American Association of Neurological Surgeons Awarded Six-year ACCME Accreditation and Commendation

Released: 27-Mar-2014 1:00 PM EDT
Source Newsroom: American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS)
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Newswise — ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. (March 27, 2014) — The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) has been resurveyed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and awarded accreditation and commendation for six years as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians.

“One of AANS’ primary goals as a provider of exceptional continuing medical education is to continually improve and expand our robust educational programing, addressing both clinical and non-clinical dynamics to all levels of AANS members and allied health-care professionals,” said AANS Executive Director Thomas Marshall. “Earning full accreditation with commendation is an affirmation of our mission to advance the specialty in the promotion of the highest quality of patient care.”

ACCME accreditation seeks to assure the medical community and the public that the AANS provides physicians with relevant, effective, practice-based continuing medical education that that supports U.S. health-care quality improvement.

The ACCME employs a rigorous, multilevel process for evaluating institutions’ continuing medical education (CME) programs according to the high accreditation standards adopted by all seven ACCME member organizations. These organizations of medicine in the U.S. 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 United States, Inc.

“Achieving commendation is extremely gratifying,” said Joni Shulman, AANS Associate Executive Director, Education and Meetings. “We have worked effectively to create processes that meet the needs and close the gaps for our learners and have fulfilled our CME program mission through demonstrated success in advancing ‘physician competence’ with activities built upon evidence-based medicine and supported by adult learning principles. To be recognized for this by our CME colleagues is the highest honor.”

The AANS demonstrated compliance in all criteria and accreditation policies, earning commendation from the ACCME until March 31, 2020, for “demonstrating engagement with your environment in support of physician learning and change that is a part of a system for quality improvement.”

Founded in 1931 as the Harvey Cushing Society, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is a scientific and educational association with more than 8,500 members worldwide. The AANS is dedicated to advancing the specialty of neurological surgery in order to provide the highest quality of neurosurgical care to the public. All active members of the AANS are certified by the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (Neurosurgery) of Canada or the Mexican Council of Neurological Surgery, AC. Neurological surgery is the medical specialty concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of disorders that affect the entire nervous system, including the spinal column, spinal cord, brain and peripheral nerves. For more information, visit www.AANS.org.

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