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Integrating an Effective CME Presence into the Academic Medical Center

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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

Application Deadline: July 21—AAMCis pleased to announce the 2015 Workforce Improvement Projects (WIPs)non-research funding opportunities for AAMC members available through the AAMC-CDC Cooperative Agreement. The WIPs focus on workforce development in various areas of public health practice. These funding opportunities are also available to members of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), and the Association of Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR).

Submission Deadline: July 31—AAMC announces a Call for Submissions: Leveraging Space Design and Technology to Meet an Institution’s Mission and Improve Medical Educationfrom member institutions that have developed new and innovative learning spaces designed to improve the overall education experience and performance of their students. The AAMC will select three institutions to participate in a session scheduled during Learn Serve Lead 2015: The AAMC Annual Meetingin Baltimore, Md.

On July 10, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Actby a vote of 344–77, which includes language that would reauthorize the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for three years and create an NIH Innovation Fund of mandatory funding over the next five years. In a statement, AAMC President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., lauded the bill's passage, affirming that "Medical research is the beginning of hope, and [the] House vote on the 21st Century Cures Act is a significant step toward improving the lives of millions of Americans affected by serious illnesses and life-threatening diseases."

World Congress on Continuing Professional Development 2016: Advancing Learning and Care in the Health Professions—Call for Abstractsthe World Congress on Continuing Professional Development (previously known as the CME Congress) invites educational abstract submissions for the pre-eminent international conference for researchers, educators, and practitioners involved in continuing education (CE) and continuing professional development (CPD) presented by the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME), the Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME), and the 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 Grand Hyatt San Diego, San Diego, Calif. Submission Deadline: Sept. 15, 2015

SACME Spotlight – Society for Academic CME (SACME)
Are you a SACME Member? With your SACME Membership, explore opportunities to network with professional colleagues in the field of continuing medical education; access the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions (JCEHP); submit questions and follow conversations with peers on CME/CPD topics with the SACME listserv; and benefit from discounts on SACME registration and tuition fees. Join SACME and become a part of this important community.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Response Deadline: July 31—The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Request for Information(RFI) Soliciting Input into the NIH Vision for Health Disparities Research

Effective Integration of QI and CME/CPD, SACME Professional Learning Community, August 26, 2015, 4-5 p.m. EDT

Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) ACCME Publishes 2014 Annual Report

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) AHRQ YouTube Channel Features Patient Safety Videos

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) CMS Physician Quality Reporting Programs Strategic Vision

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

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

Courses, Conferences, and Other Professional Development Opportunities Spotlight

Today—July 22, 12:30-2:00 p.m. EDT—Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Practice-Based Research Network (PBRN) Resource Center Webinar

July 23, 10-11 a.m. EDT—Saving Lives by Design: Lessons for All From Ghana's Project Fives Alive!Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Webinar

Application Deadline: July 28—The Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Simons Foundation Faculty Scholars Programproviding support for early career researchers with impressive accomplishments who have strong potential to make groundbreaking contributions.

July 30, 12-1:30 p.m. EDT—Web&ACTION: Beyond the CHNA [Community Health Needs Assessments]—Hospitals and the Community Health Improvement Process, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) 4-part Webinar Series, Session 1: Overview and Introduction

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