Spring 2023

CMEpalooza Spring is a 1-day event scheduled for Wednesday, April 12, 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
Fostering Partnerships and Collaboration in a VR World (view archive)
During this session the panel will focus on the latest uses of VR Technology in the live setting, its impact on the partnership development, the outcomes it fosters, and its impact in the patient care setting. Also included will be several videos of first hand feedback on the VR experience, to provide additional perspectives.

Lauren Welch, Vice President, Outcomes and Accreditation, Med Learning Group
Helany Baylouny Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships, Med Learning Group
Peg Bollella Geraghty, Head, Scientific Communications & Medical Operations, Sanofi

10 AM ET
ChatGPT: Medical Education’s Savior or Newest Stand-Up Act? (view archive)
Session Sponsored by DKBmed and Academic CME

We asked ChatGPT the following question to come up with the agenda for this session:

“Acting as a medical writer and professional marketer, write a description for an educational presentation and discussion for a conference session titled “ChatGPT: Medical Education’s Savior or Newest Stand-Up Act?”

Here is what it spit out:

Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on the impact of ChatGPT and AI tools on medical writing and education at our session, ” ChatGPT: Medical Education’s Savior or Newest Stand-Up Act?”

As medical education professionals, it is important to understand the latest advancements in technology and their impact on our industry. ChatGPT and AI have been making waves in medical writing and education, but is their impact positive or negative?

In this session, our presenter will lead the discussion on both the potential benefits and the potential risks of ChatGPT and AI in medical writing and education. The interactive format will allow for small group discussions and exploration of the topic from various perspectives.

Sounds about right to us.

Kevin Lyons, CEO and Chief Solutions Officer, Lyons Den Solutions

Andrew Crim, M.Ed., CHCP, Director of Education and Professional Development, American College of Osteopathic Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Pam Beaton, CHCP, FACEHP, Global Capabilities/Process Owner, Medical Education and Sponsorships

11 AM ET
Conundrums in CME: You Be the Jury (view archive)
Session Sponsored by Healio CME
During this pro/con debate, the counsel will lay out their cases surrounding common controversies in the continuing medical education field. Topics to be explored include desired levels of outcomes, learning styles controversies, and definition of a learner. After the debate, the audience will play the role of the juror and decide the outcome. The moderator (Judge) will summarize the arguments to bring consensus and closure to the arguments. 

Andrea Funk, General Manager, Global Education Group
Melissa Wiles, President, Iridium Continuing Education
Carrie Roberts, CME Director, Steward Health Care

Lunch Session Sponsored by Clinical Education Alliance
Advancing and Defining the Value of CPD with Data that are EVERYTHING, EVERYWHERE, ALL AT ONCE (view archive)
This session will tap the curiosity and experience of expert panelists to explore industry standards and trends in insights and outcomes data to show that CPD is effective in significantly narrowing the gap between what is done in practice and what should be done based on current evidence. The diverse panel will share their perspective on effective methodologies to focus data from disparate sources to develop compelling CPD impact stories. The panelists will be asked to “crystal ball” near-term trends and future directions for CPD “data that matter” beyond the noise arising from the sheer volume of data available today.

Kevin Obholz, PhD, Senior Vice President, Educational Strategy, General Manager, Oncology / Hematology, Clinical Care Options

Steven Kawczak, PhD, CHCP, FACEHP, Co-Medical Director, Center for Continuing Education, Medical Director, Center for International Medical Education, Cleveland Clinic
James D. Morgante, PhD, Associate Director, Qualitative and Survey Research Methods, American Society of Clinical Oncology
Sarah A. Nisly, PharmD, MEd, BCPS, FCCP, Vice President, Outcomes and Clinical Impact, Clinical Education Alliance
Megan Becker, PhD, Sr. Director, Medical Education & Programs, Gilead Sciences, Inc.

Afternoon Tea Session Sponsored by Academy for Continued Healthcare Learning (ACHL)
Meaningful and Sustainable Strategies to Address Disparities through CEhp: Are We There Yet? (view archive)
The pandemic has elucidated long-existing health disparities in the U.S. and these disparities occur across many dimensions including race/ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, age, geography, disability status and sexual orientation.

