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September 18, 2014
Jerry Price Joins NC-CME Board of Directors
Jerry Price, CCMEP, member of the NC-CME Finance Committee will join the NC-CME Board of Directors on September 18.
Price is currently the Manager of Continuing Education at the Society of Critical Care Medicine. In addition to other positions, he previously was the Director of CME with the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians and the Consultant Director of National Healthcare Education for the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN).
In his current and previous roles, Price has been responsible for physician, nursing and pharmacist accreditation and program design; implementing an adult-learning model of CME; and serving as a medical science liaison in education in the pharmaceutical industry.
Price is a member of the Alliance for Continuing Education for Healthcare Professionals (ACEhp) and became a Certified CME Professional (CCMEP) in 2011. Click here to read Price’s full professional biography.
September 11, 2014
NC-CME Aligns With ACEhp National Learning Competencies A recent decision was made by the NC-CME Board of Directors to align with the ACEhp National Learning Competencies, which emphasize the NC-CME’s dedication to a professional development pathway for CME and CE professionals. This significant alignment encourages continuous professional development by focusing on the eight competency areas:
- Using adult and organizational learning principles
- Designing educational interventions
- Measuring the performance of CEhp activities and the overall CEhp program
- Collaborating and partnering with stakeholders
- Managing and administering the CEhp program
- Leading the CEhp program
- Engaging in self-assessment and lifelong learning
- Engaging in systems thinking in CEhp
For current CCMEP’s, it will be even more important to focus on one’s own continuous professional development. The NC-CME and Alliance Own Your CPD worksheet developed last year is one tool that can be used to track your own CPD.
For those considering preparation for the exam to become a CCMEP, future versions of the exam will be framed using these competencies. The new exams are still in development and will be interprofessional in scope instead of primarily focusing on CME professionals.
July 21, 2014
NC-CME Incorporates Social Media Into Communications Plan
The NC-CME social media team, a sub-group of the Communications Committee, will implement regular communication to followers on LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook beginning July 24th. Executive Director Melinda Steele, MEd, FACEHP, CCMEP, commented, “NC-CME is looking forward to more active engagement with fellow CCMEPs and others who may seek to become certified. By engaging in these social media channels there will be a platform for all to follow news from the NC-CME as well as other related industry news.”
The weekly NC-CME newsletter, the CCMEPress, has served as the primary communication source for fellow certified CME professionals (CCMEPs) and other subscribers. In an effort to keep CCMEPs and other stakeholders more connected, the NC-CME social media team will now provide weekly posts and tweets of news in the industry. In addition to NC-CME information, highlights will also be shared from key organizations such as the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEHP), the Society for Academic Medical Education (SACME), the Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME), the National Association for Medical Education Companies (NAMEC), and Medical Meetings Magazine.
To participate in the NC-CME’s social media outlets, click on the links below.
June 20, 2014
NC-CME unveils new On-Line process for submission and approval of Eligibility Worksheets for Initial Certification, Extension of Certification and Recertification
During the last few months, NC-CME has been working with programmers to develop a new on-line process for submission of worksheets for Eligibility for Initial Certification, Extension of Certification (EOC) and Recertification. Requirements and complete instructions for each can be found on the web site (http://nc-cme.org) in the Certification Program tab. You may also access more information in the “How to…” tabs on the left side of the website.
The first step is Registration and Login. If you are not a CCMEP, when you are ready to see if you qualify to sit for the CCMEP exam, you will need to register on the site using the Register button on the left side. On the Registration page you will also find a link to download the Eligibility worksheet. Next you will Login, complete your profile, and then complete your worksheet and upload it on the profile page. Automated emails will guide you to the next steps in the process.
If you are a current CCMEP, you have been pre-registered and should not register again. To request your username and password to Login, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be forwarded to you. Current CCMEPs should Login and update their profile. Be sure to update your email if you have changed jobs or have a new email address since your last certification. Automated emails will be sent to the email you provide. Only upload EOC or Recertification worksheets when you have been notified it is time for your class to do so. Notifications will come by email from email@example.com. Uploading worksheets prior to receiving your notification could cause problems in the approval process.
In the near future, we will develop FAQs about the new process and post them for your use. For now, if you have questions or need clarification, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Your questions may appear as one of the future FAQs.
June 28, 2013
Collaboration Works to Assist Healthcare Professionals Map Continuing Education
A groundbreaking effort is launching that could significantly impact professionals in continuing education in the health professions as well as lead health care organizations who employ certified professionals to become quality care organizations.
Recently the National Commission for Certification of CME Professionals (NC-CME) invited several organizations that had previously never met collectively at the same “table” to discuss collaborative efforts to benefit all the organizations and ultimately the professionals working in continuing education in the health professions.
The organizations represented included the NC-CME, Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp), the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME), the Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME), the Global Alliance for Medical Education (GAME) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
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June 8, 2013
Understanding EOC vs. Recertification
As many CCMEP cohorts are drawing near certification expiration, questions have arisen as to the difference between Extension of Certification (EOC) and Recertification. The NC-CME website provides details about Initial Certification, EOC and Recertification, but the summary below should be helpful as well.
|Extension of Certification (EOC)||Recertification|
|Who is it for?||Those whose initial certification is going to expire||All CCMEPs whose EOC or previous recertification is going to expire|
|When will I be notified about my certificate expiration?||Approximately 3 months prior to your current certificate expiration date||Approximately 3 months prior to your current certificate expiration date|
|How many additional certification years does it give me?||2 years||3 years|
|What do I need to do?||Complete the EOC worksheet documenting 12 points of education/experience earned
since the most recent certification
|Option 1: Complete the CPD Portfolio documenting 10 points; if 10 points cannot
be met, you can complete performance scenarios for up to 3 pointsOption 2: Sit for and pass the current CCMEP exam
|When is it due?||At least 1 month prior to current certificate expiration date||Option 1: 1-3 months prior to current certificate expiration dateOption 2: 1 month prior to current certificate expiration date|
|What is the cost?||$275||Option 1: $345 + $50 processingOption 2: $400 + $50 processing|
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January 28, 2013
NC-CME Gets a New Executive Director
Judy Ribble, PhD, CCMEP, Executive Director of the National Commission for Certification of CME Professionals, Inc. (NC-CME) since 2006, will be retiring at the end of January. In recognition of her dedication and commitment to founding a certification program for CME professionals, the NC-CME Board of Directors recently named Judy as Executive Director Emerita. Her successor will be Melinda Steele, M.Ed., CCMEP, FACEHP, President, Confluence Educational Consulting Inc., Lubbock, Texas.
Melinda is a familiar face to everyone in CME and hopes to pick up where Judy is leaving off and take the organization to the next level. Melinda commented, “I’m honored to move in this direction and try to fill some really big shoes”. She has been president of SACME and served as Program Chairwoman for the 2012 ACEHP conference. She is also a member of the first class of CCMEPs, June 2008. “Melinda has jumped straight into the role of Executive Director and will transition seamlessly on February 1 during the Alliance conference”, stated Judy.
Plan to come and congratulate both Judy and Melinda at the NC-CME Booth-#600 during the break periods at the Conference.
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