Accreditation Council for CME Announces Elections to Board of Directors

Sandra Norris, MBA, and James Burke, MD, Named Chair and Vice Chair of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education
Chicago, IL
December 20, 2011

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) announces that Sandra Norris, MBA, and James Burke, MD, were named 2012 Chair and Vice-Chair of the ACCME at the conclusion of its Board of Directors meeting, held December 1-2, 2011, in Chicago.

Sandra Norris, MBA, is the Administrative Director for Medical Education and Medical Staff Services at Swedish Health Services in Seattle, WA. She has served on the ACCME Board of Directors’ Quality Improvement Committee and Executive Committee, and was the former chair of the PRA and Activity Requirements Task Force. She served on the ACCME’s Accreditation Review Committee for six years.

Ms. Norris serves as a member of the Council for CME of the Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME). She has served as a member of the Executive Committee of AHME’s Council for CME and as a Region VI Representative to AHME’s Board of Directors.

James Burke, MD, is the Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs for Scottsdale Healthcare in Scottsdale, AZ. He has served on the ACCME Board of Directors’ Finance Committee and Executive Committee, and is the current chair of the PRA and Activity Requirements Task Force.

Dr. Burke serves as a member of the American Hospital Association’s Committee on Health Professions. He is a charter member of the Alliance of Independent Academic Medical Centers National Initiative on Improving Patient Care through GME.

New Board Members

The ACCME also announces the election of the following Board members.

  • Todd Dorman, MD, Senior Associate Dean for Education Coordination, Associate Dean and Director for Continuing Medical Education, The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore.
  • Mira Irons, MD, Associate Chief, Division of Genetics, Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, MA; and Training Program Director, Genetics Training Programs at Harvard Medical School, Boston.
  • David Pieper, PhD, Assistant Dean for Continuing Medical Education, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit; and Executive Director, Southeast Michigan Center for Medical Education, Detroit.
  • Carol Havens, MD, Director of Clinical Education, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Oakland, CA, and practicing family medicine and addiction medicine physician, The Permanente Medical Group, Sacramento, CA.

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The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education is a nonprofit organization based in Chicago that is responsible for accrediting US institutions that offer continuing medical education through a voluntary, self-regulatory system. The ACCME also has a system for recognizing state medical societies as accreditors for local organizations offering CME.

The ACCME's mission is to identify, develop, and promote standards for quality continuing medical education that improves health care for patients and their communities. There are approximately 2,200 accredited CME providers in the United States, whose educational activities draw more than 23 million health care practitioner participants annually.

The ACCME's member organizations include the American Board of Medical Specialties, the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Association for Hospital Medical Education, the Council of Medical Specialty Societies and the Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States.

For more information, visit www.accme.org.