While we plan the 2019 schedule, here are the 2018 session presenters for your reference.


For plenary session presenter bios, see the Plenary Sessions page.

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Mike Adams

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As the Digital Communications Manager for the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), Mr. Adams enjoys the fun and challenge of having an ongoing conversation with ABP diplomates and the public. He brings more than 13 years of experience in digital marketing to ABP, with a resume that includes work in nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Mr. Adams has written tweets for regional businesses, helped redesign websites for multinational corporations, and written copy for a New York Times bestselling author.

Presentations:
Gathering User Feedback to Inform the Design and Usability of Websites and Mobile Apps


Linda Althouse, PhD

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Dr. Althouse is the Vice President of Psychometrics and Assessment Services at the American Board of Pediatrics, where she oversees the test development and psychometric activities for all of the Board’s examinations. She is currently active in the next generation of continuous assessment models for physicians focused on lifelong learning. Dr. Althouse is an active member of the professional credentialing community, presenting frequently at national conferences. She has a Master of Science in Mathematics and Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Presentation:
Designing Secure Continuous Assessment Strategies for MOC Programs


Akua G. Asare-Danso, MD

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Dr. Asare-Danso develops quality improvement solutions for health care systems. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, she received the 2010 University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Psychiatry Residency Senior Research Award and the 2010 Bernard Goodman Award. In 2011, she served as the American Psychiatric Association's Spurlock Congressional Fellow to Senator Sherrod Brown. A 2016 Business World Ghana "Top 20 Under 40" recipient, Dr. Asare-Danso was most recently Chair of the D.C. Commission on African Affairs.

Presentation:
The American College of Cardiology Journey into Quality and Practice Improvement: Challenges, Lessons Learned, and Strategies to Engage Stakeholders and Improve Outcomes


Matt Austin, MS, PhD

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Dr. Austin is a faculty member in the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality at Johns Hopkins Medicine and. his research focuses on quality measurement. In his current role, he provides strategic guidance to The Leapfrog Group on performance measures for their annual survey and Hospital Safety Grade. Within Johns Hopkins, Dr. Austin guides the development of dashboards to help patients and employees understand how units, departments, or hospitals are performing on key measures of quality and safety. He has a Doctor of Philosophy degreein Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Presentation:
Medical Professionalism and Accountability: Platforms for High-Value Physician Practice


Sylvia Aziz, MHA, CSSGB

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Ms. Aziz serves as Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program and Communication Manager at the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. In this role, she oversees the MOC Department and manages Parts I through IV in which more than 33,000 physicians participate in nationwide. Ms. Aziz is a graduate of the University of Texas - Dallas earning a Bachelor of Science in General Business Administration and Master of Science in Healthcare Administration. She has experience working in credentialing, continuing medical education, and MOC with organizations such as the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Seton Healthcare Family.

Presentation:
Behind the Scenes: Lessons from an Article-Based Approach to Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment


Mary Carol Badat, MAdEd

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Ms. Badat graduated from the University of Illinois and joined the Peace Corps, inspiring her lifelong career in education. She began her career teaching elementary, junior high, and high school students, and then spent more than a decade managing distance education programs for a large community college, earning a master’s degree in Adult Education. For the past 20 years, Ms. Badat has been building and leading professional education for medical societies including the American Academy of Pediatrics; Radiological Society of North America; American Society of Anesthesiologists; and American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Presentation:
A Collaborative Model for Journal-Based Continuous Assessment


Kirk Becker, PhD

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Dr. Becker is a Senior Research Scientist with Pearson, and has more than 20 years of experience conducting research and performing operational work in measurement and psychometrics. He has conducted research and worked operationally with alternative test items, performance testing, automatic item generation and principled item development, and exam formats including adaptive testing. Dr. Becker's current research focuses on evaluating and coding large item pools using natural language processing. He received his Doctorate in Philosophy in  Educational Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Presentaion:
Testing Models Incorporating Item Families from Automatic Item Generation


Richard H. Bell, Jr., MD

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Dr. Bell, Jr. is a past Chair of the Department of Surgery at Northwestern University. He was recruited to the executive staff of the American Board of Surgery in 2006 and chaired the Surgical Council on Resident Education, a body with a mandate to implement a national competency-based curriculum for residency training in general surgery. Dr. Bell served as the first chair of the Surgery Milestones Working Group for the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. He is the founder of a company, Discourse LLC, which creates web-based case scenarios for education and assessment. Dr. Bell also teaches at Temple University.

Presentation:
Using Virtual Patient Cases for ABMS Certification and Continuing Certification


Regan Bergmark, MD

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Dr. Bergmark is an otolaryngologist at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a faculty member at the Center for Surgery and Public Health at Harvard Medical School. She is an American Board of Medical Specialties’ Visiting Scholar whose work focuses on standardized outcomes measures and using big data to study disparities in health care outcomes. She graduated from Stanford University and completed medical school, residency, and fellowship training at Harvard Medical School, where she was also the Gliklich Healthcare Innovation Scholar. Dr. Bergmark is Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

Presentation:
Assessing Assessment: Exploring Impact and Improvement Opportunities


Norman Berman, MD

Dr. Berman is a Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Education at Dartmouth Geisel School of Medicine. He is a pioneer in the development and use of virtual patient cases for medical education and was the co-founder of MedU, which provides virtual patients to most of the medical schools in the U.S. Dr. Berman is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Presentation:
Using Virtual Patient Cases for ABMS Certification and Continuing Certification


Johnathan Bernard, MD, MPH

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Dr.  Bernard is an Attending Orthopaedic Surgeon at the National Sports Medicine Institute and a 2017-18 American Board of Medical Specialties’ Visiting Scholar, sponsored by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and attended Yale Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health, receiving both a Medical Doctorate and a master’s degree in Public Health. Dr. Bernard completed his Orthopaedic Residency at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, fellowship training in Sports Medicine at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York and an AOTrauma Fellowship at the Hospital University of Geneva in Switzerland. Dr. Bernard is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Presentation:
Assessing Assessment: Exploring Impact and Improvement Opportunities


Ronald R. Blanck, DO

Lieutenant General Ronald R. Blanck, DO (US Army, retired) is a partner and Chairman of the Board of Martin, Blanck & Associates.  The company, formerly Martin & Associates, does health care consulting for the private sector and the government.  He retired as the President of the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Work June 30, 2006.  As president, Dr. Blanck headed an academic health center that includes the Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, School of Public Health and School of Health Professions.

A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Dr. Blanck, 68, is board certified in internal medicine.  He joined the UNT Health Science Center in August 2000 after his retirement from the U.S. Army.

He currently serves as Chair of the Board for the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates.

Dr. Blanck is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Presentation:
Update on International Activities: ECFMG, ACGME International, and ABMS International™


Brian Block

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Mr. Block is the Learning Management System Technology Solutions Specialist at the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA). In this role, he manages the Education Center, to make learning with ASA intuitive, rewarding, and creative. Mr. Block has a background in Arts Education and Interactive Media. He holds degrees from Northern Illinois University and Columbia College in Chicago.

Presentation:
Promoting Practice Improvement through Faculty, Forums, Reflection and Learning Management Systems


Robert Brucia, MEd

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Mr. Brucia is the Test Development Specialist at the American Board of Pediatrics.. He received his Master’s in Education in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, & Assessment at the University of Illinois, Chicago. Prior to joining the Board, Mr. Bruciaworked as the Test Developer and Testing Technology Specialist for the American Nurses Credentialing Center. He is currently working on his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Research Methodology at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro.

Presentation:
Catching Up: How Principled Assessment Design Can Welcome Assessments to the 21st Century


Martin F. Casey, MD, MPH

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Dr. Casey is currently a third-year resident in Emergency Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. He completed his medical training at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and obtained a master’s degree in Public Health from the Mailman School of Public Health. Dr. Casey is trained in health outcomes research and has numerous publications on health services. He plans to continue his career as a clinician and obtain a position in academia with a focus on health policy.

