Fall 2020

CMEpalooza Fall is a 1-day event scheduled for Wednesday, October 14 that will feature a series of sessions relevant across the CME/CE spectrum. Broadcasts will stream live on the LIVE page of this website and be available for viewing shortly after their conclusion on the Archive page. There is no charge to view or participate in any of these sessions.

Breakfast Session Sponsored by Physicians’ Education Resource
The Case of the Rejected Grant Request: A CMEpalooza Whodunit (view archive)
There is a mystery afoot! Our most recent grant request was denied, and we’re determined to find out whose gaffe is responsible for the negative decision. Was it the medical director who botched the needs assessment? The adult learning specialist whose educational design didn’t follow appropriate educational principles? The outcomes guru whose P value equaled the square root of pi? The marketing maven who promised to reach too many learners with the education? Bring your magnifying glass, your secret decoder ring, and your fingerprint kit to help us find the culprit. Justice will be served!

Your Host
Phil Talamo, President, Physicians’ Education Resource

The Suspects
Audrie Tornow, Former Vice President, Educational Strategy & Partnerships, Paradigm Medical Communications
Adam Glazer, MBA, Vice President, Marketing & Communications, Med-IQ
Kevin Obholz, PhD, General Manager, Oncology, Clinical Care Options
Emily Bixler, MBA, Associate Director, Outcomes, Assessment & Analytics, PVI
Mary Faulkner, Former Associate Director, Independent Medical Education Department, AbbVie

10 AM ET
Surviving 2020: How COVID-19 and Social Justice Issues Impact the Health of Under-Represented Communities (view archive)
Session Sponsored by PlatformQ Health
You know it’s been a tough year when the New York Times posts an article about something called a “murder hornet” invading the U.S. and the country collectively shrugs its shoulders and moves on to the next sign of the apocalypse. 2020 has been a hard year for everyone, but it has been especially difficult for under-represented populations, particularly Black and LatinX communities. In this session, we will discuss how COVID-19 and social justice issues impact the health of these communities and what the CME/CE community can do to make a difference.

Angelo Carter, Director/Grant Officer, Global Medical Grants, Pfizer

Lionel Phillips, President, Inside Edge Consulting Group
Charles Vega, MD, FAAFP, Health Sciences Clinical Professor, UC Irvine Department of Family Medicine, Assistant Dean for Culture and  Community Education, UC Irvine School of Medicine, Director, UC Irvine Program in Medical Education for the Latino Community
Charlotte Jones-Burton, MD, MS, Vice President, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Companies

11 AM ET
The 5-Year 5-Month Plan (view archive)
Session Sponsored by Projects in Knowledge
One of the mantras of sound business planning is the development of a 5-year plan. Well, the COVID-19 pandemic has made those plans pretty much obsolete. Who can predict what the CME world is going to look like in 5 years at this point? So instead, this session is going to focus on how providers and supporters are preparing for 2021 with their 5-month plan. That means things like live, in-person events (in or out?), virtual, live meetings (staying or going?), supporter funding (more or less?), and other hot-button issues.

Steve Folstein, Director of Education, American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology

Linda Caples, PhD, Director, Office of Continuing Professional Development, The Medical College of Wisconsin
Pam Beaton, BS, CHCP, FACEHP, Associate Director, Grants and Investigator Sponsored Studies, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
Ted Singer, President, PeerView Institute for Medical Education

Lunchtime Session Sponsored by Daiichi Sankyo
Industry Updates & Supporter Positioning: Building Long-term Competencies, Agility, & Resilience (view archive) (view supplemental slides)
Have you ever wished you could be a fly on the wall during an Industry Alliance for CE (IACE) Section meeting? Well, today is your lucky day, my friend. Our esteemed panel of industry insiders will give you an overview of industry conversations and trending positions relevant to Continuing Education, Professional Development, and related Medical Affairs work focusing on:

  • Moving the business of business forward during the pandemic and what this means for the future of CE & CPD post-pandemic
  • Addressing inequities in healthcare and how it fits within the purview of supporters, what it means for future supporter strategies, and how might our community bring this forward into activity and faculty planning
  • Discussing education as a broader effort that informs and/or leads to national policy changes

John Ruggiero, Head, Medical External Affairs; Director, Grants and Education, Daiichi Sankyo

