Professional Development

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

How to Win Friends and Influence Leaders in Your Health System/Medical Specialty Society

Monday, January 22
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Location: Mediterranean 1

Physician Credits: 1.0

Nursing CE Credits: 1.0

Pharmacy Credits: 1.0

ACPE UAN: 0809-9999-18-082-L04-P (Knowledge)

Session Description
The purpose of this session is to provide an understanding of, and strategies for: how to influence your institutional leadership.

CPD offices can contribute to their institution’s overall mission and vision by being a catalyst for positive change and/or helping institutional leadership develop the professionalism required of its physicians and other healthcare providers. All too often the potential contributions of the CPD are way underappreciated and under-recognized. CPD offices are under enormous pressure to provide and demonstrate “value” in their respective healthcare or medical specialty institutions.

This session will help you develop a strategic approach to gain the trust and support of your leadership. We will address how to develop and exercise power to position your office as an effective player. We will discuss issues such as: what they want/need to hear from you; how you position yourself to be heard; how you craft your value proposition; how you build your case for why you should be engaged in other decision or action arenas such as Quality meetings, Physician leadership development, faculty development, etc.

Learning Objectives:

Morris J. Blachman

Associate Dean
University of South Carolina School of Medicine & Palmetto Health
Columbia, South Carolina

Morris J. Blachman PhD, FACEHP, FSACME

Morris J. Blachman, PhD, FACEHP, FSACME, is Associate Dean for Continuous Professional Development and Strategic Affairs and Clinical Professor, Department of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Science, University of South Carolina School of Medicine (USCSOM) and Palmetto Health. He has led the University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Palmetto Health Continuing Medical Education Organization since 1996; in addition, Dr. Blachman is a senior management consultant specializing in strategic management.

Dr. Blachman has held leadership positions in the American Association for Medical Colleges (AAMC), the Society for Academic CME (SACME) and the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEHP). Locally, he co-chairs the ABMS MOC Portfolio Program Steering Committee; is a leader in integrating medical education across the continuum; serves on major medical school and hospital committees; led Palmetto Health’s Graduate Medical Education Strategic Planning process and is co-facilitating the USC School of Medicine’s current strategic planning process. Among Dr. Blachman’s most recent publications is “Understanding and Effecting Health Care Organizational Change,” in Continuing Professional Development in Medicine and Health Care, edited by Rayburn, et al (Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer, 2017) and "Professional Development Perceptions and Practices among US Physicians: A Cross-Specialty National Survey," Co-Author, Academic Medicine, February 21, 2017 [Epub, ahead of print].

Dr. Blachman earned his BA from Brandeis University, his MA in International Studies from the University of South Carolina, and his PHD in Political Science from New York University. For twenty-three years Dr. Blachman taught in the University of South Carolina's Department of Government and International Studies, specializing in Latin America and United States foreign policy. Dr. Blachman also served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Air Force, including a tour in Vietnam for which he was awarded a Bronze Star.


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Deborah A. Samuel

Director, Division of Continuing Medical Education
American Academy of Pediatrics
Elk Grove Village, Illinois

Deborah Samuel, MBA, FSACME, FACEHP is the Director, Division of CME at the American Academy of Pediatrics and has served the organization in other roles, including as the Manager, Education & Accreditation Services and a CME Manager.

Ms. Samuel has been a member of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEHP) and Society for Academic CME (SACME) for many years and has presented on various topics, including implementation of commitment to change contracts in live CME, joint providership, test item writing activities, commercial support, funding of CME, association and industry interactions, CME reaccreditation processes, and CME program best practices. Ms. Samuel has served as President of SACME, as Leader of ACEHP’s Medical Specialty Societies (MSS) Member Section and as a co-leader of ACEHP’s MSS/Industry Alliance for Continuing Education Working Group, and as a faculty member at the Accreditation Council for CME’s CME as a Bridge to Quality™ Accreditation Workshops.


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