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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)

This site serves to guide academic Continuing Medical Education leaders, planners, and teachers as they move CME from a primarily conference-based model to one which employs best educational methods and Quality Improvement (QI) and Performance Improvement (PI) principles to close the clinical care gap. The CEI home works to:

  • Communicate news — Disseminate news about developments in the field by distributing a bi-weekly newsletter: CENews.
  • Share resources — Connect to initiatives, tools, and sites helpful in CME planning, QI, PI, clinical outcomes, faculty development, and related research.
  • Develop networks with our colleagues in medical schools of the United States and Canada, and in the U.S. teaching hospitals and academic societies.

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Learning from Teaching Webinar

Learning from Teaching Webinar—Moving Beyond Credit: An Approach to Faculty Development

Monday, Jan. 12, 2015, 3:30-5 p.m. ET
Learning from Teaching is a means of awarding AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ to faculty members engaged in teaching, supervising, presenting, or evaluating medical students and residents. Register today for the upcoming webinar that explores how various institutions implement Learning from Teaching and how the program offers other benefits beyond preceptor credit.

  • Leslie Doering, Director of CME, Oregon Health and Science University, presents her institution’s experiences with engaging in the program
  • Jack L. Dolcourt, M.D., M.Ed., Associate Dean of CME, and Brad J. Halvorsen, Director of CME, both of the University of Utah School of Medicine, offer their reflections on the process and lessons learned
  • Kim M. Denny, M.S., Assistant Director of Education and Quality Improvement, Division of CME, Indiana University School of Medicine, will address the uses of Learning from Teaching for preceptor professional development, with a focus on volunteer faculty
  • Barbara E. Barnes, M.D., M.S., Assoc. Dean for CME and Assoc. Vice Chancellor for Continuing Education and Industry Support, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, explores other value outcomes, including changing teaching and engagement processes, an assessment tool for clerkship and program directors, and helping to highlight faculty as a visible asset to the institution
  • The webinar concludes with the panelists responding to questions posed by the participants

This Week on the Web

News and Updates


Save the Dates—Learn Serve Lead 2015: The AAMC Annual Meeting and the AAMC Medical Education Meeting

Connect, Collaborate, Engage—Come to Baltimore this fall to be part of the two premier meetings of the academic medicine community. Featuring must-see plenary sessions with fresh and provocative perspectives, opportunities for cross-institutional conversations with colleagues and thought leaders, and focused sessions on high-priority topics.

Learn Serve Lead 2015: The AAMC Annual Meeting—November 6-10, 2015, Baltimore, Maryland
The signature learning and networking event for leaders, faculty, and staff of medical schools and teaching hospitals. Help shape the future of academic medicine and health care at this essential meeting.

AAMC Medical Education Meeting—November 10-12, 2015, Baltimore, Maryland
The second annual AAMC Medical Education Meeting is the only meeting where you can connect and collaborate with colleagues across the continuum of medical education. Hear from innovators, learn from experts, share research and best practices with peers. Come prepared to focus on creating the change we want to see in medical education.

Call for Proposals: 2015 Research in Medical Education Research and Review Papers
Proposals are now being accepted for Research in Medical Education (RIME) research and review papers that will be presented during the 2015 AAMC Medical Education Meeting in Baltimore, Md. All accepted research and review papers also will be published in a supplement of Academic Medicine. There are two submission categories: research papers, which must describe completed medical education research, and review papers, which synthesize existing research and provide direction for future research and practice. Submission Deadline: March 2, 2015

Early Registration Deadline: March 3, 2015—Forum on Conflict of Interest (FOCI) in Academe Meeting, Association of American Medical Colleges, April 16-17, 2015, InterContinental Buckhead, Atlanta, Ga. Highlights of this year's meeting include discussions of how innovation affects the identification and management of conflicts of interest in research, clinical care, and education; the latest news on regulatory changes; presentations from student and faculty entrepreneurs in academic medical centers; and a demonstration of Convey, a new, global central repository for the storage and disclosure of financial interests. 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.

