2017 Summit Presentations (with slides where available)

On September 24-25, the ABMS presented the inaugural ABA/ABMS Research Summit, immediately preceding the ABMS Conference 2017 in Chicago. Is was co-sponsored by the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Medical Specialties. The theme of the 2017 Summit was Improving Health and Healthcare Systems: Defining a Research Agenda for Learning and Assessment across the Continuum of a Physician’s Career.

The ABA/ABMS Research Summit engaged stakeholders from the fields of medical education and assessment, developing a collaborative research agenda and strategy to study learning and assessment throughout the physician’s career. Participants learned about current research in this area and helped prioritize key research questions leading to a research agenda.

 
 
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Session 1

Sunday, September 24

8:00–8:15 am: Welcome and Goals for the Summit

8:15–9:15 am: Opening Plenary

Learning and Assessment across the Physician’s Career Continuum

Cees van der Vleuten, PhD, Professor of Education, Maastricht University, Department of Educational Development and Research in the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

In the first session of the ABA/ABMS Research Summit, we will explore and discuss the changes in how physicians learn across the continuum of their careers, and the new methods that are being used to assess physician learning. The discussion will focus on three distinct stages of the physician career continuum: training, initial certification, and continuing certification and practice.

The objective of the Sunday morning session is to identify the current and emerging methods physicians use during their different career stages to acquire new knowledge, retain and reinforce existing knowledge, assess their knowledge, and use knowledge assessment information to inform their continued learning.

Session format: Plenary speech, followed by three concurrent breakout sessions that align with different phases in the physician’s career continuum. Rather than asking attendees to select their sessions, we have assigned participants to specific sessions to ensure broad industry representation on each topic.

9:30–11:00 am: Breakout Sessions

Track 1: Learning and Assessment During Medical School, Residency and Fellowship Training

Speakers: Catherine Lucey, MD, and William C. McGaghie, PhD; Facilitator: Tom Granatir

Track 2: Assessment for initial Certification: Introduction of an OSCE

Speakers: Ann Harman, PhD, Huaping Sun, PhD, and George D. Wendel, Jr., MD; Facilitator: Ann Harman, PhD

Track 3: Continuing Certification Assessment and Learning: Data Registries

Continuing Certification Assessment and Learning: Longitudinal Assessments (David O. Warner, MD)

Continuing Certification Assessment and Learning: Portfolio Assessments (John Norcini, PhD)

Continuing Certification Assessment and Learning: Data Registries (Robert L. Phillips, Jr, MD)

Speakers: David O. Warner, MD; John Norcini, PhD; and Robert L. Phillips, Jr, MD, MSPH; ABP; Facilitator: David W. Price, MD

  • Longitudinal assessments
  • Portfolio assessments
  • Data registries

Key considerations for each track:

  • Describe the current assessment methods
  • Examples of what the methods do
  • How do the methods impact learning and assessment?
  • What are the implications for board certification?

11:15–12:00 noon

ABMS REF Framework for Studying Board Certification
Full Group Discussion

Facilitators: David W. Price, MD, FAAFP, FACEHP; Senior Vice President, ABMS Research and Education Foundation; Executive Director, Multi-Specialty Portfolio Program Organization; John R. Boulet, PhD; Vice President for Research and Data Resources, Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research; Assistant Vice President for Research and Evaluation, and Chair of the Internal Research and Data Review Committee, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

12:15 pm: Lunchtime presentation

Speaker: Sherry Mills, MD, MPH, Director of the Office of Extramural Programs, Office of Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health

Dr. Sherry Mills will provide an overview of a new funding opportunity for institutions and residency programs recently announced by NIH to support and grow the Physician-Scientist workforce through research pathways in residency programs. Successful applications for funding will require support from individual ABMS Member Boards. Please join us to learn more about this program and how we can partner to support this important initiative..

Session 2

1:00–2:00 pm: Afternoon Plenary

Where Should We Go? Directions for Research

Eric Holmboe, MD, MACP, FRCP, Senior Vice President of Milestone Development and Evaluation at ACGME

In the Sunday lunchtime and afternoon session, we will build on the morning’s discussion by addressing the following questions.

  • What are the most important research questions related to the current and emerging methods physicians use at this career stage to gain new knowledge, retain and reinforce existing knowledge, assess their knowledge, and use assessment information to inform their continued learning?
  • What are new and/or alternative assessment models and methods that could/should be explored to evaluate the effectiveness of these learning and assessment methods?
  • What data, data infrastructures, data-sharing agreements, etc., are required to undertake research on the effectiveness of these learning and assessment methods?

Session format: One-hour plenary speech, followed by three breakout sessions that align with different phases in the physician’s career continuum

2:15–3:45 pm: Breakout Sessions

Track 1: Research Opportunities and Challenges for Measurement of Competence

Speaker: Stanley J. Hamstra, PhD; Facilitator: Ann Harman, PhD

Track 2: Assessment for Initial Certification

Speaker: Eric Holmboe, MD, MACP, FRCP; Facilitator: Huaping Sun, PhD

Track 3: Continuing Certification Assessment and Learning

Speaker: Rebecca S Lipner, PhD, Facilitator: David W. Price, MD

4:00–4:45 pm: Full Group Discussion

Facilitator: David W. Price, MD

4:45–5:00 pm: End of Day Comments and Adjourn


Monday, September 25

Session 3

8:00–8:15 am: Welcome

8:15–9:15 am: Closing Plenary

Educational Challenges in Surgical Quality and Safety: Looking Forward

David B. Hoyt, MD, FACS, Executive Director of American College of Surgeons

In the closing session of the Summit, we will discuss how to promote and build value in the credential among external stakeholders who are themselves under tremendous pressure, through policy and market forces, to integrate care delivery and improve the quality and efficiency of care.

Hospitals, health plans, and state and federal government agencies are seeking effective ways to promote organized systems of care and to align methods of individual assessment that promote system performance. The next generation health systems put a premium on teamwork, communications and patient engagement, and practice-based learning and improvement as the key to safer, more efficient, and more effective patient care. Assessment of these competencies will help physicians develop the knowledge and skills to take a systems-based approach to care.

By the end of the Monday morning session, participants will have contributed to a series of next steps to address these core issues.

Session format: Plenary speech, followed by three concurrent breakout sessions.

9:30–11:00 am: Breakout Sessions

Track 1: Effective Teamwork and Highly Reliable Care

Speaker: Michael Leonard, MD; Facilitator: Drew Patterson

Track 2: Unannounced Standardized Patients Assess Communication and Patient Engagement: Can We Measure What Matters?

Speaker: Saul J. Weiner, MD; Facilitator: Tom Granatir

Track 3: Health Systems Science

Speaker: Richard E. Hawkins, MD; Facilitator: David O. Warner, MD

11:15–11:50 am: Full Group Discussion

Facilitator: Tom Granatir, Senior Vice President, Policy and External Relations; American Board of Medical Specialties

11:50 am–Noon: Concluding Remarks