The 2015 Annual Educational Conference provided another successful opportunity for 3,500 GME educators to gather, this time in sunny San Diego, to gain knowledge, exchange ideas, and network to share their practices. Over 2,200 participants attended the four pre-conferences, held on Thursday, which included introductory courses for new program directors and designated institutional officials, the coordinator forum, and, new this year, a course for osteopathic programs and institutions to assist in their transition to ACGME accreditation. This conference marked one year since the announcement of the single accreditation system by Mr. Timothy Goldfarb and Dr. Thomas Nasca in National Harbor, Maryland.
The ACGME also welcomed over 30 exhibitors who displayed their educational products and services to attendees. This year’s Exhibit Hall featured diverse displays which resulted in a large number of visitors and very positive feedback.
ACGME Board Chair Mr. John Duval opened the conference by welcoming attendees and introducing Dr. Thomas Nasca. In his CEO address, Dr. Nasca provided a stimulating address titled Taking GME from Circumstantial to Intentional. He spoke to the topics of accreditation system design, national GME financing, ACGME International, and the critical issue of resident suicide.
The body of the conference offered 132 sessions geared toward current GME topics, such as the Next Accreditation System; patient safety and quality improvement; and faculty development topics, including assessment, providing feedback, and engaging faculty members in patient safety. Topics surrounding the CLER program were presented both from the community and ACGME CLER staff members.
On Saturday, a stimulating Marvin R. Dunn Keynote Address, A Programmatic View on Assessment, was given by Dr. Cees van der Vleuten. Professor van der Vleuten has been at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands since 1982. In 1996, he was appointed Professor of Education and chair of the Department of Educational Development and Research in the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences. Since 2005 he has been Scientific Director of the School of Health Professions Education. His primary expertise is in evaluation and assessment. He has published widely in this domain, and holds numerous academic awards, including several career awards. He serves frequently as a consultant internationally, mentors many researchers in medical education, and has supervised more than 60 doctoral graduate students. In 2010, he received a Dutch Royal decoration for the societal impact of his work, and in 2012 he was awarded the Karolinska Prize for Research in Medical Education.
Sunday’s sessions provided the first unveiling of the national results of the CLER program, and Dr. Nasca returned to do an open session titled Conversations with the CEO, which gave attendees the opportunity to ask questions in an open forum.
Mark your calendars for the 2016 ACGME Annual Educational Conference, as we return to the Gaylord National in National Harbor, Maryland, Thursday, February 25 - Sunday, February 28, 2016.
Dr. Thomas Nasca
Marvin Dunn Keynote