Presentation:
Assessing Assessment: Exploring Impact and Improvement Opportunities


Souvik Chatterjee, MD

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Dr. Chatterjee is a Pulmonary Critical Care staff physician at the Medstar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC. He completed his undergraduate education at The Johns Hopkins University graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience, and obtained his medical degree with distinction from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Dr. Chatterjee returned to Johns Hopkins to train in the Osler Internal Medicine Residency Program where he later served as Assistant Chief of Service. He completed specialty training in Critical Care at the National Institutes of Health and Pulmonary Medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital, respectively. Dr. Chatterjee is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Presentation:
Assessing Assessment: Exploring Impact and Improvement Opportunities


Benjamin J. Chesluk, PhD

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Dr. Chesluk is the Senior Researcher for Ethnographic Research at the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). In this role he works on a wide range of projects aimed at helping physicians and others improve the quality of patient care systems. Before joining ABIM, Dr. Chesluk spent several years at a design-research consulting firm, where he conducted ethnographic research in clinics, operating rooms and intensive care units around the world. He is also the author of Money Jungle, an anthropological study of the redevelopment of New York City’s Times Square. Dr. Chesluk holds a Doctorate in Philosophy in Cultural Anthropology, and has been conducting anthropological research to understand and improve health care since 2005.

Presentation:
Designing Secure Continuous Assessment Strategies for MOC Programs


Andrew Dallas, PhD

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Dr. Dallas is a Psychometrician II at the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA). He obtained his Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2014. Since joining NCCPA in 2013, Dr. Dallas has helped run and maintain NCCPA’s exam programs. He leads facilitation efforts of the Automatic Item Generation meetings and committee at NCCPA. His research interests are multi-stage adaptive testing, principled assessment methodologies, standard setting methodologies, and issues related to item response theory.

Presentation:
Testing Models Incorporating Item Families from Automatic Item Generation


Jean D'Angelo

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Ms. D'Angelo joined the National Board of Medical Examiners in 1992, and currently serves as its Director of Test Development Services within the Test Development subunit of Professional Services. In her role, she oversees the development of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® and numerous examinations for health professionals, including several administered by theAmerican Board of Medical Specialties’ Member Boards.

Presentation:
Assessment for Health Systems Science: Accomplishments, Gaps, and Future Directions


Stephen L. Davidow, MBA-HCM, CPHQ, APR

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Mr. Davidow serves as the Director of Quality Improvement at PCPI (formerly the American Medical Association-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement). He provides training in quality improvement (QI) and oversees sharing best practices in health care QI. He recently served on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Technical Expert Panel examining improvement activities in the Quality Payment Program. Mr. Davidow is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality and has been a National Baldrige Quality Award Examiner. He also serves as President of the Illinois Association for Healthcare Quality. Mr. Davidow has a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from Loyola University Chicago.

Presentations:
Helping Clinicians Practice at the Top of Their License through Quality Improvement
How to Get Started in Health Care Quality Improvement


Michael Dekhtyar

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Mr. Dekhtyar joined the American Medical Association in 2013. In his role as Research Associate, he supports the development of scholarship and related activities for the Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative. He is currently completing a Master of Education in Measurement, Evaluation, Statistics, and Assessment at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Mr. Dekhtyar brings knowledge and skills program evaluation and assessment to the Association's efforts in understanding and improving undergraduate medical education to better prepare learners for practice within a changing delivery system.

Presentation:
Assessment for Health Systems Science: Accomplishments, Gaps, and Future Directions


Kirk Diepenbrock, MS, CSM

Mr. Diepenbrock is the Chief Information Officer for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), charged with leading a technical evolution at the Board. Prior to joining ABOG, he lead the development and delivery of one of the most successful Business Intelligence projects in the Financial Services space: Advanced Reporting for Credit Unions. Mr. Diepenbrock has 21 years of experience in designing and delivering software solutions in the medical, financial, and telecommunications industries. He also served 25 years in the United States Army, retiring in 2012 as a Command Sergeant Major.

Presentations:
Designing Secure Continuous Assessment Strategies for MOC Programs
 


Shannon Dunahue

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Ms. Dunahue has been with the American Board of Family Medicine since 2006. She is a National Certified Investigator with Inspector Training from the Council on Licensure Enforcement and Regulation. Ms. Dunahue earned her Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Management from Midway College and her master’s degree in Management from Sullivan University. Ms. Bailey has previously served on the ABMS Conference Committee and has facilitated and presented a number of workshops for the Conference throughout the years.

Presentation:
Benefits of Shared Data Services


Laura Edgar, EdD, CAE

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Dr. Edgar is the Vice President for Milestone Development at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. She previously served as the Executive Director of the Review Committees for Medical Genetic and Genomics, Pathology, and Radation Oncology. Prior to joining the Council, Dr. Edgar worked in the clinical laboratory and then directed certification, education, and accreditation programs for various domestic and international medical and scientific organizations. She has a doctorate in Organizational Leadership, a Master of Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Sciencein Medical Laboratory Sciences. Dr. Edgar is also a certified medical technologist and  Certified Association Executive.

Presentation:
Milestones 2.0: Using the Past to Define the Future


Dagoberto Esquer

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Mr. Esquer is the Lead Multimedia Processing Specialist working with the American Board of Radiology. His work with volunteer Medical Physicists and Radiation Oncologists to develop the certifying oral exams allows him first-hand knowledge of the struggles volunteers have with digital media. Having worked with small committees, he also understands the challenges posed by declining volunteer numbers. Mr. Esquer’s determination to improve and modernize processes that enhance the experience candidates undergo is motivated by his recognition of how public health benefits from certification.

Presentation:
Item Review Strategies: Utilizing Volunteer Subject-Matter Experts to Assemble High-Quality Exams


Matt Ferris

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Mr. Ferris is the Director of Test Development at the National Board for Certification and Recertification of Nurse Anesthetists. He has been involved in professional health care certification and continuing education development for many years and has worked in education his entire career. His professional and research interests include improving the effectiveness of item-writer training and increasing the value of credentials to employers, patients, and professionals.

Presentation:
Examinee References and Resources: Steps toward Open-Book Testing and Innovative Item Development


Roseanne Fischoff, MPP

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Ms. Fischoff serves as the Economic and Practice Innovations Executive for the American Society of Anesthesiologists. In this role, she helps advance the specialty by overseeing efforts to ensure that the interests of anesthesiologists in regulatory affairs are well represented as they intersect with payment and practice management issues. In addition, Ms. Fischoff helps promote, educate, and advocate for the perioperative surgical home initiative;  and serves as a catalyst for innovation in the development of products and services to support Society members in redefining the future of the specialty.

Presentation:
ASA's Innovative Initiatives to Address Quality and Performance Improvement


Trevor Fleck, MPA

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Mr. Fleck is the CertLink® Project Manager at the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). With a background in project management and process improvement, he oversees the CertLink program's platform development. Prior to joining ABMS, Mr. Fleck worked as the MOCA-Peds Program Manager at the American Board of Pediatrics. He also has worked for the Department of Veterans Affairs, United States Agency for International Development, and the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program.

Presentation:
The Nitty Gritty of Time Management, Productivity, and Planning for Success


Steven Folstein, MFA, MEd

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Mr. Folstein is the Director of Education at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. In this role, he oversees a continuing education program that includes nearly 300 activities in multiple formats, serving more than 20,000 learners each year. Prior to joining the Academy, Mr. Folstein spent 14 years working in higher education and the arts where, in addition to teaching, acting, and directing, he focused on curriculum development, assessment of student learning, and outcomes-based education. He has an Master of Fine Artsfrom the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and a Master of Education from Regis University.

