Winter 2023

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Letter From the Chief Co-Editors

Dear Colleagues, We hope that you all enjoyed the holiday break and look forward to a new year of continued challenging work in CPD.  And what better way to start the new year off is transitioning to our new and improved publication application called WordPress. The aim and intent is to provide our members with an improved reading experience and to give CE News a more professional, ‘state of the art’ look.  We are grateful to Vjeko Hlede, PhD, co-chair of the SACME Technology Committee, and our SACME staff Mik, Maddy and Courtney for their guidance,…

CE News Spotlight

Vanderbilt CPD:  Embracing the Future

Vanderbilt CPD:  Embracing the Future

Welcome to a new column in CE News, called the CE News Institutional Spotlight, where we focus on CPD Leadership at various leading CPD institutions. On November 17, 2022, we had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Lori Deitte and Dr. Monique Drago from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  
Meharry Medical College Continuing Medical Education Program Office of Lifelong Learning:  A Long and Successful History

Meharry Medical College Continuing Medical Education Program Office of Lifelong Learning:  A Long and Successful History

Meharry Medical College (MMC) is located in Nashville, Tennessee and was founded in 1876 for the purpose of training physicians to provide healthcare for the freed slaves who received little or no medical attention.

International CME and CPD

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Australian Medical Regulations and New CPD Registration Standards for Medical Practitioners:  Transforming CPD

In Australia, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) regulates registered health practitioners, and it works in collaboration with 15 National Boards to set the standards that all health practitioners must meet to register and maintain their registration to practice medicine. In particular, the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) sets professional regulation and registration standards for medical practitioners in Australia, in accordance with the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law.
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AFMC CPD Research Symposium

The AFMC CPD Research Committee invites abstracts for presentations at the 2023 AFMC CPD Virtual Research Symposium scheduled for Thursday and Friday, May 11-12th from 12-4PM EST. We encourage abstract submissions across the following domains: Health Professions Education Research; Implementation Science; Quality Improvement; Patient Safety; Program Development and Evaluation; Faculty Development. We welcome abstracts related to the theme of ICAM 2023. Deadline for abstract submissions: February 20th, 2023. Online abstract submission at:

Tips and Innovation

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: First Steps for CPD Providers

Diversity, equity, and inclusion in medical education refer to the breaking down of systemic barriers that prevent the full participation of educators and learners from underrepresented groups. During the pandemic, we have seen increasing calls to address disparities due to racism, colonialism, gender bias, heteronormativity, and other forms of oppression.  Educators have a range of experience in this area. In this piece, we would like to give you some tips as to how you might be able to incorporate equity into your work as a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) provider.
SACME 2023 Multichannel Annual Meeting: Inspiring and Igniting the CPD Imagination 

SACME 2023 Multichannel Annual Meeting: Inspiring and Igniting the CPD Imagination 

Join us for SACME’s 2023 Annual Meeting where educators, administrators and other professionals in academic continuing medical education (CME) will explore Inspiring and Igniting the CPD Imagination. SACME members receive an additional $100 discount. All rates listed are for In-Person and Virtual. Please sign in to your SACME account to receive member pricing. For more information, please visit the our event page: 2023 Annual Meeting.

Publications and Scholarship

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Publications and Scholarship

This column aims to provide a list of insightful publications on topics of interest to teaching faculty and professionals in CME/CPD. A prospective randomized study to compare standard versus intensive training strategies on long-term improvement in critical care ultrasonography proficiency. This article studied the impact of two approaches to the acquisition of critical care ultrasound skills by Critical Care Fellows. The lack of any impact of 8 additional hours of training raises important questions regarding which skills require more longitudinal training to reach acceptable levels of competence.

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Tilting the Mirror Toward the Sun: Reflections on Positionality and Equity

Tilting the Mirror Toward the Sun: Reflections on Positionality and Equity

A few weeks ago, I had an interesting conversation with Dr. Morag Paton, one of my colleagues in continuing professional development (CPD). We are on a research project together and Morag had offered to draft a positionality statement, a practice that is becoming more common in academia. Positionality refers to where each one of us is located in relation to our various social identities, which include lived and learned experience, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, ability, socio-economic status, geographic location and socio-political history.

Funding Opportunities, Awards and Events

Continuing Education Request for Applications for Opioid Analgesic REMS

The grant application process is now open for continuing education (CE) activities that are compliant with the Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (OA REMS). The 2023 CE Request for Application (RFA) is available here. Submissions are due by March 9, 2023 (11:59 pm ET).  The goal of the grants is to support high-quality REMS-compliant accredited continuing education for prescribers and other healthcare professionals on the […]