Pre-Conference Workshop: The Basics Workshop

Saturday, January 20
8:00 AM - 2:15 PM
Location: Mediterranean 1

Physician Credits: 5.75

Nursing CE Credits: 5.75

Pharmacy Credits: 5.75

ACPE UAN: 0809-9999-18-048-L04-P (Knowledge)

CHCP Exam Designation: CPD Associate Exam

Session Description
The Basics Workshop is designed for individuals new to the field of continuing education for the health professions. Through the use of presentations, group facilitators and interactive case studies, participants will work through the educational planning process and examine strategies for profession-specific and inter-professional education. A discussion of the Alliance National Learning Competencies, adult learning theory and other practical tools will be included. Additionally, participants will learn how to navigate the Alliance 2018 Annual Conference in order to select the sessions of most benefit to their own professional development.

Please note: this workshop requires an additional registration fee.

Learning Objectives:

Anne Symons

Accreditation & Outcomes Solutions LLC
Bradenton, Florida

Anne Symons, CHCP, has over 15 years of experience in the field of CME. She is the co-founder of Accreditation & Outcomes Solutions LLC. Accreditation & Outcomes Solutions is a customer focused company that provides customized solutions to assist organizations to seek initial accreditation and remain accredited. Accreditation & Outcomes Solutions help organizations to improve compliance with the accreditation criteria to ensure their ongoing status as an as a recognized provider of accredited education for physicians, nurses and pharmacists.

Anne was Director, Accreditation and Outcomes for the Elsevier Office of Continuing Medical Education. Under her guidance Elsevier Office of CME earned Accreditation with Commendation from the ACCME and became accredited to offer pharmicists credit as an ACPE provider. Anne has seven years of experience in the accreditation field as the Manager of Education and Accreditation at the Colorado Medical Society (part of the ACCME accreditation system). She managed a robust department of Medical Education at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She became a Certified Healthcare CPD (Continuous Professional Development) Professional in 2008 and has been continuously certified since then. Anne is a longtime member of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions. She became a Distinguished Member in 2011 and is working toward becoming an Alliance Fellow. Mentoring and teaching are areas of professional interest for Anne.


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Jan Schultz

Director Education Outcomes and Accreditation
Postgraduate Institute for Medicine
Englewood, Colorado

Jan has been involved in Healthcare CPD for over 30 years in multiple settings, including specialty society, medical device company and several medical education companies. At Postgraduate Institute for Medicine (PIM), she leads the education outcomes measurement team and is responsible for maintaining PIM compliance for all 11 of their accreditations. She has served in several leadership positions with the Colorado Alliance for CME. Jan has been a CHCP since September 2008. She is a member of the Alliance Commission on Certification of Healthcare CPD Professionals and chairs the candidate eligibility committee. Jan holds a BSN and MSN from the Indiana University School of Nursing, Indianapolis and has a practice background in perioperative nursing and critical care. She was awarded Fellow status by the Alliance in 2017.


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Frank C. Berry

Director, Division of Continuing Professional Developement/CME
MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society
Baltimore, Maryland

Frank currently serves as the Director for MedChi, The Maryland State Medical Society’s CME and CPD programs, a position he has held for the last 14 years. In this capacity he administers CME program development, for the organization’s nationally ACCME accredited CME program, and monitors for compliance for the MedChi Accredited Provider System, an accredited provider program under the ACCME’s Recognition System. He also administers the societies other programs for professional development in practice management and development.

In his work, Frank is involved in the development, planning and implementation of educational activities that address needs for national, regional and local CME. Under the society’s provider accreditation program he works with providers of CME in Maryland and Washington, DC to maintain their compliance with the ACCME’s criteria and policies in equivalency with ACCME’s national provider system. His work involves monitoring, maintenance of compliance, program design and development, measurement and provider education and counseling. He has help MedChi maintain a system with 42 accredited providers, and planned and delivered an annual average of 35 direct and jointly sponsored CME and CPD activities. His department conducts educational activities in support of the MedChi Accredited Provider System, including an Annual Provider Workshop. In 2010 and again in 2016 MedChi achieved Accreditation with Commendation from the ACCME.

In 2009 Frank completed the NC-CME exam for certification of CME professionals and was awarded CCMEP credentials, he has maintained this certification which is now designated as CHCP

Before joining MedChi, Frank was the Administrator for Commercially-Supported Activities for the American Psychiatric Association.

He served on the ACCME’s Accreditation Review Committee (ARC).from 2008-2014.

Frank is an active member of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEHP), and has served as faculty for the Alliance Basics Program, Co-Chair for the Alliance Fundamentals 101 program and on several committees.
He is also part of a collaboration of CME professionals in the Mid-Atlantic region called the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for CME (MAACME). He served as that organization’s Vice President.