Presentation:
A Collaborative Model for Journal-Based Continuous Assessment


Brian Garibaldi, MD, MEHP, FACP

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Dr. Garibaldi is an Assistant Professor in Pulmonary and Critical Care at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, where he attends in the Medical Intensive Care Unit and the Pulmonary Clinic. He is also the Medical Directorof The Johns Hopkins Biocontainment Unit, a federally funded special pathogens treatment center. In addition, Dr. Garibaldi is the Associate Program Director of the Osler Medical Residency Program, where he leads curriculum development. In 2017, he co-founded the Society of Bedside Medicine, an organization devoted to education, innovation, and research on the role of the clinical encounter in 21st century medicine. Dr. Garibaldi is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Presentation:
Assessing Assessment: Exploring Impact and Improvement Opportunities


Lamar Goodenough

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Combining content organization and user research, Ms. Goodenough has provided user experience services since 1999. Working within client priorities, she coordinates user research activities such as one-on-one interviews and usability tests, reporting on results for strategic iterative improvements. Her work extends to information architecture and content design. She has led Digital Wave's American Board of Medical Specialties Member Board initiatives for the American Boards of Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Surgery. Ms. Goodenough has a Nielsen Norman Group Certification in User Experience, and is a member of the Information Architecture Institute and PhillyCHI.

Presentation:
Learning from Your Web Users: The Key to an Effective Online Presence


Leonie Gordon, MD

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Dr. Gordon is a tenured Professor in the Department of Radiology at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She is the Associate Executive Director of the American Board of Nuclear Medicine, a position she has held since 2016. Dr. Gordon is active in education of both residents and medical students and hopes to create lifelong learners out of everyone she teaches. During her career, she has held leadership positions within the Medical University and is currently the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs and Development. Dr. Gordon is Board Certified by the American Board of Nuclear Medicine.

Presentation:
Assessing Professionalism


Kevin Graves, MBA, PMP

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Mr. Graves currently serves as a program and project manager at the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM). He has worked with several American Board of Medical Specialties Member Boards, including the American Board of Internal Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics and ABMS in various capacities. Prior to joining ABFM Mr. Graves was a solution project manager at IBM.

Presentation:
Innovations and Evolution: Modernizing Systems for Standardization


Kristin Gudenkauf

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Ms. Gudenkauf is the Project Manager for the American Board of Radiology, and is Co-chair of ABMS Conference 2018.  She collaborates with business units and technical teams to manage multiple projects outside of standard operations, coordinating team resources to deliver projects on schedule, manage risk, and facilitate change management processes. Her current projects include t Board's Online Longitudinal Assessment pilot and launch, and a new diplomate portal. Ms. Gudenkauf is currently pursuing a master's degree in Industrial-Organizational Psychology.

Presentations:
Innovations and Evolution: Modernizing Systems for Standardization
 


Valerie Haig

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Ms. Haig is the MOCA-Peds Program Manager at the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). She has been involved in the ABP's international and global health initiatives since 2007, and in MOCA-Peds since its inception.

Presentation:
MOCA-Peds 2017 Pilot Results: Outcomes, Learning, Clinical Practice Changes, and What Is to Come


Stanley Hamstra, PhD

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Dr. Hamstra is the Vice President of Milestone Research and Evaluation at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. Prior to joining the Council, Dr. Hamstra held faculty positions at the University of Michigan, University of Ottawa, and University of Toronto in the Department of Surgery. He also has worked closely with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada to develop policies regarding competency-based medical education. Dr. Hamstra received his Doctor of Philosophy  in Sensory Neuroscience from York University in Toronto.

Presentation:
Milestones 2.0: Using the Past to Define the Future


R. Van Harrison, PhD

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Dr. Harrison is a Professor in the Department of Learning Health Sciences at the University of Michigan Medical School. His training as a social psychologist emphasized individual behavior in organizational settings. Dr. Harrison’s major interest is in the evaluation and improvement of physician performance in the delivery of health care. He has studied the delivery of continuing medical education (CME) at medical schools and how better to align CME and quality improvement. His educational activities include teaching systems and quality improvement to physicians, residents, and medical students.

Presentation:
Portfolio Program Sponsors’ Affiliations with Other Organizations for Practice Improvement


Patricia Hicks, MD, MHPE

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Dr. Hicks is an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics in the Department of Pediatrics at the Perlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is currently the Director of Pediatrics Milestones Assessment Collaborative – a collaborative of the American Board of Pediatrics, National Board of Medical Examiners, and the Association of Pediatric Program Directors – a project aimed at developing feasible assessment instruments with high validity evidence that can be used to inform critical decisions regarding trainees while also providing valuable feedback to trainees. Dr. Hicks is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Presentation:
Workplace-Based Assessment: Informing Important Decisions about Clinician Competence


Gerry Higgins

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Ms. Higgins has been active in the design and development of educational training programs her entire career. After 20 years as founder of an award-winning digital media production company, she transitioned to eLearning with the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and currently serves as the Senior Learning Technology and Production Manager. Ms. Higgins’ experience and background helped launch ASA's first in-house learning management system (LMS) platform and transition to the next generation LMS implementation with a strategic move toward technology-enabled learning focused on intuitive learning path delivery for ASA's 52,000+ physician membership.

Presentation:
Promoting Practice Improvement through Faculty, Forums, Reflection and Learning Management Systems


Sandra Hodgson

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Ms. Hodgson is Director of Communications for the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Joining the Board in 2017, she brings more than 20 years of  marketing and communications experience. Beginning with eight years in an advertising agency and then shifting into corporate marketing and communications in the technology field, Ms. Hodgson has worked in the health care field since 2008..

Presentations:
Branding and Communication of Complex Initiatives: A Member Board’s Practice Analysis
Learning from Your Web Users: The Key to an Effective Online Presence


Nina Hoe, MsEd, PhD

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Dr. Hoe is the Director of Evaluation at ImpactED, a research center at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been evaluating the Our Patients platform since its inception in 2015. Dr. Hoe has a Master of Science in Education and Doctor of Philosophy in Education from the University of Pennsylvania. She has extensive experience conducting research and evaluation in the areas of education, technology, and user experience. Dr. Hoe’s technical areas of expertise include program evaluation, study and instrument design, data collection and analysis, in-person interviews and focus groups, statistics, and project management.

Presentation:
Using Virtual Patient Cases for ABMS Certification and Continuing Certification


Karen Hoeve, MEd

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Ms. Hoeve is the Manager of Test Development at the American Board of Pediatrics  in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Prior to joining the Board, she worked as the Section Chief for Reporting and Analysis in Accountability Services at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Ms. Hoeve earned her Master of Education in Educational Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and has completed the coursework for a Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Research Methodology at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Presentation:
Catching Up: How Principled Assessment Design Can Welcome Assessments to the 21st Century


Jennifer Hopp, SPHR, SHRM-CP

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Ms. Hopp is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources and has served as Human Resources Manager at the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA) for the past six years. Prior to joining ABA, she worked at North Carolina State University (NCSU) as an Employment Consultant and as a Human Resources Generalist with NCSU's Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Ms. Hopp has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Human Resources, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and is currently pursuing her masters of Business Administration in Human Resources from Fitchburg State University. She also volunteers with the Society for Human Resources Management as an item writer and reviewer.

Presentation:
Having the Right Total Rewards Strategy Will Move Your Organization Forward


Dot Horber, PhD

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Dr. Horber is the Director for Continuous Professional Development at the National Board of Osteopathic Medical Examiners, the leading assessment organization for the osteopathic medical profession. In this role, she manages numerous collaborative projects, developing innovative item formats and assessment tools for osteopathic physicians. Previously, she was the Director of Test Development at Prometric, a global provider of certification and licensure examinations. Dr. Horber has a Doctor of Philosophy in Experimental Psychology with a concentration in Tests and Measurements from Fordham University in New York City.

