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April 04 - April 06, 2024

Thursday, April 04th

8:00 am-10:00 am


Educator’s Forum

Chanteau Ayers, Executive Director, Medical Education Administration, UnityPoint Health Des Moines, Co-Facilitator

W. John Yost, MD, VP for Medical Education and Research, UnityPoint Health Des Moines, Co-Facilitator

This workshop will be highly interactive and offers an excellent opportunity to begin networking with AIAMC colleagues before the Annual Meeting’s official kick-off at midday.  Please note that seating is limited, and pre-registration is required.

10:00 am-11:00 am

Executive Boardroom

Book Club

Caroline Diez, MBA, Manager, GME, JPS Health Network, Co-Facilitator

Diana Singer, PhD, Executive Director, Academic Affairs, JPS Health Network, Co-Facilitator

Featuring “Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.” authored by Brene Brown.  Amazon link to order a copy: dare to lead by brene brown.  Please note that seating is limited, and pre-registration is required. 

11:00 am – 11:45 am

Santa Rita

Welcome Lunch for First-Time Attendees

12:00 pm -12:15 pm

Salon B

Annual Meeting Opens

12:15 pm- 1:45 pm

Salon B

Keynote Address

Atul Grover, MD, PhD, Executive Director of the AAMC Research and Action Institute, offers a fresh look at academic medicine by the numbers from a current policy perspective. Grover discusses pressing policy topics facing clinicians, researchers, and hospitals; and assesses trends from the latest research. Grover also examines the connections and intersections between the AAMC and AIAMC while addressing gaps in data across academic medical centers.

1:45 pm-2:30 pm

Vendor Partner Intros/Overview and Break; Exhibits Open

2:35 pm-3:50 pm

Salon G, Salon H, Salon I


Introversion in Medical Education – Are There Implications for Assessment: Aurora Health Care (Salon G)

Deborah Simpson, PhD, Director – Education

Wilhelm Lehmann, MD, Program Director & Chair – Family Medicine

Joseph Portoghese, MD, Chief Academic Officer, and DIO, AdventHealth Orlando

Kari Schmidt Oliver, MD, Faculty – Ob/Gyn

Tricia La Fratta, MBA, Manager Graduate Medical Education Programs

Jacob Bidwell, MD, VP, Academic Affairs, and DIO

The role of bias in assessment has long been recognized as a source of measurement error.  Recently, the emphasis on assessment bias has focused on gender and race/ethnicity.  The association between being an introvert (or being quiet as sign of cultural respect) on performance assessment ratings has received minimal attention in the medical education literature, particularly in graduate medical education (GME).  The American Psychological Association defines introversion as a personality trait which, like extraversion, exists as a continuum of attitudes and behaviors. Introverts often appear reserved and are socially and cognitively more reflective than their think-aloud extraverted colleagues. Available studies reveal that introverts receive lower scores on interpersonal behaviors in clerkships. This session will use a highly interactive session will combination of strategies with brief literature-based summaries of what’s known to allow participants to review their assessment tools and coach on trainees/faculty on this topic. 

Lessons from the Redwoods: Fostering Team Connectivity and Innovation through Dynamic Dyad Leadership: JPS Health Network (Salon H)

Diana L. Singer, PhD, RN, CCRN-K, CNE, C-TAGME, Executive Director, Academic Affairs

Tricia C. Elliott, MD, FAAFP, Sr. Vice President, Academic & Research Affairs

While numerous leadership and team-building philosophies exist, the post-pandemic era requires GME leaders to develop different and more innovative approaches to build community and drive outcomes in their teams. In this session, we will describe our leadership journeys, including a pivotal mid-2020 division-wide meeting that focused on the theme of Redwoods, which represent community as they hold each other up, stay connected, model resilience, grow together, and show roots and strength. We will share how ingraining this culture of Redwoods into our division has resulted in positive metrics including employee engagement scores and low turnover rates, as well as how it has driven change in our strategic approaches to overcome common leadership challenges in medical education such as advocacy, stakeholder engagement, navigating politics, team dynamics, and culture change. Using an interactive format, attendees will leave empowered and with tactical, take-home strategies to implement and broaden their leadership skills as they strengthen their roots and create rich canopies at their own institutions.

Better Together: Harmonizing the Academic Model with Osteopathic Principles to Optimize Medical Education: OhioHealth (Salon I)

Elizabeth Zmuda, DO, Director of Medical Education, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital

Sara Sukalich, MD, Senior Director, Medical Education, and DIO, OhioHealth

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) completed its successful transition to a single accreditation system on June 30, 2020.  Since that time, community-based residency programs have successfully collaborated with academic medical centers and formed integrated models of medical education.  Learn from a DO-MD presenter dyad how one such collaboration significantly benefitted the osteopathic community-based program, the allopathic independent academic medical center (IAMC), their respective trainees, and ultimately the patients served by securing a workforce pipeline with diverse backgrounds focused on community need.  Participants will leave the session with their completed worksheet on how to pursue similar collaborations back at their home institutions.

