March 31, 2014  

Charles R. Drew University Receives Accreditation with Commendation by the Accrediting Council for Continuing Medical Education

Accreditation Extended to November 30, 2019 Based Upon Demonstrated Support of Physician Learning

Los Angeles, CA – Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) today announced that the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) awarded Accreditation with Commendation to the University’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) program.  As a result, the University’s renewed ACCME accreditation period has been extended from four years to a total of six years and runs through November 30, 2019.

“This award is a tremendous honor, and this distinction exemplifies Charles R. Drew University’s commitment to quality and CME excellence, specifically, the work of our faculty, our CME Committee, our administration, our staff and CME partners,” said Interim Dean of the College of Medicine Daphne Calmes, MD.  “We have built a CME program that serves our physicians and the healthcare team, providing them with tools with which to address high-impact healthcare disparities among patient populations.  Our CME program is a change-agent for physician practice improvement and our education is focused on addressing healthcare quality issues tied to patient care.”

Only 21% of ACCME-accredited organizations have achieved Accreditation with Commendation.  To be awarded accreditation at this level, the ACCME must find a provider to be in compliance with all accreditation criteria, including the six commendation criteria that demonstrate a provider’s commitment to engaging with the larger healthcare environment.  According to ACCME review, Charles R. Drew University has “demonstrated an engagement with your environment in support of physician learning and change that is part of a system for quality improvement.”

CDU’s Continuing Medical Education in the College of Medicine provides excellent continuing medical education that will enhance the ability of faculty physicians and community physicians to provide patient care. The overarching goal is to improve physician competence and performance, to ultimately, improve patient care within underserved populations. For more information, visit


For more information, please contact:

Jessica Gelzer
323-892-2080 OR 818-399-4088




About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, minority-serving medical and health sciences institution. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,500 post-graduate physicians, more than 2,000 physician assistants and hundreds of other health professionals. The only dually designated Historically Black Graduate Institution and Hispanic Serving Health Professions School in the U.S., CDU is recognized as a leader in translational and health inequities research, specifically with respect to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, mental health, and HIV/AIDS. Recently, the CDU/UCLA medical program was named the best performaer in the University of California System with respect to producing outstanding underrepresented minority physicians by the Greenlining Institute. For more information, visit


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