Presentation:
Examinee References and Resources: Steps toward Open-Book Testing and Innovative Item Development


Alice Coyle Hughes

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Ms. Hughes joined the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) five years ago after working on the society side at the American College of Physicians. She has worked with senior staff and Governance members at ABIM to launch the newly constituted Specialty Boards. She now supports efforts in the Clinical Affairs department. Ms. Hughes works to ensure that members of Governance are well informed about the activities in their states related to Maintenance of Certification legislation, offering those interested in becoming active the necessary support materials. She also works closely with the more than 26 medical societies under the umbrella of Internal Medicine.

Presentation:
Finding Your Voice: Why Legislative Engagement Matters


Anne-Marie Irani, MD

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Dr. Irani is a Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine in the Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at the Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where she served as Co-Director of the Allergy/Immunology training program for 26 years. Dr. Irani currently serves as the Secretary-Treasurer for the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties. She was the Chair of the grant review committee as well as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She recently completed her term on the executive committee of the section on Allergy and Immunology for the American Academy of Pediatrics, and on the Board of Directors of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.  Dr. Irani has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and as an Associate Editor for the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She graduated from the American University of Beirut in Lebanon, and completed fellowships in Allergy/Immunology as well as Pediatric Rheumatology at the Hospital for Joint Diseases Orthopedic Institute in New York, the New England Medical Center in Boston, and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. Dr. Irani is Board Certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and the American Board of Pediatrics.

Presentation:
Finding Your Voice: Why Legislative Engagement Matters


Mira Irons, MD

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Dr. Irons is the Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs for the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS).  In this role, she oversees core programs and staff that serve to advance improved standards and methods for certification, continuing certification and lifelong assessment, as well as leading the ABMS International programs. Prior to joining ABMS, Dr. Irons oversaw clinical operations for the Division of Genetics at Boston Children's Hospital and served as an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She currently is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Irons is Board Certified by the American Boards of Pediatrics, and Medical Genetics and Genomics.

Presentation:
Update on International Activities: ECFMG, ACGME International, and ABMS International™


Rebecca Johnson, MD

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Dr. Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer for the American Board of Pathology. She received her medical degree from Southern Illinois University and was named its 2010 Alumna of the Year. Dr. Johnson has served on the American Board of Medical Specialties Board of Directors as well as its Executive Committee, Committee on Certification, CEO Search Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, Maintenance of Certification Part III Task Force, Improvement in Medical Practice Task Force, and Task Force for Focused Expertise/Added Proficiency, and chaired the Organizational Standards Task Force. Dr. Johnson is Board Certified by the American Board of Pathology.

Presentation:
Lessons Learned: Writing Items and Critiques for Question-Based Longitudinal Assessment Programs


Andrew Jones, PhD

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Dr. Jones currently works as the Director of Psychometrics at the American Board of Surgery where he conducts research and leads efforts around improving operational psychometric processes. He has changed how the Board’s multiple-choice exams are equated and scored by utilizing the Rasch model and implementing an item field test plan. His recent research has focused on linking certification to outcomes. Dr. Jones has published research related to psychometrics and medical education, and many of his publications can be found in Applied Psychological Measurement and a variety of medical education journals.

Presentations:
Strategic Engagement in Research
Multiple Approaches to Studying Board Certification and Disciplinary Actions


Bonnie Jortberg, PhD, MS, RD, CDE

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Dr. Jortberg is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. She has a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Nutrition, and is a Registered Dietitian, and Certified Diabetes Educator. Dr. Jortberg has been at the University since 1995 and has devoted her career to developing innovative methods for curriculum delivery, developing more than 50 e-Learning modules. She has worked extensively with the American Board of Family Medicine to develop continuing medical education and Performance Improvement (MOC Part IV) e-Learning activities.

Presentation:
Transforming Continuing Professional Development Opportunities in Clinical Practice


Rena Kasick, MD

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Dr. Kasick is a Hospitalist and an Assistant Professor in Pediatrics at Nationwide Children's Hospital - The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She graduated from Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency and chief residency year at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Her interests include medical education, quality improvement with a particular focus on diagnostic error reduction and cognitive biases that contribute to diagnostic reasoning and medical decision making. Dr. Kasick is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Presentation:
Engaging Physicians in Diagnostic Process Improvement: Innovative Interventions


Nicole Kendall

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Ms. Kendall is the Assessment Director of Products and Programs at the American Board of Medical Specialties. In this role, she contributes to the longitudinal assessment initiative by providing leadership and direction to the CertLink® Program, serving as the platform's product manager. Ms. Kendall has more than 10 years of experience as a consultant and project manager on web development and process engineering projects for many industries including health care.

Presentation:
The Nitty Gritty of Time Management, Productivity, and Planning for Success


Carolyn Kinney, MD

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Dr. Kinney is the Executive Director of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Chair of the American Board of Medical Specialties’ Member Board Executive Caucus. She is a consultant at the Mayo Clinic Arizona in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R), where she held leadership positions in Diversity and Inclusion, and Physician Leadership and Organizational Development prior to joining the Board. A graduate of Boston University's six-year accelerated medical program, Dr. Kinney completed her PM&R residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Dr. Kinney is Board Certified by the the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Presentation:
Assessing Professionalism
Lessons Learned: Writing Items and Critiques for Question-Based Longitudinal Assessment Programs


Rahul Koranne, MD, MBA, FACP

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Dr. Koranne is an internist and geriatrician. A primary care physician at heart, he has worked in all settings across the continuum of care. Dr. Koranne has been active in the state of Minnesota’s health reform activities since 2008 including its Health Care Home model and the federally funded State Innovation Model. He serves on the faculty at the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management and is a board member at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation and the Minnesota Zoo. His passion lies in a continuous quest for the “quadruple aim” of serving all humans -  patients, families and their caregivers. Dr. Koranne is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Presentations:
Clinician Burnout: Case Studies from Minnesota’s Statewide Effort to Improve Culture in Health Care
Continuous Quality Improvement


Mary Lally, MS, CAE

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Ms. Lally serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Intersocietal Accreditation Commission (IAC). The IAC is a nationally recognized accrediting organization focused on quality and safety in diagnostic imaging and interventional procedures. A passionate advocate for quality and safety in imaging, Ms. Lally has more than 25 years of clinical, operational, and leadership experience. During her 11-year tenure at IAC, Ms. Lally has been instrumental in the development and oversight of accreditation and research programs and actively engaged in innovative quality initiatives for improved patient care.

Presentation:
Accreditation as a Mechanism to Assess and Improve Quality


Melissa Lamaffar

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Ms. Lamaffar is the MOC External Activities Part 2 Program Administration at the American Board of Pediatrics. In this role, she is responsible for the administration, management, and audit processes for Lifelong-Learning MOC Part 2 and web-based MOC Part 4 activities. Ms. Lamaffar has a bachelor’s degree from NC State University and a master's degree from East Carolina University.

Presentation:
When Lifelong Learning Meets Accredited CME


Wilma Larsen, MD

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Dr. Larsen is the Associate Executive Director of Examinations at the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Previously, she served as a Board  examiner for the Specialty and Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery (FPMRS Certifying Examinations. Dr. Larsen was the Consultant to the Surgeon General for Women's Health and the recipient of the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gyencology Faculty Award and American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology Mentor Award.  She also was the Vice Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Director of the FPMRS Fellowship at Scott and White in Temple, Texas.  Dr. Larsen is Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Presentation:
Incorporating the ACGME Competencies into the Certification Process through Nonwritten Examinations


Andrew G. Lee, MD

Dr. Lee is Professor and Chair of Ophthalmology at the Blanton Eye Institute, Houston Methodist Hospital. He also is a Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College, the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Texas A&M College of Medicine as well as Adjunct Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, the University of Iowa, and the University of Buffalo. Dr. Lee is Board Certified by the American Board of Opthalmalogy.

