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To promote the goal of higher standards and better care, ABMS partners with other organizations, which are not Member Boards, but who share a like focus on improving the quality of medical education and the physician accreditation process. Read on to find out more about all our Associate Members.

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) >
ACCME sets and administers standards and criteria for providers of quality Continuing Medical Education (CME) for physicians and related professions. It has the responsibility for accrediting institutions and organizations offering CME and developing standards by which state medical societies will accredit local institutions and organizations.

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) >
ACGME is responsible for the accreditation of post-MD medical training programs in the United States. Accreditation is accomplished through Residency Review Committees (RRCs) which process the actual accreditation of residency programs. The ACGME approves the standards and deals with appeals and administrative issues.

American Hospital Association (AHA) >
AHA is the national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, healthcare networks and their patients and communities. Through its representation and advocacy activities, AHA ensures that members' perspectives and needs are heard and addressed in national health policy development, legislative and regulatory debate, and judicial matters. AHA provides education for healthcare leaders and is a source of information on healthcare issues and trends.

American Medical Association (AMA) >
As the nation's largest physician group, AMA advocates on the issues vital to the nation's health and healthcare system.

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) >
AAMC is a non-profit association of medical schools, teaching hospitals and academic societies. The AAMC seeks to improve the nation's health by enhancing the effectiveness of academic medicine.

Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) >
CMSS serves to represent the views of specialist physicians in influencing policy, medical education and accreditation from a broad, cross-specialty perspective. Its membership is primarily comprised of United States medical specialty societies that represent diplomates certified by an ABMS Member Board.

Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) >
ECFMG assesses the readiness of international medical graduates to enter accredited residency or fellowship programs in the United States through a program of certification.

Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) >
The FSMB serves as the national voluntary association of all United States licensing and disciplinary boards. The FSMB promotes the adoption, maintenance and advancement of effective and uniform standards for licensure and discipline in medicine and the healing arts.

National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) >
The central mission of the NBME is to prepare and administer qualifying examinations, either independently or jointly with other organizations, of such high quality that legal agencies governing the practice of medicine within each state may in their discretion grant a license without further examination for those who have successfully completed such examinations.