The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) is pleased to announce the publication of "The Leadership Case for Investing in Continuing Professional Development," by Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, in Academic Medicine. A video accompanies the commentary.
In the commentary, Dr. McMahon calls upon healthcare leaders to recognize the power and capacity of accredited continuing medical education (CME) to address many of the challenges in the healthcare environment, from clinician well-being to national imperatives for better health, better care, and lower costs.
Dr. McMahon offers principles and action steps for aligning leadership and educational strategy and urges institutional leaders to embrace the continuing professional development of their human capital as an organizational responsibility and opportunity — and to view engagement in education as an investment in people.
CME is "an underused and low cost solution that can improve clinical performance, nurture effective collaborative teams, create meaning at work, and reduce burnout," Dr. McMahon writes. To optimize the benefits of education, clinical leaders need to think of CME as a vehicle that can help drive change and achieve institutional goals, in concert with quality improvement efforts, patient safety, and other systems changes.