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The mission of the Coalition is to advance health care and promote professional accountability by improving the quality, efficiency, and continuity of the education, training, and assessment of physicians. 

Who we are
The Coalition's members are the national organizations responsible for the oversight, education and assessment of medical students and physicians throughout their medical careers.
Why we meet
  1. To respond fully to evolving profession's accountability to the public and societal expectations for the profession.
  2. To improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and accountability of the system for preparing physicians for their careers in medicine and supporting their ongoing professional development;
  3. To strengthen our system of professional self-regulation through continuous improvement in medical education, assessment, and practice.
What we do
The Coalition convenes its members twice yearly to analyze critical issues related to the regulation of physician education and practice and to develop consensus on actions to address them.
How we got here
The Coalition had its charter meeting in 2011, but the member organizations have been meeting since 2005 with a common commitment to improving physician education, assessment, and professional development.
How the Coalition is funded
Participating organizations make annual financial contributions to support a management staff, convene meetings, and communicate the results of the Coalition's deliberations.
History
The Coalition for Physician Accountability is a membership organization that convenes on a regular basis to engage in discussion and collaboration on matters of common relevance to improve the quality of healthcare.

The Coalition began in 2009 after the last Physician Accountability for Physician Competence Summit which was sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the participating members, with staff support contributed by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB). In 2010, the Coalition was reorganized into its current structure. The current membership consists of senior leadership and governance representatives from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), AACOM (American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine), American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), American Medical Association (AMA), American Osteopathic Association (AOA), Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®), Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB), Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME), National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®), and the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners (NBOME). In addition, the Joint Commission and the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) serve as liaison members. The Coalition also appoints public members to its membership to ensure adequate representation of the public voice in the deliberations of the Coalition.
Membership is limited to those organizations that are national in scope and which have direct responsibility for assessment, accreditation, licensure, and certification along the continuum of medical education and practice. Members must pay annual dues to participate in the organization, and an annual budget is developed in order to determine the amount of dues for each organizations. These funds are used in part to fund a .20 full-time-equivalent level staff person. 
The Coalition’s charter meeting was convened on August 16, 2011, and hosted by AAMC in Washington, D.C. During this meeting the membership discussed various administrative details of the organization but also considered substantive issues such as physician workforce projections and advancement of health information technology (HIT). One outcome of the meeting was the development of a consensus letter, signed by the majority of the Coalition membership, that was sent to the members of the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, a committee of the U.S. Congress. This letter expressed concern about the potential reduction of Medicare’s graduate medical education (GME) funding as a part of a larger, long-term deficit reduction package. It urged the committee members to maintain Medicare’s support for GME to avoid any compromise of the nation’s health professional workforce.
Since the charter meeting, the Coalition has met twice yearly to analyze critical issues related to the regulation of physician education and practice, and to develop consensus on actions to address them. As an example, the Coalition had a conversation about HIT with a senior representative of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology in August 2013. The discussion focused on how the Coalition might help advise the Office about standards and educational objectives for medical educators implementing EHR in their curricula. The Coalition previously endorsed a letter to the National Coordinator outlining the commitment of Coalition members to promoting the use of HIT. The members have also endorsed, in principle, a draft consensus statement on maintaining professional competence and the core competencies for the practice of medicine. This document is being finalized for broader distribution in 2013. 
The Coalition’s membership is committed to identifying opportunities to enhance communication and coordination along the continuum of medical education, training and practice. Through the collective efforts of the Coalition, the membership will continue to seek to advance the quality and safety of patient care by providing a forum for dialogue among its membership about ways to enhance physician accountability in education and practice.