4:00 pm-5:00 pm

Executive Boardroom

AIAMC World Cafe

Sara Sukalich, MD, Senior Director, Medical Education & DIO, OhioHealth, Facilitator

Please note that seating is limited, and pre-registration is required.

5:00 pm–6:30 pm

Bill’s Grill


Friday, April 05th

7:00 am -8:00 am


Buffet Breakfast; Exhibits Open

8:00 am-9:00 am

Salon B

Plenary 1: Empowering the Physician-Patient Relationship

Douglas Spegman, MD, MSPH, FACP, Chief Clinical Officer, El Rio Health Center

Luis Isea Mercado, MD, Internal Medicine Faculty, AdventHealth Orlando

Glenda Sundberg, NP, Family Medicine, Aurora Health Care

How does one empower and nurture the physician/provider-patient relationship during a time of national political and cultural chaos?  How did a change in status from “health care hero” to negative scrutiny and widespread misinformation during a 100-year pandemic affect our providers and their relationships with the patients they serve?  This session will address these issues and more and will include success stories from fellow AIAMC-member colleagues that will inspire conference attendees.

9:00 am-9:30 am


Break; Exhibits Open

9:30 am-10:30 am

Salon B

Plenary 2: Affirmative Action and GME Hiring: Implications from Supreme Court Ruling

Donna L. Lamb, DHSc., MBA., BSN., President and Chief Executive Officer, National Resident Matching Program

While the impact of the Supreme Court’s recent decision about affirmative action on medical education infrastructure remains to be seen, the current landscape, including approaches undertaken by states that have banned use of race as a factor in college admissions, provides cases and research to continue building toward a physician workforce representative of the community served. This presentation will provide a brief history of affirmative action and overview of the recent Supreme Court decision, will review the STEM pipeline/population seeking residency positions with relevant demographic data intended to better understand the possible impact across the transition to residency, and will explore case studies/examples of states with bans on utilization of race in college admissions. Additionally, the presentation will review research that shows physician preference for practicing in places that match their ideologies; research on diversity in physician’s impact on health outcomes; and objectives of holistic review: community-centric, life experiences.

10:40 am-11:55 am

Salon G, Salon H, Salon I


Teaching Hospitals and Medical Schools: Moving Beyond Affiliation Agreements to Impactful Strategic Partnerships: Guthrie/Robert Packer Hospital (Salon G)

Victor O. Kolade, MD, FACP, Clinical Professor of Medicine & Regional Clerkship Director for Internal Medicine, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Deborah Biggs, JD, Principal and Director of Academic Medicine Consulting Services, PYA

All AIAMC members have affiliation agreements with medical schools, and many have multiple agreements.  As was presented in the AIAMC’s August webinar, truly successful agreements are strategically created and nurtured.  Our members’ C-Suites are acutely aware of physician shortages and workforce development challenges, not to mention DEI issues and funds flow.  Addressing these issues requires a continuum of education and partnership from UME to GME to CME.  This session will allow a deep dive into these key issues and provide tangible tools to put in participants’ toolkits to use upon return to their home institutions.

Making the Case for a GME-Facilitated Population Health Clinic:  Advocating Health Equity for Vulnerable Communities: OhioHealth (Salon H)

Liz Zmuda, DO, Director of Medical Education at Doctors Hospital

Todd Weihl, DO, Vice President of Clinical Affairs at Doctors Hospital

Miriam Chan, PharmD, MHA, Program Director, System MedEd Quality and Safety

G. Joy Walton, MD, Associate Program Director, Doctors Hospital Internal Medicine Residency

Join us for an engaging workshop as we discuss strategies to align medical education and the C-suite around population health!  Our expert panel composed of leaders in the C-suite and of graduate medical education will share their experiences with making the case for a GME-facilitated population health clinic at Doctors Hospital.  We will have small group sessions to develop best practices and action plans for leveraging GME to advocate for greater health equity among our vulnerable communities.

“What Do I Do Now?” An Educational Consult Service to Support Faculty and Program Directors with Complex Struggling Learners: OhioHealth (Salon I)

Phil Clark, Advisor, Clinical Learning Environment

Sara Sukalich, MD, Senior Director Medical Education/DIO

Supporting complex struggling leaners is a challenge that program directors and faculty will most certainly face during their tenure. Program directors and faculty may not be comfortable or have the knowledge and skills to support learners with challenges that may vary from communication and professionalism to medical knowledge and procedural ability. Complex struggling learners who don’t respond to initial personal development plans often require a significant amount of time and effort for faculty and program directors. Resources to support complex struggling learners within a program may be insufficient. In response to the need for increased support for our educators, OhioHealth created a system level Educational Consult Service made up of experienced educators from across our five teaching hospitals and various specialties. Learn how to identify resources, provide support for consultants, and set up the process of completing a consult. We will review our experience over the past few years and will share our templates and process. You will leave with a better understanding of how to develop this type of resource at your home institution. 

