The Association Education Department is led by Diane Bass
, director of education, along with Debbie Norris
, Coordinator of Provider Services and Margaret McGuire
, Coordinator of CME Programs.
The Medical Association of the State of Alabama is recognized by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to accredit intrastate organizations to provide AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
. As such, the Medical Association adopts the ACCME accreditation requirements and the pertinent philosophies and policies of the American Medical Association (AMA).
The Medical Association holds each of its accredited providers to the same standards set forth by the ACCME and AMA. Every four years accredited providers are surveyed by the association's education department to determine compliance with the ACCME's and AMA's policies and procedures. Currently, the Education Department provides oversight and evaluation of 12 providers, all of which are hospitals and healthcare systems located throughout the state.
The education department staff also provide staff assistance for the associations Council on Medical Education. The Council, composed of 12 active members, is responsible for matters concerning post-graduate medical education and the development of state-wide post-graduate education policies and programs to include such matters as the accreditation of intrastate medical education programs. Activities and actions of the council are reported to the associations Board of Censors.
In Addition, the education department jointly provides activities with non-accredited entities to allow the non-accredited organization to plan and present activities for CME credit.
The education department staff are charged with the recruitment and training of volunteer physician surveyors to conduct accreditation and reaccreditation surveys.
Each year numerous educational events are conducted across the state, making them highly accessible to physicians. Collaborative Practice sessions is being presented in collaboration with the Alabama Board of Medical Examiners and the Alabama Board of Nursing. A second series of activities entitled Prescribing and Pharmacology of Controlled Drugs: Critical Issues and Common Pitfalls is scheduled three times each year in conjunction with the Nov Prescribing course, Medical Ethics and Collaborative Practices: Pearls, Pitfalls and Protocols is offered.
Check the CME and Events section of the website often for updates on dates and locations of our educational offerings.