Q&A with a CHCP

Melissa Lamaffar, MA, CHCP, is the MOC External Activities Part 2 Program Administrator for the American Board of Pediatrics. Below, Melissa speaks to the role of the CHCP credential in her own continuing professional development and its alignment with the mission and values of her organization.

How long have you worked in CME?

I began working at the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) in 2007 within the subspecialties area of initial certification. In 2016, the ABP entered into a collaboration with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) in an effort to better streamline and add value to the lifelong learning portion (Part 2) of our Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program. This collaboration necessitated the creation of an additional position to support the program and I then moved into MOC. It is within my current position that I began working with both ACCME and CME providers.

What motivated you to pursue the CHCP credential?

While the ABP is not an accredited CME organization, the nature of the collaboration with ACCME requires extensive work both with ACCME and CME providers, as well as knowledge of the field. The motivation to pursue the CHCP credential was driven both in its alignment with the mission of the ABP and in a desire to assess my own knowledge and work towards continuous improvement.   

What is the most important benefit being a CHCP to you as a CPD professional?

For me, it was not only about demonstrating a level of competence within healthcare CPD arena, but also a way for to identify, assess, and improve knowledge gaps. Pursing the CHCP credential provided an additional incentive and avenue for me to do so.

What value does your CHCP designation bring to your organization?

The ABP certifies general pediatricians and pediatric subspecialists based on standards of excellence that lead to high quality health care. The CHCP designation is in alignment with, and an extension of, the mission and values of the ABP.

How did you prepare for the exam?

Due to the nature of my position, I was already well versed in the assessment, regulatory, and QI aspects of the CME world. However, I did focus on reviewing areas of adult learning theory, as it wasn’t something that was part of my workaday life. In preparation, I took some courses through C.A.L.L.S and spent some time reviewing those notes.

What would you say to someone considering pursuing the CHCP designation?

I would say to look at both your short-term and long-term goals and see if the CHCP credential and the work involved in maintaining that credential supports those goals. Further, I would suggest that they use it as a mechanism to identify knowledge gaps and work towards closing those gaps.

The Competency Assessment & Lifelong Learning Series (C.A.L.L.S.) mentioned by Melissa, as well as other materials to help prepare for the CHCP exam, can be found on the Alliance website: http://www.acehp.org/p/cm/ld/fid=27. To learn more about the collaboration between ABP and the ACCME, please visit the ACCME website (https://www.accme.org/) and enter the search term “American Board of Pediatrics.”

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