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The CAAHEP Annual Meeting is just around the corner, and we hope you are getting ready for a great time in Atlanta, April 23-24. The Annual Business Meeting announcement and meeting material was distributed electronically last week. If you have not received your copy, please let me know. The meeting material and agenda is posted on the CAAHEP website We are looking forward to seeing everyone and having your participation in the sessions. Please see the session highlights below.

Approved Standards
Two sets of Standards were approved at the March Board meeting. The Standard and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Clinical Research were approved. This is the first set of Standards for the profession. The Standards and Guidelines for Accreditation of Educational Programs for Recreational Therapy were updated and approved as well. All CAAHEP Standards can be found on the CAAHEP website.

Annual Report
In case you missed it, please check out the 2015-16 Annual Report has been posted to the CAAHEP website. This year, the Annual Report celebrates the "Faces of CAAHEP." 

Welcome New Commissioner
Please join us in welcoming Howard Odom, MD, the new CAAHEP Commissioner for the  American Society of Anesthesiologists. Dr. Odom replaces David Varlotta as Commissioner.

If there have been changes in your Sponsoring Organization's CAAHEP Commissioner, or changes in email addresses, please contact me so that we are sure to have the correct information.

201 7 Annual Meeting Highlights

The 2017 CAAHEP Annual Meeting will be held at  the JW Marriott  Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia. The meeting's theme is "Quality Improvement vs. Quality Assurance: Can we be both Counselors and Cops?" 
The keynote addres s will be delivered by  Dr. Judith Eaton , President of the  Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).  Other speakers include Vince Sampson , JD , Special Counsel at Cooley LLP, joining us for a Washington Update, Gordon Kokx, PhD, NRP , for his discussion on "Exploring Program Director Leadership in Nationally Accredited Programs." We will learn more about one of our newest professions in the CAAHEP family - Clinical Research Profession and we'll hear more about the group that is requesting associate membership as a first step to forming a CoA - Postgraduate Physician Assistant Programs. There will be a presentation about " ChangeMed: An initiative of the AMA to Accelerate Change in Medical Education," from Mellie Villahermosa Pouwels, MA , Director, Medical Education Collaborations, And, we will hear from a panel of employers during a session entitled: " What do Employers Want? What do they Need? What is their role in Accreditation?" Be sure to finalize your plans and register for the CAAHEP meeting today! 
If you have any concerns, comments, or suggestions, please do not hesitate to share them with me. I look forward to hearing from you and seeing you next month.  


Kathleen Megivern, JD
Executive Directo r