Professional Development

Conference Presentation: Destination: Patient Outcomes – Our Journey to Improving Patient Care

An Alliance of Any Other Name: Friendships and Mentorships Forged From Leadership

Sunday, January 21
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Location: Palazzo F

Physician Credits: 1.0

Nursing CE Credits: 1.0

Pharmacy Credits: 1.0

ACPE UAN: 0809-9999-18-049-L04-P (Knowledge)

Session Description

Brought together through an Alliance leadership conference, this group of women has formed an Alliance of their own based on mentorship and friendship. While meeting in a controlled and temporary environment, relationships have been fostered over the years allowing each an unbiased, supportive group with which to share professional challenges, barriers, ideas and more. They represent various stakeholder perspectives, share knowledge and key insights, and provide one another support that has broadened the views and understanding of each. With a willingness to step outside their comfort zone, each woman's work and personal life has been enriched and impacted through these relationships.

Do not miss the opportunity to be a part of this group's open discussion format, where the importance and tools for professional networking and building trusting friendships through the Alliance community will be shared.

Participants will (1) recognize the unique networking and mentorship opportunities provided through the Alliance, and (2) identify ways to expand personal/professional networks to add value to their growth as a healthcare education professional.

Learning Objectives:

Teena Nelson

Manager, ABMS Portfolio Program
American Board of Medical Specialties
Chicago, Illinois

Teena Nelson provides comprehensive support to the ABMS Portfolio Program by managing the relationships with and building a customer service environment for Portfolio Sponsors and participating ABMS Member Boards. She also is involved in the development of processes, budgets, and standards for the Portfolio Program. Ms. Nelson’s background includes more than 17 years in performance improvement (PI) implementation, and PI continuing medical education/maintenance of certification planning, implementation, and facilitation at the University of Wisconsin (UW) Hospital and Clinics and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health. Ms. Nelson holds a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Master’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from AT Still University of Health Sciences.


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Greselda Butler

Senior Manager, Grants and Contributions
Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc.
Rockville, Maryland

Greselda Butler is a 20-year veteran of healthcare education and medical communications, having held a variety of roles in grant writing, educational design, curriculum development, program management, implementation, and business development in for profit and nonprofit settings. Greselda joined the Otsuka US Medical Affairs grants office in 2012 and has responsibilities for all disease states as well as healthcare-related charitable contributions and corporate philanthropy. She is a distinguished member of, mentor, and volunteer for the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, and co-author of The Insider’s Guide to Medical Education Grants: Strategies for Effective Lifecycle Management, a curated resource for health education professionals. “Even as healthcare is constantly evolving there are a myriad of opportunities to elevate the practice of contemporary medicine. In my professional role and as a healthcare consumer, I’m inspired to use my access to advocate on behalf of the profession and the patient.”


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SarahAnn Whitbeck

Executive Director
Chest Wall Injury Society
Salt Lake City, Utah

SarahAnn S. Whitbeck, MBA, CHCP has been in the CE industry since 2007. She is the co-founder and current Executive Director of the Chest Wall Injury Society, where she is focused on the common interests of those persons and entities involved in the science of chest wall injury and surgical stabilization of rib fractures. As part of this role, she has developed the operational functions of the society, grown and supported membership, and facilitated their annual education summit meetings with surgeons from 12 countries spread across 5 continents.

She volunteers for the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions and serves as the Chair of the Membership Committee. She is also part of the University of Utah Business Alumni Association Board of Directors.


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Audrie Tornow

Senior Director, Educational Strategy
Paradigm Medical Communication, LLC
Orangeburg, New York

Audrie Tornow, CHCP - Senior Director, Educational Strategy
With nearly 20 years of industry and medical education experience, ranging from educational strategy to implementation of activities to ACCME reaccreditation, I have a thorough understanding of current continuing education guidelines and a detailed knowledge of contemporary compliance considerations. I have published and presented on a variety of topics including engagement of patients in CME, development of validated professional practice gaps for healthcare clinicians, and the power of storytelling on educational retention. A recipient of the Brian P. Russell Exemplary CME Professional award in 2013, I am currently the President of the National Association of Medical Education Companies (NAMEC), member of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp) and recipient of the 2014 Rising Star Award and 2016 Distinguished Member Award.


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