certification, and Maintenance of Licensure
  • Backwards Planning for Continuing Medical Education: Start with the END in Mind
  • Integration of the ABMS Core Competencies into CME Activities
  • Designing CME to Change Competence, Performance and Patient Outcomes
  • Independent, Fair Balanced CME
  • The CME Educational Format: What Works and What Doesn’t
  • Performance Improvement CME and Its Potential Impact on Patient Care
  • HIPAA and Continuing Medical Education
  • Addressing Patient Safety in Continuing Medical Education
  • PowerPoint 101: Creating Effective Educational Materials


For more information regarding this no cost, CME initiative please visit www.abcsofcme.org.

Special recognition for the creation of this activity goes to Debra Gist, MPH; Robert Kirsner, MD, PhD; Christine Presta; Ted Bruno, MD; Jennifer Green; Erik Stratman, MD; Ilona Frieden, MD; and Christopher Spock, MD.

In addition to receiving the award at the 2014 Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions Annual Conference, AAD and The France Foundation will present a poster highlighting the project, and will submit an article to the Alliance’s publication Almanac.

About The France Foundation
Since its inception in 1999, The France Foundation has been at the forefront of planning, developing, and implementing multidisciplinary accredited medical education. TFF specializes in curriculum-based education and in educational collaborations that improve providers’ knowledge, competence, and practical performance to ultimately improve the care practices provide. The France Foundation is accredited with commendation by the ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education) and by the ACPE (Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education) to provide CME credit for physicians and pharmacists respectively.

For more information please go to www.francefoundation.com.

About the American Academy of Dermatology
Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., the American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of more than 17,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin, hair and nails. For more information, contact the Academy at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or www.aad.org. Follow the Academy on Facebook (American Academy of Dermatology) or Twitter (@AADskin).

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