SSO Awarded ACCME’S Highest Accreditation Status


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Ronald J. Weigel, MD, PhD, MBA

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education® (ACCME) recently awarded the Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) the designation of Accreditation with Commendation.

Accreditation with Commendation is ACCME’s highest accreditation award status and extends SSO’s reaccreditation period from 4 to 6 years. Out of 2,000 accredited providers in the United States, only 15% are granted this distinction. SSO demonstrated compliance across all 19 of ACCME’s accreditation criteria and was recognized as a “learning organization and a change agent for the physicians SSO serves.”

SSO’s Mission

“This recognition emphasizes SSO’s mission of improving patient care by advancing the science and practice of surgical oncology worldwide through its excellent continuing medical education (CME) programs,” said SSO President Ronald J. Weigel, MD, PhD, MBA, Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. “It is a significant achievement in CME and demonstrates the continued growth and success of SSO’s educational initiatives,” Dr. Weigel concluded.

ACCME administers an extensive process for evaluating institutions’ CME programs according to the high accreditation standards adopted by all seven ACCME member organizations. These organizations include the American Board of Medical Specialties, American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, Association for Hospital Medical Education, Association of American Medical Colleges, Council of Medical Specialty Societies, and Federation of State Medical Boards.

SSO provides a broad range of education opportunities for surgical oncologists, general surgeons, and other health-care professionals at all career levels. Among the programs offered include the SSO Annual Cancer Symposium, Surgical Oncology Self-Assessment Program (SOSAP), Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Part 2 Online Modules, Annals of Surgical Oncology journal CME/MOC, Virtual Meeting, and more. Visit surgonc.org to learn more about these opportunities.

About the Society of Surgical Oncology

Founded in 1940 as the James Ewing Society, the Society of Surgical Oncology® is the premier organization for surgeons and health-care providers dedicated to advancing and promoting the science and treatment of cancer worldwide. The 2,800-member Society’s focus on all solid-tumor disease sites is reflected in its Annual Cancer Symposium, monthly scientific journal (Annals of Surgical Oncology), educational initiatives, and committee structure. ■


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