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  • 30 Oct 2020 3:12 PM | NAMEC Staff (Administrator)

    Dear NAMEC Colleagues:

    The NAMEC Awards Committee will begin accepting nominations for the 16th Annual NAMEC Best Practice Awards on Monday, November 2nd. NAMEC encourages all member organizations to submit a nomination in each of the competitive categories. Criteria and nomination processes are included in this email. (non-members may join to be eligible - click here)

    This year NAMEC will recognize outstanding achievement in the following categories:

    • Best Practice in Virtual Live Activity Educational Design
    • Best Practice in Enduring Material Educational Design
    • Best Practice in CME Outside of the USA (Live or Enduring)
    • Best Practice in Collaboration Among CME Stakeholders
    • Best Practice in Learner Outcomes
    • Best Practice in Innovative Educational Methods
    • Brian P. Russell Exemplary CME Professional Award

    CME is an industry rooted in change, a profession that calls upon our abilities to recognize and address new challenges. It requires us to utilize our intellect, our diligence, and our creativity. We believe that each of these elements should be acknowledged.

    All nominations should be received no later than 11:59 PM EST on Friday, December 13, 2020. Please send your recommendations to NAMEC at

    The date and time for the Awards ceremony will be announced at a later date.

    If you have questions about the awards contact Kurt Boyce at or Rich Keenan at

    Thank you for your continued support of NAMEC.

    Best Regards,

    NAMEC Awards Committee


    2020 NAMEC Awards Cover Sheet

    2020 Awards Submission Process Document

  • 28 Jul 2020 10:21 AM | NAMEC Staff (Administrator)

    Study: Chinese physician perceptions regarding industry support of continuing medical education programs: a cross-sectional survey  Link to article -

  • 11 Jul 2020 10:06 AM | NAMEC Staff (Administrator)

    Obviously, in the age of COVID-19, the continued transition of continuing medical education to online and virtual formats has been accelerated.

    NAMEC members can post and share in our member forum strategies that have worked - or not worked - for your businesses. Non-members can join immediately online and join in the discussion.  Membership is open to individuals with an interest in the field, or for institutions that agree with the NAMEC mission of representing the interests of medical education companies (MECs), including advocacy for MECs and education of the professionals who work for them; supporting the advancement of certified education as an integral part of the healthcare community in improving patient health outcomes; fostering increased collaboration among certified education stakeholders in a manner of mutual support, professionalism, and respect; and advocating, demonstrating, and supporting the value of certified education.

    A recent article at News Medical notes:

    "Most states in the United States allow up to 25% of clinical hours to be simulation-based and some states permit over 50%. Numerous organizations have already looked to online education for training regarding COVID-19, and a number of them are now transitioning to online platforms for other training needs."

    NAMEC has also partnered with PGI to help organizations effectively enhance their online and virtual presence.

  • 06 Jul 2020 9:44 AM | NAMEC Staff (Administrator)

    NAMEC is now sharing RFPs for medical education grants only to members.  Visit the Pharma Grants page to see the latest updates.  If you are not a member, RFPs are one of the many benefits of membership - join today!

  • 26 May 2020 10:27 AM | NAMEC Staff (Administrator)

    The ACCME has posted a page that includes a searchable database of accredited continuing education (CE) activities and additional resources that can help the CE provider and clinician community respond to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency. We encourage accredited providers to circulate this link to their CE learners and community.

  • 12 May 2020 11:19 AM | NAMEC Staff (Administrator)

    The Coalition for Physician Accountability releases statement about health care during COVID-19 Pandemic.  The Coalition, comprised of members including the national organizations responsible for the accreditation, assessment, licensure and certification of physicians throughout their medical career, from medical school through practice as well as members of the public and the profession, including the ACCME. 

    The statement calls for protecting the public as well as the health care workforce, and pledge for members to work together "to provide our elected leaders with the information they need to support sound, evidence-based decision-making".

    The entire statement can be found here.

  • 04 May 2020 9:51 AM | NAMEC Staff (Administrator)

    Notice of Upcoming PCORI Funding Announcement (PFA)

    In order to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, PCORI will issue a new research funding announcement with an accelerated timeline to support innovative, high-impact studies that fit clearly within our core mission of patient-engaged and patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research. 

