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In the August 2010 Issue
Recent Graduate Commissioner Selected
And the Winner is...
Calendar of Events
Message from the President
Destination 2011: Memphis
This is Your Captain Speaking
Accreditation Actions

Recent  Graduate Commissioner Selected
Katie Bowe was selected as the Recent Graduate Commissioner at the July 2010 Board of Directors Meeting.  Ms. Bowe was one of five recent graduates candidates who were nominated to serve on the Commission.  A 2010 graduate of the Macomb Community College Surgical Technology program in Clinton Township, Michigan, Ms. Bowe said in her nomination letter, "I chose Macomb's program because it was important to me to attend a CAAHEP accredited program, because I knew I would be provided excellent instruction and guidance throughout the program, be prepared in the field, and have the ability to provide safe quality patient care."  Ms. Bowe is currently a Certified Surgical Technologist at St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital in Warren, Michigan.  As the Recent Graduate Commissioner, she will be attending the CAAHEP Leadership Conference in January and the Annual Meeting in April, and possibly be working on a special project for CAAHEP.

And the winner is...
Congratulations to Deborah Adams, the CAAHEP Commissioner representing the American Board of Cardiovascular Perfusion, on winning the drawing of name tags of those who submitted completed evaluation forms at the CAAHEP Annual Meeting in Louisville in July.  Deborah received a gift card from Amazon.com.

Calendar of Events

September 2010
17th: CAAHEP Board of Directors Conference Call Meeting

November 2010
19th:  CAAHEP Board of Directors Conference Call Meeting

January 2011
20th-21st: CAAHEP Board of Directors Meeting
Clearwater, Florida
21st-22nd: CAAHEP Leadership Conference
Clearwater, Florida
March 2011
CAAHEP Board of Directors Conference Call Meeting
April 2011
8th-9th:  CAAHEP Board of Directors Meeting, Memphis, TN
10-11:  CAAHEP Annual Meeting
Memphis, TN

Message from the President
LaCheeta McPhersonM. LaCheeta McPherson, Ph.D., MLS(ASCP)cm

Summer is a time for vacations and rest, but that is not always the case for the CAAHEP staff and board.  The Board of Directors meets each July, followed by the annual CoA Summer Workshop. This year, the board meeting and workshop were held at the Roosevelt Hotel in New Orleans.   
This summer's CoA's Workshop focused on Distance Education (DE) with a presentation of the DE Project that began in April. Dr. Michael Hillyard was the consultant for the project that reviewed the comments and questions posed by a focus group comprised of CoA representatives and board members. Dr. Hillyard's history with accreditation and the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) provided the background needed to formulate questions related to compliance with the Standards Template. The one-day DE presentation proved to be an excellent starting point for CoA's. From this study and comments, additional materials will be forthcoming for the CoA's.
On the second day of the workshop, Katherine Lee, Tony Makin and Keith Orloff demonstrated how they assure consistency in application of standards through the development of an interpretive guide for ARC/STSA.  This impressive document is available to other CoA's who wish to develop a similar guide.
During the board meeting the directors selected a Recent Graduate Commissioner. We had five excellent candidates who were nominated. Katie Bowe was selected. Ms. Bowe is a graduate from Macomb Community College's Surgical Technology Program. Ms. Bowe has been active in national organizations since high school. She is currently pursuing a BS Degree at Oakland University.
The Board approved two policy changes: one addresses Conflict of Interest for CAAHEP volunteers and the other one addresses Transfer of Sponsorship. Details of these policy changes will be presented in CoA Notes.  With the approval of two new CoA's in April, new board liaisons were assigned: John Padgett was assigned to Recreational Therapy and Cameron Harris was assigned to Anesthesia Technologist/Technician.  The Performance Oversight Committee, chaired by Kerry Weinberg, recommended that with the expanded role of board liaisons, a special site on the CAAHEP Hub would be created.  This site will store all required liaison documents and report forms.
Two Open Hearings on Standards were conducted during the Annual Workshop by the Standards Committee, chaired by Kalyani Naik: The Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Orthotics and Prosthetics and the Standards and Guidelines for the Accreditation of Educational Programs in Recreational Therapy.  
With the process of re-recognition by CHEA, the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, CAAHEP has to complete several steps.  The first step is application for eligibility to be considered. Kathy Megivern distributed a CHEA letter to the Board of Directors indicating that CHEA's Committee on Recognition will present to the CHEA Board in September the recommendation that CAAHEP be considered eligible to undertake recognition review.  Upon approval from CHEA's Board, the second step is the writing of a self study and completion of a site visit.  I will keep the CAAHEP community informed of these steps as they progress.
Lastly I would remind you that CAAHEP now has a Blog created by Kathy Megivern. The last two entries are direct responses to recent press regarding for-profit higher education and Senate hearings on accreditation.  As these seem to be hot topics, I would encourage you to keep up with the latest developments and CAAHEP's responses through this tool. 

