Newswise — NORTHFIELD, ILL. — The College of American Pathologists was resurveyed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and awarded Accreditation with Commendation for six years as a provider of continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. The prestigious designation means that the CAP has exceeded standards set for accreditation.

“Education is the cornerstone of CAP offerings,” said CAP President Gene N. Herbek, MD, FCAP. “We are proud of the ACCME’s recognition as a premier CME provider for pathology education to help equip pathologists for current and emerging roles in health care leading to better care for patients.”

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

Accreditation with commendation is awarded to providers that demonstrate compliance with all criteria and accreditation policies. The CAP was specifically commended for demonstrating support of physician learning and change that is a part of a system for quality improvement. The re-accreditation marks the second consecutive cycle that the CAP has received the six-year accreditation term—the longest term that the ACCME offers.

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.

About the College of American PathologistsAs the leading organization with more than 18,000 board-certified pathologists, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) serves patients, pathologists, and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide. The CAP’s Laboratory Improvement Programs, initiated 65 years ago, currently has customers in more than 100 countries, accrediting 7,600 laboratories and providing proficiency testing to 20,000 laboratories worldwide.

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