Accreditation Council for CME Announces the Recipients of the 2012 Robert Raszkowski, MD, PhD, ACCME Hero Award

ACCME Award Recognizes Volunteerism in Continuing Medical Education
Chicago, IL
January 22, 2013

The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) proudly presents the 2012 Robert Raszkowski, MD, PhD, ACCME Hero Award to the following ACCME volunteers. Their extraordinary commitment and generosity of time and expertise enable the ACCME to fulfill its mission of setting standards for quality continuing medical education (CME) and assuring that accredited CME providers meet those standards.

Jerilyn Glass, MD, PhD
Designated Federal Official, Advisory Committee on Training
in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry
Designated Federal Official, Council on Graduate Medical Education
Division of Medicine and Dentistry
Health Resources and Services Administration
Rockville, MD

Carol S. Havens, MD
Director of Clinical Education, Northern California Region
Kaiser Permanente
Oakland, CA

Timothy W. Holder, MD, FAAP
 Medical Director
The Hospice, Inc./St. Francis Hospice
Maternal and Family Practice Associates
Muskogee, OK

John R. Kues, PhD
Associate Dean for Continuous Professional Development
University of Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH

Kim Edward LeBlanc, MD, PhD
Bernard and Marie Lahasky Professor and Head, Department of Family Medicine
Director of Rural Education
Professor, Department of Orthopedics
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
New Orleans, LA

James Liljestrand, MD, MPH
Medical Director for Patient Safety
Massachusetts Peer Review Organization, Inc.
Waltham, MA

Sandra Norris, MBA
Administrative Director, Medical Education and Medical Staff Services
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Designated Institutional Official
Swedish Health Services
Seattle, WA

David Pieper, PhD
Assistant Dean, Continuing Medical Education,
Wayne State University School of Medicine
Detroit, MI

Harold J. Sauer, MD
Chairman of the Obstetrics and Gynecology Department
Bridgeport Hospital, Bridgeport, CT
Clinical Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Stephen E. Willis, MD
Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education
Brody School of Medicine of East Carolina University
Greenville, NC

The Robert Raszkowski, MD, PhD, ACCME Hero Award recognizes volunteers who have provided exemplary and long-term service to the ACCME, through service on the Board of Directors, the Accreditation Review Committee, the Committee for Review and Recognition, and the Monitoring Committee, as volunteer surveyors and/or as workshop faculty. The award is named for the late Robert Raszkowski, MD, PhD, a long-time, dedicated ACCME volunteer. The ACCME believes this award will reflect, honor, and serve to memorialize the contributions Dr. Raszkowski made during his extraordinary years of volunteerism and his commitment to excellence in continuing medical education.

A list of previous Hero Award recipients can be found here.

Comments from 2012 Robert Raszkowski, MD, PhD, ACCME Hero Award Recipients

“It is truly an honor to receive the 2012 Robert Raszkowski, MD, PhD, ACCME Hero Award, named after an individual whose professionalism and spirit continue to inspire all of us dedicated to advancing continuing medical education. When I first began serving as the Federal Representative to the ACCME, it was my interaction with Bob that set for me a new standard of what it means to contribute to an endeavor much larger than oneself. It was a privilege to work with him and it has been gratifying to work with so many other outstanding professionals at the ACCME over the years.”—Jerilyn Glass, MD, PhD

“This is indeed an honor. I am humbled to be included among colleagues who have contributed so much to CME as a whole and to my own education and development. It is a special honor to receive an award named for Bob Raszkowski who was a hero in our field. I have been privileged to work with wonderful mentors and leaders and I am inspired by the passion and enthusiasm of colleagues both new and seasoned. I think one of the requirements of a professional is to give back to the profession which has given me so much and I have tried to do that through the ACCME and the state medical societies.”—Carol S. Havens, MD