As CEHp looks to be a driver of improved patient outcomes and quality of care, CME/CE providers are well positioned to address these disparities. Yet measuring educational impact across the broader structural determinants of health disparities, which span behavioral, sociocultural, systemic and policy domains, can be daunting. While much education seeks to broaden awareness to the prevalence and consequences of health disparities, do we have an opportunity to reframe our instructional designs to offer translatable solutions and support meaningful and measurable change?

Aminah Abdullah, Senior Director, Community Relations, ACHL

Dewayne Brumlow, Grant Officer, Global Medical Grants, Pfizer
Dion Richetti, Vice President of Accreditation and Recognition, ACCME
Sujita Adhikari, Educational Program Manager, The University of North Texas- Health Science Center

What is Fair Balance Anyways? (view archive)
Session Sponsored by Haymarket Medical Education
Let’s talk about the actual meaning of fair balance in CE. What is valid CE content? How do you best cover all treatment alternatives within an activity without boring the audience to death? This is a conversation between an accreditation/compliance director and business development director at a medical education company talking about the inherent tensions between these roles. Gloves off and wine is poured. Let’s have some real talk.

Amanda Steinmayr, Senior Director, Educational Strategy, Medical Learning Institute, Inc.
Susan Yarbrough, CHCP, Senior Director, CME Outfitters
Laurie Connor, PhD, Associate Director, Hematology Medical Education, US Medical, Portfolio Strategy, Bristol Myers Squibb
Priya Wanchoo, MD, CHCP, Director, Hematology Medical Education, US Medical, Portfolio Strategy, Bristol Myers Squibb

We Don’t Talk About Bruno: Laying Bare Actions Harming Our Industry (view archive)
Session Sponsored by RedMedEd
Discounting your work? Providing a fraction of requested funding? Astronomical promises on learner numbers to win a grant? RFPs misaligned with therapeutic area reality? If you have committed any of the above and more, you’ve been banished, condemned to a Socratic fate… among friends and confidants who are guilty of the same. Considering we’re all mere mortals, let us take down the code of silence that prohibits the elevation of our industry. We, as CPD professionals and masters of adult learning theory, should know best that laying bare hard truths is essential to our growth and evolution. We believe there are few key causes that negatively impact our work, and when cumulated, harm our industry. What are these hard truths you ask?

  • Protection of precedent. “This is how we’ve always done it” and impact on progress.
  • Lack of strategy. How short-term thinking regularly sacrifices long-term goals.
  • Blind obedience. When suggestions become commands and how a more thoughtful approach can create meaningful change.

Allison Kickel, Founder & President, Bonum CE

Antonio Meo, Director, Medical Proficiency Acceleration Center (MPAC), Daiichi Sankyo
Mike Baffuto, President, Integrity Continuing Education
Amanda Kaczerski, Grant Officer, Global Medical Grants, Pfizer

FADE Out HIV – Connecting Black Barbers, Their Clients and Community Clinicians POSTPONED
Session Sponsored by PlatformQ
Black and Brown individuals in the U.S. are disproportionately affected by HIV. In 2018, they accounted for 13% of the population, but 42% of new HIV diagnoses were among Black men, accounting for 31% of new diagnoses. Fade Out HIV addressed these gaps by establishing alliances between healthcare providers and barbershops serving the Black and Brown community in Los Angeles. This initiative delivered education to barbers in the Black and Brown communities, their clients, and community clinicians. The initiative started at a barber convention (BarberCon LA) and expanded into the community from there, eventually educating almost 400 barbers and 300 clinicians, and helping to establish a referral network of 21 testing centers in the Los Angeles area. This session will focus on the nuts and bolts of this initiative, offering insight into what worked (and what didn’t), while helping to set a roadmap for similar projects in the future.

Dean Beals, President and CEO, DKBmed

Stan Pogroszewski, Chief Operating Officer, DKBmed
Tabitha Washington, MHA, Project Manager, DKBmed
Tyrik Jackson, Social Media Influencer and CEO, Premier Barber Institute
Priya Muley, Associate Director, Medical Education, Gilead Sciences