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    The Joint Working Group

    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