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Leadership and Structure of the CME Program

The leadership of the CME Program is comprised of the following persons:

John A. Rock, MD

Founding Dean and Senior Vice President for Medical Affairs, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine

Only the fourth individual since 1980 to guide the growth and development of a new U.S. allopathic medical school, Dr. Rock is former director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions. He also served as chairman and director of residency training programs in the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Emory University School of Medicine.

During his tenure at Louisiana State University (LSU) Health Science, he served as chancellor of the Health Sciences Center and had management oversight of Louisiana's statewide Charity Hospital System. Dr. Rock most recently held the titles of chancellor emeritus and professor of obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics and public health at LSU. Dr. Rock has written 18 books, contributed to 83 others and written more than 200 juried and non-juried articles.

Dr. Rock earned his MD degree in 1972 at LSU, completed his residency at Duke University Medical Center in 1976, and earned a Master in Health Care Management degree from Harvard University in 2003.

Sergio Gonzalez-Arias, MD, PhD, FAANS, FACS

Director for CME

Dr. Gonzalez-Arias leads the CME Program as the Director of CME as well as Executive Associate Dean of Clinical Affairs, Professor and Chair of Neurosurgery, at Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, in Miami, Florida.

Dr. Gonzalez-Arias received his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at The University of Zaragoza in Zaragoza, Spain. He completed his surgical internship at Rush-Presbyterian St. Luke's Hospital in Chicago and neurosurgical residency at Jackson Memorial Hospital-University of Miami. He is board certified by The American Board of Neurological Surgeons and a Fellow of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons.

Laura Almaguer

Continuing Medical Education Coordinator

The CME Coordinator assists the CME Director in the day-to-day management of the CME Office. She collaborates with physician-planners in the development of CME Program content, with emphasis on regulatory compliance and assurance that CME activities are planned in compliance with the ACCME's 22 Criteria for Accreditation and the rules of the AMA PRA. She also collaborates with the Finance Director to oversee compliance with the ACCME Standards for Commercial Support, including the collection of financial disclosure information from all parties affecting the content of CME, identification of financial relationships representing a conflict of interest, and works with the CME Director to ensure resolution of COI, documentation of that resolution in the files, and communication of reported financial relationships to learners in course materials.

The coordinator is the point of contact to the ACCME on behalf of FIU/HWCOM, and provides regular updates to the ACCME "Program and Activity Reporting System (PARS)" and ensures that required compliance information and data is entered into FIU/HWCOM CME Database System for both electronic program planning information as well as learner attendance database.

Working with CME consultants, the coordinator develops metrics to track CME projects, implements and utilizes the tracking system on a daily basis for the management of the overall CME Program, designs and implements educational outcomes measurements in accordance with planners' stated intended results for measurement of learner competence and/or performance and/or patient outcomes, and ensures that outcomes measurements are analyzed and provided to the CME Director for review and discussion with the CME Committee.

The CME Committee and Executive Committee

The Committees are charged with the review and designation of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit to individual educational activities in accordance with the ACCME Criteria for Accreditation and the Standards for Commercial Support (SCS). Their responsibilities also include:

  • Development and monitoring of educational outcome measures for the overall CME program.
  • Oversight of the review of relevant financial disclosure information and resolution of conflicts of interest in accordance with the SCS 2 and 6.
  • Regular evaluation of the level to which the CME program is achieving its CME mission.
  • Monitoring, and as appropriate, responding to changes in the CME enterprise.
  • Review and revision of the FIU/HWCOM CME Mission at least annually but more frequently as needed.

The Committee was charged by Dean Rock with the review and as appropriate, assignment of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit to individual educational activities in accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) Standards for Commercial Support and Accreditation Criteria; development and monitoring of educational outcome measurements for both the overall CME program and individual educational interventions; regularly evaluate the level to which the CME program is achieving the CME mission; and monitor and as appropriate respond to changes in the environment of CME.