Presentation:
Geriatrics Virtual Patient Case Modules for Surgical and Related Medical Subspecialties


Laurel K. Leslie, MD, MPH

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Dr. Leslie is the Vice President of Research at the American Board of Pediatrics, and a Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at Tufts University School of Medicine. A developmental-behavioral pediatrician, she is committed to the prevention, identification, and treatment of physical, developmental, and mental health needs of children and adolescents across the health, mental health, school, and child welfare sectors. Dr. Leslie  received her medical degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and her Master’s of Public Health from San Diego State University School of Public Health. Dr. Leslie is Board Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Presentation:
Patients as Partners in Policy and Program Improvement: Myths, Challenges, Opportunities and Rewards


Lorraine Lewis, EdD

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Dr. Lewis is the Executive Director for Accreditation Services at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education–International (ACGME-I). She joined ACGME in 2011 as the Executive Director for the Review Committees for Anesthesiology, Preventive Medicine, and the Transitional Year. Before joining ACGME, Dr. Lewis was the Manager of Predoctoral Dental Education and International Accreditation for the Commission on Dental Accreditation.

Presentation:
Update on International Activities: ECFMG, ACGME International, and ABMS International™


Michelle Lin, MD, MPH, SM

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Dr. Lin is an emergency physician and health services researcher whose funded projects have focused on the cost effectiveness of value-based care, variation in emergency department admission rates, and the anticipated impact of alternative payment models for emergency care. Dr. Lin completed a fellowship in Health Policy Research at Brigham and Women's Hospital and has a master’s degree  in Clinical Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed her residency at Bellevue Hospital/New York University Medical Center, and has degrees from Northwestern University. She was a member of the inaugural class of ABMS Visiting Scholars in 2014-2015. Dr. Lin is Board Certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Presentations:
Assessing Assessment: Exploring Impact and Improvement Opportunities
Engaging Millennial Physicians in Specialty Certification and Professional Leadership


Grant Lynde, MD, MBA

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Dr. Lynde is the Chief of Practice and Process Improvement for the Emory University Department of Anesthesiology, where he also has an academic appointment as Assistant Professor, and  a joint appointment with Emory University's Goizueta Business School. After graduating medical school from the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Lynde completed his anesthesiology residency at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Upon completing his military service, he worked briefly in private practice before joining Emory in 2010. His current interests at Emory are in systemwide quality improvement projects. Dr. Lynde is Board Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology.

Presentation:
Engaging Physicians in Meaningful Practice Improvement


Vivian Malek

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Ms. Malek is the Lead Online Longitudinal Assessment (OLA) Developer at the American Board of Radiology (ABR). She oversees day-to-day operations of content development for the ABR's newest continuous certification model, the OLA. Managing a team of developers, her goal is to provide relationship-based support and develop simple and intuitive processes to create a meaningful volunteer experience. Ms. Malek is also part of the international collaboration with Singapore's Ministry of Health and the American Board of Medical Specialties, assisting in the exam content development for the radiology work group.

Presentation:
Item Review Strategies: Utilizing Volunteer Subject-Matter Experts to Assemble High-Quality Exams


Melissa Margolis, PhD

Dr. Margolis is a Senior Measurement Scientist at the National Board of Medical Examiners. During the past 20 years, her main areas of research have focused on workplace-based assessment, assessment and instrument design, validity, automated scoring of complex performance tasks, performance-based assessment, and standard setting. She also has authored and co-authored more than 150 scholarly publications and professional conference presentations on a variety of medical education, assessment, and measurement-related topics.

Presentation:
Workplace-Based Assessment: Informing Important Decisions about Clinician Competence


Cecily P. Marroquin, MA

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Ms. Marroquin is the Manager of Maintenance of Certification and Special Projects at the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics. She joined the Boards Community in 2013 after graduating with her master's degree in Anthropology from George Washington University. A commitment to increasing value and decreasing the burden of continuing certification underlies her projects, which include managing the continuing certification program, the CertLink® pilot program, and diplomate communications as well as rebuilding the diplomate portal. Ms. Marroquin is the Co-chair of ABMS Conference 2018.

Presentations:
CertLink—A Small Board’s Perspective
Building a New Diplomate Portal: From Concept to Creation to Implementation
Innovations and Evolution: Modernizing Systems for Standardization
The Nitty Gritty of Time Management, Productivity, and Planning for Success
Paving the Path Together: Using Collaboration to Unlock the Medical Education Continuum


David F. Martin, MD

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Dr.  Martin serves as the Executive Director of the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery (ABOS). He is a past President of ABOS and served as a Director on the ABOS Board from 2006 through 2015. A graduate of Dartmouth College and The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Martin served as a member of the Johns Hopkins faculty from 1988 through 1990. He joined the faculty at the Wake Forest School of Medicine in 1990, where he is currently a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery. His clinical and research interests are in the field of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine.

Dr. Martin is Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Presentation:
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the ABOS: Together We Are Better
Assessing Professionalism


Thomas (Ty) McCarthy

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Mr. McCarthy has served as the Chief Operating Officer of the American Board of Pathology since 2016. Prior to joining the Board, he retired from the Marine Corps after a 28-year career as a Marine. Mr. McCarthy was deployed multiple times in support of operations to include tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and raised primarily in Australia and Minnesota, he received a commission in the United States Marine Corps in 1988 following graduation from the U.S. Naval Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in General Engineering.

Presentation:
When Lifelong Learning Meets Accredited CME


Michelle Michelotti, MHA

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Ms. Michelotti is the Senior Simulation Education Manager for the American Society of Anesthesiologists, and has more than 13 years of experience leading the development and implementation of educational programs for health care associations. She has a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration from National Louis University and was a recipient of the Association Forum and USAE newpaper’s’ Forty Under 40 Award® in 2016. Ms. Michelotti currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Illinois Alliance for Continuing Medical Education.

Presentation:
ASA's Innovative Initiatives to Address Quality and Performance Improvement


Myron Miller, MD, FACP, AGSF

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Dr. Miller is a Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He is also Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine, Department of Medicine, at Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. Dr. Miller is a graduate of The State University of New York, Upstate Medical University, and completed his internship and residency in internal medicine and  a fellowship in Endocrinology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine’s Health Sciences Learning Center. Dr. Miller is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Presentation:
Geriatrics Virtual Patient Case Modules for Surgical and Related Medical Subspecialties


Patrick Murphy, RT(R)(CT)

Mr. Murphy is the Examination and Maintenance of Certification Program Coordinator for the American Board of Nuclear Medicine.  He previously served as the Computerized Tomography Program Director at St. Louis Community College and was the Vice President of the Illinois Society of Radiologic Technologists.  Mr. Murphy’s areas of expertise and concentration are in Relationship-based care, MRI Safety, and transgender - the radiology patient-public speaking.


Teena Nelson

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Ms. Nelson is the Manager of the American Board of Medical Specialties’ Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program. In this role, she supports the Portfolio Program by managing relationships with Sponsors and Member Boards, developing program processes and procedures, and assisting with the development and implementation of the program’s standards. Ms. Nelson's background includes more than 15 years’ experience in performance and quality improvement, continuing medical education, and Maintenance of Certification planning, implementation, and facilitation at the University of Wisconsin (UW) Hospital and Clinics and the UW School of Medicine and Public Health.

