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Accreditation with Commendation Awarded to the American College of Chest Physicians

Glenview, IL– The American College of Chest Physicians® (CHEST) has received accreditation with commendation from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and reaccreditation from the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH).

This achievement grants CHEST reaccreditation through November 2029 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.

“Receiving reaccreditation with commendation from the ACCME is a real testament to the education team at CHEST including both internal staff and our leaders and faculty who lend their time and expertise to create the quality education we are able to provide,” says Robert Musacchio, PhD, CEO of the American College of Chest Physicians. “Reaccreditation including the additional accolade of commendation encourages our organization to continue doing what we do best – creating clinically relevant learning opportunities to improve patient care and outcomes.”

Notable courses and programs contributing to the accreditation with commendation and reaccreditation included:

  • Interprofessional team activities like the difficult airway management simulation course designed to address the healthcare team’s clinical competence and performance in addressing difficult airway cases in patient care. Like many CHEST courses, Difficult Airway Management includes team-based scenarios that incorporate every member of the care team.
  • Activities designed to optimize technical and procedural skills of learners like CHEST live-learning course Ultrasonography: Essentials in Critical Care which addresses clinical competence and performance in using critical care ultrasonography in patient care. In this hands-on activity, learners are evaluated on their technical and procedural skills at the beginning and end of the course in a one-on-one standardized assessment by a faculty member to help learners identify and address gaps in learning during the activity.
  • The Bridging Specialties™: Timely Diagnosis for ILD Clinician Toolkit which includes resources and education utilizing the strengths of both primary care clinicians and pulmonary experts designed to help identify interstitial lung diseases (ILD) in their patients. The toolkit consists of an ILD patient questionnaire, e-learning modules, an interactive patient story, and radiology education videos.
  • Activities designed to optimize the communications skills of learners including the First 5 Minutes® initiative which addresses communications skills during the patient encounter focusing on techniques for opening the conversation, exploration of the patient story, named emotions, and responding with empathy. The communication skills of learners are evaluated in role-play scenarios and are taught to build skills throughout the course while aided by faculty observations and formative feedback in a checklist evaluation form.

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About the American College of Chest Physicians
The American College of Chest Physicians® (CHEST) is the global leader in preventing, diagnosing, and treating chest diseases. Its mission is to champion advanced clinical practice, education, communication, and research in chest medicine. It serves as an essential connection to clinical knowledge and resources for its 22,000+ members worldwide who provide patient care in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. For information about the American College of Chest Physicians and its journal CHEST® portfolio, visit