The Vital Role of Integrity and Trust in CME
If you’ve been in the CME field for more than a hot minute, you’ll know that Graham McMahon MD, MMSc is a medical educator, researcher, and practicing endocrinologist. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) and an Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at Northwestern University.
Today, we’re talking about integrity and trust in CME. We dig into the factors that prompted the publication in 2020 of ACCME’s report on standards for integrity and independence in CME, especially the emergence of potential threats to content credibility. Graham emphasizes the importance of nurturing innovation and retaining balance in education and points to the role of content validity as a core part of ACCME’s standards and promise to the community of physician learners.
We also talk about the centrality of trust in the process of teaching and learning, how the concept of an educational home fosters trust among physician learners and the work to be done in the CME community to ensure safe learning spaces and create education that is diverse in focus, content, and faculty contribution.
Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®). Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education. 2020.
McMahon GT. Changes to the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Continuing Medical Education. JAMA. 2021
Sklar DP, McMahon GT. Trust between teachers and learners. JAMA. 2019;321(22): 2157-2158
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