Sue Pelletier

Editor, Medical Meetings/MeetingsNet's mad blogger

After spending my first 10 journalistic years mired in sewage sludge and garbage as a writer and editor of national and international trade magazines for the environmental industry from my former home base in Boulder, Colo., I can't tell you how much I appreciate and enjoy covering the meetings industry for The Meetings Group. I can't believe I've been here since 1998--time sure flies when you're having fun! Back in my enviro days, I actually attempted to help plan a technical trade conference and exhibition before deciding to stick with what I do best, so I have a first-hand appreciation of some of what people in this industry deal with day to day (and an even deeper appreciation that I don't have to do it myself--definitely wasn't cut out to be a meeting professional).

Since I've started covering this industry, I've developed a huge interest in adult education in all its many facets, and a fascination with how all the elements come together to create a learning environment that actually gives people the tools they need to do their jobs better once they get home. Meeting planning covers pretty much every aspect of business, from marketing and promotion to logistics to strategic planning--who wouldn't be fascinated? And this industry has done well by me, with my coverage earning several industry awards that make me proud to be a part of it all.
Interests

In those rare times I'm not chained to my keyboard, I like to hike the woods around my home in rural Massachusetts with my husband and my surrogate child, Mango the Australian shepherd. I also paint pet portraits, and do obedience and freestyle with Mango.

Contact Info:
Phone: (978) 448-0377
e-mail: spelletier@meetingsnet.com
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Articles by Sue Pelletier
CMP-HC Beta Test Now Free for Medical Meeting Planners
The Convention Industry Council is waiving all fees for medical meeting planners who want to sit for the new subspecialty designation beta test this fall.
Managing Your Top 3 Legal Meeting Management Challenges 
Advice from a legal expert on how to protect your rates, avoid attrition, and manage risk.
What Pharma Planners Need to Know to Be Audit-Ready
What pharmaceutical meeting managers need to do to prepare for a regulatory compliance audit.
Commentary: Blurred Lines, CME-Style
Despite all the safeguards that have been put in place to ensure accredited continuing medical education is fair and balanced, arguments against the commercial support of CME are as perennial as pop starlets looking to shock at music awards ceremonies.
How to Design a More Effective Educational Activity
The key to educational effectiveness is to fit your format and engagement strategy to the activity’s goals and objectives.
Taking the Maintenance of Certification Challenge
How the CME team at National Jewish Health evolved a performance-improvement educational intervention to also satisfy Maintenance of Certification Parts II and IV.
ACCME 2012 Report on CME
Infographic: ACCME 2012 Report
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's latest data show decline in commercial support, growth in overall income for accredited CME providers.
ACCME Annual Report: Income Up, Commercial Support Drops for Fifth Year
Accredited continuing medical education providers report rises in every source of income except support from pharmaceutical companies.
CIC Releases Healthcare Planner Certification Criteria, Exam Dates
Beta exam for the new medical subspecialty designation to be held in October; the first official test is scheduled for May 2014.
Hilton Launches Online Portal for Meeting Planners
Hilton Worldwide recently launched a portal site for meeting planners called Connect at Hilton Worldwide.
ACTIVE Network Launches RegOnline Update
ACTIVE Network's new version of its entry-level RegOnline meeting planning tool is designed for small- to mid-size organizations.
MPI WEC 2013: All About Change
Meeting Professional International’s 2013 World Education Congress focused on transforming individuals, organizations, and the meetings industry.
Lead CME Organizations to Collaborate on Enhancing Professionalism
Six continuing medical education provider organizations are banding together to improve professionalism in CME, improve patient care, and enhance the quality of care for CME provider employers.
CMS Issues Answers to FAQs about the Sunshine Act and CME
The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services recently clarified how the Sunshine Act physician payment rules will affect continuing medical education.
Commentary: Let the ACCME Lovefest Begin
Why I think the recently released proposed simplification of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education is being hailed as the next best thing to sliced bread.

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