Accredited Continuing Education
The Heart Rhythm Society provides a comprehensive array of educational options to best meet your learning needs. Many of HRS' educational activities provide Accredited Continuing Education (ACE, formerly known as CME).
HRS is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) and is awarded Accreditation as a provider of continuing medical education for physicians.
Accreditation in the ACCME System seeks to assure the medical community and the public that HRS delivers education that is relevant to clinicians' needs, evidence-based, evaluated for its effectiveness, and independent of commercial influence.
HRS supports its members commitment to education through a variety of activities that offer accredited continuing education (ACE) and maintenance of certification (MOC) points.
Accredited Continuing Education (ACE) Mission Statement
The Heart Rhythm Society (HRS) ACE Mission provides a framework for guiding and conducting the organization’s ACE program and its educational activities. The ACE Mission is clearly aligned with the Organizational Strategic Plan.
The Heart Rhythm Society’s core purpose is to improve the health of patients with heart rhythm disorders. The Society is dedicated to enhancing the ability of heart rhythm specialists worldwide by providing rigorous, year‐round learning to physicians, scientists and other healthcare professionals. The goal of the HRS is to expand the ACE program consistent with the highest professional standards by addressing the professional practice gaps of physician learners and by facilitating change in participants’ competence.
The Heart Rhythm Society ACE efforts are primarily focused on the organization’s core members: heart rhythm physician specialists, clinicians and allied health professionals, nationally and internationally, who are dedicated to the study and management of heart rhythm disorders.
The content of the Heart Rhythm Society’s ACE program centers around disturbances of the heart’s rhythm or electrical activation, including the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of bradyarrhythmias, tachyarrhythmias, sudden death, and cardiac dysfunction associated with electrophysiologic abnormalities. Emphasis will be placed on education designed to improve quality of life and survival for patients.
Types of Activities
To accomplish the ACE Mission, the Heart Rhythm Society currently develops the following types of educational activities:
- Educational courses and symposia, including didactic presentations, interactive computer sessions and workshops;
- Enduring materials, including audiotapes, CD‐ROMs/DVDs, and Webcasts.
The expected result of HRS educational activities is that participating physicians enhance their knowledge and competence in the subject area(s) offered.
New Term Introduction
At the end of 2020, the ACCME had introduced new terms to some of the common names and acronyms. The following terms have changed.
- The term accredited continuing education (ACE) will replace continuing medical education (CME). This change is to explicitly differentiate between accredited and nonaccredited education providers and education.
- Ineligible company replaces the term commercial interest. The new term is intended to clarify that eligibility for accreditation is not based on whether an organization is for-profit or nonprofit but is based on its primary mission and function.
These terms will begin to take effect on January 1, 2022.