"Julie Simper is an enormously talented meeting planner and an expert in continuing medical education coordination, as well as matters related to accreditation. I had the privilege of working with Ms. Simper for nearly a decade and found her to be intelligent, diligent, timely, and detail-oriented. As a person, Ms. Simper is an absolute pleasure to work and interact with. I offer my highest recommendation and praise."
Joseph M. Neal, MD; American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine Past President (2012-2015)
“I have known Julie for eightyears and we have worked closely on several major CME conferences. (...) She is one of the very best CME professionals I have worked with over the many years I have been in academics, in conference management, and CME planning. (…) She is the type of professional who will exceed expectations and bring significant added value to any organization fortunate enough to have her on the team.”
Victor S. Sierpina, MD; University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
“Specifically, over the first two years with ASRA, Ms. Simper’s diligence and leadership helped ASRA move from ACCME probation status to ACCME accreditation with commendation. She did this by becoming a true partner with our CME Committee, refining our processes, building the documentation of the processes, and empowering the committee to grow their influence within the society. (…) Starting in 2015, Ms. Simper expanded her relationship with ASRA as she became the logistical planner for our annual meetings. She proved to be a skillful negotiator and artful planner, making meeting planning look effortless. She was able to focus on the smallest of details while not losing focus of the larger goals. This is most exemplified by the fact that nearly every meeting became a “record breaker” with increased attendance, increased abstract submissions, and increased operating excess. (…) Ms. Simper is exacting and fun-loving which makes her a joy for both staff and volunteers. We know that any organization that engages her services will benefit from her professional experience and her personal touches.”
Angie Stengel, CAE; American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine (ASRA) Executive Director;
Asokumar Buvanendran, MD; President; Vincent W. Chan, MD; CME Committee Chair
“Ms. Julie Simper is a perfectionist in her professional work. She is super organized, talented and holds everyone to timelines. As President of ASRA, I have worked very closely with Julie, most notably on planning the 2018 World Congress on Regional Anesthesia & Pain Medicine in New York City. Under her meeting planning leadership, teamwork, and personal dedication, this major international event was the most successful to date with 2,750 people from 33 countries, 15 parallel tracks, and 50 hands-on workshops. Julie was present from the start of planning in 2015 through completion. I can only say that this class act of a meeting would not have been possible without Julie’s talent."
Asokumar Buvanendran, MD; Rush University Medical Center; American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
Past President (April 2017- April 2019)
"I have had the pleasure of working with Julie Simper for several years while she has served as the Director of Continuing Education at Kenes Group. Julie is a highly regarded continuing education specialist and she has taught me the principles of CME-CPD in the ever-changing world of medical education. Through her knowledge and enthusiasm I got to learn how we can actually contribute to improving patient care by quality, effective, independent, and transparent medical education. I’ve got to learn to know Julie as a strategic thinker and she is result driven. In addition, she is very organized and an excellent manager. Julie’s experience in continuing medical education shows her dedication and willingness to take an extra step.”
Diana van Brakel, MSc; Senior Manager Continuing Education; Kenes Group
“Julie helped build our Hepatitis B and C national CME programs dramatically. She was extremely active in securing the key grants which allowed these programs to grow and she actually attended the society’s annual liver conference each year to facilitate face-to-face meetings with sponsors. She was been instrumental in providing the key growth to a new program for Hepatitis B education and she oversaw the activities of the numerous coordinators who participated. During all of my interactions with Julie over the past 8 years she has been professional, bright, savvy and yet respectful. In short, Julie is a real winner. She will enhance whatever endeavor she chooses to join and she is a joy to work with.”
Paul J. Pockros, MD; Division of Gastroenterology/Hepatology; Scripps Clinic
“Upon assuming the Director role, she dove into the accreditation requirements and guided Scripps through its reaccreditation process under a series of evolving criteria, no small feat given the reluctance to regulatory change in the health care education environment. Her duties were multi-faceted as she supported a multi-state national liver research consortium’s educational program as well as hundreds of other Scripps medical education programs through the years. Julie proved to be a dedicated hard worker, always completing assignments and tasks on time and with excellent results. She is fastidious and detail oriented, eager and energetic, honest and forthright. What will impresses any employer upon meeting her is Julie’s outgoing and pleasant nature; Julie always has a kind word to say, laughs, makes friends easily and works exceptionally well with her colleagues. Julies has a joie de vivre that infects those around her.”
Michael C. Alcorn; Past Senior Administrative Director for Academic Affairs and Clinical Research Services; Scripps Health