There are other CME consultants – why hire Vivacity Consulting?
- Vivacity Consulting has a proven track record with over 20 years in medical education and 10 years as a CME consultant.
- Your organization’s mission will guide our focus, even while working through the details of your project.
- We work with you to create educational activities that expand physician and attendee competence, and that make an impact on your overall program’s success.
- We work with you, current staff, volunteers and content providers to improve and expand your capabilities.
- We tailor our services to your needs.
“Erin Schwarz is a top-notch CME professional with years of experience in the CME and Reaccreditation worlds. Erin was so responsive to our needs and worked with us in the capacity we desired. She was extremely helpful in interpreting the ACCME Self-Study sections and helped us connect what we do, to what they are requesting information on. Erin is forever and always your cheerleader, reassuring you that you are doing a great job. She also holds you accountable to keep you on track, which I greatly appreciated! We had such a positive experience working with Erin on our current reaccreditation and look forward to using her as our CME expert going forward. If I had to choose a few words to describe Erin, they would be: knowledgeable, adaptable, and confident. Her positive, upbeat personality keeps you feeling good during a very stressful process. Thank you, Erin, for being such a joy to work with!
Education Manager & Content Strategist
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI)
“I want to send a big thank you to Erin Schwarz who helped us with our ACCME re-accreditation process. Erin’s support, guidance and knowledge through this process could not have been better and I learned A LOT from her. If you are looking for a consultant to help with your re-accreditation, I highly recommend Erin Schwarz. We also received our re-accreditation report this week and we received Accreditation with Commendation.”
Kristi AR Conley
Manager of Education
American Society of Colorectal Surgeons (ASCRS)
“Erin provided invaluable assistance during our CME re-accreditation process. New to the manager role and all things CME, I was most appreciative of Erin’s commitment to my own development throughout the entire process. She was a true partner who not only helped us achieve accreditation with accommodations, but who also helped us evaluate and improve our CME program. Erin was a delight to work with.”
Manager, Learning and Development
The Southeastern Permanente Medical Group
“As a medium-sized community hospital, we don’t have the resources for full-time personnel dedicated to ACCME accreditation. Erin’s knowledge of the survey process and practical knowledge for staff training saved us many hours and stress in the preparation of our Interim Report that was approved by the IMQ. She is an indispensable member of our CME team.”
Roderick Turner, MD
CME Committee Chair
St. John’s Health Center Providence
Santa Monica, CA
“I’ve had the pleasure of working alongside Erin for years in our various roles with the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. Erin is truly exceptional. She is blessed with intellect and wisdom beyond her years, and she carries herself with class and professionalism. She is a tremendous resource and content expert regarding continuing education and the ACCME. I recommend her in the highest terms.”
Phillip P. Shadduck, MD FACS
Conflict of Interest Task Force, and Ethics Liaison Group Chair
“Top qualities: Great Results, Personable, Expert. I’d also check off these attributes for Erin:
- Good Value,
- On Time,
- High Integrity, and
She was an AMAZING find … a God-send … for her very special and deep expertise in ACCME standards. An absolute delight to work with. She made me and the organization look great!”
Chris (J.C.) Mahaffey, MS, CAE, FASAE
American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
“Our partnership with Erin is a great one. From our pre-planning stages through drafting of the self-study to the final review and submission, Erin provided strategic direction and held us to a timeline to produce our best work. She worked hard to learn about our organization and was able to help us articulate our improvements and processes within the self-study. Erin understands the accreditation process and is able to offer direction and to set clear expectations of the final product. In addition, she’s so pleasant and is an industry peer. We value her opinion and recommend her as a consultant.”
Annie Mullins, CMP, CCMEP
Manager, Physician Education and Medical Libraries
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
“Erin is dedicated to excellence. Her creative, engaging, meticulous management of CME helped our hospital to achieve ACCME accreditation with commendation. I turn to Erin whenever I need a CME Consultant.”
