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Meeting Recaps: Collaborating Across the Continuum of OME


AMA ChangeMedEd 2015 Conference: Cultivating a Community of Innovation

The American Medical Association (AMA) hosted ChangeMedEd 2015 October 1-3 in Chicago, IL. AACOM Associate Vice President for Medical Education and Chief of Clinical Education Tyler Cymet, DO, was in attendance, serving as a voice for the osteopathic medical education (OME) community and collaborating with fellow colleagues and leaders in medical education, health systems, and related fields as they worked toward the initiative to transform the way future physicians are trained.

The focus of conference dialogue and collaboration included:

  • Discovering new ways to make medical training more patient centered
  • Deciding how to avoid redundancy within a redesigned curriculum
  • Identifying strategies for increasing diversity in medical education
  • Creating specialized curricula for a “medical school without walls”

Mick Ebeling, Founder of Not Impossible Labs, set the tone for the three-day ChangeMedEd 2015 through his keynote presentation which focused on cultivating a community of innovation to help create the medical school of the future. Other featured speakers included Erik Langenau, DO, MS, Chief Academic Technology Officer, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM); Thomas E. McWilliams, DO, Associate Dean-GME Development, A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine in Arizona (ATSU-SOMA); and Elizabeth K. McClain, PhD, MPH, Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs and of Clinical Education, Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCU-COM), Associate Editor, Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA). During the conference’s 50-plus sessions, 350 attendees, representing more than 110 institutions, explored the future of medical education through presentations and dialogue.

Collaborating Across Borders (CAB) V

From September 29 to October 2, 2015, Collaborating Across Borders V (CAB V) was held at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center in Roanoke, VA. This year marked the fifth annual CAB V conference, linking the United States and Canada around the key themes of interprofessional education (IPE) and interprofessional collaborative practice (IPCP).

Hosted by Virginia Tech, and in collaboration with the governing boards of the American lnterprofessional Health Collaborative (AIHC) and the Canadian lnterprofessional Health Collaborative (CIHC), more than 700 individuals from six countries came together to explore IPE and IPCP in health and social care. CAB V built on the success of previous CAB conferences, accelerating the IPE journey by engaging the expanding community of individuals, professions and organizations committed to collaboration as the best way of providing quality care and better health outcomes. The conference featured best practices, showcased evidence-based outcomes and lessons learned, and provided a venue for scholarly dialogue and productive networking.

The Interprofessional Journey

The overarching conference theme, The Interprofessional Journey: Advancing Integration and Impact, reflected on the importance of integration and impact as they play a role in the preparation of future health professionals. CAB V provided the opportunity for professionals across the health care continuum to engage in this year’s expansive program, which featured the following conference themes:
  • New approaches to collaborative learning and practice
  • Learner, patient/client, caregiver and community voices
  • Interprofessional collaboration across the continuum of care
  • Integrating theory, frameworks, models and evidence into IPE and IPCP
  • The impact of organizational context
  • Unintended outcomes and unconventional partnerships

Advancing Integration and Impact

One conference theme in particular, Integrating theory, frameworks, models and evidence into IPE and IPCP, addressed how theory, frameworks, and models can be applied to the development and evaluation of IPE and IPCP. It included methodological approaches to research, reports on contemporary evidence, and evaluation of IPE and IPCP, as well as a presentation by AACOM Vice President and Chair for Medical Education Luke H. Mortensen, PhD, FAHA, entitled “Interprofessional Professionalism: From Theory, to Research, to Application!” AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, also attended the CAB V conference, along with Medical Education Department’s Brendan J. Shepardson. AACOM was a gold sponsor of the event. 

Enhancing student participation was also an important aspect of this year’s conference, during which a number of sessions were presented by students, including a judged “Health Care Team Challenge.”

International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE)

AACOM Vice President and Chair for Medical Education Luke Mortensen, PhD, FAHA, and Associate Vice President for Medical Education and Chief of Clinical Education Tyler Cymet, DO, attended the International Conference on Residency Education (ICRE), which was hosted by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada from October 22 to 24 in Vancouver, Canada. ICRE is a global forum for those involved in residency education to share ideas, challenges, innovations, and advance postgraduate medical training.

Under this year’s theme, Residency Rediscovered: Transforming Training for Modern Care, the conference featured five plenary sessions, 15 learning tracks, more than 50 workshops, and approximately 200 poster and paper presentations. More than 1,500 educators and physicians attend ICRE annually. AACOM also had an exhibit present at the 2015 conference.

Primary Care Organizations Consortium (PCOC)

AACOM hosted the Primary Care Organizations Consortium (PCOC) for its annual fall meeting on Monday, October 5 at its headquarters in Chevy Chase, MD. Preston Reynolds, MD, PhD, MACP, welcomed the group and began the meeting by discussing collaborative activities in primary care. A series of presentations followed, including:

  • Integrating Mental Health into Primary Care Practices – Benjamin Siegel, MD, Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Boston Univeristy School of Medicine (AAP)
  • PCMH Conference Recommendations – Preston Reynolds, MD, PhD, MACP, Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia (SGIM)
  • Reports from AMSA and SOMA – Jordan Hitchens
  • HRSA Division of Medicine and Dentistry – Candice Chen, MD, MPH, Division of Medicine and Dentistry, Bureau of Health Professions, HRSA, DHHS (BHPR/HRSA)

The PCOC fall meeting also included “Lunch with a Legislative Update,” delivered by AACOM Vice President of Government Relations Pamela Murphy, MSW, and organization updates facilitated by Kenneth Heiles, DO, Founding Dean of Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine.

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October 2015
Vol. 9, No. 10