Fall 2021

CMEpalooza Fall is a 1-day event scheduled for Wednesday, October 13 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 Med Learning Group

Immersive Simulations: Learning From Other Industries to Improve CME (view archive)
For many of us in the CME world, we deal with the same people and the same platforms day after day, making it easy to get stuck in a rut. Sometimes, it’s helpful to take a step back and see what others in parallel industries are doing, especially from a technological standpoint. This session will provide that brief retreat into other worlds, focusing on the work being done in other industries related specifically to immersive simulation technology that may be relevant to the present and future of the CME enterprise.

Matthew Frese, General Manager, Med Learning Group
Lauren Welch, Vice President of Outcomes and Accreditation, Med Learning Group
Jae McKinney, Co-Founder and Chief Product Officer, Infiniqo, Inc.

10 AM ET
How CME Saved the World (view archive)
Sponsored by epocrates

An undoubtedly bold title for our latest session exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the CME/CE community and beyond, but one we believe is truthful, if not a tad hyperbolic. For this session, we have a panel of representatives from various CME/CE organizations who will discuss how their organizations utilized CME/CPD to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a particular focus on their experience addressing COVID-19 directly within their own organizations.

Kelly Kraines, Associate Director of Education, Society of Critical Care Medicine

Ryan Maves, MD, Professor of Medicine and Anesthesiology, Sections on Infectious Diseases and Critical Care Medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine
Lanny S. Inabnit, MS, RRT, RRT-ACCS, RRT-NPS, RCP, FAARC, VP of Education and Meetings, American Association for Respiratory Care
Maureen Doyle-Scharff, PhD, Group Lead, Global Medical Grants, Pfizer

11 AM ET
Hands On Outcomes: What to Do With Data (view archive)
Sponsored by Integrity CE

The rock stars at MeticalEducation (get it?) are ready to jam and answer all of the questions their hordes of fans have about outcomes data. Does it really matter if we make minor edits to test questions on the fly? How do you figure out what data is actually meaningful and what should be left on the cutting room floor? And what do the record producers… er, supporters, do with all the outcomes reports they get anyway? You may (or may not) think you know how messy outcomes data turns into a sparkly report, but this session will show you that there is not just one recipe for success. Rock on!

Jason Olivieri, MPH, Director of Outcomes, Med-IQ

Katie Robinson, PhD, CHCP, Associate Director, Medical Research and Quality Outcomes, Vindico Medical Education
Anthony Gage, Director, Outcomes Strategy and Analytics, Practicing Clinicians Exchange
Karyn D. Ruiz-Cordell, PhD, Associate Director, Medical Education and Data Analytics, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Noon ET
Lunch Session Sponsored by Projects In Knowledge
Needs Assessment Makeover (view archive)

Needs assessments are tricky beasts. Without careful grooming and care, they can get wild and wooly and quickly outdated. If you find your self stuck in rut with the same old laundry list of references, then this session might be just the stylish update your needs assessments need. Join our panel of experts as they discuss and share their unique perspectives and sources of data for needs assessment development.

Robert Stern, CEO/President, Projects In Knowledge

Steve Bender, President, FACTORx
Andrew Crim, M.Ed., CHCP, Director of Education & Professional Development, ACOOG
Ginny Jacobs, Ph.D, CHCP, FSACME, Director, Strategy and Performance, AXDEV Group Inc
David Setiadi, Chief Technology Officer, @Point of Care

Afternoon Snack Session Sponsored by Physicians’ Education Resource
What’s My Line? The CMEpalooza Edition (view archive)
While we are an industry centered on the education of healthcare professionals, our day-to-day duties vary widely depending upon the size of our organization, our practice setting, geography, and countless other variables. This session will include perspectives from a variety of providers in multiple professional settings all sharing the unique way in which they do what they do.

Phil Talamo, CHCP, President, Physicians’ Education Resource

David M. Clausen, CHCP, Vice President, Educational Strategy, RMEI Medical Education, LLC
Diane Alberson, MEd, Director of Education Development, American Association of Clinical Endocrinology
Lynne Callea, VP, Director, CME Program Management, Haymarket Medical

So You Think You Can (Support) Grants? (view archive)
Sponsored by PlatformQ Health Education

Beginning a career as a grant supporter may look easy from the outside, but it comes with its own set of unique challenges and obstacles. Since there is no advanced degree program we can take to learn more about providing grants (not yet!), we must lean on the experience of others for insight. Join our panel of grant supporters with varying levels of career experience as they discuss how their work experience differs from what they anticipated, what they perceive as unmet needs and opportunities, and what advice and mentorship they need or have experienced along the way.

Greselda Butler, Associate Director, Grants and Contributions, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Companies

Jessica Romano, Director/Grant Officer, Global Medical Grants, Pfizer
Ivan Desviat, MBA, CHCP, Director Medical Education Excellence, AbbVie
Anne Roc, PhD, Med Ed Grants Manager, Takeda 
Chirag Shah, Head, Strategic Publications & Office of Grants/Education, Neurocrine Biosciences

Tech Tools for the CME Professional: Redux (view archive)
Sponsored by PeerAudience
With the vast majority of us working at home for the foreseeable future, wouldn’t you like to make your professional (and perhaps personal) life just a little bit easier? There are constantly new web tools and phone apps that can help, but who has the time to figure out which ones really, truly make sense for the CME enterprise? Well, these folks do. And they are willing to do some “show and tell” to explain why. We did this session 7 years ago in the very infancy of CMEpalooza so we figured it was time for a reboot.

Randy Gunzer, Vice President of Software Engineering, Array

Kenny Cox, CHCP, Vice President of Continuing Medical Education, ArcheMedX
Kathryn Decker, Associate Director, Global Medical Education Grants, Global Scientific Affairs, Jazz Pharmaceuticals

CE Pop Trivia III (view archive)
Sponsored by Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning
Prizes sponsored by Academic CME

Back by popular demand, our third CE Pop Trivia will feature a new quartet of (extremely) qualified Questionmasters for another four rounds of CE trivia…and a sprinkling of pop culture, too. As evidence that we do read our post-program survey results, CE Pop Trivia III will focus exclusively on the Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, the #1 requested topic from past CMEpalooza surveys. Does Olivia Rodrigo’s song good 4 u support safe, effective patient care? Would watching The Wolf of Wall Street on Netflix be considered an appropriate strategy to mitigate relevant financial relationships? Can accredited providers use dogecoin to pay for travel, lodging, honoraria, or personal expenses for individual learners? You will have to join us to find out these answers* and more. Note: we will be keeping score.

Derek Warnick, Co-Producer, CMEpalooza