Founded in 1976, the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) gives its members the opportunity to network with other CME/CPD professionals active in CME research and to translate that research into practice. A unique blend of U.S., Canadian, and international membership allows for collaboration and sharing of best practices. SACME has a long tradition of being a champion of issues of importance to those in academic medical environments. SACME membership is open to individuals from medical schools, or faculties of medicine, accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), and to those at academic medical centers, medical specialty societies, teaching hospitals, schools of public health, schools of education, government agencies and other organizations whose research and any other educational objectives and activities are consistent with the mission of the society. This includes, but is not limited to, CME/CPD deans and/or directors, program managers, coordinators, and education researchers.
The Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME), founded in 1956, is a national, non-profit professional organization involved in the continuum of hospital-based medical education. AHME’s members represent several hundred teaching hospitals, academic medical centers, and consortia which are involved in the delivery of undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education. The mission of AHME is to: promote improvement in medical education to meet health care needs; serve as a forum and resource for medical education information; develop professionals in the field of medical education; and advocate the value of medical education in health care.
The Alliance is an international membership community of 2, 200 professionals dedicated to accelerating excellence in health care performance through quality education, innovation, advocacy, and collaboration. Founded in 1975, the Alliance is the recognized leader and trusted partner striving to close gaps in health care delivery by translating the best science and knowledge into effective professional development. Alliance constituents and stakeholders include the broadest universe of medical and health care professions, including physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, technologists, and technicians, among others. Members also include representatives from academic medical colleges, hospitals and health systems, medical specialty societies, medical education companies, government entities, and pharmaceutical and device companies.
University of California CME Consortium (UCCME)
The UCCME Consortium was formed in 2000. Its members include the CME Deans and Directors of the five UC Medical Schools (Davis, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego). Each of the five schools is ACCME-accredited with Accreditation with Commendation. UCCME Consortium leaders are also active members of SACME and ACEhp and hold positions on committees and workgroups in both organizations.
In addition to coordinated and innovative CPD projects among the five medical schools, the Consortium also meets regularly with leadership of the Health Sciences and Services Division of the University of
California, Office of the President. These meetings allow UCCME to intensively discuss high-level state initiatives and receive updates on system-wide and state-wide medical education needs. This collaboration also allows UCCME programs to work on state-wide legislation with important implications for medical licensing and quality of care.
The UCCME vision is “to work together to provide continuing medical education that impacts the health and education of the people of California and provide innovative medical education programs nationally and internationally.”