Message from the CEO
It is with great enthusiasm that I invite you to join us at the 2014 ACGME Annual Educational Conference at the Gaylord National in National Harbor, Maryland from February 27 – March 2, 2014. On July 1, 2013, the ACGME reached the culmination of its journey toward an outcomes-based system of assessment and the implementation of the Next Accreditation System (NAS). The seven Phase 1 programs are now fully integrated into NAS and the remaining twenty Phase 2 programs have begun preparing this year for their implementation on July 1, 2014. Specialty milestones have been developed and posted for all of the core programs, and the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) program has been extremely active, with all sponsoring institutions expected to be visited by June, 2014.
The 2014 conference will provide sessions such as the town halls, specialty updates, site visit information, and a series of CLER sessions presented by our staff and RC Chairs which will focus on NAS. Faculty from the community will offer sessions which include ways of preparing and understanding NAS. The learning environment, assessment, diversities and disparities, resident remediation, simulation, and faculty development also serve as topics for many of our sessions.
Last year’s Annual Educational Conference broke all previous attendance records, and we are hopeful that this will be another highly successful conference. Several changes have been made this year to accommodate the increased number of attendees. We have expanded the pre-conferences and increased the number of sessions available to attendees as well as repeating some of the more popular sessions.
This year’s conference will, for the first time, include exhibits from vendors whose products enhance the field of graduate medical education. We look forward to offering this opportunity for you to interact with these representatives and become knowledgeable about their products.
We at the ACGME are extremely proud of what the community of educators has accomplished in helping to improve the quality of the residency programs and the education of our residents. As we stimulate creativity and innovation in GME, we share those innovations with each other at meetings such as this, and create the educational environment in which the next generation of physicians will be trained to serve the public.
I look forward to seeing you personally to further our shared goal of excellence at the 2014 ACGME Annual Educational Conference and the opportunity to convene the graduate medical education community in Maryland.
Thomas J. Nasca, MD, MACP
Chief Executive Officer
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education - International