Spotlight on Ms. Gene Richer, Director of Continuing Medical Education
Featured in the November-December 2020 Colorado Medicine Colorado Medicine.
Ms. Gene Richer, M Ed, CHCP™ has served the Colorado Medical Society as director of continuing medical education since 2017. In this capacity, she coordinates the entire CMS CME program, which comprises two parts in its goal to increase physician access to and utilization of high-quality CME that promotes lifelong learning:
- CMS is an ACCME (Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education) Accredited Provider that provides accredited CME activities to support physicians in improving health care.
- CMS is an ACCME recognized Accreditor of CME providers, providing accreditation to 17 public and private organizations in accordance with ACCME standards to enable them to produce accredited CME programs to support physician learning.
Richer successfully directed CMS through the re-accreditation process at the end of 2019 to extend CMS Accreditation as a provider of CME for physicians and providing AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ through 2023. In addition to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ several CME activities have offered MOC Part 2 ABIM, ABP points, and/or COPIC points, all of which brings added value to CME membership.
The COVID-19 pandemic offered a unique opportunity to respond to the needs of CMS physician members by offering certified CME activities addressing the most pressing need for accurate information. Nine topics with a total of 11 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and 7 COPIC points were presented to 1,219 physicians and 170 other learners between April 3 and July 29, 2020, all provided at no cost and virtually.
Under Richer’s leadership, the CMS CME program has presented a total of 110 activities offering 344.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ to 3,299 physician and 839 non-physician attendees in 2020, with much more planned for 2021.