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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)

“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

Join the Developing Community of Practice—Core Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) for Entering Residency
The AAMC published the Core EPAs for Entering Residency in June of 2014. Starting a pilot with ten programs, these colleagues represent only a fraction of the institutions where work is being done to understand how to implement the Core EPAs in curricula and assessment strategies. Join the conversations around this developing community by signing up to the Core EPAs listserv and the opportunity to:

  • Share ideas about curriculum, assessment, entrustment and faculty development
  • Share resources from the literature to support and enhance work in competency based assessment
  • Facilitate the pilot schools to enlist others in beta testing curricular, assessment or faculty development materials
  • Allow schools to network and develop partnerships in testing their own materials
  • Share lessons learned, challenges to implementation, mitigation strategies, and effective practices

How to join the listserv: Send a blank email to You will receive a confirmation email and then be able to post your messages to the listserv. Visit the CEPAER website to learn more.

Call for Nominations—Organization of Resident Representatives Community Service Recognition Award
Do you know a resident who deserves recognition for improving the health/welfare of the community local to the training institution? The Organization of Resident Representatives is now accepting nominations for the Community Service Recognition Award which includes funded travel to Learn Serve Lead 2015: The AAMC Annual Meeting, and a $1,250 contribution to a community non-profit. Nominations Deadline: May 31, 2015

Seeking Reviewers for the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) MOC Portfolio Program
Many organizations are participating in the ABMS Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program (MSPP), in which physicians who meaningfully participate in well designed, rigorous organizationally sponsored and supported QI/PI efforts can use those efforts toward their MOC requirements for 20 of the 24 ABMS Member Boards. The MSPP relies on individuals versed in QI/PI to review applications to become MSPP sponsoring organizations, as well as reviewing intermittent progress reports from participating organizations. ABMS is seeking reviewers for the program who will help guide the future of the MSPP and have a unique opportunity to learn about QI/PI efforts in different health care organizations. Information on becoming an MSPP reviewer, and on the MSPP itself, can be found at You may also reply to CENews ( with additional questions.

SACME Spotlight – Society for Academic CME (SACME)
Monday, April 27, 2015, 3:30-4:30 p.m. EDT—Critical Thinking Strategies, Presenter: Annette Donawa, Facilitator: Mila Kostic, SACME Virtual Journal Club

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
Deadline: April 21, 2015—Extended-Release/Long-Acting (ER/LA) Opioid Analgesics REMS Grant Management System (GMS) REMS Program Companies (RPC): RFA 050315—The RPC is seeking novel educational modalities or partnerships that are likely to yield more completers that prescribe ER/LA Opioids as per FDA Blueprint.

Deadline: April 27, 2015—National Institutes of Health (NIH): AHRQ Health Services Research Projects: Making Health Care Safer in Ambulatory Care Settings and Long Term Care Facilities (R01)

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Funding Opportunities and Notices

Courses, Conferences, and Other Professional Development Opportunities

Abstracts, Proposals, Submissions

Deadline Extended: April 15, 2015Discovering Connections: Alliance for Continuing Education in the Health Professions (ACEhp) 41st Annual Conference—Call for Abstracts, Jan. 13-16, 2016, Gaylord National, National Harbor, Md.

Deadline: April 24, 2015—13th International Conference on Communication in Healthcare (ICCH) 2015—Call for Abstracts, Oct. 25-28, 2015, Crowne Plaza New Orleans French Quarter, New Orleans, La.


Forum on Conflict of Interest (FOCI) in Academe Meeting, Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), April 16-17, 2015, InterContinental Buckhead, Atlanta, Ga. In addition, an expanded COI 101 workshop will be held the day before the meeting—Wednesday, April 15—for people who are new to the field or want an overview of the institutional review and management of conflicts of interest.

Advancing Medical Education: Aligning Teaching & Technology with Learning & Practice, Northeast Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA) 2015 Annual Retreat, April 17-18, 2015, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, Mass.

2015 CME as a Bridge to Quality Accreditation Workshop, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), April 23-24, 2015, Westin River North, Chicago, Ill.

Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) 2015 Annual Meeting—Collaborating and Communicating: Tools for Success in Today's Complex Regulatory Environment, April 23-25, Omni Fort Worth Hotel, Fort Worth, Texasrovement.

Borders and Boundaries, WGEA/WGSA/WOSR/WAAHP 2015 Spring Meeting, April 23-26, 2015, The US Grant Hotel, San Diego, Calif.

Interprofessional Education: Beyond the Limits, 2015 Southern Group on Educational Affairs (SGEA) Annual Meeting, April 24-26, 2015, Westin Charlotte, Charlotte, N.C.

2015 Canadian Conference on Medical Education (CCME), April 25-28, 2015 (pre-conference events are held April 23-24, 2015), Hyatt Regency Vancouver and the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, Canada

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) 2015 Annual Spring Conference, April 25-29, 2015, Walt Disney World Dolphin Hotel, Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

Training and Using Standardized Patients in Teaching and Assessment, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, April 27-May 1, 2015, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine – Pearson Museum, Springfield, Ill.


Archived Webinar—Developing Faculty to Improve Quality of Care, Les Hall and Linda Headrick, American Interprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC) Leadership Webinar Series

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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

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