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American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Receives Commendation from ACCME for Excellent Continuing Medical Education Program
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, July 31, 2007
American Academy of Family Physicians
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“Only about 8 percent of all ACCME-accredited providers receive Accreditation with Commendation,” said Mindi McKenna, PhD, MBA, director of continuing medical education for the AAFP. “We are honored to receive this recognition, and we look forward to implementing improvements to our already outstanding CME program.”
The AAFP received notification of the award in a letter from Murray Kopelow, MD, MSC, FRCPC, chief executive of the ACCME. The letter recognizes the AAFP’s CME program with a six-year term of “Accreditation with Commendation for Excellence.” This designation is the culmination of a fifteen-month study of the AAFP CME program that highlighted the program’s components, as well as the history, quality improvements and future directions of the program.
The ACCME rigorously evaluates the overall CME programs of institutions according to standards adopted by all seven member organizations of the ACCME. These are: 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.
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