Outgoing president George Mejicano kicked things off at the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions annual meeting with a quick walk-through of the work that ACEHP has done in the past year. In addition to changing its name (Mejicano revealed a new logo with the wave of a Harry Potter-inspired magic wand) and enacting a new bylaw that allows two new members to join the board, the new national disclosures system is on schedule for rollout this year, and the Alliance is also gearing up to launch a research institute. Another change for 2012, though not quite as happy a change as far as I'm concerned, is that Paul Weber, who has done an outstanding job as the Alliance's executive director, is retiring in May. I hope to catch up with Paul this afternoon and get some of his thoughts on his time with the organization, so more on that later.
Gabrielle Kane, president of the Society for Academic CME, then took to the stage to talk about the "family reunion" feeling of working with ACEHP, with the support of a healthy grant from Pfizer specifically aimed at improving research in CME. She outlined the SACME research agenda, which is based on two main projects at this point: A literature review to identify gaps and guide new research; and a taxonomy project. She invited Alliance members to participate in both.