Courtney Anderson, Associate Director, Scientific Communications – Medical Education, Boehringer Ingelheim
Cody Ortmann, Director, Medical Education, Takeda
Greselda Butler, Associate Director, Grants and Contributions, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Companies
Riaz Baxamusa, Associate Director, IME Grants, Astellas Pharma
Sue McGuinness, Senior Medical Education Grants Manager, AstraZeneca

The CME Dictionary (view archive)
Session Sponsored by Clinical Care Options and Practicing Clinicians Exchange
We hear these terms bandied about constantly in CME circles – presumably simple things like “needs assessment” and “gap analysis” to more complex concepts like “spaced learning” and “instructional design” – and assume that everyone knows what they mean. But do they? In this session, we’ll flip through the CME Dictionary and go from A-to-Z (probably skipping over Q, X, and Z – sorry) to put some context behind some educational design and content-related concepts so that you can waltz into your next team meeting with confidence.

Aisha Suhail, President, Answers in CME

Kristin Kline Hasson, Director, Continuing Medical Education, National Comprehensive Cancer Network
Pesha Rubinstein, MPH, CHCP, FACEHP, Director of Education, American Medical Informatics Association
Dara Croci, Senior Manager, Grants Management & Strategic Giving, Biogen Idec

Program Managers: We Get the Job Done! (view archive)
Session Sponsored by Healio CME
Anyone who works in the continuing education industry for a period of time quickly learns that program managers are the lifeblood of every program. They are the ones who keep us on track, on time, and on task. Program managers are vital to our success, yet we rarely provide a forum for them to share their expertise. With this session, we hope to remedy that with a panel of highly recommended program managers who will present tips, best practices, workflows, and more, that colleagues of all levels and skills can utilize.

Christina Hosmer-Gallo, CHCP, Senior Vice President, Educational Development, Med Learning Group

Stefani Chiarolanza, Program Manager, Integrity Continuing Education
Alexis Weinstein, Senior Manager, Medical Therapeutics Group, Paradigm Medical Communications
Kimberley Campbell, Manager, Accredited Education, Organizational Development & Learning, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital
Brandon Coleman, Projects Director, CE Outcomes

Afternoon Snack Session Sponsored by Academic CME
The CE Report Card: Rating the Industry Performance in a Virtual World
(view archive)
For the past six months, convention centers have been empty, Kinko’s has stockpiled way too many poster board containers, cheap wine that would ordinarily be served in meeting rooms is being converted to hand sanitizer, and pharmaceutical company employees have seen the value of their frequent flyer accounts vanish faster than your best faculty can edit a PowerPoint deck. The COVID-19 pandemic has converted the delivery of continuing healthcare education to a virtually all virtual format. After 6+ months, it is time to assess our performance. Let’s explore the learners’ experience, perception, successes, and areas where we may fall short. Feedback from the interprofessional healthcare community, as well as the program supporter community, are valuable tools to complete our report card.  Are we on the honor roll, or is Mom about to ground us?

Charles Pollack, MD, Medical Director, AcademicCME

Lynn Anyaele, PharmD, CHCP, Senior Manager, Independent Medical Education, Bristol Myers Squibb
Christine Berger, CHCP, Senior Manager, Independent Medical Education, Bristol Myers Squibb
John Fanikos, RPh, MBA, Executive Director of Pharmacy Services, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Amy Perrin Ross, APN, MSN, CNRN, MSCN, Neuroscience Program Coordinator, Loyola University Medical Center

CME Pop Trivia (view archive)
Session Sponsored by Medscape
Cash Prizes Sponsored by Haymarket

Let’s have a little fun with our last session of the day. Join Quizmaster Derek Warnick and a quartet of quite qualified Questionmasters for four rounds of CME trivia…and a sprinkling of pop culture, too. Was David Lee Roth ever the president of the Alliance? Did the Standards for Commercial Support inspire the movie Moneyball? Which Avenger spent a period of time as an accreditation expert on CME twtter? You will have to join us to find out these answers* and more. Note: we will be keeping score.

*These are obviously not real questions, though the third one could be (it was The Hulk.)

Derek Warnick, Co-Producer, CMEpalooza

Tricia Wilson, Educational Activity Manager, Optum Health Education
Scott Gorman, CME Manager, Wills Eye Hospital
Jonathan S. Simmons, ELS
Brian McGowan, Chief Learning Officer & Co-Founder, ArcheMedX, Inc.