Welcome to the finale of our “5 Minutes With…” series, and who better to end with than one of the true pillars of the CME community, Derek Dietze. Derek, who is President of Improve CME, will be moderating our 4 p.m. ET CMEpalooza Spring session entitled “Why We Matter: Successful Strategies for Demonstrating the Value of CE Within Your Own Organization.” A few tidbits from my conversation with Derek (Scott was dilly dallying with something else at the time):
- His self-admitted 24 years experience in CME puts him in a tight race with Kurt Boyce as our “most experienced” CMEpalooza presenter. Amazing that both these gentlemen got their start in CME in their mid-teens (ahem).
- While naming the other individuals involved in his CMEpalooza Spring session, Derek mentions that “someone from a society” will also be part of it but was still TBD. That individual is no longer TBD and is now Wanda Johnson from the Endocrine Society.
- This session is one example of the ACEhp Advocacy Committee’s addressing their key strategic initiatives for 2015. Derek and fellow panel members Heather Guerrero and Marissa Seligman are all current members of the Advocacy Committee.
- And finally, I’d like to take a moment to thank Derek for spelling his name the correct way. Sorry Derrick, Derik, Deric, Daric, and Derec — your mommas got it wrong.