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TREI’s Peterson Named President of Texas Alliance for Continuing Medical Education
07/31/2008

ARLINGTON, Texas – Marilyn Peterson, director of continuing medical education for The Research and Education Institute for Texas Health Resources (TREI), has been installed as president of the Texas Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (TACME). Peterson, a Certified Continuing Medical Education Professional, will lead TACME for a two-year term.

Marilyn Peterson

Marilyn Peterson

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TACME promotes quality continuing medical education (CME) in the state of Texas through networking, mentoring and educational opportunities. TACME members include the state’s leading health care systems, hospitals, medical schools, medical societies, and education companies.

“Under Marilyn's direction, TREI has one of the state's most progressive CME programs. She works closely with Texas Health Resources hospital leaders on best practices for building quality and patient safety,” said TREI President Russell E. Poland, Ph.D. “Through her TACME leadership, Texas health care providers and their patients will benefit from her passion for medical education.”

TREI recently received Accreditation with Commendation from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, ranking it in the top 10 percent of CME providers. TREI’s innovative programs include Point of Care CME, which enables physicians to receive educational credit while reviewing information about evidence-based medicine.

One of TREI’s innovative CME programs will debut on Sept. 9-10 with the broadcast of two satellite and Web presentations on the prevention, detection and treatment of deep venous thrombosis (DVT). The broadcasts are the first in the Texas Health Resources Quality and Patient Safety in Health Care Series to be national in scope and accessible to all U.S. hospitals and health care providers.

More than 17,000 physicians and 9,000 non-physicians attended TREI’s CME conferences in 2007, and more than 2,500 physicians participated in online training.

“It’s an honor to lead TACME at this challenging time for CME programs as we face new national accreditation guidelines. Health care providers will better serve our patients if we work together to maximize our training effectiveness,” said Peterson.

Peterson has worked with THR CME programs for 12 years, serving as a director since 1999. She received the 2006 THR System Manager of Excellence Award. Peterson received her master’s degree in adult and continuing education from the University of Texas at San Antonio and bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University.

About The Research and Education Institute (TREI)
TREI is an independent, not-for-profit organization within Texas Health Resources. TREI’s mission is to enhance health through research and education. TREI conducts research that contributes to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, and offers continuing medical education to physicians and other health care professionals. The Presbyterian Institute for Minimally Invasive Technology (PIMIT), operated by TREI, provides exceptional research and training capabilities for both THR-affiliated physicians as well as physicians affiliated with other institutions. For more information about TREI, visit www.texashealth.org/TREI or e-mail TREI@texashealth.org.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health care delivery systems in the United States and the largest in North Texas in terms of patients served. THR’s system of 13 hospitals includes Harris Methodist Hospitals, Arlington Memorial Hospital and Presbyterian Healthcare System, and a medical research organization. THR is a corporate member or partner in six additional hospitals and surgery centers. For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit www.texashealth.org.

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