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Accreditors Co-host Getting Started with Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™ Workshop

July 08, 2015

Joint Accreditation Workshop Introduces Basics of IPCE

Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education hosted an introductory workshop in May at the offices of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) in Chicago. There were 50 participants from 28 organizations in attendance. The workshop explained the basics and benefits of Joint Accreditation and answered questions about the Joint Accreditation process. It was designed for organizations in the initial stages of the application process as well as organizations that are considering applying for Joint Accreditation. Organizations that are already jointly accredited were also welcome to attend to review the process and interact with their colleagues. During the workshop, participants heard from leadership from the three collaborating accreditors that created Joint Accreditation, as well as from jointly accredited providers who shared their experiences.

Participant Feedback

When surveyed on what they found most valuable about the workshop, participants commented:

  • “The opportunity to learn from the group discussion and the experiences of others who were either further along in the process or at the same place.”
  • “Hearing how IPCE is such a strong component of the Joint Accreditation process.”
  • “I think the perspective of the [jointly accredited provider] was very valuable because it gave an idea of how the actual accreditation works.”
  • “Sharing of examples from other providers and hearing directly from the respective accrediting bodies.”

Joint Accreditation offers organizations the opportunity to be simultaneously accredited to offer interprofessional continuing education (IPCE) activities planned by the team for the team, as well as provide individual medicine, pharmacy, and nursing continuing education activities. Joint Accreditation includes a single, unified application process, fee structure, and set of accreditation standards. Joint Accreditation is a collaboration of the ACCME, the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).  Joint Accreditation 101, a free webinar, explains the application requirements and the process for achieving joint accreditation.