Texas Health Continuing Medical Education Director Honored as Fellow of National Health Education Alliance

ARLINGTON, Texas — Marilyn Peterson, M.A., CCMEP, director of continuing medical education at Texas Health Research & Education Institute, has been named to Fellow status in the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions.

Marilyn Peterson, M.A., CCMEP
Marilyn Peterson, M.A., CCMEP
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The Fellow credential represents a professional’s continued service to the Alliance, including participation in committees, mentoring and presentations. Among the Alliance community, Fellowship status conveys a persistent level of commitment to the Alliance over many years, according to the organization.

Texas Health Research & Education is the research and continuing medical education arm of Texas Health Resources, one of the nation’s largest faith-based, nonprofit health care systems. Texas Health Research & Education’s CME program has been accredited with Commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

“This recognition is a strong testament to Marilyn’s leadership in her field,” said George Pearson, Texas Health Research & Education acting president. “Under Marilyn's direction, Texas Health Research & Education has one of the nation’s most progressive CME programs. She works closely with Texas Health hospital leaders on best practices for building quality and patient safety.”

Peterson and Sandra Pinkerton, Ph.D., Texas Health Research & Education’s director of curriculum development and distance learning, were among the first 70 people to earn the Certified CME Professionals (CCMEP) designation from the National Commission for Certification of CME Professionals (NC-CME), the first credential designed exclusively for continuing medical education professionals.

In 2012 Peterson was named secretary of the National Commission for Certification of CME Professionals (NC-CME), having served on the organization’s board since 2010. She also served as president of the Texas Alliance for Continuing Medical Education (TACME).

Peterson has worked with Texas Health CME programs for 17 years, serving as a director since 1999. In 2006 she received the system’s Manager of Excellence Award. She 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.

Follow this link to see an ACCME interview with Peterson on empowering staff to facilitate CME content planning.

Peterson will be honored on Jan. 31 at the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions’ Awards Ceremony in San Francisco.

About Texas Health Research & Education Institute
Texas Health Research & Education Institute is an independent, not-for-profit organization within Texas Health Resources. Our vision is to advance health through research and education. Accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, Texas Health Research & Education conducts research that contributes to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease, and offers continuing medical education to physicians and other health care professionals. For more information, visit TexasHealth.org/THRE.

For more information about Texas Health Resources, visit TexasHealth.org.