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American College of Chest Physicians receives Accreditation with Commendation

Glenview, IL — For the second time, the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) has received Accreditation with Commendation from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). This achievement, which was originally awarded to CHEST in 2012 and renewed this year, grants CHEST accreditation through November 2023 and places the organization in the highest tier of all continuing medical education (CME) providers, including some of the nation’s most prestigious medical schools and professional medical societies.

ACCME-accredited providers certify educational activities for AMA PRA (American Medical Association’s Physician’s Recognition Award) Category 1 Credit™, which is used by state licensing boards and boards of medical specialties to relicense physicians and recertify them in their specialty areas. ACCME accreditation demonstrates that the CME provider is offering quality activities and products, which have been planned, implemented and evaluated in accordance with standards. ACCME accreditation also assures the medical community and the public that such activities provide physicians and other health care providers with interventions designed to improve the practice and delivery of medical care.

“It is a true privilege to serve as a member of our outstanding CHEST Education team. We are very proud of our education program and have worked very hard to provide CHEST members and their health care team with state-of-the-art learning opportunities,” said Alexander Niven, MD, FCCP, and current Chair of CHEST’s Education Committee, “ACCME Accreditation with Commendation is an important benchmark of this success, and we look forward to further advancing CHEST’s leadership role in medical education through its simulation, active learning and other innovative educational offerings.”

In achieving accreditation with commendation, CHEST demonstrated:

  • Integration of CME into the process for improving practice
  • Utilization of noneducation strategies, such as the CHEST Foundation’s grant programs and disease awareness campaigns, to enhance change as an adjunct to CHEST’s activities/educational interventions.
  • Identification of factors outside its control that impact patient outcomes
  • Implementation of educational strategies to remove, overcome or address barriers to change
  • Collaboration and cooperation with multiple stakeholders such as The France Foundation, National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) and the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP)
  • Participation within an institutional framework for quality improvement
  • Position to influence the scope and content of its educational interventions


About the American College of Chest Physicians®
CHEST is the global leader in advancing best patient outcomes through innovative chest medicine education, clinical research, and team-based care. Its mission is to champion the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of chest diseases through education, communication, and research. It serves as an essential connection to clinical knowledge and resources for its 19,000 members from around the world who provide patient care in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. For information about the American College of Chest Physicians and its flagship journal CHEST®, visit chestnet.org.