Clinical and Patient Educators Association, a not-for-profit organization under Section 501(c) 3 of the Internal Revenue Code, was founded in 2010 for the purpose of developing quality, innovative education for healthcare practitioners and the patient communities they serve. Because of its mission and public charity status, CPEA is qualified to receive tax deductible grants and donations under the Internal Revenue Code.
CPEA identified a need for designing education aimed at addressing practice gaps among primary and specialty care practitioners and healthcare information knowledge gaps within their respective patient populations. CPEA’s education programs are designed to improve practitioner diagnosis and treatment competence, as well as help patients enjoy healthier and happier lives after being diagnosed with a disease or other health-related issue.
In 2015, CPEA expanded its offerings in healthcare education through its acquisition of Ultimate Medical Academy (UMA), which became a subsidiary organization of CPEA. Founded in 1994, UMA is a dynamic educational institution committed to equipping and empowering students to excel in healthcare careers by providing a learning experience that maximizes value for students in a professional, supportive and ethical environment. UMA is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) and has helped thousands of graduates launch healthcare careers across the United States.
Clinical and Patient Educators Association has been reviewed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) and awarded accreditation for four years as a provider of continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. Accreditation in the ACCME System seeks to assure the medical community and the public that Clinical and Patient Educators Association delivers education that is relevant to clinicians’ needs, evidence-based, evaluated for its effectiveness, and independent of commercial influence.
The ACCME System employs a rigorous process for evaluating institutions’ CME programs according to standards that reflect the values of the educator community and aim to accelerate learning, inspire change, and champion improvement in healthcare. Through participation in accredited CME, clinicians and teams drive improvement in their practice and optimize the care, health, and wellness of their patients.