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The 2014 update of the Continuing Education and Improvement Section of the Group on Educational Affairs (GEA) and the AAMC Medical Education Cluster.

Continuing Education and Improvement (CEI)

“Continuing Education and Improvement” is defined by the continuing education community as a set of activities and programs conceived and directed by the AAMC, enabling the achievement of an effective, quality-driven, integrated presence for continuing professional development in academic medical centers and health systems. CEI is supported by a team at the AAMC that manages, coordinates, and staffs these activities and programs.

The mission of AAMC’s CEI activity is to promote excellence in the education of health professionals throughout their careers, thereby contributing to the health of the public and meeting the institution’s missions in clinical care, research, and education. Guided and advised by the CEI Section, we foster:

  1. The development of and advocacy for continuing education and improvement programs to enhance physician and health professional learning;
  2. The professional development of faculty educators and continuing education specialists/experts;
  3. The advancement of research in continuing education, implementation science, and related fields, and the dissemination of the results of that research;
  4. The development of policies that recognize the fundamental importance of continuing medical education;
  5. The integration of quality improvement and patient safety into educational activities and practice;
  6. The communication between the AAMC and CEI Section members, among the members of the CEI Section, and within the CME community at large on local, regional, and national levels.

This site attempts to guide academic continuing medical education leaders, planners, and teachers as they move CE from a primarily conference-based model to one which employs best educational methods with quality and performance improvement (QI/PI) principles to close the clinical care gap.

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News and Updates

Registration Open!2015 Integrating Quality Meeting: Improving Value through Clinical Transformation, Education, and Science, June 11-12, Loews Chicago O'Hare, Rosemont, Ill.—Join your colleagues at the AAMC’s 2015 Integrating Quality Meeting to learn new strategies for achieving high value, high quality health care. Bringing together health care leaders, faculty, trainees, and students from teaching hospitals, medical schools, health professions schools, and other health care organizations, this highly-interactive meeting offers a comprehensive view on implementing interprofessional and integrative approaches to quality improvement and patient safety across the continuum of education, clinical care, and research. Through thought-provoking general sessions, interactive workshops, small group discussions, and poster presentations, this program provides valuable opportunities for networking and sharing best practices in care delivery transformation, interprofessional education, and research that supports improved health care quality and value.

Special Post-Meeting Workshop—Educating 4 Quality: Advancing a Quality Culture through Education (June 12-13) Further the knowledge you gain at the 2015 IQ Meeting by attending a specially designed post-conference workshop that builds on the highly successful AAMC Teaching for Quality (Te4Q) program. By completing this workshop, participants will have a better understanding of the forces for change in the clinical learning environment, how to align healthcare system priorities with educational programming, and the opportunity educational innovations pose to be “two-fers” by simultaneously improving education and the culture of the clinical environment.

The 2015 edition of the AAMC Data Book: Medical Schools and Teaching Hospitals by the Numbers provides key data and trends on medical schools and teaching hospitals in 81 tables across 12 topic areas. The book includes information on the number of medical schools; medical school applicant, student, and graduate characteristics; tuition and fees; faculty salaries; teaching hospital finances; and more. Trend data inform topics such as the attractiveness of medicine as a career; the diversity of applicants, matriculants, students, and graduates; and the growth of U.S. medical schools.

The second annual Health Equity Research Snapshot, developed by the AAMC to highlight promising new health equity research underway at the nation's medical schools and teaching hospitals, includes videos highlighting mental health research in recognition of National Mental Health Awareness Month. The featured projects represent research on a wide array of mental health outcomes and populations and demonstrate how research at every stage-from genetic to health policy research-contributes to closing or narrowing gaps in health and health care. The Health Equity Research Snapshot is part of a broader effort to build health equity research and promote health equity as a goal of research, quality improvement, and clinical activities at AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals.

