New Medical Program Director Brings Unique Perspective and Experience to CME Outfitters Staff

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CME Outfitters is proud to introduce Kashemi D. Rorie, PhD as Medical Program Director

CME Outfitters (CMEO), a leading accredited provider in continuing medical education, is excited to introduce the latest addition to their company staff. Kashemi D. Rorie, PhD has joined CME Outfitters as a Medical Program Director. Dr. Rorie’s unique perspective and experience within the CME industry makes her a valuable addition to the CME Outfitters team.

While Dr. Rorie was a pre-med student at Howard University with aspirations of becoming a neurosurgeon, her father suffered an idiopathic event that altered her pursuits in medicine. During her father’s hospitalization, she observed “medicine’s” approach to treating her father. “They treated the symptoms; not the person,” Dr. Rorie said. “It was not until my mother, a perioperative RN, signed him out against medical advice and addressed both his medical needs and psychological well-being that he made a fully recovery. It was in that moment that I decided I no longer wanted to be on that side of the medical field. ‘Conventional’ medicine was no longer of interest to me.” Dr. Rorie continued her education at Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she earned her doctorate in neuroscience/neuropsychology, focusing on the hemispheric specialization and lateralization of emotion in neurology and neurosurgery patients. “My clinical research focused on the molecular basis of behavior and how lesion size and location correlated with behavioral and functional outcomes. I wanted to understand how a damaged brain recovers and what steps could be implemented to facilitate that recovery and restore function, “ she stated when discussing her doctoral research.

A fellowship in neuroprotection at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center (WFBMC) in Winston-Salem, NC, focusing on the heart/brain dichotomy, kicked off Dr. Rorie’s career in clinical research. In the Department of Anesthesiology, she worked primarily with cardiothoracic surgery patients, developing perioperative strategies for neuroprotection in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) or valve replacement procedures. This research culminated into the successful reduction in the incidence of neurobehavioral deficits and strokes in this patient population. During her tenure at WFBMC, Dr. Rorie also served as Principal Investigator, Co-Investigator, Research Scientist, or Consultant on a number of industry and federally-funded projects, including the American Heart Association, the Paget Foundation, the American Psychological Association, and the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

While Dr. Rorie loved the research, she acknowledges the timeline can be frustrating, “I loved it [research], but my initial intentions for a career in medicine -- regardless of the path -- were to have a more immediate impact on patient outcomes. It can take many years to see your research applied to clinical practice. When I found the CME industry, I knew it was a perfect fit. In CME, I am able to have an impact on potentially thousands of patients by ensuring their treating clinicians are kept abreast of the most up-to-date information regarding guidelines, best practices, and clinical trials in their specific therapeutic area. There is rapid turnaround – clinicians can participate in a 60-minute session and immediately implement what they learned in clinical practice.”

Dr. Rorie also notes that there has been a change in the patient/physician relationship, stating, “medicine has become more of a partnership in care. Clinicians should be motivated to empower patients to be advocates for themselves and/or their loved ones, in order to be active participants in shared decision-making. It is often said that the best therapy is one to which a patient adheres; therefore, it is imperative for clinicians and patients to work collaboratively.”

Dr. Rorie’s diverse professional experiences have afforded her the opportunity to advance the surgical and medical management of various medical conditions, as well as collaborate with a diverse group of specialists in the field of medicine. As CME Outfitters has considerable diversity not only in its experience in various therapeutic areas, but likewise in the number and types of formats it uses to deliver education, Dr. Rorie feels this represents the perfect platform to educate all stakeholders on opportunities and strategies to optimize clinical care. With her new position at CME Outfitters, Dr. Rorie states “I now have a plethora of tools to be an instrument of change in the healthcare system.”

About CME Outfitters, LLC
CME Outfitters develops, distributes and certifies continuing education activities that focus on the integration of the multidisciplinary care team to ensure the best care of patients. Our educational formats include live meetings, interactive webcasts, medical simulations, and other formats that leverage the latest in technology to optimize the learning environment and promote clinician behavior changes. CME Outfitters also offers expert accreditation and outcome services for non-accredited organizations. CME Outfitters focuses on education to specialty audiences, with strong expertise in neuroscience, inflammatory, infectious, and autoimmune diseases, and cardiovascular disease. For a complete list of certified activities and more information, visit http://www.cmeoutfitters.com or call 877.CME.PROS (877.263.7767).

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