Founded in 1934, the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) is a not-for-profit, professional association committed to advancing the specialty of rheumatology. Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, this medical society serves over 7,700 physicians, health professionals, and scientists worldwide who work in the medical subspecialty of rheumatology.
The College along with its interprofessional division, the Association of Rheumatology Professionals (ARP) aims to empower the professional rheumatology community by providing education, advocacy, and practice management tools.
The ACR is a unique non-profit organization looking to offer its employees opportunities to exhibit their commitment to accountability, creativity, and initiative. To find out more about the ACR, please visit www.rheumatology.org.
The Rheumatology Research Foundation was founded by the ACR in 1985 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. The ACR and Foundation have a management agreement, whereby the ACR provides the Foundation with a variety of management services, including staffing, access to and use of computer and other equipment and appropriate space at the ACR's Executive Office.
TITLE: Continuing Medical Education and Maintenance of Certification Specialist
DIRECT SUPERVISOR: Director, Content Strategy & Development
POSITION DESCRIPTION SUMMARY:
American College of Rheumatology provides medical educational activities to our members and non-members as it relates to maintenance of CME and MOC certification with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). This position works as a part of our Content Development team within the Education Department to ensure that all ACR Educational activities are compliant with ACCME and ABIM criteria and standards ensuring the ACR continues to maintain accreditation for providing high quality medical education to our members.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
Responsible for working with Director, Content Strategy & Development to ensure understanding ACCME and ABIM policies and conveying that understanding to staff and committees appropriately to ensure compliance / adherence to policies:
Keeping abreast of changes in ACCME and ABIM policies, interpreting accreditation regulations and providing training to all staff and committee members with respect to activity development and implementation to ensure compliance
Maintaining and updating the standard operating procedure, policies templates, forms and materials for the development and implementation of CME/MOC activities to reflect most current policies
Accountable for ensuring final activity reports are completed and reviewed with Director within 90 days post-activity for all ACR Educational Activities (meetings, courses etc. originating from any department in the organization.)
Creating and maintaining list of CME/MOC Activities, credit hours for attendees/participants of activities and CME/MOC files for all activities
Provide input to Data/Analytics and Program Management for learner evaluations, pre and post-tests in efforts to ensure compliance with ACCME and ABIM guidance and ACR practices and policies
Work with Corporate Support and Program Managers to ensure all procedures relating to corporate support for Education Department activities comply with ACCME/MOC criteria and standards
Using needs assessment information from program planning process, write grant applications and/or provide direction to medical writers to write grant applications for Education Department activities that position ACR to generate grant revenue in alignment with program goals
Submit grant applications to Corporate Support in accordance with agreed upon timelines and following ACCME and ABIM criteria and standards as well as ACR guidelines/procedures
Maintain educational grant activity files for all Education Department educational activities
Assist with the development, implementation and administration of CPD online educational activities including ACR’s self-assessment programs by ensuring that ACCME and ABIM criteria and standards are followed and fully documented through the application process for each CPD CME/MOC activity.
Administer policies and procedures related to the ACCME Essential Areas and Elements and Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education & ABIM e.g., disclosure collection, analysis and conflict of interest resolution management and documentation. Duties include but are not limited to:
Coordinate and Manage the CME Subcommittee and Review Processes for Disclosures and Presentations for adherence to ACCME and ABIM criteria and standards partnering with the Delivery team and project management on timing relative to overall activity schedule
Directly responsible for COE disclosure collection and reviews
Management of needs assessments and activity files as follows:
Own creation and management of needs assessments for Education Department activities through entire lifecycle starting with activity planning. Responsibility includes ensuring solid understanding of Moore's 7 Levels for outcomes
Provide guidance/guidelines to Business Owners outside Education Department for development of needs assessments for their activities.
Provide counsel to planning committees and staff regarding the planning process, development, and evaluation of CME activities including but not limited to:
Ensuring that the educational needs are linked to the objectives, content, and outcomes; ensuring that appropriate evaluation tools are developed during the planning process
Ensuring all CME activities are consistent with the expressed needs of the target audience(s) as prescribed in the mission statement and identified by needs assessment sources
Maintain CME/MOC activity files for all educational activities.
Determines CME/MOC credit amounts for educational activities to award single profession (e.g. physicians) and/or interprofessional continuing education credit (IPCE) to other healthcare providers (e.g. nurses, pharmacists, PA's, etc.) and submits/obtains separate accreditations and or Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education when needed.
Business owner for evaluating program content and determining amount of CME/MOC credits are applicable for activities and their audiences
Sets up records/activities in PARS and works with Learning Platform Admin to ensure appropriate records are setup in various systems and tested to enable proper credit claiming.
Produce applications as needed for accreditations and or Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education
Responsible for reporting related to CME/MOC including but not limited to:
Developing the ACR’s Self Study Report, Performance-in-Practice Review, and the Accreditation Interview under the direction of Director, Content Strategy & Development
Prepare records for annual ACCME Pars and ABIM reporting
Compiling and developing annual reports on the CME/MOC program with analysis of program’s outcomes and accomplishments"
Attend COE Meetings and record meeting minutes accurately and in approved format. Publish to Education Leadership for within two weeks of meeting to ensure time for review and edits before publishing within 30 days of meeting.
Five (5) years’ experience working with the CME and MOC process required
BS/BA in related discipline or equivalent, related experience; certification preferred
Comprehensive knowledge of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Accreditation Criteria, including the Standards for Commercial Support; the American Medical Association (AMA) Physician’s Recognition Award and Credit System for Continuing Medical Education (CME); and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program required
Excellent interpersonal skills with demonstrated ability to work with multi-level staff, volunteers, members, and vendors tactfully and efficiently
Clear oral and written communication including experience communicating with internal and external teams that may involve project coordination, information sharing and resolution of problems
Project management skills with the ability to balance multiple priorities and meet deadlines
Detailed-oriented and a self-starter with the ability to work independently, effectively organize and exercise judgment in prioritizing responsibilities
Extensive experience with Microsoft Office programs is essential, including Excel, Internet Explorer, PowerPoint, Outlook, Word and online databases. Experience in Google Chrome, Safari, Firefox, and JIRA or other ticketing software is preferred.
Internal Number: 139
About American College of Rheumatology
The American College of Rheumatology's mission is advancing rheumatology. The organization is for physicians, health professionals, and scientists that meet the mission through programs of education, research, advocacy and practice support.The ACR provides professional education for its members through several venues. The Annual Scientific Meeting, held each fall, is the premier scientific meeting devoted to the rheumatic diseases. This meeting draws thousands of rheumatologists and arthritis health professionals from around the world. A winter rheumatology symposium, spring clinical meetings, and other topical conferences round out the ACR's educational offerings.