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October 2014
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  • Top Experts Discuss Graduate Medical Education Trends at Upcoming Event
    William A. McDade, MD
    ISMS President
    William A. McDade, MD, PhD

    This year marks the 7th anniversary of our annual event for residency program directors. The Residency Program Directors meeting has always featured a "who's who" of thought leaders, innovators and the movers and shakers of graduate medical education. This year's event - to be held Saturday, December 6 in Chicago - is no different.

    Since the meeting's inception, I've looked forward to attending each year. In addition to the outstanding program, the event allows me to connect with colleagues from residency programs in Illinois and beyond. The Illinois State Medical Society and Chicago Medical Society co-host this annual event as part of our shared support for Illinois' medical training pipeline. And although our focus is serving our own state, the event attracts participants from around the country.

    What's the draw of this meeting? Our speakers and panelists provide practical information to bring back to each participant's program, as well as insider perspectives for the direction of graduate medical education.

    To borrow a phrase from the television show Law & Order, this year's featured panel is "ripped from the headlines." Few topics have generated more buzz and discourse in the GME community than the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) report suggesting a massive overhaul of our graduate medical education (GME) system. The Association of American Medical Colleges' Atul Grover, MD, PhD; and Deborah Powell, MD, Dean Emerita of the University of Minnesota School of Medicine and a co-author of the IOM report, will be on hand to discuss their contrasting opinions of the future of GME financing and the future of the IOM recommendations. These are individuals with insights from behind the policymaking curtain.

    Program directors will also hear the latest on Illinois regulations from ISMS member Brian Zachariah, MD, and Daniel Kelber, JD. Both serve in high level oversight positions at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Program directors need to know how these regulations will impact your reporting of your residents' engagement with your program

    Since this event is about evolving medical education, we are including some innovative learning opportunities of our own. Duke University's Kathryn Andolsek, MD, MPH, will lead a hands-on workshop on building Clinical Competency Committees. A "speed dating" portion of the program will allow for table-based rapid-fire discussions on topics of importance to program directors.

    I have just finished author Dr. Kenneth Ludmerer's latest exploration of Graduate Medical Education, Let Me Heal; and, at the end of this most impressive book, he asks who will lead us out of the crisis we have in medical education today? He and others answer it is doctors who have the professional responsibility to do so and it begins with training our youngest colleagues in the practice of patient-centered, parsimonious medicine that has the potential to restore the social contract between medicine and society. I wholeheartedly agree and commend you come to this year's Residency Program Directors Meeting.

    If you're a program director or interested in medical education, you should clear your calendar on the morning of the first Saturday in December. A half-day at the Residency Program Director meeting will be time well invested in the future of medicine.

    Click here to learn more or register.

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