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Spring 2018 Newsletter

Nikki Berry  | Published on 5/1/2018

IACME News: Spring 2018

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2017-18 Members:  Don’t Miss out on your Professional Development Member Benefit!

Each year, the IACME Board of Directors looks for ways to increase the value of membership to our CME/CE colleagues. For our 2017 members, one of the exciting benefits offered was the online course, Organizational Savvy, developed by the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP).  This professionally-designed course is part of ASCP’s Leadership Institute and has been designed by experts in the field.  The course teaches participants how to adapt their behaviors, communication skills and leadership styles to be effective in a variety of workplace situations.

The IACME Board specifically selected the Organizational Savvy course because of its focus on improving relational skills and enhancing members’ understanding of organizational culture. This 90-minute course addresses multiple aspects of organizational savvy and provides insights and explanations for the Organizational Culture Inventory self-assessment used during the course.

Upon completion of this course, participants are able to:

  • Understand the personal and professional implications of organizational savvy.
  • Identify the shared values and beliefs that guide the thinking and behaviors of their organization.
  • Differentiate when to use personal or positional leadership.
  • Describe their personal strengths and development areas when interacting with others.
  • Apply knowledge and skills to navigate across their internal and external networks.
  • Develop strategies to increase their circle of influence.

While this member benefit is only available to those who were members in 2017, everyone in attendance at the 2018 IACME Annual Meeting on June 8 will benefit from its content. During the Annual Meeting, Catherine Stakenas, MA, ASCP’s Sr. Director of Organization Development, will lead attendees through a session designed to reinforce the course’s learning and help in your own leadership development.

Individuals who held IACME membership between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017 have been given complimentary access to the course through the end of this month. To access the course, log into the ASCP’s learning management system (LMS) using the information that was emailed to you in April via the ASCP’s automated system, If you did not receive this information or need assistance with your login in,  please contact the IACME at

We hope that you are as excited as we are about this member benefit and we look forward to continuing to learn more about this topic with you at the 2018 IACME Annual Meeting on June 8!


Member Spotlight

Meet Sarah Baggs! Sarah has been a member of IACME since 2009, when she landed her first job in CME as the CME Administrator at Northwestern Memorial Healthcare. The IACME had the pleasure of interviewing Sarah to learn more about her role at Northwestern, her experiences as an IACME member and her thoughts on how CME may change over the next five years.

IACME: Tell us about your role at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and how you became involved in Continuing Medical Education.

Sarah: I have been the CME Administrator at Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) for over nine years. It is rather happenstance how I came into this role. I was a Veterinary Technician and Practice Manager at an animal hospital on the north side of Chicago. One of my roles there was to coordinate continuing education programs for my fellow techs. A dear friend of mine left the animal field to come to Northwestern and told me about the open position as CME Administrator. I knew very little about CME but knew how special a hospital NMH is. So, I took a leap of faith and interviewed. Nine years later, here I am!

IACME: How has attending IACME education or networking events helped you in your career and with your professional growth?

Sarah: Being a newbie to the field of CME in 2009, I had to do as much research and networking as possible to get my feet wet. IACME conferences were invaluable for me. The world of CME is constantly changing and it is imperative to be current. Being an IACME member and attending events allows me to stay on top of these changes, while sharing knowledge with my course directors and CME colleagues.

IACME: What do you think will change about CME/CE over the next five years?

Sarah: CME is going to continue to evolve and become more common knowledge – pun intended! The most recent ACCME changes will allow CME coordinators and administrators, like myself, to provide consistent, high-quality programs, while receiving more support and resources from our organizations. These updates will allow us to offer a wider variety of CME events while, ultimately, providing more opportunities for physicians to earn CME. Finally, I anticipate seeing many more CME programs offering MOC.

IACME: What might someone be surprised to know about you?

Sarah: I am a huge Deadhead!

IACME: Thanks, Sarah, for your willingness to share with your IACME colleagues. We wish you continued success in your career.

Is there a CME/CE colleague you think members should know about? Drop us a line to let us know at

Membership Renewals

Don’t let your membership lapse and risk missing out on the various educational and professional development opportunities IACME is offers its members. Membership benefits include: discounted registration to the IACME annual meeting, networking opportunities, access to education and professional development opportunities, participation in special interest group discussions and more. Membership renewal notices were sent out in March. If you did not receive information about your renewal, please contact the IACME at

IACME Annual Meeting

Registration is open for the 2018 IACME Annual Meeting on Friday, June 8, at the American Society of Anesthesiologists Headquarters, 1061 American Lane, Schaumburg, IL 60173.  The meeting will begin with an optional Medical Special Society (MSS) “Think Tank” breakfast at 7:15 a.m., followed by the opening session at 8:15 a.m.  The focus of this year’s conference is Professional Development and Achieving Outcomes.

Our keynote speaker, Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc, President and CEO of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), will discuss the new ACCME Commendation Criteria, and will build on our themes of professional development and outcomes in his discussion of the ways in which you organization can demonstrate compliance with the Criteria relevant to those themes.

Other sessions will focus on organizational savvy, educational outcomes and leadership training. Our presenters for these sessions include Catherine Stakenas, MA, Sr. Director of Organization at American Society for Clinical Pathology, Jason Olivieri, MPH, Director of Outcomes at Med-IQ, and Executive Coach Sandy Reeser.

The first 125 individuals to register will receive a copy of the book Continuing Professional Development in Medicine and Health Care, so don’t delay! Registration and Agenda information is available through the IACME website. We hope to see you there!