Bethesda, Md.— The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) has earned Accreditation With Commendation, the highest level of accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), for its program providing medical education for physicians.
ASHP was awarded Accreditation with Commendation in recognition of the high quality of its program after a rigorous accreditation process, an accreditation level earned by only 16 percent of applicants. In its decision letter, ACCME applauded ASHP as “a learning organization and change agent for physicians” which has “demonstrated an engagement with [its] environment in support of physician learning and change that is part of a system for quality improvement.”
ASHP’s CME program focuses on educating physicians about medication therapy and medication safety, focusing on timely issues and topics where identified practice gaps and their underlying educational needs exist. ASHP began developing and providing a number of continuing medical education (CME) activities in 1998 because of the organization’s recognition of the importance of interdisciplinary education, working in joint sponsorship with ACCME-accredited providers. ASHP received provisional accreditation from ACCME in 2006 and full accreditation in 2008.
“Earning Accreditation with Commendation from ACCME is an important endorsement of the high quality of education ASHP provides physicians,” said Paul W. Abramowitz, Pharm. D., FASHP, chief executive officer and EVP of ASHP.
ASHP also has a robust education program for pharmacists, accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, including education at its national and regional meetings, webinars, and other programs.
For more than 60 years, ASHP has helped pharmacists who practice in hospitals and health systems improve medication use and enhance patient safety. The Society's 35,000 members include pharmacists and pharmacy technicians who practice in inpatient, outpatient, home-care, and long-term-care settings, as well as pharmacy students. For more information about the wide array of ASHP activities and the many ways in which pharmacists help people make the best use of medicines, visit ASHP's website, www.ashp.org, or its consumer website, www.SafeMedication.com.