ACCME Data Report: Rising to the Challenge in Accredited Continuing Education — 2020

ACCME Highlights (06/15/21)

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) report on accredited continuing education in 2020 indicates that providers adapted well to the COVID-19 pandemic. The study details the scope of pandemic-related accredited education activities, showing that providers retained and boosted learner engagement despite challenges. Their transition to online and virtual learning environments accomplished this, with their responsiveness mirroring the accredited education community's capacity. Roughly 1,680 providers offered more than 170,000 educational activities last year, exceeding 1 million hours of instruction and 45 million interactions with healthcare professionals. Pandemic-related offerings constituted more than 3 million learner interactions. Online activities replaced live courses and regularly scheduled series as the most engaging learner activities in 2020. This also marked the third straight year that other learner interactions outnumbered physician interactions. ACCME President and CEO Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, thanked accredited providers' efforts during the crisis. "As we pause and reflect on this painful time, I hope that you will take note of your ability to rise to the challenges we faced and that we continue to face," he said. "We leveraged teamwork to endure these difficult experiences and we will meet the upcoming challenges together with the same spirit of community."

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