November 8, 2018

New This Year: Meaning in Medicine Featured Speakers

The 2019 Annual Educational Conference will have several new and exciting features to enhance your conference experience and provide growth, learning, and networking at every turn. In an effort to prepare and motivate you as you plan your registration and conference schedule, we’re launching a series, New This Year, through which we will share updates and new opportunities you can expect when you join us in Orlando in March!

To kick off this series, we want to shine a spotlight on this year’s theme, and why it’s so significant. This year’s theme, Engaging Each Other: Rediscovering Meaning in Medicine, is woven into every aspect of this conference. Every corner you turn and every session you attend, you’ll be able to engage, network, reconnect with your medicine roots, and participate in a variety of activities that involve sharing your own story and learning about your colleagues’.

We hope that as we come together again as a community, we can all find ways to connect and foster relationships that help us grow and renew our Meaning in Medicine.

Featured Speakers
As the Annual Educational Conference has grown, so has the range, breadth, and depth of educational content provided. Each year, the ACGME holds a Call for Sessions to solicit new, innovative, and current topics to build the next year’s Conference agenda. Proposals are reviewed and judged by ACGME leadership and educational experts to ensure the content is designed to meet the needs and interests of all attendees, and provide a robust and high-quality experience. This year’s Call for Sessions yielded over 300 individual submissions, of which more than 140 were chosen in the form of workshops, didactic lectures, mini-courses. As we’ve said already, we’re trying to make it as difficult as possible for you to choose which sessions you’ll attend!


In addition to the Pre-Conferences on Thursday, the Educational Conference itself will also include the following featured presentations on Friday, March 8:


National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience: Perspectives from the Leaders

Association of American Medical Colleges President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Darrell G. Kirch, and ACGME President and Chief Executive Officer Dr. Thomas J. Nasca will share updates on the work of this Action Collaborative to date on Friday morning from 8:30-9:30.


In 2017, NAM launched the Action Collaborative on Clinician Well-Being and Resilience, a network of more than 60 organizations committed to reversing trends in clinician burnout. Drs. Kirch and Nasca, as two of the co-chairs, will discuss the importance of raising visibility of clinician anxiety, burnout, depression, stress, and suicide. Clinician well-being is imperative for safe, high-quality patient care.

Using Public Data to Follow GME Graduates into Clinical Practice
GME programs prepare physicians for unsupervised practice in clinical fields being transformed by changing care models and new technology, but there is often little feedback on how they fare after graduation. Drs. Marc Triola and Patrick Cocks of NYU Langone Health will give an overview of how programs can use public and open data to gain insights about current and past graduates to guide program changes.

Addressing the Opioid Epidemic: The Responsibility of Physicians
President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and former Baltimore Health Commissioner Dr. Leana S. Wen, will discuss the role physicians and health care providers played in contributing to the opioid epidemic, as well as the responsibility they now have to address it, as well as the importance of incorporating addiction treatment into GME and within mainstream hospital services; employing judicious prescribing practices; and compassionately treating addiction as the disease that it is.

NIDDK Initiatives to Eliminate Health Disparities and Train a Diverse Workforce
Dr. Griffin Rodgers of the National Institution of Diabetes, Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) will address the importance of eliminating health disparities and the approach his organization takes to address disparities through education and training a workforce of basic and clinical researchers. One approach in particular he will describe is NIDDK’s longstanding partnership with the National Medical Association to train underrepresented minority fellows in clinical research methods and leadership.

Learn more about these speakers and their sessions here. Build out the rest of your conference schedule by reviewing the full agenda in the Conference Brochure, and then complete your registration—remember that discounted Early Bird registration rates are available through January 4, 2019.

Remember to follow us here and on social media (Twitter and LinkedIn) for updates. Use #ACGME2019 to let us know where you find your Meaning in Medicine and what you’re most looking forward to in Orlando. We look forward to engaging with you on these and other important topics as we come together once again as the GME community.


And stay tuned! Our next New This Year post will provide a sneak peek at exciting additions to the Exhibit Hall that we are sure will facilitate connections and fun!