SACME Updates and News of Interest.

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  • 12 Apr 2017 10:47 AM | Jim Ranieri (Administrator)

    The 18th Ottawa Conference and the ICME 2018 Conference will be held at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, from 10-14 March 2018.
    A range of important exciting topics in healthcare professions education and assessment will be addressed. Covering undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education.

    The theme for Ottawa 2018 is ‘Authentic Assessment across the Continuum of Health Professions Education’ and the theme for ICME 2018 is ‘Reforming Health Professions Education for Patient Safety’
    The Conference provides the opportunity to focus follow the Ottawa assessment stream, or to look more generally at education in the healthcare professions by following the ICME stream. All participants will have the opportunity through one joint registration to attend sessions in either stream depending on their interests and needs.
    Abstracts and conference workshops can be submitted on two streams, Ottawa stream for assessment related topics and ICME stream on all other topics of Health Profession Education.
    Further details including submission themes, submission guidelines and templates can be found on the abstracts page of the website http://ottawa-icme2018.com.
    Deadline for submissions: The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2017. 

  • 11 Apr 2017 10:46 AM | Jim Ranieri (Administrator)

    The SACME Board of Directors unanimously voted to approve changes proposed to the bylaws.  

    The proposed SACME bylaws document can be downloaded and reviewed here. As comparison, the existing bylaws can be seen here.  All members are asked to review the document and participate in the voting. 

  • 31 Mar 2017 8:00 AM | Jim Ranieri (Administrator)

    Click here to access the latest issue of SACME's newsletter, INTERCOM.

  • 02 Feb 2017 6:10 PM | Jim Ranieri (Administrator)

    CE News: Linking you to the CME/CPD Community

    View January 2017 issue

  • 01 Feb 2017 3:23 PM | Jim Ranieri (Administrator)

    American Board of Medical Specialties to continue support of this valuable resource

    In 2015, as part of its commitment to improve access to relevant maintenance of Certification (MOC) activities, the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), in partnership with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), developed an online repository of MOC activities - the ABMS MOC Directory, powered by MedEdPORTAL®.

    In 2017, the AAMC will be transitioning to a new technical platform and updating its suite of online products and services. As a result, AAMC will no longer provide the Continuing Education and MOC Directories as a service offering, effective April 1, 2017.

    ABMS will continue to support the MOC Directory, which has proved to be a valuable resource for its Member Boards’ diplomates and the continuing professional development (CPD) community. The AAMC and ABMS are working together during this transition and will provide additional information on the future of the MOC Directory in the coming months. However, during and after the transition, ABMS Member Board Diplomates and its partners in the CPD community can be assured that:

    o All MOC activities currently indexed in the ABMS MOC Directory will retain their MOC approval status and respective MOC statements.
    o All MOC activities will remain in place and are viable for diplomates to access.
    o ABMS will continue to invite and accept new MOC activity submissions to insure the MOC Directory remains a valuable resource for the Boards Community.

    For more information regarding the MOC Directory transition, please contact John Nash, Operations Manager, MedEdPORTAL at jnash@aamc.org or Susie Flynn, ABMS Director, Academic Services at sflynn@abms.org.

  • 17 Jan 2017 4:43 PM | Jim Ranieri (Administrator)

    CME organizations that are not yet prepared or able to become Sponsors in the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program™ (Portfolio Program) can explore program participation on a trial basis as part of the Portfolio Program Pre-Sponsor Pilot initiative. This Pilot allows organizations to experience the benefits that Portfolio Program sponsorship offers their physicians and their organization. “Pre-Sponsors” have 12-month access to Portfolio Program resources to help foster an environment where physician involvement in quality/performance/practice improvement efforts (QI/PI) and MOC is supported. They can help their physicians earn Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Improvement in Medical Practice (Part IV) credit for participating in approved efforts that align with organizational priorities such as communication, efficiency, patient safety, and transition of care. To find out more about becoming a Portfolio Program Pre-Sponsor, please contact Teena Nelson, Portfolio Program Manager, at tnelson@abms.org

  • 17 Jan 2017 4:40 PM | Jim Ranieri (Administrator)

    The ABMS Visiting Scholars Program, now entering its fourth year, is inviting applications for the class of 2017-2018.  The Program provides a one-year, part-time professional development and scholarship opportunity for early career physicians, junior faculty, fellows, residents, and individuals holding advanced degrees in public health, health services research, and other relevant disciplines.  Visiting Scholars attend ABMS meetings, engage with experts in physician assessment and quality improvement and, advised by a mentor at their institution and ABMS Member Board leaders, conduct focused projects to advance certification, physician assessment, continuous professional development, and healthcare improvement.  For more information about the program, please contact Suzanne Resnick, sresnick@abms.org.

  • 10 Jan 2017 1:14 PM | Jim Ranieri (Administrator)

    SACME is pleased to announce the call for nominations for officers, and the call for nominations for awards.  Announcements and submission forms may be found below. 

    SACME Call for Nominations for Awards 
    Award Nomination Form
    Deadline: January 20, 2017

    SACME Call for Nominations for Officers
    Officer Nomination Form
    Deadline: January 20, 2017

  • 08 Dec 2016 12:28 PM | Jim Ranieri (Administrator)

    Additional levels of involvement: submitting your abstracts for presentations, participating in a Special Interest Group or Section, and running for an elected position serving on the Executive Committee.  The SACME member currently in the position of CEI Section Leader, Lois Colburn, is completing her final term. 

