American Academy of Family Physicians Names New Medical Director of Continuing Medical Education

Ann Karty, MD, brings valuable experience developing CME programs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   
Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Contact:
Megan Moriarty
Public Relations Strategist
American Academy of Family Physicians
(800) 274-2237 Ext. 5223
mmoriarty@aafp.org

LEAWOOD, Kan. – The American Academy of Family Physicians has named Ann Karty, MD, FAAFP, medical director of AAFP Continuing Medical Education.

“Karty comes to the AAFP with valuable experience developing curricula and executing innovative, quality CME programs,” said Mindi McKenna, PhD, director of the AAFP CME division. In her new role, Karty will help lead the AAFP’s CME efforts while simultaneously representing the AAFP in its relationships with other accrediting and educational organizations. “Additionally, she brings a diligent clinical perspective to the AAFP’s Commission on Continuing Professional Development as well as to the advisors, faculty and staff who work to design, promote and deliver all AAFP CME courses and products,” McKenna said.

Prior to joining the AAFP staff, Karty served as an associate professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine while she maintained her own private practice. Concurrently, she served as the Vice-Chair of the Continuing Medical Education Committee of KCUMB. In that role, she managed the preparation for two successful reaccredidation site visits by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

Karty also served as the Associate Program Director for the Medical Center of Independence – KCUMB Family Medicine Residency. In addition, she served as a member of the Education Commission of the Missouri Academy of Family Physicians.

Karty has been an active AAFP member since 1989. Throughout her career, Karty has presented numerous lectures on both the local and national level. She also has moderated numerous CME sessions. Internationally, she served on the steering committee for the Hadassah CME committee, a subcommittee of the Hadassah Physicians’ Council, which coordinated the first CME meeting hosted by Israeli physicians. She moderated several of the CME sessions in Israel and, subsequent to the conference, was selected to co-chair the next international meeting in 2010.

Karty is board certified in family medicine and a Fellow of the AAFP. She holds medical licenses in Kansas, Missouri, South Carolina and Illinois. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology and a medical degree from the University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Medicine.

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