The 2014 ACGME Annual Educational Conference was a huge success, drawing nearly 3,000 GME educators from both the US and 11 countries. The conference included three pre-conferences and offered 133 sessions geared toward current GME topics. A huge impact on the conference occurred the day before the opening when ACGME Board Chair Mr. Timothy Goldfarb and ACGME CEO Dr. Thomas Nasca announced the commitment of the ACGME, AOA, and AACOM to a single accreditation system. In his Introductory Address, Dr. Nasca described the ACGME’s dedication to serving the needs of the public through accreditation, assessment, and improving the quality of teaching, resident learning, and professional practice.
Other highlights of this year’s conference included a stimulating and provocative Marvin Dunn Keynote Address by Dr. David Asch titled Rebalancing the Culture of Learning: Can a Focus on Outcomes Improve Our Processes? Dr. Asch is a professor at the Perelman School of Medicine and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and executive director of the Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation. He is director of the RWJF Health and Society Scholars Program, and director of the RWJF Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Asch’s research aims to understand and improve how physicians and patients make medical choices in clinical, financial, and ethically charged settings, including the adoption of new pharmaceuticals or medical technologies, the purchase of insurance, and personal health behaviors.
This year, for the first time, the ACGME offered the opportunity for educational vendors to exhibit at the conference. The Exhibit Hall was well-received by both attendees and the 30 vendors that participated.
Sunday’s sessions included presentations on two central components of the Next Accreditation System. Dr. James Bagian and Dr. Kevin Weiss presented on the topic of Seeking Excellence in the Clinical Learning Environments, and Dr. Eric Holmboe discussed Milestones and GME Transformation: Where Are We Now and Where Should We Be Going?
The 2015 ACGME Annual Educational Conference will be held Thursday, February 26 through Sunday, March 1 at the Grand Manchester Hyatt in San Diego, California.