This year’s annual Academic Internal Medicine Week meeting occurred this past week in Philadelphia, PA. The meeting itself is somewhat unique in that several parallel tracks run across all levels of administration and scholarship for both Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) and Graduate Medical Education (GME), including tracks for chairs of medicine (Dr. Cooney), program administrators (Cathy Wood, Lynsey Michnowicz, and Cathy O'Neill), clerkship directors (Saumil Chudgar), rising clinical chief residents (Caroline Sloan, Amanda Boyd, and Jared Lowe), and residency program leadership (Aimee Zaas, Dani Zipkin, Jane Trinh, and myself). Though this means we often don’t run into each other during the day, we did get a chance to see each other and relax in the evenings!
Highlights of this year’s program on the GME side included focused plenaries and workshops on burnout and emerging technology (including Aimee & Dani adding even more Twitter tricks!) and lively discussions amongst program directors on duty hour oversight from the ACGME and changes being considered at several medical school on UME grading on medicine clerkships. As Aimee sits on the Program Director Survey committee (and now heads it!), she will have a prime vantage point for what is going on in other programs nationally.
As part of her survey committee work, Aimee presented a poster entitled, Program Director perceptions on 2016 work hour requirements: does increased flexibility lead to programmatic changes?, while I presented work from our population health didactics and DOC team work led by John Paul Shoup, Azalea Kim, and Ben Ranard entitled, Learning by doing: a hands-on approach to teach population health. You can look for that poster again in two weeks at Resident Research Day. Finally, I was able to help present a workshop in collaboration with some hospitalist colleagues at UT-San Antonio and University of Washington on work with Triaging Admissions – many of our residents and hospitalist faculty filled out this survey back in 2018, so thank you again for your participation!
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