Destination 2011:  Memphis
Photo of Memphis LightsCAAHEP's Annual Meeting next year will be held April 10-11, at the Westin Memphis Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee.  A planning committee has been appointed and will begin brainstorming ideas for session topics.  If you would like to provide input into the development of the program, please contact staff who will share your ideas with the committee. The Westin overlooks historic Beale Street, world-famous home of the blues.  Nearby attractions include Memphis Rock 'n' Soul Museum, National Civil Rights Museum, the Memphis Zoo, the Stax Musuem of American Soul Music, Galloway Golf Course, and more!  Be sure to enter the meeting dates on your calendar, and make plans now to join us in Memphis. 
This is Your Captain Speaking: 
What can we learn about patient safety from the airlines?
by Fred Lenhoff, Director of Medical Education Products, American Medical Association
With 30 years of experience as an international airline pilot for United Airlines and 15 years as a clinician in cardiology, Captain William Hamman, MD, PhD, has helped raise standards in both the airline and health care industries by establishing risk assessment and human performance improvement programs through simulation.
Register now for an American Medical Association webinar featuring Dr. Hamman, "Patient Safety 102: Checklists and Beyond," September 15 at 1:00 P.M. Eastern time.
All health professionals, health professions students, educators and patient safety experts are encouraged to participate. The cost is $79 per site for AMA members and $99 per site for nonmenbers.
Special:  Order all 4 webinars in the AMA's patient safety series and get one free. ($240 for AMA or HPN members, $300 for others) Fill out the registation form to take advantage of this offer. 
Accreditation Actions
Correction:  The following program was inadvertently left off the May Accreditation Actions list.

Surgical Technology
McLennan Community College, Waco, TX (Certificate)
The following programs received Accreditation at the July 21, 2010, Board of Directors Meeting:
Anesthesiologist Assistant
Case Western Reserve University, Houston, TX (Masters)

Saint Louis University, St. Louis, MO (Certificate, Baccalaureate)
The University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS (Baccalaureate)
Emergency Medical Technician-Paramedic

Columbia State Community College, Columbia, TN (Certificate, Associate)
The Methodist Hospitals, Inc., Gary, IN (Certificate)
Central Virginia Community College, Lynchburg, VA (Certificate, Associate)
Hinds Community College- Jackson, Jackson, MS (Certificate)
Whatcom Medic One/Bellingham Fire Dept, Bellingham, WA (Certificate)
Exercise Physiology
Springfield College, Springfield, MA (Masters)
Exercise Science

Springfield College, Springfield, MA (Baccalaureate, Masters)
Polysomnographic Technologist

Highline Community College, Des Moines, WA (Certificate)
Highline Community College, Des Moines, WA (Associate)
Southeast Community College, Lincoln, NE (Diploma/Certificate)
Specialist in Blood Bank Technology

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX (Certificate, Masters)