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January 2015
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  • Strength of Medical Education Lays Groundwork for Quality Patient Care
    William A. McDade, MD
    ISMS President
    William A. McDade, MD, PhD

    Illinois has much to be proud of in terms of our contributions to medical education.

    Our eight medical schools have trained thousands of doctors practicing here and beyond our borders. The University of Illinois at Chicago is the largest medical school in the U.S., and by itself trains more doctors than are trained in some whole states.

    We host hundreds of medical residency programs, and our patients benefit from the care provided by our doctors in training.

    The Illinois State Medical Society is a staunch supporter of our medical schools and residencies.  We are always seeking opportunities to effectively use the collective voice of our schools and support the physicians who lead our residency programs.

    In December, ISMS and the Chicago Medical Society co-hosted our annual event for residency program directors (RPDs). I’ve attended all of our RPD events, and they get better each and every year!

    Highlights from the December event included:

    • 007A presentation from senior officials from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), with updates on recent rules changes that impact residents in training, and dialogue on real world issues occurring in our training programs. Thanks to Brian Zachariah, MD, and Daniel Kelber, JD, for sharing their insights with our group. And a special thanks to Dr. Zachariah for his ISMS membership and sharing of his wisdom through his columns in our newsletter, Physician Advocate.


    • 063A hands-on session that focused on evaluating residents and on building clinical competency committees was led by Duke University professor Kathryn Andolsek, MD, MPH. She brought an incredible energy to the program and offered numerous practical insights for our participants.

    • 066 A “speed dating” roundtable was a hit and allowed us to discuss many current topics and also network with colleagues.

    • 082Our event was capped by a high-level conversation about the future of graduate medical education (GME) funding. Drs. Atul Grover and Deborah Powell offered tremendous perspective on a critical policy paradigm that must be addressed to ensure our future physician workforce needs. Dr. Grover is Chief Policy Officer for the Association of American Medical Colleges and Dr. Powell was an author of the Institute of Medicine’s 
    • recent report suggesting a radical revamp of our GME system. The doctors kindly allowed us to tape their program and it is available for on-demand viewing and CME. I encourage you to watch!

      The evaluations from our annual program were extremely positive, and we’re looking forward to another great event later this year.

      That said, in order for ISMS to continue to provide such high quality programs, we need to grow our membership. I ask our program director leaders and all physicians working with young doctors to encourage ISMS membership.  It is our job to serve as mentors. This includes shepherding our young doctors through training and also reinforcing the importance of professionalism through participation in organized medicine.

      I’ve encouraged my young colleagues to become members of ISMS. Have you?


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