Julie White Receives Prestigious Continuing Medical Education Award

Julie White, MS, CHCP, director of the Barry M. Manuel Continuing Medical Education (CME)/Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) Office at Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), has received the 2019 Distinguished Service award from the Society of Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME). The national award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions to CME over an extended period.

Ms. White has served as the director of the BUSM CME office since 1995. Under her direction, the office has grown from five to 17 full-time staff members with annual revenue growth of $1.8 million to more than $6 million today. Annually, she oversees a team that produces 35 national and regional conferences, accredits more than 200 meetings and 100 grand rounds series, develops Internet-based CME/CNE programs and works with Boston Medical Center clinicians on Maintenance of Certification and quality improvement projects.

She has extensive experience in adult education, educational design and program development and management. She has given numerous presentations at the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions including talks on small group learning, the interface of quality improvement and CME and facilitating the patient voice in continuing education.

Under her direction, the CME team is nationally known for their Safer/Competent Opioid Prescribing Education (SCOPE of Pain) program, providing education to more than 140,000 clinicians for more than six years. The SCOPE team has published and presented nationally on their program evaluation including a presentation entitled Can CME Impact a National Healthcare Crisis and How Will We Know?, which White gave at the 2018 SACME conference.

According to Daniel Alford, MD, BUSM’s associate dean for CME, White possesses a deep understanding and appreciation for past lessons‐learned and an ability to think out‐of the‐box about educational innovations. “She continually teaches me invaluable lessons about adult learning and curriculum development and is always focused on the learner. She motivates those around her to grow professionally and to achieve great things.”

BUSM is accredited with Commendation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and with Distinction by the American Nurse Credentialing Center (ANCC).