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is seeking a Senior Director, Educational Affairs as a member of the leadership team for the Medical Education Cluster. This position holds responsibility for oversight of the leaders of the educational affinity groups and of the programs and initiatives developed and implemented within the cluster to support the professional development of educators and/or to advance education at our member organizations and more broadly. For more information or to apply please visit the AAMC Job Board Posting for this position

American Medical Association (AMA)
The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Medical Education Theme Issue 2015 Call for PapersJAMA invites submissions for a special issue on medical education in December 2015. Manuscripts related to all aspects of the educational process are encouraged, particularly studies that either incorporate the most relevant educational outcomes (effects on clinical practice and patient care, rather than measures of knowledge, skills, or attitudes) or address better techniques for their measure. Potential topics may include (but are not limited to) measurement of core competencies, physician reentry programs, the appropriate use of medical literature, humanism and the roles of the humanities in educating students, and the use of interdisciplinary approaches to learning. Given the role of educator that is played by all physicians, studies of the effectiveness of training physicians to be teachers, or residents as teachers, are also of interest. Submission Deadline: June 1, 2015

SACME Spotlight – Society for Academic CME (SACME)
Continuing Medical Education: Current Status and Future Directions, Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME) and SACME Collaborative Educational Teleconference, June 9, 2015, 1-2 p.m. EDT. Speaker: Graham T. McMahon, M.D., M.M.Sc., President and Chief Executive Officer of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education

Funding Opportunities

For Canadian Researchers
Registration Deadline: April 1, 2015—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. Application Deadline: June 3, 2015

ResearchNet—Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Funding Opportunities

For U.S. Researchers
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Western Group on Educational Affairs (WGEA): WGEA 2015 Call for Mini-Grant Proposals—Advancing the WGEA as a Community of Educational Scholars, Application Deadline: June 22, 2015. The WGEA is providing a funding opportunity to both experienced and new investigators in the area of medical education research within the Western region. All faculty members associated with WGEA member schools are eligible to submit a proposal.

National Institutes of Health (NIH): AHRQ Small Research Grant Program (R03), Application Deadline: July 16, 2015 (Cycle II)

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI): Large Pragmatic Studies to Evaluate Patient-Centered Outcomes - Spring 2015 Cycle, Application Deadline: July 31, 2015

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Funding Opportunities and Notices

Courses, Conferences, and Other Professional Development Opportunities

Abstracts, Submissions, Call for Proposals

Deadline: May 15, 20152015 Learning Communities Institute (LCI) Conference—Call for Proposals, hosted by the University of California San Diego School of Medicine, Sept. 18-19, 2015, San Diego, Calif.


Registration Deadline: April 30, 2015Essentials of Problem-Based Learning: Facilitator Development, Problem Construction, Curriculum Design, and Student Assessment, The Academy for Scholarship in Education, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, June 16-19, 2015, SIU School of Medicine, Springfield, Ill. This workshop combines training in the essential faculty skills for problem-based learning, including how to design a problem-based curriculum and draft the problems central to it, how to facilitate small groups, and how to assess students.

Early Registration Deadline: May 1, 2015—How to Prepare for the CHCP (formerly CCMEP) Exam, Commission for Certification of Healthcare CPD Professionals (CCHCP), May 11, 2015. 2:00-4:00 p.m. EDT, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, Philadelphia, Pa.

Competency Based Training Workshop—A Practical Approach to Competency Based Education in Your Residency Training Program: From Concept to Implementation, American Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, May 1, 2015, MaRS Discovery District, Toronto, ON, Canada

Academic Detailing Training, National Resource Center for Academic Detailing (NaRCAD), May 4-5, 2015, Metro Meetings Centers, Boston, Mass.

2015 Forum on Organizational Quality Improvement, American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), May 13-14, 2015, Loews Chicago-O'Hare Hotel, Rosemont, Ill. The Forum covers best practices regarding MOC and the Multi-Specialty Portfolio Approval Program (Portfolio Program). Over 40 provider organizations and 20 ABMS Member Boards participate in the Portfolio Program, with many more in the application process. Physicians, quality/performance improvement professionals, current and potential Portfolio Program sponsors, ABMS Member Board staff and leadership, CME providers, specialty societies, hospitals, and health care systems will learn from the experts and from each other at this valuable conference.