Presentation:
Addressing the Opioid Epidemic through Quality Improvement


Amanda Novak, MEd

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Ms. Novak received her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University where she majored in Agricultural Science Education. She later earned a Master of Education in Higher and Post-secondary Education with an emphasis in student success. Her career in higher education focused on academic advising, adult learning methodologies, faculty development, student experiences, and program assessment. She joined the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2016 where she serves as the Administrator of the MOC Part IV program. Additionally, she provides project management to the Board's Focus 2020 Initiative.

Presentation:
Branding and Communication of Complex Initiatives: A Member Board’s Practice Analysis


Brian Nussenbaum, MD, MHCM

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Dr. Nussenbaum is the Executive Director of the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. He received his medical degree from New York University School of Medicine and completed a residency in otolaryngology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Dr. Nussenbaum joined Washington University School of Medicine in 2002 after completing a two-year head and neck oncology and microvascular fellowship at the University of Michigan Health System. He received a master’s degree in Health Care Management  from the T.H. Chan Harvard School of Public Health in 2018. Dr. Nussenbaum is Board Certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

Presentation:
When Lifelong Learning Meets Accredited CME


Rachel Nuzum, MPH

Ms. Nuzum is Vice President for the Federal and State Health Policy initiative at The Commonwealth Fund. She is responsible for developing and implementing the Fund's national policy strategy for improving health system performance, ensuring that the work of the Fund and its grantees informs the policy process in both the legislative and executive branches of state and federal government. Her work also includes fostering public–private collaboration on health system performance improvement with state and federal stakeholders and organizations.

Presentation:
Federalism in Health Care: The Increasing Role of States in Setting National Policy


Kathy Olmstead, MSEd

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Ms. Olmstead serves as Program Manager of Education Operations for Maintenance of Certification (MOC) at Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development and has a master’s degree in Training and Performance Improvement. In her role with Mayo Clinic, she focuses on providing a centralized structure for quality improvement, and developing and managing MOC compliant programs related to both Part II and Part IV activities. Ms. Olmstead works in collaboration with stakeholders to evaluate the process and improve the MOC/Quality Improvement experience for all medical professionals.

Presentation:
How Mayo Clinic Improved the Quality Improvement Process Using Voice-of-the-Customer Feedback


Maria C. Ortiz, CHCP

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Ms. Ortiz is the Quality Program Instructional Design Associate for the American College of Cardiology (ACC). Prior to joining ACC in 2008, her career responsibilities included continuing medical education program management and health care administration for Sentara Healthcare in Virginia. Ms. Ortiz has been working in the education environment for more than 15 years. In her previous role she managed the American Board of Medical Specialties’ Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program at the College. Ms. Ortiz obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Norfolk State University and her Bachelor of Science in Health Science, with a concentration in Health Service Administration, from James Madison University.

Presentation:
The American College of Cardiology Journey into Quality and Practice Improvement: Challenges, Lessons Learned and Strategies to Engage Stakeholders and Improve Outcomes


Peggy Paulson, MS

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Ms. Paulson is an Operations Manager specializing in Maintenance of Certification, quality improvement, leadership, and accreditation at Mayo Clinic. She has oversight of the Quality Review Board and accreditations held by the Mayo Clinic School of Professional Development (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education, American Academy of Physician Assistants, Committee on Publication Ethics, , Board of Certification/Accreditation and American Psychiatric Association). Ms. Paulson has a Bachelor of Science in Interdepartmental Speech Communication/Community Health, and a Master of Science in Healthcare Informatics and Information Management. She also has completed training for Project Management and Six Sigma Black Belt in Healthcare.

Presentation:
How Mayo Clinic Improved the Quality Improvement Process Using Voice-of-the-Customer Feedback


Michael Peabody, PhD

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Mr. Peabody is a psychometrician at the American Board of Family Medicine and has a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research from the University of Kentucky. His primary research interests include Rasch measurement models, item response modeling, and issues related to certification and licensure testing, such as differential item functioning, equating, standard setting, and practice analyses.

Presentation:
Multiple Approaches to Studying Board Certification and Disciplinary Actions
 


Chris Perry, MA

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Ms. Perry has worked in child and health communications for 25 years. A website project manager since 1997, she led her first in-person usability test at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2006, and conducted focus groups and surveys for a non-governmental organization in 2013. Ms. Perry provided oversight for www.usability.gov and other government websites in 2016, before bringing her skills to the American Board of Pediatrics where she is the Maintenance of Certification and Projects Manager in Communications. Previously, she taught website management, news editing, and public relations to undergraduate and graduate students.

Presentation:
Gathering User Feedback to Inform the Design and Usability of Websites and Mobile Apps


Robert Phillips, MD, MSPH

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Dr. Phillips graduated from the University of Florida College of Medicine and trained at the University of Missouri in Family Medicine and Health Services Research. He formerly directed the Robert Graham Center and was the Vice President for Research & Policy for the American Board of Family Medicine until 2018. Dr. Phillips practices part-time and is a Professor of Family Medicine at Georgetown and Virginia Commonwealth Universities. He serves on the National Committee for Vital and Health Statistics and was a Fulbright Specialist to the Netherlands and New Zealand. Dr. Phillips was elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2010. Dr. Phillips is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Presentations:
Medical Professionalism and Accountability: Platforms for High-Value Physician Practice
 


Sean Powell, MD

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Dr. Powell is a practicing family medicine physician in San Diego and is the Director of Medical Education for the Kaiser Permanente Federation. He attended the University of California San Diego School of Medicine and The O'Connor Hospital Family Medicine Residency program associated with Stanford University. Dr. Powell is Board Certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

Presentations:
Addressing the Opioid Epidemic through Quality Improvement
Lessons from the Kaiser Permanente Maintenance of Certification Portfolio


Gary Procop, MD, MS

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Dr. Procop is a Medical Director at the Cleveland Clinic and Co-Chair of the Enterprise Laboratory Stewardship Committee. He completed his residency training in Anatomic/Clinical Pathology at Duke University and a Clinical Microbiology fellowship at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Procop has given more than 625 scientific presentations, and published 207 published manuscripts, 50 chapters, and three books. He is the Chair of the Committee on Continuing Certification and a Member of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Medical Specialties. He is also Past President and a trustee of the American Board of Pathology. Dr. Procop is Board Certified by the American Board of Pathology.

Presentation:
Systems-Based Improvements in Laboratory Stewardship: Improving Quality, Care While Lowering Costs


Mikaela M. Raddatz, PhD

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Dr. Raddatz is the Senior Psychometrician at the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR). In this role, she oversees examination development and psychometric processes for all ABPMR examinations. Dr. Raddatz also provides direction for ABPMR's research and development activities. Prior to joining ABPMR, she worked in the psychometrics department at the American Board of Family Medicine. Dr. Raddatz has published research related to Board Certification examinations and psychometrics in the PM&R Journal and other medical education journals.

Presentations:
Multiple Approaches to Studying Board Certification and Disciplinary Actions
Lessons Learned: Writing Items and Critiques for Question-Based Longitudinal Assessment Programs


Katie Raffel, MD

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Dr. Raffel is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Hospital Medicine at University of California, San Francisco Health and serves as Resident Quality Improvement Education Lead. In this role, she teaches internal medicine residents and medical students about clinical reasoning and diagnostic error through morbidity and mortality and other case-based curricula. Dr. Raffel's quality improvement and research interests focus on the role of diagnostic accuracy in successful transitions of care and on the development of provider-level diagnostic feedback. Dr. Raffel is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Presentation:
Engaging Physicians in Diagnostic Process Improvement: Innovative Interventions


Susan Marie Ramin, MD

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Dr. Ramin is the Associate Executive Director at the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG). Her primary focus is directing the Maintenance of Certification program and continuous professional development pilot programs. Dr. Ramin has been a member and director of ABOG’s Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division and was a member of ABOG's Board of Directors from 2009 until 2017. She also served as an examiner for ABOG’s Obstetrics and Gynecology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine certifying examinations for 19 years.

