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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

AAMC and ABMS Issue Call for Continuing Education Resources

AAMC and the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) have jointly issued an open callto all members of the continuing professional development communities to submit CME-approved competency-based activities. Through this partnership, MedEdPORTAL will serve as the centralized repository for many ABMS-approved Maintenance of Certification (MOC) activities. Co-branded within MedEdPORTAL, the new ABMS MOC Portal will be launched later this year. Entries are due by Sept. 1.

AAMC Announces 2016 Medical Education Meeting

The 2016 AAMC Medical Education Meeting will be held in Orlando, Fla., Sept. 7-9. Topics will span undergraduate and graduate medical education, continuing professional development, and interprofessional education. The program will include plenaries, as well as breakout sessions covering scholarly innovations and groundbreaking research in teaching, learner assessment, curricular interventions, advising and mentoring, and program evaluation. Interactive, hands-on sessions will allow participants to tackle important and emerging topics in medical education. The call for submissions for 2016 will open in mid-September 2015. Visit the AAMC Medical Education Meeting website for more information about the 2015 and 2016 meetings.

AAMC and The Patrick and Catherine Weldon Donaghue Foundationare collaborating to offer grant funding—Advancing Implementation Science in Community/Academic Partnered Research. The program seeks submissions from researchers, community organizations, and health system leaders at academic medical centers partnering to engage in research with potential for a near-term impact to improve population health outcomes. Download the RFP. Proposal Deadline: Oct. 16, 2015

Sept. 1, 2-3 p.m. EDT—Better Collaboration, Better Care: Improving the Value of CME in the Health Care SettingPlease join the American Hospital Association (AHA)'s Physician Leadership Forum and the Association of American Medical Hospitals (AAMC) for this free webinar to identify key steps in positioning CME/CPD as a strategic resource to strengthen collaboration between physicians and hospitals, to help transform the health care delivery system, and to help understand and overcome the challenges in providing CME. John R. Combes, M.D., AHA Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President, will provide an overview and recommendations from a recent report, Continuing Medical Education as a Strategic Resource. Dave Davis, M.D., Senior Director of Continuing Education and Improvement, and Forest Plourde-Cole, Program Research and Development Specialist, both of the AAMC, will provide several examples of medical centers and teaching hospitals which have used CME as a strategic resource—improving physician and system performance and health care outcomes.

How Long Does it Take to Proceed from an MD Degree to a Medical School Faculty Appointment?AAMC Analysis in Brief

SACME Spotlight—Society for Academic CME (SACME)

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

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

American Academy on Communication and Healthcare (AACH): Funded Training Opportunity: Self-management of Chronic Conditions Communication Tool, Application Deadline: August 28, 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. Grant awards may involve one or multiple (2 or more) NEGEA institutions, or may promote collaborative projects across institutions, and sections (UME, GME, CME/CEI, and MESRE). Results of these projects will be presented at the NEGEA regional meeting. Submission Deadline: September 30, 2015

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

Courses, Conferences, and Other Professional Development Opportunities Spotlight

August 20, 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 2: Internal Alignment and Integration

Deadline: August 24—Simulation Summit 2015: Fresh Tracks—Breaking Trail—From Theory to Practice—Call for Video Presentations, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Nov. 25-26, 2015, Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alta., Canada

European Association for Communication in Healthcare (EACH) Summer Event, August 24-26, 2015, Regent’s University, London, United Kingdom

Deadline: August 31—FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning, Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER)—The program aims to empower health professions educators with the knowledge and skills to take educational standards and practice to a higher level—to develop their own practice, to improve health professions education at their institutions and in their communities, and ultimately to help bring about real and lasting advances in local health care. Course Work begins: Sept. 21, 2015

Deadline: August 31 (space is limited)—Certificate Program in Standardized-Patient-Based Education, University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine, Oct. 19-23 2015,UIC Dr. Allan L. and Mary L. Graham Clinical Performance Center and the Department of Medical Education, Chicago, Ill.

Deadline: Open until filled through August 31—The University of Connecticut (UConn) Certificate in Health Professions Education-Onlinepart-time graduate program focuses on the basics of planning, implementation, and evaluation of educational activities designed for all levels of education in the health professions. The program comprises three courses over a year. Participants, including members of interprofessional teams, are encouraged to work on projects important to their institutions and careers.

Early Bird Registration Deadline: August 31—Learn Serve Lead 2015 and the AAMC Medical Education Meeting—Members of the academic medicine community can now register to attend the AAMC's two signature meetings—Learn Serve Lead 2015: The AAMC Annual Meeting (Nov. 6-10) and the AAMC Medical Education Meeting (Nov. 10-12), Baltimore Convention Center, Baltimore, Md.

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