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Ashley Izydore

Senior Physician Learning Coordinator
Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
Decatur, Georgia

Ashley Izydore, CMP grew up in Cartersville, GA and completed her undergraduate program with a Bachelors of Business Administration, Marketing at the University of Georgia in 2012. She was previously employed by The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Inc. as a Business Travel Sales Coordinator with The Ritz-Carlton Hotels of Atlanta Sales Office before taking an educational planner position with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Inc. As a Senior Physician Learning Coordinator at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Ashley is in charge of planning and executing live, educational conferences and activities for employed and community providers for continuing medical education, creating online content for an educational webinar series and is the educational liaison for the Children’s Behavioral Health Provider Education Initiative. Ashley earned her CMP designation (Certified Meeting Professional) through the Events Industry Council in 2017. She is currently the Vice President of Communications with Meeting Professionals International, Georgia Chapter in Atlanta, GA after completing her first year (July 2016 – June 2017) on the Board of Directors as the Director of Communications.


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Melissa Carter

Senior Vice President of Education & Membership
Florida Medical Association
Tallahassee, Florida

Melissa Carter currently serves as Senior Vice President of Education & Membership for the Florida Medical Association (FMA). In this capacity, she manages all of the educational activities of the FMA, including CME, joint sponsorship, and accreditation of 55 CME providers in Florida. She also serves as staff liaison to the FMA Council on Medical Education & Science, Council on Healthy Floridians, and Committee on CME & Accreditation.

Ms. Carter earned a Bachelors degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN and a Masters degree from Florida State University.


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Sheryl Symons

Co-Founder, Managing Member
Accreditation & Outcomes Solutions LLC
Granville Summit, Pennsylvania

Sheryl Symons, MA, is Co-Founder and Managing Member of Accreditation & Outcomes Solutions. Sheryl is an experienced Data Analyst with a demonstrated history of working in the CME and higher education industries. Before graduate school, Sheryl worked as a litigation paralegal for nearly 8 years. Her time in this position required excellent time management, organization and communication skills. She left her job to complete a Bachelors Degree in Political Science. Sheryl graduated summa cum laude and was an Honors Scholar. With her successful completion of undergraduate studies, Sheryl became interested in teaching others. In 2010, she entered the PhD program at Binghamton University SUNY. While there, she continued to build on her existing skill set, and added two more—Data Analysis and Education Design. Sheryl created and taught courses to undergraduate students. Some were in a traditional classroom, others were online. She pursued and earned a certificate in Online Education. The PhD Political Science program at Binghamton is known for its production of highly trained quantitave scholars.

After earning the Masters degree and completing all coursework for the PhD, Sheryl went “on market” and learned that the job market for higher education is extremely competitive. Sheryl decided that she needed to find an alternative way to use her data analysis skills and passion for higher education.

When she found consultant opportunities in CME, it was a perfect match. Sheryl feels it is important to be passionate and engaged with your work, and her skills combined with a personal and deep interest in improving healthcare make the work she is doing now meet that criteria. She has worked with clients in several capacities – from writing and submitting grant proposals, to reporting learning outcomes, to assisting clients with development of learning activities that will satisfy accreditation requirements.

Sheryl is married to Mark Symons. Together, they have 4 grown sons and 4 grandchildren. They live on a 59 acre, working farm in rural Northeast Pennsylvania with their border collie, Gunnar.


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Steve Singer

VP of Education and Outreach
Chicago, Illinois

Steve Singer, PhD, is Vice President of Education and Outreach at the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the nonprofit organization responsible for accrediting US institutions that offer continuing medical education (CME) to physicians and other health care professionals. Dr. Singer oversees development of programs and resources to support the national system of accredited CME providers, ACCME-recognized state accreditors, and accreditation volunteers. Dr. Singer oversees the educational support for Joint Accredited providers and accreditation volunteers. ACCME, together with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) oversee Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education. Dr. Singer’s liaison responsibilities for the ACCME include the National Collaborative for Improving the Clinical Learning Environment (NCICLE), the National Academy of Medicine Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, and the Intersociety Coordinating Committee for Health Practitioner Education in Genomics.

Prior to the ACCME, Dr. Singer held a senior management position at an ACCME-accredited provider where he directed the development of nationally-focused educational initiatives for health care teams. Dr. Singer has served in leadership roles of a number of CME professional organizations and has been a frequent author and presenter for national publications and conferences, including the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, and the National Association of Medical Staff Services. Dr. Singer has authored curricula in medicine, biotechnology, middle school science education, and has served as an advisor to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs. Dr. Singer serves as a board member for the Center for Jewish Genetics.
Dr. Singer received his doctorate in neuropharmacology from the Stritch School of Medicine. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife, Rebecca, their children—Molly (19), Jack (16) and Charlie (13)—and enjoys singing and arranging a cappella music.


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