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SSO Awarded ACCME's Highest Accreditation Status

Author: Kelly Janowski
Apr 01, 2014

ROSEMONT, Ill. — The Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) is pleased to announce the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education® (ACCME) has awarded SSO the designation of Accreditation with Commendation.

Accreditation with Commendation is ACCME’s highest accreditation award status and extends SSO’s reaccreditation period from four to six years. Out of 2,000 accredited providers in the U.S., only 15 percent are granted this distinction. SSO demonstrated compliance across all 19 of ACCME’s accreditation criteria and was recognized as a “learning organization and a change agent for the physicians SSO serves.”

“This recognition emphasizes SSO’s mission of improving patient care by advancing the science and practice of surgical oncology worldwide through its excellent continuing medical education (CME) programs,” said SSO President Ronald J. Weigel, MD, PhD, Professor and Chairman, Department of Surgery, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. “It is a significant achievement in CME and demonstrates the continued growth and success of SSO’s educational initiatives,” Dr. Weigel concluded.

ACCME administers an extensive process for evaluating institutions' CME programs according to the high accreditation standards adopted by all seven ACCME member organizations. These organizations include the American Board of Medical Specialties, American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, Association for Hospital Medical Education, Association of American Medical Colleges, Council of Medical Specialty Societies and Federation of State Medical Boards.

SSO provides a broad range of education opportunities for surgical oncologists, general surgeons and other healthcare professionals at all career levels. Among the programs offered include the SSO Annual Cancer Symposium, Surgical Oncology Self-Assessment Program (SOSAP), MOC Part 2 Online Modules, Annals of Surgical Oncology Journal CME/MOC, Virtual Meeting and more. Visit to learn more about these opportunities.

About the Society of Surgical Oncology
Founded in 1940 as the James Ewing Society, the Society of Surgical Oncology® is the premier organization for surgeons and health care providers dedicated to advancing and promoting the science and treatment of cancer worldwide. The 2,800-member Society's focus on all solid-tumor disease sites is reflected in its Annual Cancer Symposium, monthly scientific journal (“Annals of Surgical Oncology”), educational initiatives, and committee structure.

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