TREI Continuing Medical Education Leaders Receive Industry’s First Credential
11/19/2008

ARLINGTON, Texas — Marilyn Peterson, M.A., and Sandra Pinkerton, Ph.D., of The Research and Education Institute for Texas Health Resources (TREI) recently received designation as Certified CME Professionals (CCMEP) from the National Commission for Certification of CME Professionals (NC-CME). They are among the first 70 people to earn the CCMEP, the first credential designed exclusively for continuing medical education (CME) professionals.

Marilyn Peterson

Marilyn Peterson

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Peterson is director of continuing medical education with TREI, and Pinkerton is director, curriculum development and distance learning. They received their certifications Oct. 21 at the American Medical Association’s annual conference of the National Task Force on CME Provider/Industry Collaboration, held in Baltimore.

The CCMEP certification program benefits the public health by offering stakeholders a way to verify the knowledge and skills of CME staff. The NC-CME expects the credential to become an important measure of competence for CME professionals.

“The certification recognizes the professionalism of TREI’s CME program and its leadership,” said TREI President Russell E. Poland, Ph.D. “It sets an expectation for quality of service and programming we provide to physicians, and will help attract funding for our CME research initiatives.”

TREI is accredited with commendation by 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.

Sandra Pinkerton

Sandra Pinkerton

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Hospitals and health care providers nationwide benefitted in September and October from TREI satellite and web broadcasts on deep venous thrombosis prevention, detection and treatment. The three-part series is expected to reach more than 13,000 viewers.

“Marilyn’s and Sandra’s certifications strengthen TREI’s capability to support physician learning in a time of change in physician professional development,” said Poland. “TREI is known for its progressive CME program, and it’s a great credit that our CME leaders are among the nation’s first certified professionals.”

About The Research and Education Institute (TREI)
TREI is an independent, not-for-profit organization within Texas Health Resources. TREI advances 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.