The Florida Medical Association held its annual CME Providers Conference September 7-9 at the Renaissance Internal Plaza Hotel in Tampa, Florida. Over 65 CE/CME professionals attended. Dr. Robert Addleton, EdD, 2016 Alliance President, led off the conference with a presentation, “What It Means to be a CME Professional (Circa 2016)”.
The presentation, which featured a framing story around each “chapter,” centered around three themes: recognizing our value as continuing education professionals; setting our professional growth goals; and explaining what we do and the value proposition we represent to significant others. For each of the themes, Dr. Addleton pointed out how the Alliance can help with resources for success.
Other speakers at the conference included Kelly Swanson, a professional storyteller and motivational speaker, who encouraged the group to tell their own stories and to recognize the many strengths they have; Dion Richetti, of the ACCME, brought the group up to date on the new commendation criteria and other ACCME news; and Susie Flynn from ABMS, gave a through overview of the most recent developments in MOC.
A highlight of each year’s conference is a panel discussion called “Stump the Chump,” where difficult case-based accreditation questions are submitted by the group and posed to a panel of “experts,” including your humble Alliance President. Should others be invited to be on such a panel, a thorough review of the Accreditation Standards is an excellent idea!
It is always a joy and an honor to be invited to speak to such an enthusiastic group. We are lucky to have such dedicated folks in our profession.
Bob Addleton, EdD, CHCP, FACEHP