New president has 'big tent' vision for CME association

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Damon Marquis wants to make one thing clear: CME is not the only important form of medical education.

Marquis, who formally took over this past weekend as president of the newly named Alliance for Continuing Education for the Health Professions (ACEHP), during its annual meeting, is moving aggressively to expand the group's focus beyond certified CME.

“Education for physicians cannot be done in a bubble,” he told MM&M. “Healthcare, and particularly outcomes, are improved by educating the full healthcare team.”

In addition to physicians, healthcare providers for whom Alliance members produce education include social workers, pharmacists and nurses.

The association wants to expand accordingly, by reaching out to a broader swath of stakeholders and working to ensure programs and competencies meet their needs, in line with an eight-point strategic plan passed by its board last year.

Says, Marquis, “What we are trying to do is bring everyone together under one tent.”

The Alliance is also adding two new board positions, including its first medical-device company representative, Melany Bulthuis of medical device maker Medtronic.

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