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UC Irvine School of Medicine earns highest CME accreditation

Medical Education building at night at UC Irvine School of Medicine in Irvine, California.Irvine, Calif., Dec. 7, 2017 — The UC Irvine School of Medicine has earned an Accreditation with Commendation from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. It is the council’s highest level of accreditation.

The award follows an arduous 21-month process that included a conference in Chicago for compliance examination, a comprehensive 190-page self-study report of UC Irvine’s continuing medical education program, an audit of 15 performance-in-practice files of selected activities, an accreditation survey interview and the submission of supplementary evidence files.

The reaccreditation process is a requirement for institutions to maintain their status as ACCME-accredited providers of Continuing Medical Education to physicians.

"The entire UCI School of Medicine deeply appreciates the efforts of Executive Director Ellen Seaback and her team in the Office of Continuing Medical Education," said Dean Michael J. Stamos, MD. "Their outstanding work during this process exemplifies our organization’s ARIISE values."

Commendation is the accrediting council's designation for recognizing and celebrating organizations that excel as continuing medical education providers who improve the practice of healthcare professionals. Less than 40 percent of accredited CME providers achieve this exemplary level.

The medical school's Office of Continuing Medical Education works with the senior associate dean for medical education and the Continuing Medical Education Committee of the UC Irvine Faculty Senate to fulfill its mission and to ensure that its educational activities are in full compliance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

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About the UC Irvine School of Medicine: Ranked as one of the top 50 U.S. medical schools for research by U.S. News & World Report, the School of Medicine is dedicated to advancing medical knowledge and clinical practice through scholarly research, nurturing and training the physicians of tomorrow and providing high-quality patient care. Each year, the school educates more than 400 medical students and trains more than 600 residents and fellows at UC Irvine Medical Center and affiliated institutions. The school’s 560 full-time and 1,300 volunteer faculty members are involved in teaching, providing medical care and conducting research into 21st century health challenges. The school has 26 departments, ranging from basic science research to clinical and surgical specialties. It has research, clinical and teaching relationships with the VA Long Beach Healthcare System and Long Beach Memorial Medical Center.

About the University of California, Irvine: UC Irvine, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary, is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, the university has more than 30,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $4.8 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UC Irvine, visit