Accreditation Council for CME Announces Election of 2021 Officers
Suzanne Ziemnik, MEd, Elected ACCME Chair
Marilane Bond, EdD, MEd, MBA, Elected ACCME Vice Chair
Thomas M. McLoughlin, Jr., MD, Elected ACCME Treasurer
Chicago, IL| November 18, 2020
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) announces that Suzanne Ziemnik, MEd; Marilane Bond, EdD, MEd, MBA; and Thomas McLoughlin, Jr., MD were elected as the ACCME’s 2021 Officers.
Ms. Ziemnik is the Chief Officer, Learning and Educational Research, at the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Ziemnik has been with ASCP for 15 years and is responsible for the oversight of over 500 continuing professional development activities as well as books and journals delivered annually in surgical pathology, clinical pathology, and all areas of laboratory medicine for pathologists, residents, and laboratory professionals. She also co-leads the ASCP Center for Health Services Research. Ms. Ziemnik is a member of the ASCP executive staff leadership team. She has been in the field of Continuing Medical Education (CME) for over thirty years working for medical specialty societies starting at the American College of Chest Physicians and then moving onto the American Academy of Pediatrics where she worked until assuming her position at the ASCP in 2005. Ms. Ziemnik has held a variety of national positions including Vice Chair and current Chair, ACCME Board of Directors; Member, ACCME Accreditation Review Committee; Member, Finance Committee, Society for Academic CME; Member, ABMS Joint Working Group on MOC CME; Member, Conjoint Committee on CME; Member and Past Chair, Council on Medical Specialties CME Directors Group; and Member, National Task Force on CME Provider/Industry Collaboration. Ms. Ziemnik has been a member of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions since 1987 and has held numerous positions including Member, Board of Directors; Chair and Co-chair, Annual Conference Planning Committee; Chair, Professional Development Committee; Chair, Specialty Society Special Interest Group; Member, Governance Committee; Member, Task Force on the Certification of CME Professionals; Member, Task Force on CME Advocacy and Advancement; Co-chair, Alliance for CME Institutes; and Member, Subcommittee on Competencies for the CME Professional. Ms. Ziemnik was a founding member of the Illinois Alliance for CME and is a member of the Society for Academic CME. She holds a BSEd in Elementary Education from Northern Illinois University and an MEd in adult and continuing education from the University of Illinois in Champaign/Urbana, Illinois.
Dr. Bond is Associate Dean for Medical Education at Emory University School of Medicine. In this capacity, Dr. Bond oversees all operational activities of education in the medical school which includes the Undergraduate Medical Education (medical students), Graduate Medical Education (residents and fellows), Continuing Medical Education (faculty), and Allied Health Programs (Physical Therapy, Physician Assistance, Anesthesiology Assistants, Genetic Counseling and Medical Imaging). She has been a member of the ACCME Board of Directors since January 2018, served as its 2020 Treasurer, and now as its 2021 Vice Chair. Dr. Bond is a past President of the Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME). She served as past member and chair of the Steering Committee for the Group on Residents Affairs (GRA) of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). She also served as chair of the advisory committee and faculty for the GME Leadership Development Course. She has made presentations at several organizations including the AAMC, GRA, AHME, and the Accreditation Council for GME (ACGME). Dr. Bond received two bachelor's degrees (BA and BS), an EdD degree in Higher Education Administration, and a Master’s in education from Pennsylvania State University. She also has an MBA from the University of Southern California.
Dr. McLoughlin is the Chair of the Department of Anesthesiology for Lehigh Valley Health Network. He holds an appointment as Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Anesthesiology, at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. He graduated with a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and received his M.D. from the Duke University School of Medicine. He completed residency training in Anesthesiology at the University of Virginia, where he served as Chief Resident and completed subspecialty training in cardiothoracic anesthesiology. Following training, Dr. McLoughlin entered active duty military service, joining the academic faculty of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and the clinical faculty of Walter Reed Army Medical Center. While in the Army, he served as Chief of Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology and as Program Director for Anesthesiology Residency Education at Walter Reed. Dr. McLoughlin joined the clinical staff of Lehigh Valley Health Network in 1996, serving as Chief of the Division of Cardiac Anesthesiology and Vice Chair for Education and Research of the Department of Anesthesiology, prior to his appointment as Chair in 2001. From 2001 – 2013, Dr. McLoughlin served as an Associate Examiner for the American Board of Anesthesiology. He was elected as a Director of the ABA in 2013. He is the Treasurer of ABA and serves as the Chair of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Executive/Finance Committee. He has served as Chair of the Maintenance of Certification Committee and the STEEP (social, technological, economic, environmental, and political) Advisory Committee of the ABA, in addition to his role as a current member of the Assessments and the Non-Standard Examination Committees of the ABA. He has served on the editorial board of Advances in Anesthesia, published annually by Elsevier, since 2001, and as Editor-in-Chief from 2008-2019. He has been elected twice by competitive public ballot to the Board of School Directors in Southern Lehigh School District, where he resides, and has served in the positions of President, Vice President, and Treasurer for this Board. He has been recently appointed to join the Residency Review Committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education in 2021. Dr. McLoughlin lives in Center Valley, Pennsylvania with his wife, Becky, and has three children, Ryan, Aidan, and Keelin.
The Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) is a nonprofit organization based in Chicago, responsible for accrediting organizations that offer continuing medical education (CME) and for recognizing state medical societies as accreditors of local CME programs. The ACCME is a cofounder of Joint Accreditation for Interprofessional Continuing Education™.
The ACCME sets standards for CME that reflect the values of the educator community and aim to accelerate learning, inspire change, and champion improvement in healthcare. These standards ensure that accredited CME is designed to be relevant to clinicians’ needs, evidence-based, evaluated for its effectiveness, and independent of commercial influence. Through participation in accredited CME, clinicians and teams drive improvement in their practice and optimize the care, health, and wellness of their patients.
Accredited CME facilitates engagement with physicians and healthcare teams where they live, learn, and work. There are approximately 1,720 accredited CME providers within the ACCME System, across the country and internationally, representing a range of organizations including medical schools, hospitals/health systems, government/military agencies, specialty societies, and insurance/managed-care companies. Accredited providers offer about 190,000 activities each year, comprising more than one million hours of instruction and including approximately 37 million interactions with physicians and other healthcare professionals.