Education & Training

About AAAP’s CME Program

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry Awarded Accreditation with Commendation

EAST PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island—American Academy of
Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) has been surveyed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and awarded Accreditation with Commendation for six years as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians. This achievement grants AAAP accreditation through March 2022 and places the institution in the highest tier of all continuing medical education providers.

ACCME 628_AC_Logo_White_Background_20120628accreditation seeks to assure the medical community and the public that AAAP provides physicians with relevant, effective, practice-based continuing medical education that that supports U.S. healthcare quality improvement.

The ACCME employs a rigorous, multilevel process for evaluating institutions’ continuing medical education programs according to the high accreditation standards adopted by all ACCME member organizations: the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies, and the Federation of State Medical Boards of the US, Inc.

“We commend AAAP for meeting the ACCME’s accreditation requirements and for demonstrating that it is a learning organization and a change agent for the physicians and patients it serves,” said Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO, ACCME. “The Academy has demonstrated that it engages in collaborative relationships with other stakeholders in the healthcare system to support quality improvement. We thank the staff and volunteers in the CME program for the work they do to make a difference and improve the health of their community.”

American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) is the professional membership organization for learning and sharing the art and science of Addiction Psychiatry research and clinical treatment.

Purpose: The mission of the Continuing Medical Education (CME)/Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Program of American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (AAAP) is to advance the competence of physicians, enhance their practice performance and promote patient safety enabling them to offer the highest standards of care to patients who have substance abuse disorders and related conditions. When possible, improved patient outcomes in the population served by the providers educated will be documented and analyzed.

Target Audience: The primary target audience for the CME/CPD Program of AAAP consists of addiction psychiatrists who treat patients with illnesses and disorders related to the abuse and misuse of substances, both licit and illicit and those with mental health disorders. A secondary target audience for the CME/CPD Program consists of physicians and other healthcare professionals who treat such patients.

Content Areas: The contentof AAAP CME/CPD activities consists of the topics from the core competency outline for addiction psychiatry as developed by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and other topics, such as the current epidemiology of substance abuse, as documented by statistical literature and validated as professional learning gaps by the CME/CPD Committee of AAAP.

Types of Activities and Services Provided: The educational design, instructional method and learning format for each CME activity is chosen by AAAP CME/CPD Committee to best serve the educational needs of the audience and learning objectives of the planned educational activity. AAAP will provide live activities such as annual meetings and webinars, and will offer enduring materials in the form of CD-ROMs, printed materials, web-based training and online education. Other types of activities will be considered as needed.

Expected Results of the CME Program: The direct result of the CME/CPD Program of AAAP will be the advanced competence and enhanced practice performance of learners, defined as increased knowledge and skills, and the application of those knowledge and skills in clinical settings for improved patient outcomes.