While we plan the 2019 schedule, here are the 2018 plenary speakers for your reference.


Monday, September 24, 8:00 – 9:00 am

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Assessment Plenary: Conceptual Basis, Evidence Base and Future Implications of the Australian Professional Performance Framework for Continuing Professional Development

Presenter: Professor Elizabeth Ann (Liz) Farmer, BSc Hons, MBBS, PhD, FRACGP, MAICD, Immediate past Chair, Medical Board of Australia Expert Advisory Group on Revalidation 2015–17

Plenary Session Description: Professor Liz Farmer will outline the work of the Medical Board of Australia Expert Advisory Group on Revalidation from 2015 to 2017, when the group’s report and recommendations were presented. The report considers the evidence base underpinning the dual aims of improving the outcomes of continuing professional development (CPD) for all practitioners and the reduction of risk from underperformance. Professor Farmer’s presentation will focus on the principles, main concepts and evidence supporting the final CPD recommendations, and the subsequent Professional Performance Framework that has been adopted by the MBA for implementation in Australia, and she will address early implementation issues.

Presenter Bio: Professor Liz Farmer is a general practitioner and past Chair of the Medical Board of Australia Expert Advisory Group on Revalidation. From 2013 to 2018 she was Chair of the Australian Medical Council’s Prevocational Standards Accreditation Committee, and she is an experienced member of accreditation teams of medical schools and colleges.

From 2007 to 2011, Professor Farmer was Dean of Medicine and Roberta Williams Chair in Medicine at the University of Wollongong; she was the first female general practitioner to become dean of a medical school in Australia. Following this, she was Executive Director of Workforce Innovation and Reform at the Federal Government organization Health Workforce Australia, where she led a national program developing government policy and practice in health workforce innovation and reform for all health professionals.

Professor Farmer is an Honorary Clinical Professor at the University of Wollongong and has held the position of Director of the Australian Medical Council (AMC). She also chairs the AMC National Test Centre Research Group and the AMC Ethics Committee. She is a member of the Assessment Executive Committee and the Clinical Panel of the AMC.

Professor Farmer currently is an independent health sector consultant specializing in health professional education and assessment, accreditation, evaluation, revalidation and policy development. She has written over 150 journal articles, book chapters and conference presentations, and is a regular speaker at international conferences. She serves on the international Editorial Board of Medical Education and is an Associate Editor of Advances in Health Sciences Education. Professor Farmer was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence and Innovation in Education from Flinders University.


Tuesday, September 25, 8:00 – 9:00 am

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CEO Plenary: Professional Self-Regulation in the Post-Truth Era

Presenter: Richard E. Hawkins, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Board of Medical Specialties

Presenter Bio: Richard E. Hawkins, MD, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the leading not-for-profit organization that oversees physician certification in the United States. Dr. Hawkins has more than 35 years of professional experience ranging from his service in the United States Navy as an officer in the Medical Corps to leadership positions at national medical professional associations. Prior to joining ABMS in 2018, he served for five years as the Vice President for Medical Education Outcomes at the American Medical Association (AMA). There, Dr. Hawkins provided leadership for the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education, as well as to the AMA’s Council on Medical Education and Academic Physician Section. Previously, he was the Senior Vice President for Professional and Scientific Affairs at ABMS. In this role, Dr. Hawkins led educational, assessment, and international initiatives. Prior to that, he was Vice President for Assessment Programs at the National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Hawkins is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine.


Tuesday, September 25, 12:00 – 1:45 pm

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The Inaugural Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD, MBA Endowment Lecture:
Las Vegas Reflections on Authenticity

Presenter: Lois Margaret Nora, MD, JD, MBA

Plenary Session Description: Authenticity may seem an unusual subject in Las Vegas. Come to lunch and explore the topic, and leave with insights into the city, clinician well-being, and leadership.


Wednesday, September 26, 8:00 – 9:00 am

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Operations Plenary: The Art and Science of Leading People through Change and Transition: Achieving Improvement by Optimizing the People-side of Change

Presenter: Stephanie Waite, BS Ed, MSLOC, Director of Leadership and Organizational Development at Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Plenary Session Description: As the healthcare industry moves toward continuous assessment and competency-based frameworks while experiencing enormous changes – at the individual, team, organizational, clinical, business and environmental levels – it is critical to understand and utilize the concept of change, methodologies to move through change efficiently, and most importantly, the phases that people experience as change events occur, to ensure preparation, adoption, implementation and sustainability of the change.

As the one constant is that change will always occur, let’s face it with less resistance, more energy, higher adoption, and people who are champions and understand why the change is needed.

This plenary session will reveal high-level strategies, frameworks and tactics to utilize during a change event, project, or implementation of a new idea to ensure buy-in, adoption, catalyze implementation and create an environment supporting the sustainability of the change. Attendees will learn ideas and actions that support the ability to more effectively influence and lead people through change. During the breakout session, individual projects or key changes currently underway at  organizations of all sizes will be addressed with deeper level applications of the change and transition concepts to attendees’ varied specialties, leadership positions and cultures discussed in-depth.  

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the three phases of transition (that people move through during change)

  • Differentiate between the concepts of CHANGE and TRANSITION

  • Discuss direct applications of change and transition management to catalyze success

  • Identify tactics to influence and lead others through change, removing barriers and obstacles that hinder success

Presenter Bio: As the Director of Leadership & Organizational Development of Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, Ms. Waite is responsible for setting and implementing the strategy for leadership and organizational development, developing and optimizing leadership programming to support the human resources and organizational strategic objectives.

Additionally, she serves as an internal consultant and trusted adviser for the implementation of large scale behavioral, strategic, operational and change initiatives to more than 500 leaders and over 5,800 employees and physicians. Prior to moving internally with Lurie Children’s Hospital, she was solicited to develop their leadership competencies and behaviors, in addition to building a philosophy and strategy to benchmark leadership growth and development throughout the organization — what is now the foundation for all leadership programming and development.

After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Ms. Waite served as an educator in both the public education and corporate sectors, and as an internal and external consultant. Within the public education sector, she was responsible for training and mentoring new STEM teachers, developing and implementing STEM curriculum across multidisciplinary programs, and leading behavioral and leadership development initiatives across the district. She also traveled internationally to learn about global educational systems, and developed multinational curricula for environmental programs in China, Inner Mongolia, and Russia.

Ms. Waite obtained her Masters of Science in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) from Northwestern University in 2013, and is now an instructor at Northwestern University for the Designing Organizational Effectiveness Certificate program through MSLOC. Additionally, she is the Vice President of the Association for Change Management Professionals (ACMP) Midwest Chapter, setting the pace for the practice of change management in the greater Midwest area.