Dr. Ramin is Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Presentation:
Assessing Professionalism


Julie Raymond, CAE

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Ms. Raymond is the Senior Manager of Member Engagement at the American Academy of Pediatrics. She has more than 15 years of experience with the Academy, engaging trainees and early career physicians. In her position, Ms. Raymond provides oversight to the Section on Early Career Physicians and Section on Pediatric Trainees, which equates to 18,000-plus members. She is responsible for effectively delivering programs and resources, as well as leadership and grant opportunities to trainee and early career members. Ms. Raymond received her Certified Association Executive credential from the American Society of Association Executives in 2012.

Presentation:
Engaging Millennial Physicians in Specialty Certification and Professional Leadership


Tom Rebbecchi, MD

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Dr. Rebbecchi is Vice President for Assessment Programs at the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) and responsible for medical school examinations, product development, and public engagement. He is a graduate of the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, completed his residency in Emergency Medicine at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, and is a Diplomate of the NBME. Dr. Rebbecchi continues to have an active practice of medicine at the Cooper University Hospital and is an Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Cooper Medical School of Rowan University. Dr. Rebbecchi is Board Certfied by the American Board of Emergency Medicine.

Presentation:
Workplace-Based Assessment: Informing Important Decisions about Clinician Competence


Kate Regnier, MA, MBA

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Ms. Regnier is the Executive Vice President of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). She oversees the ACCME systems for accrediting national and international continuing medical education (CME) providers, recognizing state and territory medical societies as accreditors for intrastate CME providers, and designating non-U.S. accreditors as substantially equivalent to the ACCME. Ms. Regnier codirects the Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education, along with the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Accreditation and American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Presentations:
Accredited Improvement Activities: Improving Practice or Quality for MOC, CME, and MIPS
When Lifelong Learning Meets Accredited CME


Thomas N. Robinson, MD MS

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Dr. Robinson is an academic surgeon whose research focuses on improving the care of older adults in the peri-operative setting. He currently has a faculty position as the Professor of Surgery at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and the Chief of Surgery at the Denver VA Medical Center. As a surgeon investigator, Dr. Robinson’s surgery research is concentrated in  three major areas: postoperative delirium, frailty's relationship to surgical outcomes, and incorporation of geriatric specialty variables into outcomes data sets. Dr. Robinson is Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery.

Presentation:
Geriatrics Virtual Patient Case Modules for Surgical and Related Medical Subspecialties


Linette Ross

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Ms. Ross is a Senior Psychometrician at the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). She is currently the Psychometrician for several American Board of Medical Specialties’ Member Boards; the American Medical Association Health Systems Science; and client in-training, certification and post-licensure testing programs. Ms. Ross was the Psychometrician for the NBME Subject Examination and Customized Assessment programs for more than 15 years. She holds a Master of Arts in Educational Research Methodology from the University of Pittsburgh and is currently completing a Doctor of Philosophy in Evaluation, Measurement and Statistics at the University of Delaware.

Presentation:
Assessment for Health Systems Science: Accomplishments, Gaps, and Future Directions


Diana Rusz, MPH

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Ms. Rusz is the Research and Program Manager at the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine (SIDM). Prior to joining SIDM, she worked as a consultant for Health Management Associates, a national research and consulting health care firm. Previously, she worked as a graduate assistant at the Center for Research on Women and Gender as well as the Chicago Colorectal Cancer Consortium, while attending the University of Illinois at Chicago. Ms. Rusz received her Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy and Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Presentation:
Engaging Physicians in Diagnostic Process Improvement: Innovative Interventions


Doron Schneider, MD

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Dr. Schneider is the Chief Safety and Quality Officer at Abington Hospital – Jefferson Health. He is a faculty member for several Quality Connect initiatives to improve care for Diabetes, Pain Management, and Immunization rates. Dr. Schneider leads the National Institute of Health’s National Diabetes Education Program working group to enhance and redesign the Practice Transformation website. He has held positions with the American Board of Internal Medicine and has served on National Quality Forum work groups focused on Serious Event Reporting. In addition, he is the Deputy Editor for the journal Clinical Diabetes and leads the section on Quality Improvement. Dr. Schneider is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Presentation:
Engagement of Primary Care Physicians in a National Ambulatory Quality Improvement Collaborative


Susan Sheridan, MIM, MBA

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Ms. Sheridan currently serves as the Director of Patient Engagement for the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine. Prior to her work there, she served as Patient and Family Engagement Adviser at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as well as Director of Patient Engagement at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.. Before that, Ms. Sheridan was the external lead of the Patients for Patient Safety program at the World Health Organization. She  previously spent 10 years in patient advocacy with Parents of Infants and Children with Kernicterus and Consumers Advancing Patient Safety inspired by adverse family experiences in the health care system. 

Presentation:
Patients as Partners in Policy and Program Improvement: Myths, Challenges, Opportunities and Rewards


Andy Shin, JD, MPH

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Mr. Shin is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) for the American Hospital Association (AHA) Center for Health Innovation, a new AHA endeavor that aims to enhance health care transformation and accelerate innovation with new tools, unique market intelligence, actionable data, targeted education, and applied research. Previously, he was COO of the Health Research and Educational Trust, the non-profit research and education affiliate of the AHA.

Presentation:
Coupling Improvement and Innovation: Results from the AHA Innovation Academy Pilot


Pooja Shivraj, MS, PhD

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Dr. Shivraj recently joined the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology as its new psychometrician. Dr. Shivraj's expertise lies in measurement, evaluation, and research design. Prior to joining the Board, she served as the Director of Research and Evaluation in K-12 education, and as a researcher/psychometrician in a university setting. In addition to publishing her work frequently, and presenting both nationally and internationally, Dr. Shivraj serves as a methodological reviewer for numerous high-impact journals.

Presentations:
Ensuring a Relevant and Results-Oriented LLSA Program through a Creative Data-Driven Framework
Incorporating the ACGME Competencies into the Certification Process through Nonwritten Examinations


Huaping Sun, PhD

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Dr. Sun is the Manager of Assessment Operations, Psychometrics and Research, at the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA). She oversees scoring, reporting, and other psychometric activities for ABA examinations and assessments. Dr. Sun is also  the staff liaison to the ABA Research Committee and has been involved in a number of research projects that evaluated the ABA’s certification programs and studied anesthesiologist disciplinary license actions and physician well-being. She has published in academic journals such as The Journal of American Medical Association and Anesthesiology.

Presentations:
Cohort-Based Longitudinal Surveys of Anesthesiologists’ Burnout, Distress, and Depression
Incorporating the ACGME Competencies into the Certification Process through Nonwritten Examinations


David Swanson, PhD

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Dr. Swanson is the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Vice President of Academic Programs and Services. Joining ABMS in 2015, Dr. Swanson  manages the activities of the Committee on Certification,Committee on Continuing Certification and the Ethics and Professionalism Committee; and supports the Member Boards in the development of their Programs for Certification and Maintenance of Certification. He previously worked at the National Board of Medical Examiners for 26 years. In 2011, Dr. Swanson was awarded the Richard Farrow Gold Medal for contributions to medical education by the United Kingdom’s Association for the Study of Medical Education. 

Presentation:
Lessons Learned: Writing Items and Critiques for Question-Based Longitudinal Assessment Programs


Joel Tieder, MD, MPH

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Dr. Tieder is a Pediatric Hospitalist and a national leader in quality improvement education and research. He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Seattle Children's Hospital and the University of Washington, and the Director of Seattle Children's Multi-Specialty Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program. Dr. Tieder is alsos the Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Council on Quality Improvement and Patient Safety. He has led many national research projects aimed to improve quality of care, including the development and implementation of MOC PEAKS®, a national survey to evaluate the effectiveness of MOC Part IV. Dr. Tieder is Board Certfied by the American Board of Pediatrics.

