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Meet the Team

The History of CECAT
The Continuing Education Program is located in the FDA/CDER/Office of Executive Programs/Division of Learning and Organizational Development (DLOD) and provides continuing educational activities for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, clinical, and non-clinical scientists.

CDER has been accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) since the 1980’s to provide continuing medical education (CME), and in 1988 became accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) to provide continuing pharmacy education (CPE). In addition, CDER was approved in 2005 as a provider of continuing nursing education (CNE) by the Maryland Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

In the spring of 2017, FDA was proud to receive status as a Jointly Accredited Provider. Joint accreditation is a collaboration of the ACCME, ACPE and ANCC to provide interprofessional continuing education for the healthcare team.

As the only accredited provider in the Agency, the FDA/CDER CE program serves a multidisciplinary group including physicians, pharmacists, nurses, pharmacologists, chemists, toxicologists, microbiologists and statisticians within the Centers and Offices across the FDA. The CE activities focus on maintaining, developing, and increasing knowledge, skills, and professional performance of FDA scientific staff for better decision making that is evidence- based and aligned with the public interest. In addition, the FDA/CDER CE program provides continuing education credit to outside participants through the workshops, courses, seminars and online activities offered to the public.
FDA/CDER's Mission Statement
The FDA is committed to providing Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) to FDA's multi-disciplinary healthcare professionals and its scientific community to support and sustain their scientific expertise and professional competence as it relates to product research and development, regulatory review and policy issues. The IPCE program aims to create meaningful, collaborative, interactive learning experiences where FDA multidisciplinary health professionals and scientists can learn with, from, and about each other's views.
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Team Members

Virginia Giroux

CE Program Administrator

Karen Zawalick

CE Team Lead

Soad Abbadi

CE Consultant

Traci Bryant

CE Consultant

John Miller

CE Consultant

Lisa Thompson

CE Consultant
ACCME Joint Accreditation
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