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2013 AAMC-SACME Harrison Survey Report

Academic CME Survey

The sixth annual report of the AAMC/ SACME Harrison Survey outlines the strengths of academic CME units—including their potential to assist the academic medical center in achieving its mission and improving patient care—and summarizes the challenges to academic CME units, providing six possible strategic improvement goals for consideration. 

Continuing Education and Improvement (CEI)

This site serves to guide academic Continuing Medical Education leaders, planners, and teachers as they move CME from a primarily conference-based model to one which employs best educational methods and Quality Improvement (QI) and Performance Improvement (PI) principles to close the clinical care gap. The CEI home works to:

  • Communicate news — Disseminate news about developments in the field by distributing a bi-weekly newsletter: CENews.
  • Share resources — Connect to initiatives, tools, and sites helpful in CME planning, QI, PI, clinical outcomes, faculty development, and related research.
  • Develop networks with our colleagues in medical schools of the United States and Canada, and in the U.S. teaching hospitals and academic societies.

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Learning from Teaching Webinar

Learning from Teaching Webinar—Moving Beyond Credit: An Approach to Faculty Development

Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, 3:30-5 p.m. ET
Learning from Teaching is a means of awarding AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to faculty members engaged in teaching, supervising, presenting, or evaluating medical students and residents. Register today for the upcoming webinar that explores how various institutions implement Learning from Teaching and how the program offers other benefits beyond preceptor credit.

  • Leslie Doering, Director of CME, Oregon Health and Science University, presents her institution’s experiences with engaging in the program
  • Jack L. Dolcourt, M.D., M.Ed., Associate Dean of CME, and Brad J. Halvorsen, Director of CME, both of the University of Utah School of Medicine, offer their reflections on the process and lessons learned
  • Kim M. Denny, M.S., Assistant Director of Education and Quality Improvement, Division of CME, Indiana University School of Medicine, will address the uses of Learning from Teaching for preceptor professional development, with a focus on volunteer faculty
  • Barbara E. Barnes, M.D., M.S., Assoc. Dean for CME and Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Continuing Education and Industry Support, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, explores other value outcomes, including changing teaching and engagement processes, an assessment tool for clerkship and program directors, and helping to highlight faculty as a visible asset to the institution
  • The webinar concludes with the panelists responding to questions posed by the participants

This Week on the Web

News and Updates


Deadline: March 25, 2015—2015 AAMC Medical Education Meeting Call for Submissions
The annual AAMC Medical Education Meeting is a terrific opportunity for you to share insights and expertise with colleagues from across the educational mission of academic medicine. Proposals will be accepted through March 25, 2015 (11:59 PM EST) that focus on innovation, research, and emerging trends relevant to the entire continuum of learners. Sessions during the 2015 AAMC Medical Education Meeting will deliver engaging content, encourage discussion and ignite critical conversations in four categories: Emerging Solutions; Learning with Technology; Research Abstracts; Innovation Abstracts. Each proposal will undergo a peer review process and your submission is considered a commitment to attend and present if your proposal is accepted. All submissions must adhere to the structure and format described for each category above. Submit your proposal online before March 25, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST. Registration for the 2015 AAMC Medical Education Meeting will open in early May. We look forward to seeing you in Baltimore in November!

Application Deadline: March 26, 2015—Executive Development Seminar for Aspiring Leaders
The AAMC is now accepting applications for the Executive Development Seminar for Aspiring Leaders, held in Washington, D.C. from April 30-May 2, 2015. The goal of this seminar is to increase the leadership skills of faculty in academic medicine and science who aspire to permanent leadership positions. The seminar will focus on the core areas of organizational culture and management, interpersonal and inter-organizational communication strategies, new leadership strategies for managing talent, and other critical leadership skills. Click here for the schedule of events, confirmed speakers, and to review application instructions and information, including a sample application.

Registration Opens for the AAMC Health Workforce Research Conference
Registration is now open for the 11th annual AAMC Health Workforce Research Conference, taking place in Alexandria, Va., April 30-May 1. The conference is an opportunity for researchers, educators, and policymakers to meet and discuss state and federal workforce issues. The conference theme is "Transforming the Health Workforce: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly," and the keynote speaker is Alan Weil, editor-in-chief of Health Affairs.

Group on Educational Affairs (GEA)
Deadline: March 21, 2015—The Central Group on Educational Affairs (CGEA) is calling for nominations for the following positions on its Executive Team: Member at Large; CME Chair-Elect; GME Chair Elect. To nominate a candidate from the central region, please email Deb Klamen ( by March 21, 2015. Self-nominations are also welcome. Additional information about the positions can be found in the CGEA Bylaws.

