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The Joint Working Group is comprised of the AAMC's Group on Educational Affairs (GEA) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Section Steering Committee and the leadership of the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME).

Its Vision: Lifelong Learning

Its Mission: To facilitate the development of a more effective, patient- and population-centered, and integrated model of continuing medical education/continuing professional development (CME/CPD) based in academic medical centers (AMCs), with strong bi-directional connections to the community.

The envisioned CME/CPD model is integrated into the continuum of medical education. It is responsive to current initiatives, needs, and new content areas presented by the health care system. The model emphasizes measurable and clear objectives in these areas:

  • Outcomes: Improving performance
  • Methods: Understanding and using effective methods to support physician and health care team learning, change and quality
  • Content: Focusing on learner needs, met by evidence-based resources and information
  • Support: Integrating CME/CPD into the infrastructure of the academic medical center, emphasizing the value of CME/CPD to the AMC
  • Targets: Faculty members, individual clinicians, and interprofessional teams; health care systems; stakeholders internal and external to the AMC; patients; and the community
  • Partnerships: Developing collegial collaborations

AAMC GEA CPD Section Representatives

George C. Mejicano, MD, MS
Senior Associate Dean for Education
Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine
Portland, Ore.

Past Chair
David W. Price, MD
Senior Vice President, Research & Education Foundation
Director, Multispecialty Portfolio Program
American Board of Medical Specialties
Chicago, Ill.

Barbara E. Barnes, MD, MS
Associate Dean, Continuing Medical Education
Associate Vice Chancellor, Continuing Education and Industry Support
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Pittsburgh, Pa.

Morris (Moss) J. Blachman, PhD
Associate Dean, Continuous Professional Development & Strategic Affairs
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Columbia, S.C.

Central Regional Representative
Clara Schroedl, MD
Medical Director, Continuing Medical Education
Northwestern University The Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, Ill.

Northeast Regional Representative
Alice Fornari, EdD, RD
Associate Dean for Educational Skills Development
Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine
Hempstead, N.Y.

Southern Regional Representative
Emily Vinas, Ed.D.
Director, Educational Strategy and Program Development
Director, Continuing Medical Education
University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School
Austin, Texas

Western Regional Representative
Ron Ben-Ari, MD
Vice Chair, Educational Affairs, Department of Medicine
Associate Dean, Continuing Medical Education
Assistant Dean, Curriculum
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California
Los Angeles, Calif.

SACME Representatives

Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD
Director, Division of Education
American College of Surgeons
Chicago, Ill.

William F. Rayburn, MD
Associate Dean, Continuing Medical Education and Professional Development
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Albuquerque, N.M.

Past President
Mary G. Turco, EdD
Director, Center for Continuing Education in the Health Sciences
Director, Continuing Medical Education
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
Lebanon, N.H.

Canada Regional Representative
Jeff Sisler, MD
Vice Dean, Continuing Competency and Assessment
University of Manitoba Faculty of Medicine
Winnipeg, Man., Canada

Central Regional Representative

Laura Werts
Director, Continuing Medical Education
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, Ohio

Northeastern Regional Representative
Allison Rentfro, PhD
Director, Continuing Medical Education
Yale School of Medicine
New Haven, Conn.

Southern Regional Representative
Kimberly D. Northrip, MD, MPH
Director, UK CECentral
University of Kentucky UK Healthcare
Lexington, Ky.

Western Regional Representative
Leslie Doering
Administrative Director, Continuing Medical Education
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, Ore.

AAMC Staff

Lisa D. Howley, PhD, MEd
Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives & Partnerships in Medical Education

Katherine McOwen
Director, Educational Affairs

Stephen McKenzie
Director, Constituent Engagement

Contact AAMC staff at gea@aamc.org 

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