SACME Spotlight – Society for Academic CME (SACME)
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, 3:30-4:30 p.m. ET—The Elevator Speech Succinctly explaining the value of the CME enterprise to the administration, within the time constraint an elevator conversation, Presenter: Jack Dolcourt, SACME Professional Learning Community

Funding Opportunities

For U.S. Researchers
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Funding Application System Opens for Spring 2015 Cycle and Hepatitis C Announcements—six new PCORI Funding Announcements (PFAs) offering up to $138 million in research support are available. One PFA offers up to $50 million to support up to four studies on the best ways to diagnosis and treat hepatitis C virus infection. The other five offer up to $88 million in support for a range of patient-centered CER proposals under our national research priorities, with a pool of up to $12 million set aside for studies that focus on rare disease. Letters of Intent (LOIs) Deadline: March 6, 2015

Choosing Wisely High Value Care (CW HVC) Fellowship, funded by the ABIM Foundation, the American College of Physicians, and the Section on Evidence-based healthcare of the NY Academy of Medicine, offers first and second year residents or fellows the opportunity to work to reduce inappropriate healthcare and learn about the science of knowledge translation. Participants will attend the three-day New York Academy of Medicine Teaching Evidence Assimilation for Collaborative Healthcare (TEACH) program (August 5-7, 2015) where they will study knowledge translation and plan a local implementation project to reduce unnecessary care, and then receive support to complete and disseminate their project. Evidence based medicine and knowledge translation mentors and ACP statisticians will help support the work and its dissemination, including presentation at the annual ACP meeting in the spring of 2016 and publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Application Deadline: March 11, 2015

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) announces Interest in Research About the Epidemiology of Patient Safety Risks and Harms in Ambulatory Health Care Settings

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced two new Innovation Award grants from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences for collaboration related to clinical and translation science—Collaborative Innovation Award, Clinical and Translational Science Award Program (U01) and Pre-applications for Collaborative Innovation Award, Clinical and Translational Science Award Program (X02). The RFA will open later this month, but the announcements were made early “to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects for the applications.”

Courses, Conferences, and Other Professional Development Opportunities

Abstracts, Proposals, Submissions

Deadline: Feb. 16, 2015—Knowledge Translation Canada Annual Scientific Meeting: Patient and Partner Engagement—Call for Abstracts, May 11–12, 2015, Westin Nova Scotian, Halifax, NS, Canada

Deadline: Jan, 31, 2015—National Academies of Practice (NAP) 2015 Annual Forum—Engaging the Patient and Family in Patient-Centered Care: An Interprofessional Approach—Call for Abstracts, April 17 -18, 2015, Westin Alexandria, Alexandria, Va.

Deadline: Feb. 1, 2015—2014-2015 Northeast Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA) Innovation in Medical Education Award—Call for Submissions—To recognize faculty members in NEGEA-affiliated schools who have developed an innovative approach to medical education, the NEGEA will provide one award of $3,000 to recognize an outstanding innovation in medical education. An innovation can be the introduction or development of a new method, process, approach, or technological application that provides a solution to a problem in medical education.


Innovations in Medical Education Conference 2015, Department of Medical Education and Office of Continuing Medical Education, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Feb. 21–22, 2015, Hilton Los Angeles/San Gabriel, Los Angeles, Calif.

Early Registration Deadline: Feb. 27, 2015Second National Summit on Health Care Price, Cost, and Quality Transparency, Global Health Care LLC, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, March 16-18, 2015, Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D.C.

Early Registration Deadline: March 1, 2015—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. This 4.5 day medical education workshop is designed to teach participants to recruit, train, and supervise the performance of SPs as well as to develop cases and assessment materials for use in both teaching and assessment.

Evidence-Based Guidelines Affecting Policy, Practice, and Stakeholders (E-GAPPS II) Conference: The Challenges of Implementation, Guidelines International Network North America (G-I-N/NA) and the Section on Evidence Based Health Care (SEBHC) of The New York Academy of Medicine, March 2-3, 2015, The New York Academy of Medicine, New York, N.Y.

National Summit on Advanced Illness Care: Driving Change Through Leadership, Evidence, and Action, Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC), March 2-3, 2015, the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. The Summit brings together clinicians, medical educators, delivery systems, health plans, community leaders, and policy makers committed to improving care for those with advanced illness. It focus on implementing evidence-based approaches that improve care, improve patient satisfaction, and reduce costs. The meeting is sponsored by numerous national organizations and funded in part by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), so it will be especially attractive to those in medical schools and teaching hospitals.


Archived WebinarGetting Started as a Medical Teacher of Change, Richard Feinberg, Training the Next Generation of Health-science Educators—International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) Winter Web Seminar Series

Recent National Trends in Interprofessional Healthcare Education and Practice and Strategies to Approach Them, Barbara Brandt, Interprofessional Education and Practice—The Tide has Come In!—International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) Spring Web Seminar Series, Feb. 26, 2015, 12-1 p.m. EST

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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