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March 3, 2018

“All of you are a part of the solution… if there is anything we can do to help you individually or institutionally, we are here to help. I want to thank you for taking on the responsibility to make these cultural changes. It will make this change happen.”

More than 3,000 attendees gathered for the CEO Address at the Annual Educational Conference. The message was loud and clear: it’s time for us to collaborate and make change.

March 20, 2018
My Conference Experience: Behind the Scenes with ACGME Registration Manager Andrea Rio

Andrea Rio’s name – or maybe her e-mail address – is probably very familiar to anyone who’s ever attended any ACGME educational program. Her integral role in the Annual Educational Conference, however, is much more than processing registrations and payments and making sure badges print correctly! As a key member of the ACGME’s Educational Activities team, she is central to the growth and success of the conference. We asked her to share a bit more about what she does and what the conference experience is like for her behind the scenes.

March 19, 2018
Behind the Poster: An Interview with Jamie Dow

Jamie Dow, EdM, is assistant director for resident education and training at the University of Florida. Her poster, Mindfulness in Neurosurgery: Improving Neurosurgeon Wellness in Training and Beyond (with co-authors W. Christopher Fox, MD, Associate Program Director, University of Florida, and Gregory Murad, MD, Program Director, University of Florida), looked at wellness in neurosurgery, which Dow says “has traditionally been considered an oxymoron.” However, as priorities among neurological surgery residents evolve and the effects of physician burnout are increasingly recognized across specialties, life balance and overall well-being have become areas of emphasis and an opportunity for program improvement.

March 16, 2018
Session Summary: SES119—The 21st-Century Physician: What SI2025 and CLER are Teaching Us

In one of the final sessions at the 2018 Annual Educational Conference on Sunday, March 4, a panel of ACGME executives, deans, a patient safety expert, and a resident spoke to the crowd about how medicine is changing and graduate medical education may need to evolve to serve patients well into the 21st century.

March 14, 2018
Session Summary: SES102 - Featured Session: Achieving Health Equity

Annual Educational Conference attendees looking for a stimulating discussion found all that and more at the featured plenary session, Achieving Health Equity with Dr. Camara Jones, on Friday morning. The session engaged attendees in various dimensions to issues they may not have been aware of, and reignited their energy and passion for issues they care about deeply.

March 12, 2018
Your Conference Experience: Q and A with Poster Presenter Hedy S. Wald, PhD

Dr. Hedy Wald of Boston Children’s Hospital-Harvard Medical School and the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University was a first-time ACGME Annual Educational Conference attendee as a result of acceptance of her poster, Faculty Videos – An Innovation within Residency Resilience Skills Programs at Two Institutions, for presentation at the Poster Session. An avid social networker, she introduced herself to us at the Twitter Board on Thursday morning before the pre-conferences, and we continued the conversation throughout and after the conference. We asked Dr. Wald about her experience as a poster presenter and first-time attendee of our conference.

March 9, 2018
Session Summary: SES111: Gender-Specific Challenges in Burnout

The ACGME’s and medical community’s prioritization of physician well-being made the issue a central of theme at the 2018 Annual Educational Conference. Gender-Specific Challenges in Burnout, a session led by speakers Carol Bernstein, MD and Kimberly Templeton, MD, explored a variety of factors that contribute specifically to the risk of burnout and differences between what men and women face in this arena.

March 8, 2018
Your Conference Experience: Q and A with Juanita Braxton, PhD

Juanita Braxton, PhD is the Administrative Manager for Surgical Education at University of California Davis Health in Sacramento, California. She is also a charter member of the ACGME’s Coordinator Advisory Group, which was formed in 2016 to serve as a consultative body to the ACGME administration concerning coordinator, GME, learning environment, and accreditation matters. Dr. Braxton presented PC005, Inspiring Minds – Cultivating Success, at the Coordinator Forum during the pre-conferences to the Annual Educational Conference Thursday, March 1.

March 7, 2018
Behind the Poster: An Interview with Dr. Crystal Jing Jing Yeo

Crystal Jing Jing Yeo, MD, PhD, MRCP(UK), a neurology resident in her final year of residency, came to the Annual Educational Conference as a poster presenter. Her poster on Trainee Responses to Hurricane Harvey: Correlating Volunteerism with Burnout was selected from among numerous responses to the ACGME’s Call for Abstracts for presentation at the 2018 Annual Educational Conference. We spoke with Dr. Yeo about her project and future plans at the Poster Reception on Thursday evening, March 1.

March 7, 2018
Your Conference Experience: Q and A with ACGME Board Chair Dr. Rowen Zetterman

As the current chair of the ACGME Board of Directors, Rowen Zetterman, MD, filled several important roles at this year’s Annual Educational Conference, presenting awards and introducing Dr. Nasca for his President and CEO Address among them. We caught up with Dr. Zetterman in between his activities to learn a little more about his experience the last few years with the ACGME and, in particular, at the Annual Educational Conference.

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