I’d like to invite you to join us for the 2017 ACGME Annual Educational Conference at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort in Orlando, Florida from March 9-12, 2017. This year’s conference theme is Igniting Innovation, and this should be a truly exciting experience. The ACGME Annual Educational Conference is one of the largest gatherings of graduate medical educators in the world, and unites designated institutional officials, faculty members, program directors, program coordinators, residents and fellows, and others who are passionate about igniting the sparks of innovation in GME to serve our mission.
As in previous years, we will showcase many ACGME initiatives, such as physician well-being, the Milestones, the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program, and the ACGME self-study. We will offer specialty-specific sessions (including our Town Halls and an update on Osteopathic Recognition), and sessions on the Accreditation Data System (ADS).
One new exciting development is that we are conducting our osteopathic pre-conference in collaboration with the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators (AODME). Sessions will include topics on achieving Initial Accreditation, Osteopathic Recognition, scholarly activity, and a year in the life of a program director. The ACGME Review Committee Executive Directors will also be available to answer questions regarding the transition to ACGME accreditation. The Introductory Course for New Program Directors, the two-part Designated Institutional Official course, and the Coordinator Forum complete our pre-conference offerings on Thursday.
This year’s sessions, selected from submissions from the GME community across the world, will focus on topics that improve the quality of residency and fellowship programs and spark innovation in all facets of GME. Highlights include Milestones and assessment, feedback techniques, resident remediation, the continued incorporation of quality improvement into residency education, osteopathic topics, physician well-being, and many others.
This year’s Marvin R. Dunn Keynote speaker is Dr. Kelly Skeff, who is one of the most dynamic and innovative leaders in the areas of faculty development and well-being. This conference promotes opportunities to learn from the innovation and creativity occurring throughout the GME community, inspiring the creation of the educational environment in which the next generation of physicians is trained to serve the public.
For the fourth consecutive year, we are pleased to host exhibitors as part of our conference. New in the Exhibit Hall this year is a Career Center, where conference participants can network and explore new career opportunities. Our Poster Session has also been revamped, and will feature tracks focusing on the clinical learning environment and physician well-being, as well as innovations in other areas of GME.
We are excited to host our conference at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. This spectacular Orlando resort is just minutes from world famous attractions such as Universal Orlando, Disney World, Sea World, and others. The Rosen Shingle Creek Resort offers everything one might look for in a conference destination, including fine dining and casual restaurants, a pool, spa, fitness center, and golf course.
Join us as we continue to build a strong learning community filled with innovation and compassion.
Timothy P. Brigham, MDiv, PhD
Chief of Staff
Senior Vice President, Education
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education