Advancing Continuing Education

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Harvard Medical School gets the highest accreditation nod for continuing interprofessional education.

Harvard Medical School has received Accreditation with Commendation, the highest designation awarded by the Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™, ensuring quality accredited continuing education for health care providers and for the work it has done to promote high-quality, interprofessional education.

Through Joint Accreditation, HMS can offer credits for pharmacists, physician assistants, psychologists, social workers, dentists and dieticians to participate in continuing education activities, in addition to the CE credit courses that it offers for physicians and nurses.

“We are proud of this achievement. Non-physicians already make up a significant percentage of our learner community,” said Ajay Singh, senior associate dean for postgraduate medical education, who was delighted with the honor. “Joint Accreditation with Commendation will create more opportunities for clinicians to benefit from Harvard Medical School’s best-in-class continuing education.”

An overarching goal of Joint Accreditation is to help enable participants from different health professions to learn from and together with each other.

“Today’s complex health care issues require team-based approaches,” said Sugantha Sundar, faculty director, Continuing Education and Accreditation at HMS and anesthesiologist at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, an HMS-affiliated hospital. “HMS is playing a key role in advancing patient care through educational activities that foster collaboration among clinicians.”

“One thing that COVID-19 taught us is we do not work in silos, so we should not be learning in silos,” Kimberly Whalen, nursing accredited provider program director added. “I am thrilled to be involved in the curriculum development to provide the perspective of nursing professionals that will strengthen the diversity and depth of knowledge of all clinicians.”

HMS offers an extensive catalog of continuing education activities that serve the diverse educational needs of health care providers.

These offerings promote quality improvement in clinical practice and health care and medical research. HMS accredits many of the continuing education activities that are offered by the school’s 15 clinical and research affiliates.

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