Dennis K. Wentz MD CCHP FAAPL is well known in the field of CME and CPD in the U.S. and abroad. He retired after 15 years at the American Medical Association, as Director of the Division of Continuing Physician Professional Development of the AMA. In that role he had been responsible for overseeing the Physicians Recognition Award (PRA) program and the standards for Category 1 credit, the gold standard worldwide. He has been both a representative and staff to the U.S. Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, has developed agreements for reciprocity of CME credit between the AMA and the European Accreditation Council for CME (of the European Union of Medical Specialists), as well as in Malaysia, Mexico, and Spain. For 14 years Dr. Wentz guided the annual conferences of the National Task Force on CME Provider/Industry Collaboration, a group that he helped to found and chaired from 1990-2007.
As a WMGS principal, he has helped develop the Project Globe Consortium for CPD, a nonprofit designed to bring CME to doctors in developing countries; has advised a major U.S. CME provider and a major European medical specialty society on program planning and marketing, and has participated in a comprehensive effort to identify future directions in use of health information in the U.S.
Prior to joining the AMA, Dr. Wentz was on the faculty of the Schools of Medicine of Vanderbilt University, the University of Tennessee and the University of Maryland. He received his medical degree from the University of Chicago and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology. He was Medical Director of the University of Maryland Hospital, and Director of Medical Services and Associate Dean at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He is a Certified Physician Executive and a Fellow of the American Association for Physician Leadership. He has received the MillerWentz Lifetime Achievemenet Award, the Distinguished Service Award and the Frances Maitland Award of the Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp) and the Hippocrates Award for Excellence in CME Leadership from the Global Alliance for Medical Education (GAME), of which he is a past director. He has received the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Academic CME, and he is also a past-president of the National Commission for Certification of CME Professionals, which conducts the examinations and awards the degree of Certified CME Professional (CCMEP).