The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education recently granted a four-year reaccreditation to the Academy, enabling it to continue to offer its many educational courses for CME credit.
"This provides a tremendous opportunity for the orthopaedic community," said Richard H. Gelberman, MD, chairman of the Academy's Council on Education. "Continuing education is the foundation on which the outstanding reputation of orthopaedics has been achieved. It's also a major part of why we are leaders internationally in our field."
The reaccreditation also means that the Academy can continue to joint-sponsor continuing medical education programs with orthopaedic specialty societies.
"Despite increasing constraints in terms of time and finances, there is still pressure on the orthopaedic surgeon to maintain his or her skills and fundamental knowledge base," Dr. Gelberman said. "The opportunity to have accredited educational programs widely spread through state societies, regional and national orthopaedic organizations and through the Academy is one method by which the orthopaedic surgeon can maintain that knowledge and skills level."
The reaccredidation process is a rigorous and ongoing one that involves many Academy members. There is a seven step evaluation process that is carried out with every CME program and an Academy member associated with the Council on Education is appointed to oversee each of the courses endorsed by the Academy.