AACE

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, established in 1991, is a medical professional community of clinical endocrinologists committed to enhancing its members’ ability to provide the highest quality of care.  As the country’s largest professional organization of clinical endocrinologists, AACE has more than 6,600 members in 97 countries, who are devoted to providing care for patients with endocrine disorders. All members of AACE are physicians (MD or DO) and a majority is certified by Boards recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties. Members of AACE are recognized clinicians, educators and scientists, many of whom are affiliated with medical schools and universities. Members of AACE contribute on a regular basis to the scientific literature of endocrine diseases and conduct medical education programs on this subject.

AACE Vision

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists is the organization focused on endocrinology, diabetes, and metabolism that is most:

  • Recognized worldwide for its clinical leadership.
  • Valued by clinical endocrinologists and other healthcare professionals
  • Trusted by patients
  • Respected by healthcare decision-makers and the public

AACE Membership

AACE strives to improve the clinical practice of endocrinology, the quality of patient care, and help ensure the success of your practice. Just some of the benefits that AACE members receive include:

  • A variety of cutting-edge educational opportunities with discounted registration
  • Access to leading endocrine publications
  • An active voice in Congress and the AMA House of Delegates
  • Clinical and practice management resources
  • And much more!

Did you know that 3 out of 4 Board Certified Endocrinologists are AACE Members? We represent the "Voice of Clinical Endocrinology ®." Apply online today at www.aace.com and add your voice to ours.

AHP Subscriptions

AACE now offers subscriptions for Allied Health Professionals (AHPs) who are not members of AACE, but would like to participate in a wide range of AACE educational activities and services that they may find useful in fulfilling their ongoing educational and professional needs. Please click here for more information.

CME History

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) CME Program was conceived in 1991 by the AACE Steering Committee, who identified the opportunity to enhance available educational programs in order to specifically meet the needs of practicing clinical endocrinologists. As an organization of physician-only members (MD/DO), the AACE CME Program was created to target practicing clinical endocrinologists with an overarching goal of orchestrating a variety of techniques and discussions of issues pertinent to clinical practice.

AACE is accredited through the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and was initially awarded accreditation on March 18, 1994. The AACE CME Program is currently governed by a CME Accreditation Committee, appointed annually by the AACE President with the approval of the AACE Board of Directors. AACE is dedicated to ensuring that all policies, procedures and mechanisms are in place to remain in compliance with the ACCME and American Medical Association (AMA) accreditation requirements and standards.

CME Mission Statement

Purpose

The purpose of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists’ Continuing Medical Education activities is to enhance efficiency, effectiveness, and quality of health care delivery by developing and providing state of the art educational opportunities for physicians, consistent with the mission, goals, and objectives of AACE.

Goals

AACE is a medical professional community of clinical endocrinologists committed to enhancing its members’ ability to provide the highest quality of care. Consistent with this value, the following overarching CME goals are defined:

  • To offer quality educational programs that will enhance the physician’s competence level in serving as an advocate for the health needs of those with endocrine disorders.
  • To facilitate development of other media for offering CME to ensure that physicians receive, in a timely manner, the latest relevant information regarding current treatment modalities and research for endocrine disorders.
  • To maximize the value of the CME experience for physicians by ensuring that CME activities are appropriate to the needs of the physicians and that educational content meets the accepted standards for scientific integrity.

Content Areas

The scope of AACE’s CME Program includes the promotion of educational activities in both clinical and non-clinical settings, and is based on the needs and interests of the AACE membership and other physicians with an interest in endocrinology. Educational content includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Clinical Practice
  • Practice Management
  • Medical/Legal
  • Coding & Reimbursement
  • Risk Management
  • Technological Skills Competence (certification programs and subsequent updates in specific technology use)
  • Clinical Research

Target Audience

AACE attempts to achieve these goals through diverse educational audiences consisting of regional, national, and international participants, which include:

Primary Audience:

  • Practicing clinical adult and pediatric endocrine physicians and surgeons that comprise the majority of AACE membership

Secondary Audience:

  • Other endocrinologists in a non-clinical setting and other physicians with an interest in endocrinology
  • Allied health professionals who work for or in close affiliation with AACE members

Type of Activities

AACE CME activities utilize a broad scope of traditional CME and personal interaction with AACE member clinicians, academicians, and subject matter experts through the following learning methodologies:

  • Formal lectures and structured educational discussions
  • Annual meeting clinical congress program
  • Live satellite symposia and webinars
  • Interactive case studies and workshops
  • Clinical workshops with direct hands-on participation by attendees
  • Enduring materials (including, but not limited to, printed monographs, journal supplements, and online webcasts)
  • Board review courses (such as the ACE Self-Assessment Program [ASAP] and the AACE/ACE/Cleveland Clinic Intensive Review of Endocrinology and Metabolism)
  • Meet the Expert roundtable discussions

The type of activity selected is designed to assure that the activity’s educational needs and learning objectives are met. Activities provided by AACE may be directly provided, co-provided, or jointly provided with organizations that operate in a manner consistent with our overall CME Mission. Joint providers must agree to develop activities in accordance with AACE’s policies and procedures, as well as those outlined by the ACCME and the AMA.

Expected Results

AACE CME activities are designed to:

  • Enhance the competence level of AACE members through delivering the highest quality of care to patients with endocrine disorders, consequently enhancing the health and lives of patients.
  • Enhance the knowledge of non-endocrinology physicians in the care of patients with endocrine disorders, including diabetes.
  • Improve patient confidence and trust in AACE physicians, knowing that AACE-educated and certified physicians deliver the highest quality of care, and that AACE provides them with the most reliable patient support information.
  • Increase acknowledgment by healthcare decision makers, that AACE has a proven track record of the most well-informed, scientifically accurate, and balanced insight into the appropriate care of patients regarding the prevention and management of endocrine disease; and that AACE has established credible, validated positions on key healthcare issues that are critical to the formation of efficient and cost-effective public health policies.

AACE is committed to assessing the impact of each CME activity through post-activity evaluations, which are used to provide feedback to faculty members and activity planners. AACE assures continuous efficacy of its CME Program through Overall CME Program Evaluations completed by the AACE membership on an annual basis. The results of the Overall CME Program Evaluations are used to pinpoint the needs and interests of the AACE membership and are critical in planning future CME activities.