SACME Spotlight – Society for Academic CME (SACME)
Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 3:30-4:30 p.m. EDT—The ACCME Proposed Criteria for Commendation, Presenter: Jack Dolcourt, SACME Professional Learning Community

Funding Opportunities

For Canadian Researchers
CIHR Operating Grant: eHealth Innovation Partnership Program (eHIPP)The eHealth Innovations Initiative (eHII) is a multi-phase initiative that aims to enhance health outcomes and health care delivery through the implementation, evaluation, and health system scale-up of eHealth innovations that contribute to evidence-based, client-centered, cost-effective solutions that will improve the quality of outcomes and the cost-effectiveness of patient and population-centered care. Registration Deadline: April 1, 2015

For U.S. Researchers
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Funding Application System Opens for Spring 2015 Cycle and Hepatitis C Announcementssix new PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs) offering up to $138 million in research support are available. One PFA offers up to $50 million to support up to four studies on the best ways to diagnosis and treat hepatitis C virus infection. The other five offer up to $88 million in support for a range of patient-centered CER proposals under our national research priorities, with a pool of up to $12 million set aside for studies that focus on rare disease. Application Deadline: April 1, 2015

Courses, Conferences, and Other Professional Development Opportunities

Abstracts, Proposals, Submissions

Submission Deadline: March 22, 2015—2015 Forum on Organizational Quality Improvement—Call for Abstracts, American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), May 13-14, 2015, Loews Chicago-O'Hare Hotel, Rosemont, Ill. The poster session will provide a unique opportunity for selected forum participants to share best practices and research and scholarship in organizational quality improvement (QI) and MOC activities. Submissions and questions should be directed to Marty Daiga at

Opening Tomorrow—The 2015-2016 ABMS Visiting Scholars Program is accepting applications for an exciting opportunity for junior faculty, PhDs, residents/fellows, medical students, public health students, and graduate students in health services research and other relevant disciplines. Potential research topics include physician assessment and education, quality improvement in patient care, continuing professional development, and health policy, among others. Projects should build on existing research at the scholar’s institution and generate data, tools, and activities that could be useful to specialty boards in the Board Certification and Maintenance of Certification (MOC)/Continuing Certification (CC) process. For more information about the program and the application process, contact ABMS at Application Deadline: May 29, 2015

2015  tEACH Train the Trainers Courses, European Association for Communication in Healthcare, Course 1. What to Teach in Communication Skills Teaching: Skills, Structure, and How to Analyse an Observed Interaction, March 19-20, 2015; Course 2. How to Teach: Experiential Communication Skills Teaching, March 24-25, 2015; Course 3. Assessment in Communication Teaching, March 26-27, 2015. All courses are held at Madingley Hall, Cambridge, U.K.

Fifteenth Population Health Colloquium, the Leading Forum on Innovations in Population Health, Global Health Care LLC, sponsored by Jefferson School of Population Health and co-sponsored by the Population Health Alliance, March 23-25, 2015, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, Pa.

Medical Quality 2015: Together, We Will, American College of Medical Quality (ACMQ), March 26-28, 2015, Hotel Monaco, Alexandria, Va.

Effective Strategies to Improve Health Care for Hispanics in Our Local Communities, National Hispanic Medical Association (NHMA) 19th Annual Conference, March 27-29, 2015, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel, Washington, D.C. Each year, NHMA brings together national experts addressing current innovations in patient-centered care, accountable care organizations, medical education training, health services research, prevention, behavioral health, e-health, and cultural competence for the growing Hispanic populations. The annual conference provides new knowledge to optimize clinical decisions and public health and networking opportunities with innovative problem-solvers in health care and policy.

Population Management Executive Development, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), March 30–April 1, 2015, Dolce Atlanta–Peachtree, Atlanta, Ga.


Registration Open!Interprofessional Education Collaborative (IPEC) 2015 Spring Institute—Building Interprofessional Education for Population Health, April 29-May 1, 2015, Hyatt Dulles, Herndon, Va. The IPEC Institute serves to guide interprofessional faculty teams of three to five individuals from across the health professions along with their selected academic and/or practice partners in creating actionable plans for implementing interprofessional projects that advance university-based, post-baccalaureate interprofessional curricula, learning experiences, and assessment in collaboration with community partners for improving population health.

Save the Date!—Alliance Quality Symposium (AQS): Linking Quality and Education to Enable Patient-Centered Care, Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp), Sept. 28-30, 2015, The Hilton Chicago O’Hare, Chicago, Ill.


Principles of Medical Education: Maximizing Your Teaching Skills, Harvard Medical School, March 18-20, 2015 and March 20-21, 2015. Omni Parker House, Boston, Mass.

Designing, Implementing, and Evaluating Continuing Interprofessional Education (CIPE) Activities Using a Systematic Planning Process, John Owen, Interprofessional Education and Practice—The Tide has Come In!—International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) Spring Web Seminar Series, March 19, 2015, 12-1 p.m. EDT

Transforming Health Disparities Through Interprofessional Education, Research and Service, Memoona Hasnain, Interprofessional Education and Practice—The Tide has Come In!—International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) Spring Web Seminar Series, March 26, 2015, 12-1 p.m. EDT

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To suggest a CME resource or activity that you believe to be novel and well-executed, please contact:

Dave A. Davis, M.D.
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Continuing Education and Improvement
Phone: 202-862-6275

Carol L. Goddard
Senior Program Specialist
Continuing Education and Improvement
Phone: 202-741-0745

Adam Yefet
Administrative Senior Associate
Continuing Education and Improvement
Phone: 202-741-6433