BMC Medical Education Publishes Special Supplement Edition on Accreditation of Health Professions Education

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In 2012, the International Health Professions Accreditation Outcomes Consortium (IHPAOC) was founded to advance our global understanding of health professions education (HPE) accreditation and create a community of practice across the education and training continuum. IHPAOC members from around the world held two summit meetings and conducted a collaborative process to identify priority topics and build a research agenda, resulting in a special supplement publication in BMC Medical Education, titled “Current themes and challenges facing HPE accreditation in the 21st century.” FAIMER Research Scientist Marta van Zanten is a member of IHPAOC and contributed as a co-author on three of these papers.

The first paper, The role of accreditation in 21st century health professions education: report of an International Consensus Group by Jason R. Frank, Sarah Taber, Marta van Zanten, Fedde Scheele, and Danielle Blouin, examines the purpose of accreditation and return on investment, and defines 10 fundamental and recurring elements of accreditation systems commonly found in HPE.

The second paper, A “fit for purpose” framework for medical education accreditation system design by Sarah Taber, Nesibe Akdemir, Lisa Gorman, Marta van Zanten, and Jason R. Frank, describes the various design elements used in accreditation processes across the education and training continuum.

The third paper, Effective accreditation in postgraduate medical education: from process to outcomes and back by Glen Bandiera, Jason Frank, Fedde Scheele, Jolanta Karpinski, and Ingrid Philibert, argues for an emphasis on outcomes-based accreditation systems.

The fourth paper, Evaluation of continuous quality improvement in accreditation for medical education by Nesibe Akdemir, Linda N. Peterson, Craig M. Campbell, and Fedde Scheele, examines the role of continuous quality improvement and develops a core values framework for accreditation.

The last paper, Responsiveness to societal needs in postgraduate medical education: the role of accreditation by Ingrid Philibert and Danielle Blouin, describes four priorities to enhance the societal responsiveness of HPE, and identifies approaches at the system, institution, program, and individual levels using accreditation as a lever for change.