MPI Takes Over Medical Meeting Certificate Course

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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Dallas, TX – Meeting Professionals International (MPI) acquired an educational platform that dovetails with the Certified Meeting Professional – Health Care (CMP-HC) certification program offered by the Convention Industry Council (CIC).

The Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate (HMCC), developed by International Medical Meetings Professionals Association (IMMPA), was purchased by MPI and will be available for medical conference managers beginning this Summer. The four-hour program provides a certificate of completion and can be applied to the classroom requirements of the longer CMP-HC course , which was launched last year by the CIC.

“The addition of MPI’s HMCC course creates additional opportunities for meeting professionals to learn and succeed in a changing healthcare environment,” said Karen Kotowski, CEO of the CIC. “The hours spent pursuing the HMCC certificate will qualify for a part of the required continuing education hours needed to sit for the CMP-HC exam.”

MPI will partner with Saint Louis University’s Center for Workforce & Organizational Development to facilitate the HMCC program. Pat Schuman, founder of IMMPA, was named MPI’s director of professional development, healthcare sector and will lead the development of content.

The new HMCC, which MPI expanded from three hours to four, will be unveiled in Minneapolis August 2 prior to the opening of MPI’s World Education Conference. After that, the HMCC will be taught at industry events, in private sessions for companies and organizations, and at Saint Louis University.

Cynthia D’Aoust, COO of MPI, said the acquisition was part of the association’s new focus on professional development for members who specialize in the management of healthcare meetings and conferences. The HMCC program focuses on basic management of such events and the strict compliance standards that managers must meet.

“We conducted an extensive audit of the HMCC program and believe the curriculum provides an excellent foundation for the healthcare meeting sector and its complex regulatory environment,” D’Aoust said. “Last year, we announced our strategic plan to provide education specifically for this segment, and the acquisition of the HMCC program is just the beginning.”

Reach Cynthia D’Aoust at (972) 702-3000 or cdaoust@mpiweb.org; Karen Kotowski at (571) 527-3116 or kkotowski@conventionindustry.org