Del SanValentin, MBA, is the Manager of Educational Outcomes for Haymarket Medical Education (HME). In this role, he processes data from all HME activities including those certified by HME, those for which the organization provides joint sponsorship, and those hosted on HME’s proprietary website, myCME.com. Del is a resource for the organization’s CME department, providing input on grant proposals regarding needs assessment, gap analysis, and learning objectives. He also reviews the tools used to gather metrics for the activities. Here, Del talks about the value of the Healthcare Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Associate Certificate and his decision to pursue it.
How long have you worked in CME?
I started in CME in January of 2001 as an Administrative Coordinator for the Office of CME at Excerpta Medica, when the company was still located in Hillsborough, NJ.
What motivated you to pursue the CPD Associate certificate?
The primary reason for me was to validate what I’ve been practicing for years. I really wanted to go for the full CHCP certification, but having not attended the Alliance meetings for at least 5 years, I don’t have the necessary credits to qualify for it.
What is the most important benefit being a CPD Associate to you as a CME professional?
As I mentioned in the previous sections, it validates me as a CME Professional. It’s not as much about the letters I attach after my name, but more about having a standard around that tells people within the industry that someone who is an associate knows what he/she is doing.
What value does your CPD Associate designation bring to your organization?
I think that, the more people who are certified to be a CPD professional, the better image it portrays to other players in the industry, showing that our organization is serious in its role as an accredited provider.
How did you prepare for the exam?
I talked to the people who took the exam before, asked for advice. It helped that I attended a session specifically on the CPD Associate exam during the last Alliance conference. Then I went to the website, downloaded and read the Candidates’ Handbook, then went online to read up and review.
What would you say to someone considering pursuing the CPD Associate certificate?
Study well, review much of the stuff that you assume you know. At the end of the day, though, if you know what you’re doing, you should know what the answers are.
The Candidates Handbook mentioned by Del, as well as other materials to help prepare for the Healthcare CPD Associate exam, can be found on the Alliance website: http://www.acehp.org/p/cm/ld/fid=512