We are delighted to present the inaugural ABA/ABMS Research Summit, immediately preceding ABMS Conference 2017 in Chicago. Co-sponsored by the American Board of Anesthesiology and the American Board of Medical Specialties, registration for this invitation-only event is complimentary.

The theme of the 2017 Summit is 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 will engage stakeholders from the fields of medical education and assessment, who will develop a collaborative research agenda and strategy to study learning and assessment throughout the physician’s career. Participants will learn about current research in this area and will help prioritize key research questions leading to a research agenda.

To ensure a highly focused and productive gathering, we have invited a select group of experts from the health care community. Rather than asking attendees to choose their sessions, we will assign participants to specific sessions to ensure broad industry representation on each topic.

The event is scheduled to coincide with ABMS Conference 2017, to make it easier for Summit participants to attend both events; registration for the Conference is separate. Please note that the Summit’s schedule overlaps with the beginning of the Conference on Monday morning.

Date: 7:00 am on Sunday, September 24 through 11:45 am on Monday, September 25

Location: The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago hotel

Cost: Registration and meals at the Research Summit are complimentary. Participants are responsible for transportation and lodging.

Lodging: ABMS has secured a block of rooms at The Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago hotel at a rate of $279 per night (excluding tax). Please request hotel accommodations during the registration process.

Registration: Please see your email invitation for registration instructions.


 
 
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Sunday, September 24

7:00–8:00 am: Breakfast

Breakfast will be served to Research Summit participants.

8:00–Noon: Session 1

Learning and Assessment across the Physician’s Career Continuum

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.

Morning plenary speaker: Cees van der Vleuten, Ph.D., Professor of Education, Maastricht University, Department of Educational Development and Research in the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences

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 will assign participants to specific sessions to ensure broad industry representation on each topic.

Track 1: Learning and assessment during medical school, residency and fellowship training, including simulation

Track 2: Assessment for initial certification

Track 3: Continuing certification assessment and learning

  • 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?

12:15–4:00 pm: Session 2

Research Opportunities and Challenges / Measurement Issues

Lunch plenary speaker: 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?
  • new and/or alternative assessment models and methods that could/should be explored to evaluate the effectiveness of these learning and assessment methods?
  • data, data infrastructures, data-sharing agreements, etc. required to undertake research on the effectiveness of these learning and assessment methods?

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

Track 1: Learning and assessment during medical school, residency and fellowship training

Track 2: Assessment for initial certification

Track 3: Continuing certification assessment and learning

4:30–6:00 pm: Reception

A reception for Research Summit participants will be held on Sunday. Here are some suggestions for dinner and evening entertainment.

Monday, September 25

7:00–8:00 am: Breakfast

Breakfast will be served to Research Summit participants.

8:00–11:45 am: Session 3

Board Certification Value: Aligning Individual Assessment with System Performance

Plenary speaker: 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. Foundations, health plans, hospitals, and government agencies are seeking effective ways to align methods of individual assessment that promote system performance. Assessing physicians on teamwork, communications and patient engagement, and practice-based learning and improvement competencies, will help determine if physicians have 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.

Track 1: Teamwork

Track 2: Communication and patient engagement

Track 3: Practice-based learning