Presentation:
MOC-PEAKS: A Participant Survey Informs Improvement of Part IV Programs and Projects


David Y. Ting, MD, FAAP, FACP

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Dr. Ting is the Chief Medical Information Officer for the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization. A practicing primary care internist and pediatrician at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, he is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Ting earned his medical degree from Duke University Medical School and then completed a combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency in the Harvard Combined Medicine-Pediatrics Program, where he became the Residency Program Director. Dr. Ting is Board Certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics.

Presentations:
Improve Documentation Quality and Efficiency Using Peer Coaching and Peer Chart Review


Bailey Tinkle

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Ms. Tinkle is the Exam Development Manager for the American Board of Radiology. Having been an Exam Developer for many years, she understands the difficulties of content development and working with volunteer Subject Matter Experts (SME). Ms. Tinkle is skilled in finding solutions that benefit both the SMEs and her team of Exam Developers. Her dexterous management style allows her department to flourish in the face of constant exam evolution.

Presentation:
Item Review Strategies: Utilizing Volunteer Subject-Matter Experts to Assemble High-Quality Exams


Jo Ann Townson

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Ms. Townson is the Senior Consultant of Clinical Education at The Permanente Federation/Kaiser Permanente. She has been involved in the creation and development of  meaningful physician education for more than 17 years.

Presentation:
Lessons from the Kaiser Permanente Maintenance of Certification Portfolio


Natalie Trahey

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Ms. Trahey is the Director of Program Operations at the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM). In this role, she oversees ABIM's Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program and collaboration with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through which ABIM Board Certified diplomates can earn MOC points for thousands of continuing medical education activities they are already doing.

Presentation:
Accredited Improvement Activities: Improving Practice or Quality for MOC, CME, and MIPS


Adam Turner, MPH

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Mr. Turner is the Research Program Manager at the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP). Since joining ABP in 2015, he has been closely involved in the evaluation of the ABP's longitudinal assessment platform, managing the pediatric workforce initiative, and further advancing the new research infrastructure at the ABP. Mr. Turner has a Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Public Health and is a certified Project Management Professional.

Presentations:
Strategic Engagement in Research
MOCA-Peds 2017 Pilot Results: Outcomes, Learning, Clinical Practice Changes, and What Is to Come


Suzanne Turner, MBA

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Ms.Turner is the Senior Program Manager of Physician Leadership and Professional Development at the Massachusetts General Physicians Organization (MGPO). She manages MGPO's efforts to provide physicians with integrated solutions to meet multiple professional, educational, and regulatory requirements through ongoing local quality improvement efforts. Recently, Ms. Turner launched the MGPO Online Peer Chart Review Program to facilitate peer learning and quality improvement related to documentation in the electronic medical record.

Presentation:
Improve Documentation Quality and Efficiency Using Peer Coaching and Peer Chart Review


Kim Van Brunt

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Ms. Van Brunt's 18-year career includes freelance writing, marketing, public relations and layout design, as well as communications strategy development and project management. As the Communications Manager for the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, she oversees and directs communications strategy for the spectrum of physician certification, including informational and marketing campaigns for residents, exam candidates, and diplomates. In addition, Ms. Van Brunt advises leadership on diplomate relations, organizational reputation management, and branding shifts into a new era of certification.

Presentations:
Finding Your Voice: Why Legislative Engagement Matters
Influencer Marketing: Leveraging Allies to Tell Your Board’s Story
 


Lawrence Vapniarek

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Mr. Vapniarek is the Chief Operating Officer at the American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI). Prior to joining ABAI in 2006, he worked in various administrative and managerial positions at the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) for 18 years. Mr. Vapniarek’s experiences at ABIM enabled him to guide ABAI in a positive way during his tenure by increasing office staff from two to eight, moving the office twice, and improving the operation of the Board to work in a more independent manor, among other accomplishments. He received his bachelor's degree from St. Joseph's University and a Master of Business Administration from California Coast University.  Mr. Vapniarek is also a graduate of Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing as well as the Lutheran Theological Seminary.

Presentation:
A Collaborative Model for Journal-Based Continuous Assessment


Patti Vondrak, MBA

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Ms. Vondrak is the Director of Operations at the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN). She has been with APBN since 2002, is a member of the Senior Management Team, and is most involved with directing Communications, Exam Administration, and the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program.  Ms. Vondrak acts as a liaison with professional organizations on ABPN issues. She led the transition from the 10-Year MOC Program to the Continuous MOC Program and is currently part of the Part III Pilot Project implementation team, using journal article assessments as an alternative to the traditional MOC exam.

Presentation:
Behind the Scenes: Lessons from an Article-Based Approach to Lifelong Learning and Self-Assessment


Robyn Wearner

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Ms. Wearner blends her background in health care research and experience supporting providers and practices in creating e-Learning modules that focus on a variety of topics impacting practice environments and patient care. As an Instructional Designer, she focuses on the learner while addressing requirements and standards for continuing medical education and Maintenance of Certification. A library of 50 modules have been curated on a learning management system she helped design and maintain, CUeLearning.org.

Presentation:
Transforming Continuing Professional Development Opportunities in Clinical Practice


George D. Wendel Jr., MD

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Dr. Wendel joined the ABOG staff as Assistant to the Director of Evaluation on July 1, 2012 and became Director of Maintenance of Certification on July 1, 2013. He was previously Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. He was the associate residency program director and then program director at Parkland Memorial Hospital from 1992 to 2012.  He held the Norman Gant Chair and served as the department’s Vice-Chair for education. Dr. Wendel has been a member and Director of the ABOG Maternal-Fetal Medicine Division and was a member of the Board of Directors from 2004-2012. He was a member of the RRC for Obstetrics and Gynecology from 2007 to 2012 and served as Chair from 2009-12.  He was a member of the ACGME Duty Hours Task Force from 2009-10.  He served as the Chair of the Council of Review Committees and a member of the ACGME Board of Directors from 2011-12. He represents the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology and serves on the ABMS Board of Directors. Dr. Wendel became the Executive Director of ABOG on January 1, 2017.

Presentation:
Finding Your Voice: Why Legislative Engagement Matters


Selam Wubu, MPH

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Ms. Wubu is the Senior Quality Improvement (QI) Associate at the American College of Physicians (ACP) where she oversees ACP Quality Connect, a national QI network focused on improving care. Ms. Wubu also manages ACP's registry work, including Genesis, a national multi-specialty Qualified Clinical Data Registry. Prior to joining ACP in 2013, she spent four years at Technology Catalysts International, a pharmaceutical consulting firm where she was Manager of the Drug Delivery/Pharmaceuticals department. Ms. Wubu has a Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering from the University of Maryland and a Master of Public Health degree from George Washington University.

Presentation:
Engagement of Primary Care Physicians in a National Ambulatory Quality Improvement Collaborative


Yan Zhou, PhD

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Dr. Zhou is a psychometrician with the American Board of Anesthesiology (ABA). She provides psychometric services and analyses for the ABA’s written and oral certification exams, and is engaged in research projects on topics including disciplinary actions against medical licenses, validity of the ABA certification exams, value of the ABA Maintenance of Certification program, and resident well-being. Dr. Zhou received her Doctorate in Philosophy in Quantitative Psychology, Master of Science in Statistics from the University of Southern California, and Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Peking University.

Presentation:
Cohort-Based Longitudinal Surveys of Anesthesiologists’ Burnout, Distress, and Depression