SCMEC 2017 Conference for CME Professionals – Registration Open

SCMEC 2017 : the Premier Medical Education Conference for CME Professionals

SCMEC 2017 Conference

SCMEC 2017 Conference

Release: August 3, 2017
Los Angeles, CA

The Southern California Medical Education Council (SCMEC) announced today that registration is open for the premier medical education conference for CME professionals. The 2017 Conference will be held November 3, 2017 in Rancho Mirage, CA near Palm Springs. Hosted by the Annenberg Center for Health Science, Eisenhower Medical Center, this conference is a networking and learning opportunity for beginner, intermediate and advanced professionals involved in medical and health care education.

Click here to learn more about the conference and to register.


2017 SCMEC Bylaws

SCMEC Bylaws Updated March 2017 – please click to view: 2017 SCMEC bylaws

Save the Date SCMEC 2017 Annual Conference

Save the date for the best conference for CME professional on the West Coast, Nov 3, 2017.

SCMEC members: $195 before 9/30
Non members: $250 before 9/30

SCMEC 2017 Conference

To: White Memorial Family and the CME Community

From: John Raffoul, D.P.A., FACHE President & CEO, White Memorial

Date: January 10, 2017

Subject: Passing of Georgia Froberg

It is with a heavy heart and profound sadness that I inform you of the passing of Georgia Froberg, former Director of Medical Education at White Memorial. We have lost a gentle spirit, a strong voice and a great leader. Georgia served here at the White for nearly 43 years, starting out as an administrative assistant in 1973 and going on to become the Director of Medical Education in July 1986. She had an unwavering commitment to medical education, and during her 30-year tenure she helped shepherd countless residents through the often intense challenges of a medical residency, cheering and supporting them on their way to the finish line.

As you all know, Georgia was curious about everything, and has been part of all the changes the White experienced in the last four decades. It is no surprise, then, that Georgia was the one person to go to if you wanted to know what happened when, where, how and why – and what worked and what didn’t.

Georgia loved entertaining and decorating – which is why we could always count on her to play Ellen G. White at innumerable New Employee Orientations to the delight and enlightenment of new employees. And a party at the White would not have been the same without first delving into the two closets in the Medical Education offices – where, it seemed, Georgia had a decoration or two for every occasion.

These are just a few of the ways Georgia Froberg enriched our lives. I’m sure each one of us who knew her, or knew of her, have our own special memory of her friendship, her knowledge, her counsel and her sense of humor. Take the time in the next few days to share one of those memories with one another. Georgia, your impact and your legacy here at the White will always be in our hearts and in our memories. Thank you for your lasting imprint on our hearts and for being part of the White Memorial family.

Services for Georgia will be held this Friday, January 13th @ 11:30 a.m. at the following address; Holy Family Catholic Church, 1527 Fremont Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030

Word Cloud from the 2016 Annual Conference

Word Cloud Analysis from the SCMEC 2016 Conference

During the 2016 Annual SCMEC Conference, Megan Swartz and Ani Mardakhanian hosted a Round Robin session entitled, “Performance Improvement for your CME Program.” During this very interactive session, Megan and Ani encouraged attendees to brainstorm using LEAN theories. After the conference, Ani compiled the results of the brainstorming using a free website to create the word clouds…see link below. (Note: There are many other similar free websites as well to create word clouds.)

The first word cloud lists the keywords/ideas we collected when we asked “What Value Does CME Provide to Customers”


This second graphic shows is how our attendees plan to apply concepts learned as a result of attending this session.

We encourage others to share their own word clouds or other methods that they have used to analyze the results of interactive sessions!

SCMEC Ethical Guideline: Financial Relationships with Entities that Sell Products or Services to CME Professionals

SCMEC Ethical Guidelines

Disclosure, Identification and Management of Financial Relationships with Entities that Sell Products or Services to CME Professionals

SCMEC is committed to ensuring that its educational activities are balanced and free from promotion. Therefore, in addition to disclosure of any financial relationship(s) with commercial interests, all SCMEC planner/faculty/authors must disclose financial relationship(s) with entities that sell products or services to CME professionals.

The ACCME defines a “commercial interest” as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients.

For the purpose of this guideline, entities that sell products or services to CME professionals may include the following:

  • Program/accreditation consultants,
  • Independent speakers’ bureaus not affiliated with pharmaceutical companies or device manufacturers,
  • Companies providing program management tools or products,
  • Polling device companies,
  • Technology or learning management companies,
  • Association management companies,
  • Other.

Companies that sell products or services to CME professionals are NOT ACCME-defined “commercial interests,” therefore these financial relationships do not pose a conflict of interest (COI) related to the ACCME’s Standards for Commercial Support.

To ensure balance and independent education, SCMEC will review all planner/faculty/author relationships with commercial interests and with entities that sell products or services to CME professionals.

SCMEC will consider these financial relationships when creating a planning committee and will attempt to include at least one (1) individual on the committee with no financial relationships with an entity that sell products or services to CME professionals.

If an individual does have a relationship with an entity that sells products or services to CME professionals, SCMEC will review the content outline to ensure that is not promotional.

SCMEC will publish all disclosures in advance to the learners.

(Approved by SCMEC Board of Directors, November 25, 2015)

Job Openings In CME

New CME Positions Available

As a service to the CME Community, SCMEC will post new positions available in CME whenever possible. The date the position was posted is indicated.

Huntington Hospital has an opening for a CME Coordinator. Please contact Abigail Sarmiento in Human Resources at 626-397-3354or via email  (posted November 4, 2015)

Please do not contact SCMEC regarding these jobs. These positions have not been reviewed by SCMEC Leadership. If your organization has a position open, please use the “Contact Us” form to submit the information.

2015 SCMEC Conference Update – CME professionals take note!

The date and location for the 2015 Annual Conference is set!


Friday, October 23, 2015
Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center
Burbank, CA

Click here for more information about the conference.

A conference and networking opportunity for beginner, intermediate and advanced professionals involved in medical and health care education.

Our goal is to do more than just deliver information. We will provide specific examples that you may apply to your CME Program.