I consider this award a great honor and at the same time I am humbled by this recognition from the ACCME. It has been a great privilege to have been an ACCME volunteer for the past six years and I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the ACCME. I believe in the work and mission of the ACCME. The ACCME is dedicated to assuring and advancing high quality continuing education for physicians, who will provide the best and safest care for our patients and the communities in which we live and practice. I want to thank the Board and the staff of the ACCME for this award.”—Timothy W. Holder, MD, FAAP

“I am very honored to be the recipient of the 2012 Robert Raszkowski, MD, PhD, ACCME Hero Award. While I had the opportunity to talk with Bob occasionally, I did not have the privilege of working with him as many of my colleagues did. However, his reputation for volunteerism and dedication to CME was legend. All of the recipients with whom I share this award have demonstrated an enduring commitment to excellence in continuing medical education. Much of the work of the ACCME depends on volunteers and I have found my work as a surveyor to be one of the most rewarding and valuable in my career. I have had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people and I have always felt that my efforts make a difference and are appreciated. Thanks again for this incredible honor.”—John R. Kues, PhD

"I am incredibly honored to receive this distinguished award from the ACCME. Although I have worked with the ACCME for many years, I have never done so with the aim of receiving such an award or similar accolades. I am very appreciative of this acknowledgement and would like to sincerely thank all of those with whom I have worked who have made this endeavor all the more worthwhile."—Kim Edward LeBlanc, MD, PhD

“It is a surprise and great honor for me to receive the Robert Raszkowski, MD, PhD, ACCME Hero Award. A surprise because I always perceived more reward than effort in working with the ACCME. My personal energy came from the ACCME staff and volunteers who clearly believe what Dr. Kopelow articulated many years ago—that CME is an essential key to quality improvement in health care and that the ACCME is in the business of constant improvement and adaptation not only for CME but for itself as well.”—James Liljestrand MD MPH

 “It is a privilege to be able to work with the ACCME as a volunteer in multiple roles. The organization continues to provide a strong infrastructure accrediting excellent CME providers that will commit to participation in education as the bridge to quality. For over 30 years, the ACCME system has provided standards, criteria, and policies that define what it means to be a provider. Since 1988, I’ve been part of the CME system at various levels and have watched it grow ever stronger, gaining more specific focus to address the competency and performance gaps of physicians and now interprofessional teams. The results of this effort continue to enhance the individual patient’s care as well as the larger community outcomes. I’ve also observed the thoughtful development and evolution of the Standards for Commercial Support which has strengthened the public’s confidence in the information provided. I’m honored to receive this award, and feel that my participation has been and continues to be volunteer time well spent.”— Sandra Norris, MBA

“I am honored to be one of the recipients of the 2012 Robert Raszkowski, MD, PhD, ACCME Hero Award! I did know Dr. Raszkowski briefly and he was a great CME leader. It is great to receive the award with his name and to be mentioned with the other 2012 recipients. It has always been a pleasure to interact with the ACCME management and staff and with the other volunteers that I have served with in various capacities. I have always learned a lot from each ACCME activity I have participated in and this has made it possible to enhance our CME program at Wayne State University.”—David Pieper, PhD

“It is my great honor to receive the Robert Raszkowski, MD, PhD, ACCME Hero Award. Working with this exemplary organization with its wonderful leadership, staff, and volunteers makes me confident that we are progressing in the right direction for the future of continuing medical education in this country. As a medical educator, it is clear to me that the ACCME’s vision and attention to detail while maintaining the highest standards and ethics set a high bar which needs to be emulated in all aspects of medical education. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to work with all of you.”— Harold J. Sauer, MD

“I am honored to receive the Robert Raszkowski, MD, PhD, ACCME Hero Award. My time of service to the ACCME was extremely rewarding, particularly at a time of critical evolution in the accreditation and recognition systems. Not only did I enjoy serving and getting to know a group of people for whom I have tremendous respect, I learned an amazing amount about CME and all the nuances related to it. On a personal and professional level, I certainly received more from the ACCME than the ACCME received from me. Thank you for the honor.”—Stephen E. Willis, MD

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The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) 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 2,000 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 US, Inc.

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