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On March 10, 2021, the AAMC announced the difficult decision not to hold the in-person Learn Serve Lead 2021: The AAMC Annual Meeting, scheduled for November 5-9, 2021 in San Antonio, Texas. Instead, we will offer a virtual meeting again this year from November 8-10, 2021.

We realize in-person interactions and networking are highly valued. It is our goal to provide all of us with future opportunities to engage with each other in the academic medicine community face to face. We hope to resume in-person meetings as soon as early 2022. We will continue to assess all of the options and implications and will keep our constituents apprised.

Council of Deans at the AAMC Annual Meeting

November 2021: Council of Deans programming will be held virtually. For more information, please contact COD staff at COD@aamc.org

Friday at the AAMC Annual Meeting (held in November) is set aside for council-specific meetings. The COD holds a variety of sessions on Friday geared toward networking, knowledge sharing and professional development. Annual highlights include the COD Business Meeting and Discussion Forum; the AAMC Leadership Presentation to COD, COTH, and the Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS); a Veterans Affairs update; and the COD Welcome Reception. Networking opportunities for the COD are also arranged throughout the weekend. The full meeting kicks off on Saturday and brings together our community from across campuses, across disciplines, and across missions to provide leadership, enable connections and deliver thought-provoking change that will transform health care.

Executive Development Seminar for Deans

Upcoming: January 26-28, 2022, Washington, District of Columbia. For more information, please contact COD staff at COD@aamc.org.  

The Executive Development Seminar for Deans (EDD) is held annually in January or February. It is designed for new permanent, interim, or acting deans and intended to quickly orient the newly appointed dean to the responsibilities that are integral to this key leadership position. Deans will learn from national experts and have the opportunity to problem-solve current issues at their institutions. During the seminar, new deans learn about harnessing social and emotional intelligence; negotiation skills and conflict management; stewarding institutional resources such as talent, finances, and institutional reputation; best practices for advocacy; and emerging issues at academic medical centers. This seminar offers opportunities for new deans to network with one another and with AAMC leadership, learn from experiences at different schools, and build a cohesive peer group that provides support beyond the classroom.

2021 EDD participants can access a participants list and presentations. (Registration information required.)

Council of Deans Spring Meeting

Upcoming: March 24-26, 2022, Washington, District of Columbia. For more information, please contact COD staff at COD@aamc.org

The COD Spring Meeting is held annually in the spring and is the only national meeting designed exclusively for medical school deans. Every other year it is held jointly with the Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems (COTH). The Spring Meeting provides deans with the opportunity to access shared experiences and learn from global experts about promising practices that can be implemented to address key challenges to sustaining the medical education enterprise. In addition to putting leaders in touch with the ideas and experiences of experts inside and outside of academic medicine, the meeting provides opportunities for networking and interaction based on adult learning principles that will spark the creativity and novel thinking needed to drive change.

2021 COD Spring Meeting participants can access a participants list and presentations. (Registration information required.)

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