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Integrating an Effective CME Presence into the Academic Medical Center

Academic CME Survey

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.

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.


2015 AAMC-SACME Harrison Survey Report

2015 AAMC-SACME Harrison Survey Report Now Available

Academic CME Survey 2015

Read the Academic CME/CPD in the United States and Canada: The 2015 AAMC-SACME Harrison Survey Report

The seventh biennial report of the AAMC-SACME Harrison Survey outlines consistent evidence of the integration of CME/CPD into the function and mission of academic medical centers/academic health systems; a clear movement to develop innovation and scholarship in educational design and methods of delivery of continuing education and professional development to the health professional population; and highlights efforts measuring the impact of actions, programs, and activities on learner competence, performance, and healthcare outcomes.

The report provides benchmarking and comparisons of the influence and effect of CME/CPD unit activities and interaction with academic institutions and groups, designed to be shared with academic leaders, policymakers, regulators, and others, to assist in decision making at local, state, national, and international levels to illustrate these relationships and promote the needs and goals of the CME/CPD unit. The report also allows for comparison and reflection on individual institutional goals, directions, methods, and standards in CME/CPD.

For a high-level view of the results, the 2015 AAMC/SACME Harrison Survey Executive Summary is also available.


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Continuing Professional Development in Medicine and Health Care: Better Education, Improved Care, Better Patient Outcomes
The objective of this professional book—written by expert educators in the field—is to serve as a living document to address the need for better education to produce better clinical practice and improved health care outcomes. The text is intended to advance meaningful scholarship and innovation in continuing education that will develop our health professionals. Models for how continuing professional development can be reorganized and re-positioned are suggested in the multi-author chapters.

Funding Opportunities

● For U.S. Researchers
Letter of Intent Deadline: July 25, 2017 - Application Deadline: Oct. 25, 2017—Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI):
Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Delivery for Pregnant Women with Substance Use Disorders Involving Prescription Opioids and/or Heroin - Cycle 2 2017—this funding initiative will support patient-centered comparative clinical effectiveness research (CER) on the delivery of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for pregnant women with Opioid Use Disorder (OUD).

Letter of Intent Deadline: July 25, 2017 - Application Deadline: Oct. 25, 2017—Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI): Symptom Management for Patients with Advanced Illness - Cycle 2 2017—this funding initiative will support research initiatives to generate needed scientific evidence to aid patients, caregivers, and providers in decision making about the clinical options for symptom management in advanced illness.

Application Deadline: August 1, 2017 and Nov. 1, 2017—Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): AHRQ Conference Grant Programs (R13) support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings. AHRQ seeks to support conferences that help to further its mission to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work with HHS and other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.

Application Deadline: Sept. 25, 2017—Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): Understanding and Improving Diagnostic Safety in Ambulatory Care: Strategies and Interventions (R18). Despite the growing interest and rapid pace of recent achievements, not much is known with a high degree of confidence about the strategies and interventions that might reduce diagnostic failures and patient harms or enhance the resilience and safety of diagnostic work. This opportunity seeks to evaluate strategies and interventions for reducing diagnostic failures and patient harms, including approaches that enable organizations, providers, and patients to better anticipate emerging diagnostic risk before failure and harm occurs.

Letter of Intent Deadline: Sept. 29, 2017 - Application Deadline: Full proposals are due 40 days after review and approval of the LOI—Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI): Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Awards—these awards support projects that encourage active integration of patients, caregivers, clinicians, and other healthcare stakeholders as integral members of the patient-centered outcomes research/clinical effectiveness research (PCOR/CER) enterprise.

Application Deadline: Sept. 29, 2017—Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI): Engagement Award Initiative Notice (EAIN): Research Meeting and Conference Support—this award includes guidelines for available funding support for meetings and conferences that align with PCORI’s Mission and Strategic Plan and facilitate expansion of patient-centered outcomes research/clinical comparative effectiveness research (PCOR/CER).

Application Deadline: Oct. 5, 2017—Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): Understanding and Improving Diagnostic Safety in Ambulatory Care: Incidence and Contributing Factors (R01). Despite the growing interest and rapid pace of recent achievements, not much is known with a high degree of confidence about the prevalence of diagnostic failure in its various manifestations. This opportunity seeks to gain a better understanding of the complexity and incidence of diagnostic failure and its associated costs and harms.

Application Deadline: Oct. 12, 2017—Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): AHRQ Mentored Research Scientist Research Career Development Award (K01). The primary purpose of the program is to prepare qualified individuals for careers that have a significant impact on the quality, safety, efficiency, equity, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans.

Application Deadline: Oct. 16, 2017—Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ): AHRQ Small Research Grant Program (R03). This program encourages applications in priority areas of interest for ongoing small research projects supporting different types of health services research projects including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Funding Opportunities and Notices External Link

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Funding Opportunities External Link

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

Courses, Conferences, and Other Professional Development Opportunities Spotlight

T3 Train-the-Trainer Faculty Development Program—Interprofessional Education Faculty Development for Educators, The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, August 14-17, 2017, University of Washington Schools of Nursing, Medicine, and Pharmacy, Seattle, Wash.

Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) 2017 Annual Conference, August 26-30, 2017, Helsinki, Finland

T3 Train-the-Trainer Faculty Development Program—Interprofessional Education Faculty Development for Educators, The National Center for Interprofessional Practice and Education, Sept. 11-14, 2017, University of Missouri Schools of Nursing and Medicine and University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Pharmacy at MU, Columbia, Miss.

Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp) 2017 Quality and Innovation Summit: Ideas to Impact: Connectivity, Innovation and Patient Care, Sept. 25-27, 2017, Intermountain Healthcare, Park City, Utah

American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Conference 2017: Achieving Improvement Through Assessment and Learning. TOGETHER. Sept. 25-27, 2017, Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago, Chicago, Ill.

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