SHARE Approach Workshop on Shared Decision Making, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), May 15, 2015, Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Baltimore, Md. AHRQ is hosting a new, free, train-the-trainer workshop presenting the SHARE Approach, a five-step process aimed at increasing the use of evidence in shared decision making between health care providers and patients in the clinical setting. The workshop features resources including patient decision aids, conversation starters, tips to communicate with patients, an implementation guide for clinical teams, and a brief summarizing the benefits of shared decision.

Workshop Deadline: May 24, 2015Simulation Summit 2015: Fresh Tracks—Breaking Trail—From Theory to Practice—Call for Workshop and Presentation Abstract Proposals, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Nov. 25-26, 2015, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alta., Canada. Presentation Abstract Submission Deadline: June 24, 2015

Registration Open!American Medical Association (AMA) Section on Medical Schools Annual 2015 Meeting, June 5-6, 2015, Hyatt Regency Chicago, Chicago, Ill.

Save the Date!Minority Faculty Career Development Seminar, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Sept. 18-21, 2015, The Westin Buckhead, Atlanta, Ga. Don’t miss this opportunity to join your fellow junior faculty and post-doctorates in a three day, multi-cultural career development seminar for those who aspire to leadership positions in academic medicine.

Save the Dates!—AHRQ Research Conference Returns—PCORI First Annual Meeting to be Held in October—The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Research Conference returns Oct. 4-6, 2015, Crystal Gateway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center, Arlington, Va. Co-hosted by AcademyHealth, the conference brings together experts in health care research and policy focused on addressing today’s challenges in improving quality, safety, access, and value in health care. AHRQ and AcademyHealth will team with the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to address key issues in dissemination and implementation of patient-centered outcomes research on Oct. 6—as part of the AHRQ conference and the inaugural PCORI Annual Meeting (Oct. 6-8, 2015, at the same venue). The PCORI conference will highlight their research and initiatives to mark their fifth anniversary. Stay tuned to CENews for information on submitting abstracts, registration, and conference programming.


Faculty Development: Clinical and Community Preceptors—Developing Interprofessional Champions in the Clinical Environment: Opportunities for Preceptors, Jean Nagelkerk, Sarah Shrader, and Jana Zaudke, American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC) Leadership Webinar Series, May 8, 2015, 2:00-3:00 p.m. EDT

Accepting Applications—The University of Connecticut (UConn) Certificate in Health Professions Education-Online is accepting applications for Fall 2015. This part-time, online, graduate program focuses on the basics of planning, implementation, and evaluation of educational activities and programs that are designed for all levels of education in the health professions. The program comprises three course over a year and is cohort based; open to MD/DOs, APRNs, DNPs, PharmDs, and other clinicians; and designed for early to mid-career individuals or teams. Participants are encouraged to work on projects important to their institutions and careers. UConn welcomes interprofessional teams to take these courses together for this purpose. The certificate instructor is Thomas J. Van Hoof, M.D., Ed.D., Associate Professor, UConn Schools of Nursing & Medicine. Application Deadline: Open until filled (Fall semester begins August 31, 2015)

Interactive Training CoursePathways to Safer Opioid Use, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion—Adverse drug events (ADEs) are the largest contributor to hospital-related complications and account for more than 3.5 million physician office visits each year. The HHS recently released the National Action Plan for Adverse Drug Event Prevention (ADE Action Plan), which targets opioids as a significant contributor to ADEs. The new, interactive training teaches health care providers how to implement opioid-related recommendations from the ADE Action Plan, and patient-centered strategies to communicate the safe use of opioids in managing chronic pain.

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Dave A. Davis, M.D.
Senior Director
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