January 8, 2016                                                                                                          

New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians Receives Provisional ACCME Accreditation as a New Provider of Continuing Medical Education

Trenton, NJ —The New Jersey Academy of Family Physicians (NJAFP), the largest primary care medical specialty society in the state, has recently received its provisional accreditation as a provider of continuing medical education by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). ACCME accreditation means that the NJAFP can now certify educational activities for category 1 credit of the American Medical Association’s Physician’s Recognition Award (“AMA/PRA”). The AMA/PRA is utilized by state licensing boards and boards of medical specialties to re-license physicians and re-certify them in their areas of specialty.  

According to National Continuing Medical Education Advisor, Steve Passin, president of Steve Passin & Associates, “NJAFP’s entry into the ranks of accredited organizations in the United States places them among those medical educators in the country and have demonstrated their skill levels in developing the highest levels of educational activities consistent with identified needs of the physician population and the primary care physician community specifically.” 

ACCME accreditation seeks to assure both physicians and the public that continuing medical education activities provided by the NJAFP meet the high standards of the Essentials Areas and Criteria for Accreditation of the ACCME. The ACCME rigorously evaluates the overall continuing medical education programs of institutions according to standards adopted by all seven sponsoring organizations of the ACCME: 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. The NJAFP is pleased to be part of a group of organizations in the United States, including major medical schools, medical societies, hospitals and other medical education organizations that have been awarded this accreditation status.

In announcing this achievement to his staff, Raymond J. Saputelli, executive vice president, NJAFP, said, “This acknowledgement of the Academy’s performance in practice demonstrates the meaning of our association’s motto, ‘Advancing the cause of family physicians and their patients for more than 65 years.’” 

All of the NJAFP’s educational initiatives pass a rigorous peer review process under the aegis of the CME Program Team headed by Deputy Executive Vice President Theresa Barrett, PhD. For additional information about education products and services for family physicians and other primary care professionals available through the NJAFP, please contact Dr. Barrett at (609) 394-1711