    The 2017 leadership positions include:  

    • CEI Section Leader (3 year commitment)
    • GME Section Chair (3 year commitment)
    • Member At Large (3 year commitment)
    Please read the job responsibilities below and send an email to e-ryan@northwestern.edu by Thursday, December 22, 2016 indicating interest in running for an elected position. 


    2017 Open Positions 


    Specific Duties:

    • Represent the interests of continuing medical education on the Executive Committee.
    • Encourage the participation of CME educators in CGEA activities.
    • Identify a CME Steering Committee.
    • Solicit invited sessions by CME educators for the annual spring meeting.
    • Conduct the section meeting at the annual spring meeting.
    • Establish goals and objectives for CME within the CGEA.
    • Attend three Executive Committee meetings per year (in summer, at the spring meeting, and at the AAMC annual meeting).
    • Prepare and distribute progress reports of CME Section Head activities at the three Executive Committee meetings per year.


    Specific Duties:

    • Work on bylaws for the section
    • Work on the formation of a steering committee
    • Run the section meeting at the annual spring meeting
    • Serve as a reviewer for abstracts and workshops.
    • Represent the central region on the National GME section executive committee.
    • Report on activities, projects and the annual meeting. Participate in GME section meetings and workshops at the national AAMC meeting.
    • A final duty, less explicitly stated, is to participate in CGEA projects.
    • Attend three Executive Committee meetings per year (in summer, at the spring meeting, and at the AAMC annual meeting).
    • Prepare and distribute progress reports of GME Section Head activities at the three
    • Executive Committee meetings per year.


    Specific Duties:

    • The Member-at-Large is a three-year elected position of the CGEA’s Executive Committee with the responsibility of contributing to the CGEA’s direction.


    • Participates as a member of the CGEA Executive Committee attending three meetings per year. (Spring CGEA meeting, June Executive Committee meeting, Annual AAMC Med Ed meeting).
    • Prepares and distributes progress reports of MAL activities at the three Executive Committee meetings per year.
    • Serve on the Program Committee for all three years of the term (participant the 1st year, co-chair the 2nd year, chair the 3rd year)


    Duties – Ability to:

    • Updates for the section chairs are given to the Operations Coordinator.
    • GME and CME Section chairs are elected every two years during odd numbered years; MESRE and UGME will be elected every two years during even numbered years.
    • Until the Section has a full complement of officers (Section Representative and Section Representative-Elect); the Steering Committee for each section shall consist of the elected Section Representative and individuals appointed by the Section Representative to achieve a Steering Committee of five members.

    Skills - Ability to:

    • Set objectives and develop action plans.
    • Identify potential problems and opportunities.
    • Work effectively toward common goals as a team member.

    Personal Characteristics required for all positions:

    • Enthusiasm
    • Flexibility
    • Commitment to excellence
    • Commitment to medical education
    • High-level integrity
    • Leadership skills
    • Vision for CGEA and the ability to inspire others to carry out mission consistent with the vision

    Qualifications required for all positions:

    • Has Commitment to CGEA
    • Has time and employer support necessary to fulfill office. 

  • 06 Dec 2016 3:06 PM | Jim Ranieri (Administrator)

    It is with great sadness that we reflect on the life and accomplishments of our friend and mentor, Karen Mann. Karen was a truly amazing scholar who touched so many of us. Some of her most influential work occurred after she officially retired from Dalhousie University. As many know, though, Karen never did actually “retire” and she loved her engagement in medical education and interacting with her colleagues at home and abroad. A search of PUBMED or Google Scholar provides an overview of her vast work in the areas of education theory, reflection, feedback, curriculum development, continuing medical education, faculty development and other areas so central to the continuum of medical education. She formally supported graduate students at Dalhousie, Maastricht, and Manchester Universities and informally mentored and encouraged countless learners across the continuum and colleagues locally, nationally and internationally, cheerfully giving of her time and energy to support a learner’s development and ensure high quality scholarly work.

    Karen was a member of SACME for many years. Of interest, she was the Editor, Special Issue on Continuum of Medical Education, Journal of Continuing Medical Education in the Health Professions, 1996, and in 2005 received the SACME Award for Research in Continuing Medical Education. Much more recently, Karen was one of the three invited speakers at Dave Davis’ retirement reception during CPD World Congress, March 2016 in San Diego (unable to attend, Karen spoke by video). And, of special note, this past summer and early fall, Karen co-authored with Jocelyn Locker the chapter on Education Theory for the new book Continuing Professional Development in Medicine and Healthcare: Better Education, Better Patient Outcomes with Bill Rayburn, Dave Davis,  and Mary Turco as editors.

    Karen continued to do research in the area of feedback, most recently supporting the completion of the NBME/Stemmler grant which tested the R2C2 model of feedback amongst residents in three countries and five different specialties. She presented and taught widely over the past year, including in October as a member of the Professional Education Advisory Committee, International Medical University, Malaysia, and making multiple peer-reviewed presentations (CCME, AMEE) and invited visits. She’s received many national and international awards, and, in September, Dalhousie University was pleased to honor her as their annual Cudmore Scholar, an honor bestowed upon an international scholar in medical education. As well as her academic accomplishments, we all will remember her for her lovely smile, her interest in others, her willingness to help, and her gentle and graceful manner. We were so very lucky to have her as a member of our community. .

    A link to her obituary is provided http://thechronicleherald.ca/obituaries/1419718-mann-price-karen-virginia or http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Karen-Mann&lc=3758&pid=182828575&mid=7185655 

    We will miss our colleague and friend.

    Joan Sargeant, PhD, Professor, Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine

    Jocelyn Lockyer, PhD, Professor, Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary

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