SAGES has been resurveyed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and awarded Accreditation with Commendation for 6 years as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians. SAGES’ accreditation has been extended until November 30, 2020.
Timothy Farrell, MD, SAGES Continuing Education Committee Chair and Professor of Surgery at UNC School of Medicine, said, “This accolade places SAGES in the top tier of all CME providers, including some of the nation’s most prestigious professional medical societies and medical schools.” Approximately 20 percent of the nearly 2,000 medical education organizations currently accredited by the ACCME have achieved “Accreditation with Commendation” status.
The ACCME serves as the body accrediting institutions and organizations offering Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits to physicians and health care providers. ACCME accreditation seeks to assure the medical community and the public that SAGES provides physicians with relevant, effective, practice-based continuing medical education that that supports US health care quality improvement.
The ACCME employs a rigorous, multilevel process for evaluating institutions’ continuing medical education programs according to the high accreditation standards adopted by all seven ACCME member organizations. These organizations of medicine in the US 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 US, Inc.
“SAGES attainment of Accreditation with Commendation by the ACCME is a resounding endorsement of the value that our society places on bringing high quality CME programs to the surgical community. The SAGES CME committee and staff have worked tirelessly to ensure that our CME standards are at the highest level and are to be commended for their efforts on behalf of the entire organization,“ said L. Michael Brunt, MD, SAGES President and Professor of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine.
SAGES Executive Director Sallie Matthews said, “SAGES continues to lead the way with innovative surgical education, and this accomplishment validates our efforts. For example, the SAGES Continuing Education Committee has published three manuscripts describing research in the field of continuing medical education. Our activities, such as the Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy, demonstrate SAGES’ commitment to evidence-driven education based on professional practice gaps in our target audience and focused on the improvement of quality care and patient safety.”