Accreditation, Statements and Policies

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In July 2016, Rush University was granted Joint Accreditation, which allows us to provide continuing education for members of the health care team in nursing, pharmacy and medicine. Under this accreditation, Rush offers continuing education courses that are fully accredited for profession-specific learning and/or for interprofessional learning..

  • In support of patient care, Rush University Medical Center is accredited by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
  • Rush University is an approved provider for physical therapy (216.000272), occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, social work (159.001203), nutrition, speech-audiology and psychology by the Illinois Department of Professional Regulation.

Course directors for any accredited activity must ensure that the appropriate accreditation statement(s) is (are) included in all promotional materials, advertising and announcements for an activity. If an activity is accredited for more than one licensed discipline, then all appropriate announcements must be listed separately.

Privacy policy

The Office of Interprofessional Continuing Education follows Rush University Medical Center’s Web privacy policy. Respect for the privacy of others is an important component of our institution’s policy and guidelines.

Rush collects only the information necessary to provide registrants with the services they request. When visitors register for activities, we ask for information about their identity to maintain a record of their participation. Registrants may be contacted if there is a problem with the registration (for instance, if there is a duplicate registration for the same activity, or if there is a question about information submitted). Participants may be asked to submit a knowledge test following completion of an online course; this is so that we may provide evaluation and feedback concerning the participant’s understanding of the content. In addition, participants have the opportunity to evaluate activities to help us improve these and future ones using an online form on our site. Completing the form is voluntary, and participants have the option to submit forms without personally identifiable information. Commercial Support: Rush University is responsible for all financial decisions related to any qualified continuing education activity through the office of IPCE. The IPCE office must review and approve all decisions in concert with course leadership regarding the disposition and disbursement of commercial support in accordance with Joint Accreditation criteria.

Commercial Interest organizations providing financial or in-kind support for continuing education may not participate in any component of the planning process of an educational activity, including:

  • Assessment of learning needs
  • Determination of objectives
  • Selection or development of content
  • Selection of planners, presenters, authors and/or content reviewers
  • Selection of teaching/learning strategies
  • Evaluation methods
     

We do not share information about participants with anyone outside Rush without the participant’s explicit consent unless we have a good faith belief that we are required by law to disclose such information. We offer a number of online courses through third-party providers; Rush is not responsible for their privacy policies. It is the participant’s responsibility to learn the privacy and data collection policies of these third-party providers.

Faculty disclosure statement

It is the policy of the Rush University Medical Center Office of Interprofessional Continuing Education to ensure that its activities are independent, free of commercial bias and beyond the control of persons or organizations with an economic interest in influencing the content of those activities. Everyone who is in a position to control the content of an educational activity must disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest (including, but not limited to, pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers or other corporations whose products or services are related to the subject matter of the presentation topic) within the preceding 12 months. If there are relationships that create a conflict of interest, these must be resolved by the course director in consultation with the Office of Interprofessional Continuing Education prior to the participation of the faculty member in the development or presentation of course content.

FDA-approved drug and devices assurance statement

In accordance with requirements of the FDA, the audience is advised that information presented in some continuing education activities may contain references to unlabeled or unapproved uses of drugs or devices. Please refer to the FDA-approved package insert for each drug/device for full prescribing/utilization information.