With the healthcare meetings community growing quickly, Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has launched an initiative to better support this complex and highly specialized niche. MPI has developed the MPI-MD membership community and advisory council, which is tasked with supporting and promoting medical meeting professionals through an exclusive online member community, private consulting, education, career development programs and other resources. To provide even more assistance for medical meeting professionals, MPI has also created more healthcare meeting education opportunities for its 2016 World Education Congress (WEC), which will be held in Atlantic City in June.

MPI President and CEO Paul Van Deventer said, “Medical meeting professionals operate in a very complex regulatory environment and as a result, this segment of our membership has campaigned for more specialized training and resources. Since acquiring the HMCC Program almost two years ago, we have expanded our offerings to include healthcare webinars, the HMCC Refresher Course, the CMP-HC Prep Course, and now MPI-MD. We anticipate the MPI-MD advisory council and community will be instrumental in shaping our healthcare meeting education for years to come.”

MPI-MD is essentially an evolution of International Medical Meeting Professionals Association, which had been dissolved after MPI acquired the organization’s Healthcare Meeting Compliance Certificate in 2014. MPI-MD’s membership already includes more than 800 planners and suppliers. The community is led by Pat Schaumann, CMP, CSEP, DMCP, HMCC, who is MPI’s director of professional development – healthcare sector.

The MPI-MD Advisory Council, which plans to have its first meeting during WEC 2016, consists of leading healthcare meetings experts. Council members will serve a two year term that ends in December 2018. They will provide expert knowledge for the MPI-MD forum within the MyMPI Online Community, as well as offer guidance for curriculum design.

For more information about MPI-MD, visit www.mpiweb.org/membership/mpimd.