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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

The AAMC Health Care Innovation Awards are designed to recognize innovations in medical education, care delivery, and research. The Learning Health System Champion and Pioneer Awards seek to recognize institutions that have implemented or wish to enhance capacity of innovative, system-wide processes that improve the opportunity for research and enhance health system and research collaboration. Award submissions are due to the AAMC by October 14, 2015.The Clinical Care Innovation Challenge, which launches on Oct. 13, recognizes innovations in clinical care delivery and payment and training models. Award submissions are due to the AAMC by November 13, 2015.

In a Sept. 10 statement, AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., urged the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to include appropriate risk adjustments for providers who treat more vulnerable patients when it develops regulations governing the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program) Reauthorization of 2015 (MACRA). Dr. Kirch emphasized that physicians who practice in teaching hospitals and medical schools tend to treat patient populations that are sicker and poorer, and new MACRA regulations should take into account the risks providers bear based on the populations they treat.

Mark Your Calendar—The 2016 AAMC Medical Education Meeting will take place September 7-9, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in Orlando, Florida. This significant shift from previous years, when the Medical Education Meeting was co-located with Learn Serve Lead: The AAMC Annual Meeting in November, is taking place to allow the meeting to grow and mature to its fullest potential. The Call for Submissions for the 2016 Medical Education Meeting will open later this month, in mid-September.

The AAMC has developed a series of online video resources on a range of diversity and inclusion topics. The Diversity 3.0 Learning Series includes interviews with thought leaders and experts, faculty career development webinars, guidance on institutional strategic planning and culture and climate assessment, and presentations on innovative programs at AAMC-member institutions. The most recent installment of this learning resource features interviews with four experts on gender identity and transgender health.

SACME Spotlight—Society for Academic CME (SACME)

Friday, Oct. 2, 3:30-4:30 p.m. EDT—What Are the Implications of Implementation Science for Medical Education?, Presenters: David Price, M.D., and Barbara Barnes, M.D., M.S., SACME Virtual Journal Club. Article for preparation—What Are the Implications of Implementation Science for Medical Education? - Price DW, Barnes BE, et al. Med Educ Online. 2015 Apr 23;20:27003.

Save the DateSACME 2015 Fall Meeting (held in conjunction with the AAMC Annual and Medical Education meetings), Nov. 12-13, 2015, Marriott Waterfront, Baltimore, Md.

Funding Opportunities

Deadline: Sept. 30, 2015—AAMC’s Northeast Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA) provides funding through the 2015 NEGEA Call for Collaborative Research Grant Proposals to initiate new Medical Education Scholarship Research and Evaluation (MESRE–formerly RIME) proposals to support and encourage scholarship in medical education. 

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

Courses, Conferences, and Other Professional Development Opportunities Spotlight

Sept. 24, 12-1 p.m. EDT—Evolution and Revolution in Medical Education—Placing Faculty and Students in New Experiences for Teaching and Learning, International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) Fall Web Seminar Series, Closing the Gap Between Undergraduate Medical Education and Practice Realities of Today and TomorrowLotte N. Dyrbye

Extended Deadline: Sept. 25—Call for Abstracts—World Congress on Continuing Professional Development 2016: Advancing Learning and Care in the Health Professions, Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME), Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME), Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp), in partnership with the University of California, Continuing Medical Education Consortium, March 16-20, 2016, Manchester Grant Hyatt San Diego, San Diego, Calif.

Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME) Academy, Sept. 25, 2015, Mt. Sinai Hospital—Stern Auditorium—Annenberg Building, New York, N.Y.

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Executive Development Seminar for Associate Deans and Department Chairs, Sept. 25-29, 2015, Tempe Mission Palms Hotel and Conference Center, Tempe, Ariz.

CPD in the City: Navigating Change Through Leadership, Memorial University Faculty of Medicine, Sept. 27, 2015, Ottawa Conference & Events Centre, Ottawa, Ont., Canada

National Resource Center for Academic Detailing (NaRCAD) 2015 Fall Academic Detailing Techniques Training, Sept. 28-29, 2015, The Martin Center at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass.

Reducing Avoidable Readmissions by Improving Transitions in Care​, Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Sept. 28-29, 2015, Hyatt Boston Harbor, Boston, Mass.

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.

Submission Deadline: Oct. 1—Basic Research Video Contest, AAMC's Group on Research Advancement and Development (GRAND), winner announced at the Learn Serve Lead 2015: The AAMC Annual Meeting, Nov. 6-10, Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Md.

Registration Open—Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS) Fall 2015 Meetings—Second CMSS Simulation Summit and CMSS 2015 Annual Meeting, Nov. 18-21, 2015, The Washington Court Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Register Today—Essential Skills in Continuing Education and Professional Development (ESCEPD), Sept. 5, 2015, held in conjunction with the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) 2015 Annual Conference, Sept. 5-9, 2015, Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC), Glasgow, Scotland

Limited Registration Available—T3 Train-the-Trainer Faculty Development Program—Interprofessional Education Faculty Development for Educators, University of Virginia Center for Academic Strategic Partnerships for Interprofessional

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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.
Senior Director
Continuing Education and Improvement
Phone: 202-862-6275

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

Khadija Shaban
Administrative Senior Associate
Continuing Education and Improvement
Phone: 202-741-6433