DMU receives Iowa Medical Society stamp of approval for continuing education

Des Moines University’s Continuing Medical Education received a six-year accreditation with commendation from the Iowa Medical Society (IMS), the highest stamp of approval from the organization.

CME has been certifying educational activities for Category 1 Credit of the American Medical Association’s Physician’s Recognition Award (AMA/PRA) since April 2013, under a two-year provisional accreditation with the IMS, a member of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). Accreditation is intended to assure the medical community and the public that DMU provides physicians with relevant, effective, practice-based continuing medical education that supports U.S. health care quality improvement. The AMA/PRA is utilized by state licensing boards and boards of medical specialties to re-license physicians and re-certify them in their areas of specialty.

After the IMS committee’s review of DMU’s self-study report and a reaccreditation interview on February 6, the surveyors concluded the University “has embraced all areas of CME and positioned their program as an asset for the institution and community.”

Vanessa Ross, M.H.A.’15, CMP, CHCP, director of CME at DMU, says accreditation validates the University’s commitment to support the lifelong clinical, research and professional development needs of its stakeholders.

“For DMU CME to go from a two-year provisional accreditation to a six-year accreditation with commendation is quite the accomplishment,” she says. “This accreditation places DMU among the top tier of CME providers, including some of the nation’s most prestigious medical schools. Health care providers who participate in DMU CME activities can be confident they will benefit professionally, as will their patients and organizations.”

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