Ann Lichti: Dr. Holsey was my mentee for the mentor/mentee session during the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions conference in Orlando a couple of years ago. Dr. Holsey is the administrator for the National Medical Association’s Internal Medicine Section and the Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Section, and she’s the president of the Association of Asthma Educators.

Before the conference, we reviewed the agenda and abstracts together and I provided suggestions about which sessions she might find most beneficial. We communicated regularly during the conference, discussing the workshops we enjoyed. We also made a plan to collaborate on an outcomes-themed article that would share the story of a successful collaboration between providers on a CME initiative that resulted in improvements in physician performance. The hope is that it will inspire similar partnerships among other CME and CE providers.

As we began developing the article, I was introduced to our third coauthor, Meg Burke, MHSA, CCMEP, who is the senior educational partnerships manager in the Office of Professional Education at National Jewish Health in Denver. Collaboration, networking, and mentoring are rewarding personally, professionally, and, as this example shows, can result in education that leads to physician self-reported practice changes.