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Periospectives October-December 2015 : Page 22

ACADEMY NEWS & NOTES So, what do you do? In this Periospectives series, you will meet some of the hardworking AAP staff who are driving the Academy’s initiatives and helping to shape its future. Here, director of education Cecilia Merino shares her plan for the Academy’s education programs and talks about experiences that have influenced her career. have done in the past. I work closely with the Continuing Education Oversight Committee (CEOC), namely on the recent Annual Meeting and addressing the needs of its session speakers. I’ll also be working with the CEOC to implement the 2016 Annual Meeting in San Diego and to identify key content and speakers for the 2017 Annual Meeting in Boston. I’m also in charge of administering the Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP) for the AAP and overseeing its re-accreditation process. I recently worked on piloting three successful and well-attended insurance workshops that took place at the AAP’s Chicago headquarters. What do you understand about how adults learn, and how does this knowledge inform how you prepare educational programs for AAP members? Gone are the days of straight lecture and passive learning. The adult learner needs to be, number one, engaged. Secondly, the environment needs to transition into a more informal, fun, and supportive experience. Most adults learn through peer-to-peer panel discussions with industry leaders and Q & A more than passively learning through a lecture. What I’d like to create are real-world experiences for AAP members, such as sessions with case scenarios with more group discussion where members can converse, evaluate, and learn from each other. What are some of the topics you hope to cover through the AAP’s educational programs? There’s tremendous value in a holistic approach to education and in expanding past just surgical or clinical topics. There are other avenues that practitioners should be privy to in order to be successful, such as leadership, best business practices, HR issues, managing your staff, electronic medical records, and marketing your practice. All of those are areas that I’m excited about and hope to cover in the next few years. Who are your role models? My parents were amazing role models. They had a high level of integrity, were extremely disciplined, and they were hard workers. Plus they always had a wonderful outlook on life. My parents taught my siblings and me incredible values and paved the way for us to lead productive, happy, and well-balanced lives. Cecilia Merino Name: Cecilia Merino Role: Director of Education Hometown: Chicago Education: B.A. Communications, Northeastern Illinois University Background: Merino began her career as a continuing education coordinator for the Appraisal Institute, a professional association for real estate appraisers. She was soon promoted to the role of national seminars supervisor, which saw Merino travelling across the country to develop and evaluate seminars for the organization. “It was a great experience of learning how adults need to continuously learn and of gathering key feedback on what’s valuable as part of CE training and various types of advanced learning,” she says. When she was promoted once more to the role of business development specialist, Merino was key in the Appraisal Institute’s expansion into international markets. She later joined the Chicago Medical Society as its director of continuing education, where for more than 12 years she honed her expertise in educational program development that included annual conferences, one-day symposiums, hands-on workshops, various seminars, interdisciplinary CE collaborations, and live and on-demand webinars. Merino accepted her current position as the AAP’s director of education in April 2015. What are some of the projects you’re currently working on for the Academy? The most important part of my role is about identifying and exploring new activities and educational experiences for our members that are going to be innovative and different than what we AAP Perio spectives | 22

So, What Do You Do?

Cecilia Merino

In this Periospectives series, you will meet some of the hardworking AAP staff who are driving the Academy’s initiatives and helping to shape its future.

Here, director of education Cecilia Merino shares her plan for the Academy’s education programs and talks about experiences that have influenced her career.

Name: Cecilia Merino

Role: Director of Education

Hometown: Chicago

Education: B.A. Communications, Northeastern Illinois University

Background: Merino began her career as a continuing education coordinator for the Appraisal Institute, a professional association for real estate appraisers. She was soon promoted to the role of national seminars supervisor, which saw Merino travelling across the country to develop and evaluate seminars for the organization. “It was a great experience of learning how adults need to continuously learn and of gathering key feedback on what’s valuable as part of CE training and various types of advanced learning,” she says. When she was promoted once more to the role of business development specialist, Merino was key in the Appraisal Institute’s expansion into international markets.She later joined the Chicago Medical Society as its director of continuing education, where for more than 12 years she honed her expertise in educational program development that included annual conferences, one-day symposiums, hands-on workshops, various seminars, interdisciplinary CE collaborations, and live and on-demand webinars. Merino accepted her current position as the AAP’s director of education in April 2015.

What are some of the projects you’re currently working on for the Academy? The most important part of my role is about identifying and exploring new activities and educational experiences for our members that are going to be innovative and different than what we have done in the past. I work closely with the Continuing Education Oversight Committee (CEOC), namely on the recent Annual Meeting and addressing the needs of its session speakers. I’ll also be working with the CEOC to implement the 2016 Annual Meeting in San Diego and to identify key content and speakers for the 2017 Annual Meeting in Boston. I’m also in charge of administering the Continuing Education Recognition Program (CERP) for the AAP and overseeing its re-accreditation process. I recently worked on piloting three successful and well-attended insurance workshops that took place at the AAP’s Chicago headquarters.

What do you understand about how adults learn, and how does this knowledge inform how you prepare educational programs for AAP members?Gone are the days of straight lecture and passive learning.The adult learner needs to be, number one, engaged.Secondly, the environment needs to transition into a more informal, fun, and supportive experience. Most adults learn through peer-to-peer panel discussions with industry leaders and Q & A more than passively learning through a lecture. What I’d like to create are real-world experiences for AAP members, such as sessions with case scenarios with more group discussion where members can converse, evaluate, and learn from each other.

What are some of the topics you hope to cover through the AAP’s educational programs? There’s tremendous value in a holistic approach to education and in expanding past just surgical or clinical topics. There are other avenues that practitioners should be privy to in order to be successful, such as leadership, best business practices, HR issues, managing your staff, electronic medical records, and marketing your practice. All of those are areas that I’m excited about and hope to cover in the next few years.

Who are your role models? My parents were amazing role models. They had a high level of integrity, were extremely disciplined, and they were hard workers. Plus they always had a wonderful outlook on life. My parents taught my siblings and me incredible values and paved the way for us to lead productive, happy, and well-balanced lives.

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