CCMEP™ is the only credential that designates qualified individuals as Certified CME Professionals.

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Q: How was the NC-CME established, and what qualifies this organization to conduct a certification program?
A: In the fall of 2004 an invitation to attend a retreat at a conference center near Philadelphia was sent to a group of experienced CME leaders who had expressed an interest in developing a certification initiative for CME Professionals. Eleven volunteers and one observer attended the 2-day retreat held February 16-17, 2005. The minutes of this meeting show progress made by the group:
  • Reviewed 6 certification programs that could serve as models for a certification program for CME professionals;
  • Explored the possibility that the National Organization of Competency Assurance (NOCA), might provide infrastructure and examination services for NC-CME;
  • Reviewed a Concept Proposal;
  • Adopted a Mission Statement;
  • Conducted a SWOT exercise to analyze Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats;
  • Agreed to move forward in forming an infrastructure to develop a certification program for persons employed in the CME field.
The nonprofit organization that emerged became incorporated in the state of New Mexico and has secured 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status Founding Officers of the Corporation were Judy Ribble, President; Jack Kues, President-Elect; Marissa Seligman, Secretary; Laird Kelly, Treasurer; Founding Directors were Marty Cearnal, Pam Mason, Lew Miller, Karen Overstreet, and Greg Thomas (Board of Directors).

Formal invitations were sent to 18 organizations considered to be stakeholders in the CME enterprise, inviting them to send representatives to the NC-CME Advisory Board. The Advisory Board met in June 2005 in the Chrysler Building, New York City. An open forum during the January 2006 Alliance for CME conference drew a group of more than 100 interested CME professionals.. The Board of Directors began to meet monthly via conference call. In December 2006, Jack Kues assumed the role of President and Judy Ribble became Executive Director. In 2006 more than $30,000 was donated by interested individuals and organizations to provide start-up funding for the nonprofit all-volunteer organization.

Presentations on the need for a certification program were delivered at conferences in October 2006 (AMA Task Force on CME Provider/Industry Collaboration Presentation) and in January 2007 (Alliance for CME Presentation). An article was published in the September 2006 Alliance Almanac titled “Credentialing for CME Professionals: A Fresh Look at Needs and Possibilities.”
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