Letter from the Chief Editor

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Dear Readers,

As you may have noticed, you didn’t receive a CE News Spring issue. Instead, you received our 2023 Annual Proceedings Report, filled with plenary session summaries, oral abstracts and poster presentations. If you didn’t have the opportunity to attend the 2023 meeting in Nashville either virtually or live, than we hope you will take a moment to review this report. Presently, the report is available to members and the public to download.

In other news, I am delighted to announce two additions to our editorial team.  Ginny Jacobs, PhD, a past SACME president and well-known in the CME/CPD community, has agreed to serve as Co-Chief Editor. We are so fortunate to have Ginny join the team and we look forward to her contributions both as an editor and author.  Also, we welcome a new column editor, Natalie Sanfratello.  Natalie, who works exclusively in the quality and performance improvement space at Boston University, will edit and author our new QI Resources and Strategies column. 

We are very pleased to offer a depth and variety of articles in this Summer issue. The CE News Spotlight column that premiered in the Winter issue is back with more interviews of SACME member institutional leaders.  Todd Dorman, MD and Sanjeev Sockalingham, MD, et al, tell us about their successes and challenges as long-term CME/CPD directors. Listen to some or all of the video interviews, but be sure to check them out. The editorial team is also providing summaries of selected sessions that occurred at the annual meeting. David Price, MD gave a stimulating keynote address that kept participants talking for the remainder of the meeting. It was that good. Publications and Scholarship offers another impressive list of “must read” peer-reviewed articles. In Tips and Innovations, guest authors tell us how to develop high-quality learning modules to be presented virtually. Soph Box, a column that premiered in the Winter issue, explores a personal story that reflects on the important role of patients in healthcare.

And possibly, we have saved the best for last with another new column premier–Back to the Future of the Virtual Journal Club. Column Editor and Host/Facilitator of the VJC webinar series Mila Kostic, will take us on a reflective journey back in time with commentary and links to webinar presentations curated from the VJC archive. What’s old is perhaps new again as readers are invited to listen to lectures on topics that have passed the test of time in maintaining their relevance today.

We hope you will read and learn from the many topics explored in this issue.  

Wishing you all a happy and safe summer. 

Warm regards,


G. Robert Dantuono, MHA
Chief Editor


2023-Summer Special Report

Communicating the Value of CME/CPD Effectively Within Your Institution

CME/CPD professionals continually face the challenge of effectively communicating our value within our institutions. Despite the critical role of continuing medical education/continuing professional development in improving patient care and population health, many leaders and clinicians still view it primarily as a mandatory credit requirement. Consequently, it is crucial for us to collectively explore strategies to convey our story, dispel misconceptions, advocate for our significance, and strive for representation in decision-making processes so that we are driving the mission of our respective organizations.

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2023-Summer QI & CPD Matrix

QI-CPD Resources & Support Strategies

NEW! The aim of this column is to Identify resources available for training in QI concepts and identify strengths within the CE/CPD office for facilitating QI work.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) defines Quality Improvement (QI) as “…the framework used to systematically improve care. Quality Improvement seeks to standardize processes and structure to reduce variation, achieve predictable results, and improve outcomes for patients, healthcare systems, and organizations.”

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2023-Summer Back to the Future with Virtual Journal Club

VJC: Improving CPD Interventions and Strengthening the CPD Value Proposition by Developing Our Capacity for Doing Research

SACME’s Virtual Journal Club (VJC) was founded with a goal of helping support and further our capacity for scholarship in the field of continuing professional development in the healthcare. As we considered the diversity of academic experience, variety of backgrounds and professional roles in our field that shaped the needs and interests of our community, we decided to…

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