12:00 pm -1:00 pm


Lunch and Annual Town Hall Meeting

1:00 pm -4:30 pm

Salon B

National Initiative IX Meeting Two

4:00pm - 5:30pm

Bill's Grill

Ben’s Bells Service Activity

We are so pleased to announce a NEW and FIRST-EVER service project to take place at our annual meeting and Meeting Two in Tucson.  This meaningful addition to our program will take place outdoors at the resort on Friday, April 5th from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm.   The AIAMC will cover the costs of this event; however, pre-registration is required and limited to the first 75 people who sign up.

In 2002, Jeannette Maré’s life changed forever when her son, Ben, died suddenly just before his third birthday. In the months following his death, Jeannette and her friends and family began making ceramic wind chimes – the first Ben’s Bells – in her backyard studio. Being surrounded by supportive people and working with clay toward a common goal was therapeutic for her family and their healing.  Hear her moving story first-hand here: 

Since 2003, Ben’s Bells has been operating as a nonprofit, growing kindness education programs, and continuing to distribute thousands of Bells every year. Today, Bells are found all over the world and their free kindness education programming has reached over 1.6 million students.

The leadership team at Ben’s Bells assures us no artistic talent is required and that all materials are non-toxic and non-staining.  There will be one-half hour between the end of this event and the start of our awards dinner, allowing you plenty of time to change clothes if you wish.  You also do not need to stay the entire 90 minutes, as the activity is organized for come-and-go-flow.

6:00 pm

Canyon Club

Annual Awards Dinner

Enjoy a most memorable evening as we celebrate the 35th anniversary of the AIAMC and honor the 2024 Weinberg and Innovation Award winners.  Please note that seating is limited and that a separate registration fee is required.  The registration fee covers your dinner and one complimentary drink ticket.

Saturday, April 06th

7:00 am-8:00 am


Buffet Breakfast; Exhibits Open

8:00 am-9:00 am

Salon B

Plenary 3 and Keynote Address for NI IX Mtg Two: Social and Moral Determinants of Health

LaMenta Conway, MD, MPH, Deputy Chief of Health Services, Illinois Department of Corrections and Founder & Board President, I Am Abel Foundation

All AIAMC members have affiliation agreements with medical schools, and many have multiple agreements.  As was presented in the AIAMC’s August webinar, truly successful agreements are strategically created and nurtured.  Our members’ C-Suites are acutely aware of physician shortages and workforce development challenges, not to mention DEI issues and funds flow.  Addressing these issues requires a continuum of education and partnership from UME to GME to CME.  This session will allow a deep dive into these key issues and provide tangible tools to put in participants’ toolkits to use upon return to their home institutions.

9:00 am-9:30 am


Break; Exhibits Open

9:30 am- 10:15 am

Salon B

Poster Slam

The five highest-rated poster submissions will be presented in a poster slam, i.e., executive summary, format by the following AIAMC members:

Offering RESPITE: Residents Expressing the Stress of the Profession in a Therapeutic Environment

Eleanor King, MD, Program Director: Family Medicine, Ascension Providence Rochester Hospital

Creating Community Across Graduate Medical Education Programs through a Shared Noon Conference

Tricia La Fratta, MBA, Manager, Graduate Medical Education, Aurora Health Care

Social Determinants of Health and Healthcare Utilization in Congestive Heart Failure by Liver Stiffness Category

Prima Hapsari Wulandari, MD, Internal Medicine Resident, Guthrie/Robert Packer Hospital

An Analysis of Family Medicine Residents Attitudes Towards High School STEM Curriculum and STEM Student Interest in Medicine

James Ding, MD, Family Medicine Resident, Hackensack Meridian Health Ocean University Medical Center

Cultivating Resident Research at a Large Public Healthcare Network

Somer Blair, Manager of Biostatistics, JPS Health Network

10:15 am-11:00 am

Foyer AB

Staffed Poster Displays, including National Initiative IX Storyboards

All posters will be displayed throughout the entire Annual Meeting; this session is dedicated to staffed display.  These include posters that support our Annual Meeting focus areas as well as all National Initiative IX storyboards.  Prepare to be impressed by this collective body of work!

11:00 am-12:00 pm

Salon B

Plenary 4: Closing Session on “Flourishing in Medicine” and Boxed Lunch

Kimara Ellefson, National Director of Partnerships, Kern National Network for Caring and Character in Medicine

What would it look like for clinical learning and practice environments to support a wholeness of being and doing, along with competency and continuous improvement? How might that improve quality of life for those who work, learn and receive care in those settings? Although the rapid pace of change within healthcare can pose challenges, it also presents a powerful opportunity to reimagine existing practices and mental models. This session will explore how a framework for flourishing can serve as the north star when reconsidering current approaches within academic medicine. Learn how the foundational concepts of character, caring and practical wisdom offer a path to shaping organizational cultures of flourishing for all.