Medical Librarian/Continuing Medical Education Coordinator at Good Samaritan Hospital
Los Angeles, CA
“I collaborated closely with Erin Schwarz over a period of seven months on an intensive program of several medical/legal continuing education seminars that were given around the Western states. Her dedication, skill and knowledge in the continuing education field are unparalleled. I have been especially appreciative not only of the superior quality of her work, but of her promptness and good organization. In addition, Erin can always be relied upon for innovative and creative suggestions and solutions to the inevitable problems and challenges that arise in the course of completing any project. Having just retired after nearly 40 years of law practice at the time I undertook the project with Erin, I can say with confidence that she is among the half dozen or so most capable, energetic and efficient people that I have worked with over a long career. ”
Douglas Field, Esq.
Retired Attorney, Farmers Insurance
“It is a pleasure to write this recommendation for Erin Schwarz – Medical Education Consultant/President at Vivacity Consulting. I have known Erin for more than a decade. I first met Erin when she was working on the staff supporting The Society in American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons. She had developed an extraordinary expertise in the area of accreditation for medical education programs (ACCME) . She subsequently developed her own business and continues to provide expert advice and service to the organization. I have worked with her in my capacities as Chairman of the Program Committee and as President.
I recommend her highly as a trusted and reliable counselor. She is terrific to work with even on difficult issues. There is no doubt she would be an asset to any organization who needs her services.”
SD Schwaitzberg, MD
President, Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
Los Angeles, CA
“I have worked with Erin Schwarz (Vivacity Consulting) for approximately 3 years. Erin is exceptionally professional and competent. She has many positive attributes, not the least of which are her many good ideas for quality education, her work ethic and the quality of her work product.
Ms. Schwarz managed my CME certificate re-accreditation with the ACCME (Benchmark CME, Inc.). She did a marvelous job of helping me through the morass of regulations, requirements and quality control. We were successful in being awarded a 4 year certificate. In addition, Erin has assisted me in presenting 6 CME meetings over the 3 years that were very successful.
I would strongly recommend Erin for anyone looking for a very competent and professional as well as very knowledgeable person to manage a re-accreditation project and or to plan and present CME meetings that meet all ACCME standards and requirements.”
Timothy Farrell, MD
Co-Chair, SAGES CME Committee
Professor of Surgery, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
“Erin provided leadership, drive and expertise in a difficult project. She stewarded a difficult process to an exemplary conclusion. She educated all of us in the process. She was personable and kept to the deadlines. Professional and highly motivated. Very pleasant to work with. I would have continued to use her as a consultant with excellent results.”
Mark Wax, MD
President, American Head & Neck Society
Professor, Program Director, OHSU
“Erin was recommended to me by several of our surgeons based on work she had done with a sister organization. Erin’s review of our materials was well worth extra time and effort. She reviewed the self study and activity files with great attention to detail and thoroughness. Her feedback to us provided a fresh perspective and some helpful and actionable suggestions. Working with Erin was also a pleasure. She was very flexible and able to meet our timelines. We exchanged documents effortlessly through a portal she provided. Erin is a great communicator. We carefully considered her perspectives and input and were able to significantly improve the final product. I would definitely work with Erin again, and I recommend her to others as highly as she was recommended to me.”
Mary Pat Cornett, CAE, CMP
Senior Director, Education & Meetings
American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery/Foundation
“Erin is extraordinary. She is THE expert in CME and ACCME rules. She guides our staff and several organizations that we manage. She knows what she’s doing. She does what she says. She figures it out. She meets deadlines. She is a good teacher and a great planner.”
Barbara S. Berci
“Erin has partnered with BSC Management for more than a decade. She is THE expert on continuing education and navigating the requirements of the ACCME. She is an expert conference planner, association and project manager, and a consummate professional. Anyone fortunate enough to work with her will be glad they did!”
President, BSC Management
Executive Director, SAGES