The Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) met January 19-20 in Rockville, MD. Attendees were welcomed by COGME Chair Russell Robertson, MD, Professor and Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University. On the first day of the meeting, AACOM President and CEO Stephen C. Shannon, DO, MPH, took part in a panel discussion, “Optimizing Graduate Medical Education to Best Meet the Needs of Our Nation,” with co-presenters John Prescott, MD, Chief Academic Officer, Association of American Medical Colleges, and Paul Rockey, MD, Director of Graduate Medical Education, American Medical Association. D. Keith Watson, DO, Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine and AACOM Board of Deans member, who was appointed to COGME in the fall of 2010, also participated in the meeting.
COGME members heard presentations on a variety of topics impacting the future of GME and primary care. Among the presenters, COGME member Jerry Kruse, MD, MSPH, Professor and Chair, Department of Family and Community Medicine, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, provided “Findings and Recommendations of COGME’s 20th Report, Advancing Primary Care(December 2010).” Before adjourning, meeting participants also discussed possible topics for COGME’s next report and expressed appreciation for retiring COGME Executive Secretary/Designated Federal Official Jerry Katzoff for his dedication and many years of service.