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What Our Colleagues are Saying...
The ongoing discussion about the value of certification reminds me of an interview I heard years ago with Daniel Burrus, a "technology forecaster" and author of TechnoTrends. He said he was once asked by a business owner, "What if I spend a lot of money and time developing my employees and they leave?"
Burrus' answer, "What if you don't and they stay?" I've thought of that often over the years when making difficult decisions about resources for staff development.
"I strongly support the efforts of the CME community to create and support a system that insists on established standards of professionalism related to the specialty of CME. It is a necessary element of our continual professional development mantra and should be qualified through certification and life-long learning."
--Kolette Massy, CCMEP; Manager Accreditation and Educational Development, UCSF
"Our institution sees CCMEP as an asset to our overall CME Program. Obtaining the certification is a development goal for CME staff who work directly with accreditation aspects of our CME Program."
--Brenda Johnson, MEd, CCMEP, Director, Continuing Medical Education; UT HealthScienceCenterSan Antonio
"I think this is a great step in identifying competencies in CME professionals and everyone working in the CME enterprise should consider being certified. Kudos to the National Commission for Certified CME Professional for their tremendous efforts to improve the delivery of medical education."
--Harvey C. Parker, Ph.D., CCMEP National Association for Continuing Education (NACE)
"The certification application process is fair in that it acknowledges academic degrees, CME work experience, and professional involvement in CME related activities. The certification fee is affordable and in line with other professional certifications."
--Deb Jorden, MS, CHES, CCMEP, CME Program Coordinator, Cook Children¡¯s Health Care System
"I am encouraging my entire staff to sit for this exam. I am convinced the education involved in preparing for the exam will strengthen our capabilities at the Institute, and will give all of us in CME a way to strengthen our professional credentials."
--Rob Naticchia, CMR, CCMEP, The Institute for Continuing Healthcare Education, Philadelphia
"I took the exam on Friday … interesting experience and well done! I think the case questions were well-constructed and forced test takers to apply their knowledge in a way that required a genuine understanding of all things CME."
--Steve Barrett, CCMEP, MedPage Today, Little Falls, NJ
"I have talked with several CME colleagues who have earned this certification. They each expressed the importance of the credential to them in their practice, where it is setting them apart as professionals with demonstrated expertise. One suggested having staff with the CCMEP credential will give organizations a competitive advantage in the marketplace. By the way, that comment was from a funding source. Nice work, NC-CME."
--Floyd Pennington, PhD; Host, Conversations in CME; McDonough, GA
"The establishment of a national standard of certification raises the bar on what it means to be a CME professional and elevates our standing in the medical community. I am very proud that Projects In Knowledge has a full team of professionals who have earned this designation, demonstrating their commitment to excellence in the CME enterprise."
--Patty Peterson, CCMEP, Projects In Knowledge; Little Falls, NJ
"The opportunity to be nationally certified acts as a catalyst for increasing individual competence within our rapidly changing industry, and further solidifies the challenging and complex work of CME professionals."
-- Donna Guadagnoli, CCMEP, Colorado Mental Health Institute, Pueblo , CO
"When I saw the list of 70 who had earned the certification in June, I thought, ""These are the leaders in our profession. I want to be recognized as a part of that group!"
-- Anne Symons,CCMEP; Children's Healthcare of Atlanta; Atlanta, GA
"It was a great way to get to review all aspects of the CME enterprise."
-- Bina George, MS, CCMEP, National Kidney Foundation
"I commend the entire team that worked on designing and implementing such a well thought out and thorough certification exam. The exam requires a broad base of knowledge relating to theories, issues, and policies needed to understand and support CME
I recommend that all stakeholders in leadership positions within the CME enterprise undertake the path to becoming a CCMEP."
--Jon A. Ukropec, PhD, CCMEP, Ortho-McNeil Janssen Scientific Affairs; Titusville, NJ
This is a balanced exam, focusing on what makes a pro - a real winner. After a lifetime of teaching, testing and interpreting I know that this is a good one!
--Sheldon Putterman, MD, CCMEP, Beam Institute; NY, NY
"Preparing for the NC-CME Exam was a terrific opportunity to integrate years of on-the-job experience with the latest in literature about adult learning,the ACCME Updated criteria, and the AMA' s PRA handbook. I am definitely glad I made the commitment to excellence that the NC-CME represents."
--Ellen Cosgrove, MD, FACP, CCMEP, UNM School of Medicine; Albuquerque, NM
"In this time of unprecedented change in Continuing Medical Education, the CCMEP exam does an excellent job of incorporating both well established and new theories. The content of the test validates the accumulated knowledge of industry veterans, while also serving as an educational tool for CME newcomers. This landmark certification promises to bring even greater credibility to CME."
Scott J. Hershman, MD, CCMEP, Intellyst Medical Education, Aurora, CO