    Applicants should be prepared to work independently and/or with PCORI to expedite dissemination of results.

    Please note that this funding announcement follows an expedited timeline. Applications are due three weeks following the posting of the PFA. We encourage applicants to begin working on all components of the proposal, including a detailed budget, as soon as possible. 

    This PFA preannouncement is provided to allow potential applicants additional time to identify collaborators, obtain stakeholder input on the research question(s), and develop responsive, high-quality proposals. Further details will be available in the full announcement to be released on May 5, 2020.

    Click here for more information on submitting for funding.

  • 03 Apr 2020 2:08 PM | NAMEC Staff (Administrator)

    The National Association for Continuing Education (NACE), a part of Haymarket Media, Inc., and a member of NAMEC, has been reviewed by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®) and awarded Accreditation with Commendation for six years as a provider of continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. This is the highest level of accreditation awarded by the ACCME.

    Accreditation in the ACCME system seeks to assure the medical community and the public that NACE delivers education that is relevant to clinicians’ needs, evidence-based, evaluated for its effectiveness and independent of commercial influence. 

    In order to achieve accreditation, providers must participate in a rigorous process demonstrating that activities are developed in accordance with 13 ACCME criteria and the standards for commercial support. The designation of accreditation with commendation further pushes providers to achieve an additional 8 criteria that advance interprofessional collaborative practice, address public health priorities, create behavioral change, show leadership, leverage educational technology and demonstrate the impact of education on healthcare professionals and patients. 

    “This is quite an accomplishment and a testament to our innovative and driven team,” said Michelle Frisch, Vice President, Operations. “It is our mission to provide education that has a meaningful impact on the clinicians we serve and improves the health and safety of their patients. We are proud to be recognized for our work and look forward to developing additional CME resources for our learners.”

    For more information regarding NACE or to register for current CME activities, please visit:

  • 26 Mar 2020 12:49 PM | NAMEC Staff (Administrator)

    The National Association of Medical Education Companies (NAMEC) today announced election results for its 2020 Board of Directors. The new officers and board members will serve three year terms through the annual meeting in 2023.

    New NAMEC Board of Directors members are President Elect Kurt Boyce, Secretary Tricia Wilson, Board member Mike Kearney, Board member John McCormick, and Board member Andrea Funk.

    Congratulations to these well deserved officers for their commitment and service to the profession.

  • 23 Mar 2020 11:02 AM | NAMEC Staff (Administrator)

    With the outbreak of the coronavirus appearing like a more serious public health risk every day, more and more Companies & Organizations are choosing to cancel On-Site Symposiums, Lectures, Annual Events & Conferences while encouraging employees & clients to stay home.

    As a result, companies are looking for ways to connect & collaborate with employees, organization members & clients that don’t require travel.

    Recently, several leaders in the web and video conferencing market have stepped up to expand their meeting services offerings to help keep people working during the outbreak. PGi, a 25+ year leader in Conferencing & Collaboration is one of them. We do these types of events every day/ all day. With our event professionals, features/functionality & reporting. We give you every tool you need for a flawless event. We can Pre-Record your content with live Q&A or offer a Fully Live Experience without the logistics or fear(s) of Travel. Want Video – you got it!! 

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    • Fully brandable solutions – conduct your live or on-demand presentation with slides synchronized to your audio and video, all within a branded viewer experience.
    • Mobile Compatibility – Your viewers can watch the presentation from any mobile device (iPhone, iPad, Android Devices) all from the same link.
    • Easy 5 step event creation process allows you to create events quickly and easily.
    • Robust reporting and interactive features – customized reporting, Q&A, polling and social media; receive vital information about your audience and their viewing experience.
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    Service Level Options – From fully managed to our self-service platform, Convey empowers you to create and run events at your convenience, without the hassle of downloads. 

    We would love to chat with you about making your Live On-Site Events as impactful, insightful & inspirational as possible (if not more so) with PGi’s Webcasting Platform. This is a great way to disseminate your message & content without the fear or inconvenience of Travel during these trying times.

    Please let me know if this is at least worth having a brief chat about. As a NAMEC Member, we offer considerable discounts.



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