It is with great enthusiasm that I invite you to join us at the 2015 ACGME Annual Educational Conference, which will be held in San Diego, California from February 26 - March 1, 2015. Our conference will showcase many of the current ACGME initiatives, including the full implementation of the Next Accreditation System (NAS), the Milestones and their development, the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) program, and the ACGME Self-Study program. We will continue to offer specialty-specific sessions, sessions on the ACGME Accreditation Data System (ADS), and our specialty town halls. We have expanded our international focus to include a track designed to encourage dialogue and answer questions pertinent to ACGME-International. In order to ease the transition to a single accreditation system, we are expanding our pre-conferences to include an all-day osteopathic pre-conference designed for osteopathic programs and institutions.
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 residents and utilize the conference to showcase this work. Submission proposals from the GME community were plentiful this year, and the selection process was extremely competitive. Those chosen focus on topics that improve the quality of residency programs and the education of residents. Some of the highlights include the integration of education and clinical redesign; feedback techniques; using simulation to enhance education and patient safety; the incorporation of quality improvement into residency education, and resident remediation. This conference presents the opportunity to learn from the innovation and creativity happening throughout the GME community, stimulating us to create the educational environment in which the next generation of physicians will be trained to serve the American public.
Last year’s conference was attended by approximately 3000 participants, and we expect to build on and continue the success this year in San Diego. In order to accommodate the needs of the increased number of participants, we are pleased to announce that the conference has expanded to two hotels: the Manchester Grand Hyatt and the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, located a walkable 10 minutes from each other. For those who choose, complimentary shuttle service will also be provided at each hotel. Sessions will occur at both hotels, and sleeping rooms are available at both as well.
We are also pleased to announce the return of the ACGME Exhibit Hall, which will feature vendors representing a wide variety of educational tools, software, and patient management solutions, as well as publishers and non-profit organizations.
The ACGME Annual Educational Conference is the largest gathering of GME educators in the country. We encourage you to attend and engage in a collegial sharing of information within the GME community. I look forward to seeing you there!
Timothy P. Brigham, MDiv, PhD
Chief of Staff
Senior Vice President, Education
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education