PROFESSIONAL AND CONTINUING EDUCATION OFFICE RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITION FOR PROGRAM EXCELLENCE

March 24, 2005

The Office of Professional and Continuing Education at the University of North Texas Health Science Center was awarded accreditation with commendation last week, putting the program in the top five percent of all providers of continuing medical education in the United State.

â??This latest award underscores PACEâ??s commitment to planning, implementing and evaluating effective CME activities,â? said Pam McFadden, associate vice president of PACE. â??It also reassures physicians and the public that our activities meet the highest standards of quality, as outlined by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.â?

Earlier in the month, the program had received a perfect score during its reaccreditation by the American Osteopathic Association, the national professional organization for osteopathic physicians. The health science centerâ??s program is one of only seven continuing medical education providers nationwide that is accredited by both the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and the American Osteopathic Association.

â??Weâ??re not sure how many of the other six dually-accredited providers have achieved Accreditation with Commendation, but we are trying to find out,â? McFadden said. â??That information will help us as we seek to build educational partnerships to help us meet our mission and commitment to assessment data, activity evaluation and overall continuing medical education program evaluation. all of the nationâ??s physicians.â?

During the accreditation, PACE received exemplary compliance in three parts of Essential Area 2, Educational Planning and Evaluation. PACE was recognized as exemplary for its use of needs According to the Accreditation Council, about 35 percent of providers receive exemplary compliance in the needs assessment element and fewer than 10 percent are rated exemplary for activity or program evaluation.

The Office of Professional and Continuing Education at the health science center is one of the largest academic continuing education programs in the United States, registering more than 18,000 healthcare professionals each year. Participants can choose from more than 600 activities in 43 states. The program conducts a variety of activities, including live conferences, production and distribution of CDs, DVDs, online, print and nontraditional educational materials.

For more information about PACE, contact Pam McFadden via e-mail at mcfadden@hsc.unt.edu or by phone at 817-735-2581.

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Contact: Kay Colley 817-735-2553, cell 817-980-5090, e-mail kacolley@hsc.unt.edu.

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