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

Exploring Roles of Individual Professions on the Healthcare Team: Considerations for Continuing Education

Sunday, January 21
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Location: Mediterranean 3

Physician Credits: 1.5

Nursing CE Credits: 1.5

Pharmacy Credits: 1.5

ACPE UAN: 0809-9999-18-123-L04-P (Knowledge)

Session Description
Interprofessional teamwork is undoubtedly important in optimizing patient care and is often the focus in today’s continuing education environment. However, to truly appreciate the health-care team, we must understand the scope of practice, roles, responsibilities, and educational needs of the individual professions on the team.

This session examines the individual roles and responsibilities of various health-care professions on the health-care team including; pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, psychologists and optometrists. This session also explores barriers to developing continuing education programming for these professionals.

Learning Objectives:

Richard Lewis

President & CEO
ProCE, Inc.
Bartlett, Illinois

Dr. Lewis is a 1988 PharmD Graduate from the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy and a 1991 MBA graduate from the University of Illinois College of Business Administration. In 1989 he completed a residency program in Clinical Practice and in 1991 completed an advanced residency and fellowship in Pharmacy Practice Management, also at the University of Illinois.

He spent his early career in the academic medical setting and the group purchasing industry prior to launching ProCE.

Dr. Lewis has lectured and published extensively on the challenges and opportunities that exist for the profession of pharmacy across the continuum of care and continues to focus his company’s efforts on education targeted at the appropriate use of drug therapy to optimize patient outcomes.


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Gayla Bruner

Director, Continuing Medical Education
Memorial Hermann Health System
Houston, Texas

Gayla Bruner, RN, BSN, Director of Continuing Medical Education for Memorial Hermann Health System, Houston, Texas. Ms. Bruner has been the director of CME at Memorial Hermann Health System since 2000. Prior to this, she served as the Director the for Memorial Family Practice Residency Program at Memorial Hermann.

Ms. Bruner is currently serving as President of the Alliance's Board of Directors. She has been a site surveyor and a member of the Texas Medical Association Subcommittee for Accreditation since 2007.


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Lisa Fennell

Executive Director
Council on Optometric Practitioner Education/ARBO
Charlotte, North Carolina

Lisa Fennell is the Executive Director of the Association of Regulatory Boards of Optometry (ARBO). Ms. Fennell is responsible for administering ARBO's accreditation program for CE for optometrists: the Council on Optometric Practitioner Education (COPE). COPE offers two options for accreditation of optometric CE, activity accreditation or provider accreditation. Like other accreditation systems, COPE accreditation assures that optometrists receive education that is designed to be independent, free from commercial bias, based on valid content and effective in improving the quality of care delevered to their patients. COPE providers must meet rigorous standards for educational quality and independence, and COPE CE activities must be planned, implemented and evaluated in accordance with COPE's accreditation criteria, Standards for Commercial Support (SCS) and accreditation policies.


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Dale R. Kummerle

Director, Independent Medical Education
Bristol-Myers Squibb
West Windsor, New Jersey

Dr. Dale Kummerle is a Pharmacist and is currently the Department Lead for Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS) Independent Medical Education. He has been involved in education his entire career, from his time as a NovaSoutheastern University Assistant Professor, to his 14 years in educating Healthcare professionals and Patients as a BMS Medical Science Liaison. He has 4 years of international business experience in Europe and the Middle East, building and managing a team of medical scientists across 14 countries. Dale’s lifelong passion for learning and teaching has provided him with opportunities to lecture internationally, including North America, Europe, China, and Japan. He has been invited to speak at conferences across the globe, including presentations at CBI, EU CME Forum, Association of Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), Asia-Pacific Medical Education Congress (APMEC), the Alliance for Continuing Education of Healthcare Professionals and the Global Alliance for Medical Education conferences.

During Dale's career, he has enjoyed volunteering for various professional associations, including a national position with the American Pharmaceutical Association, and Committee participation with the Florida Pharmacists Association. He was President of the Broward County Pharmacists Association (1997 – 1998), and now leads the Global Alliance for Medical Education as it’s current president (2017 – 2018).


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Marie-Michele Leger

Director, Clinical Education
American Academy of Physician Assistants
Alexandria, Virginia

Ms. Léger a PA for 34 years is director, clinical education at AAPA . She monitors, advises AAPA's leadership on issues in clinical medicine, public health, coordinates activities that relates to CPD, translate best available evidence which leads to PA practice improvement. She has published extensively and presented in the U.S. and internationally. Ms. Léger has a faculty appointment at the GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences and at the Shenandoah PA Program.


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Michele L. McKay

Education Specialist
American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Austin, Texas

Michele L McKay, MSN, APRN, FNP-C is a board certificed Family Nurse Practitioner working at the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. Michele started her FNP career working at a rual health clinic managing patients across the lifespan and then moved to the retail health clinic where she worked in the clinic and advanced to the Clinic Practice Manager role for her area. She has been with AANP since 2013 in the Education Specialist role where she researches an writes IME grants and manages funded projects from the development phase through the final outcomes. Michele finds the challenges of grant writing and project management to be very rewarding and satisfying.


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Antoinette Minniti

Associate Executive Director, Office of CE Sponsor Approval
American Psychological Association
Washington, District of Columbia

Antoinette M. Minniti, Ph.D., C.Psychol, is the Associate Executive Director for the Office of CE Sponsor Approval at the American Psychological Association. Dr Minniti is a Chartered Psychologist with The British Psychological Society, a registered Sport and Exercise Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council, and a Member of the American Psychological Association.


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