City of Hope has had an active Continuing Medical Education Program since the 1950s, when the school of Postgraduate Medicine first sponsored extramural conferences. Our first accreditation occurred under the aegis of the California Medical Association in 1978. We continued this statewide accreditation until our expanding national course offerings and reputation evolved into an application for national accreditation in 1997. In July 1999, a two-year provisional accreditation status was awarded through ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education).
In February 2005, our CME Program underwent the ACCME’s rigorous quadrennial reaccreditation review and survey. We were advised by ACCME on July 15, 2005, that we had been Reaccredited with Commendation with Exemplary Compliance demonstrated in six Essential Elements. This designation placed our CME Program in the top 1 to 2 percent of CME program providers in the nation. We were also listed as a “best practices” resource on the ACCME website under their Exemplary Compliance List.
On February 24, 2011, the City of Hope CME Program once again underwent ACCME reaccreditation review. On July 22, 2011, the ACCME apprised us of their decision to award our program its second consecutive Accreditation with Commendation citing compliance in all 22 Criteria and Accreditation Policies and characterizing our CME Program as having "... demonstrated an engagement with your environment in support of physician learning and change that is part of a system of quality improvement."