The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery has been awarded Accreditation
with Commendation for six years as part of a resurvey by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical
The award follows a 15-month process that included a
comprehensive self-study report of the Society’s continuing medical education
program, development of 15 performance-in-practice files of selected activities
and an accreditation interview. The reaccreditation process is a requirement
for ASDS to maintain its status as an ACCME-accredited provider of Continuing
Medical Education to physicians.
To achieve the top commendation level, ASDS had to comply
with all 22 accreditation criteria, including seven top-level criteria covering
engagement with the medical environment. Overall, approximately 21 percent of
accredited CME providers achieve the top designation. Standard reaccreditation is
for four years.
“This award demonstrates recognition of the Society’s
level of commitment to fair and balanced, evidence-based and valid medical
education content,” said ASDS Secretary Murad Alam, M.D., who served as the ASDS
physician representative for the review process.
As part of the criteria compliance for achieving standard
reaccreditation, ASDS demonstrated proper gap identification, needs assessment
and management of the standards for commercial support. Among the commendation-level
criteria, ASDS provided evidence of:
- Operating in a manner that integrates CME into the
process for improving professional practice – through its new Circle of
- Utilizing non-education strategies to enhance change as
an adjunct to its activities – such as its educational exchange programs.
- Participating within an institutional or system framework
for quality improvement – through promoting patient care as part of its
educational mission and publication of ASDS guidelines.
“We strive to meet the dermatologic surgery education
needs of our 5,800 members and, by extension, the medical needs of their
patients,” said ASDS Executive Director Katherine Duerdoth, CAE. “This award is
a testament to the quality of the myriad activities ASDS offers each year. We
are thrilled to have been recognized by ACCME.”
The ACCME accreditation process is the nationally
recognized model by state and federal governmental agencies, other health care
accrediting bodies and the profession of medicine as a whole.
ACCME employs a rigorous, multilevel process for evaluating an
organization’s continuing medical education programs according to the high
accreditation standards adopted by all seven ACCME member organizations: 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.