LINTHICUM, MD, July 30, 2008—The American Urological Association is pleased to announce that it has been awarded Accreditation with Commendation from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Following an extensive audit of educational activities, the AUA was awarded a six-year accreditation with commendation, a distinction few organizations attain. The AUA is now accredited to provide continuing medical education credits to physicians for the next six years, through July 2014.
The Accreditation with Commendation is a six-year accreditation given to a small percentage of CME-providing organizations audited by the ACCME. The designation is a recognition of exemplary compliance with the essential areas, elements and policies for accreditation outlined by the ACCME. The majority of organizations receive a four-year re-accreditation.
During the audit period (July 2004 through July 2008), the AUA has enhanced its education opportunities for members while at the same time implementing processes to meet the ever-changing compliance standards in the CME industry. The AUA received specific commendations for a number of activities, including its innovative and creative planning processes, consistent use of needs assessment data and measurement of CME program effectiveness.
“Receiving Accreditation with Commendation is an honor for the AUA and we are proud to once again hold this distinction for our programs,” said AUA Executive Director Michael T. Sheppard, CPA, CAE. “This is a testament to not only the staff and physicians involved in delivering education to our members, but also to the organization as a whole.”
In concert with its Board of Directors, Education Council and its members around the world, the AUA regularly evaluates its educational offerings to members to ensure not only that it is offering the best CME opportunities to the urologic community, but also that it is in compliance with the standards adopted by the seven member organizations of the ACCME. These organizations include the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies and the Federation of State Medical Boards of the U.S., Inc. More information about the ACCME accreditation process can be found on line at www.accme.org.
About the American Urological Association: Founded in 1902 and headquartered near Baltimore, the American Urological Association is the pre-eminent professional organization for urologists, with more than 16,000 members throughout the world. An educational nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, the AUA pursues its mission of fostering the highest standards of urologic care by carrying out a wide variety of programs for members and their patients, including UrologyHealth.org, an award-winning on-line patient education resource, and the American Urological Association Foundation.
Wendy Waldsachs Isett, AUA