Continued excellence through continued education: FMC once again receives CME award

June 12, 2014

Flagstaff Medical Center’s Continued Medical Education program recently received the C.H. William Ruhe, M.D. Award from the Arizona Medical Association. This award recognizes achievement and innovation in continuing medical education programs in Arizona. The association only presents the award when it believes an organization has demonstrated outstanding performance. This is the second time FMC has received the prestigious award.

An award recipient is recognized for achievement of high standards in its overall CME program, and for outstanding creativity and successful implementation of new ideas. To be eligible for the award, the CME program must be accredited by the American Medical Association and Arizona Medical Association. Accreditation speaks to the quality of an institution's overall CME program.

CME programs help those in the medical field stay current and learn about new and developing areas of their field. CMEs can be live events, written publications, online programs or other electronic media. Content for these programs is developed, reviewed and delivered by faculty who are experts in their individual clinical areas.

In 2013, FMC hosted more than 200 CME events including Northern Arizona Grand Rounds. The weekly seminars bring new, relevant and timely topics to physicians and healthcare professionals. The sessions also are broadcast via video conferencing to rural providers on the reservation and other areas. In 2014, the program is offering the fifth annual Pediatric Conference and fourth annual Cardiology Conference.

For more information about CME opportunities, contact Suzanne Tackitt, CME coordinator, at 928-773-2418 or by email at

Flagstaff Medical Center is part of Northern Arizona Healthcare, which also provides healthcare services through Verde Valley Medical Center, Cancer Centers or Northern Arizona Healthcare, Northern Arizona Homecare and Hospice, The Heart & Vascular Center of Northern Arizona, Fit Kids of Arizona and Guardian Air. For more information, visit

Pictured: Flagstaff Medical Center’s Leslie Nishimi, M.D., and Suzanne Tackitt, CME coordinator.