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It is with great excitement that I invite you to join us at the 2016 ACGME Annual Educational Conference at the Gaylord National in National Harbor, Maryland from February 25 – February 28, 2016. This year’s conference celebrates the 35th anniversary of the ACGME as the accrediting authority for graduate medical education (GME). As we look at the past 35 years and the evolution of both GME and the ACGME, the progression from a rules-based accreditation system to one that encourages innovation, celebrates educational excellence, and responds to the changes in the GME and learning environment has been staggering. And the journey continues.
The 2016 conference, in addition to showcasing many of the current ACGME initiatives—such as the full implementation of the Next Accreditation System (NAS), the Milestones, the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program, and the ACGME self-study program—will offer dedicated sessions based upon quality improvement and patient safety, the latest on competency-based medical education assessment, and a report on the ACGME’s efforts to improve resident and practicing physician well-being. As in previous years, we will continue to offer specialty-specific sessions, including one new osteopathic specialty and an update on osteopathic recognition, sessions on the Accreditation Data System (ADS), and our specialty Town Halls. To allow for topics of special interest, we have brought back Sunset Sessions, which are included on the agenda for Thursday and Friday evenings.
We have bolstered our pre-conferences to include a two-part course for designated institutional officials (DIOs) and an all-day osteopathic program designed to provide information and resources and answer questions regarding the transition to a single GME accreditation system. The well-received Introductory Course for New Program Directors and the Coordinator Forum will complete our offerings on Thursday.
This year’s sessions, selected from submissions from across the GME community, focus on topics that improve the quality of residency programs and are attentive to improving both physician well-being and the education of residents. Some of the highlights include advanced Milestones and assessment, feedback techniques, the use of simulation to enhance education and patient safety, the continued incorporation of quality improvement into residency education, health care disparities, and resident wellness.
The 2015 Annual Educational Conference broke previous attendance records, at approximately 3500 participants. We hope our success will continue this year. This conference promotes opportunities to learn from the innovation and creativity happening throughout the GME community, inspiring us to create the educational environment in which the next generation of physicians will be trained to serve the public.
We will again host the conference at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland. This spectacular Washington, DC-area resort anchors the 300-acre National Harbor waterfront entertainment district, located eight miles south of the District. The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center offers visitors everything one might look for in a convention destination, including fine dining and casual restaurants, unique shopping experiences, an indoor pool, and a 20,000-square-foot spa and fitness center.
Join us, as we forge ahead and continue to build a strong community of learning filled with innovation and compassion.
Timothy P. Brigham, MDiv, PhD
Chief of Staff
Senior Vice President, Education
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education