I just finished a wonderful two days at the Academic Internal Medicine Week meeting in New Orleans. This is a meeting bringing together organizations involved in internal medicine education and leadership, including, among others, the Clerkship Directors in Internal Medicine, and the Association of Program Directors in Internal Medicine. It is this latter group to which I belong, and, as usual, this meeting did not disappoint. I was not able to attend the entire meeting, but was present for the last two days. Here are my brief thoughts on this meeting from those sessions I attended.
Direct observation has definitely come front and center as an important component of training. Not just an an assessment tool OF learning, but rather as assessment FOR learning. It needs to be the culture that we regularly observe trainees in their direct interaction with patients (akin to playing the piano: my teacher was there right next to me the entire time, giving constant feedback when I was doing something wrong or had held my fingers in the incorrect position!).
I attended a session on a writer’s club to improve scholarly output. This session really was riveting for those who attended. Probably the best discussion was on the fact that scholarly output does NOT have to be ONLY the peer-reviewed publication (although that certainly is excellent!). Rather, we should consider other products which still demonstrate a scholarly approach. Those products might include writing a policy, disseminating a curriculum, or creating a tool that others can use for evaluation purposes. A phenomenal example of how to consider this (focusing on the scholarship of education) is this toolbox from the AAMC MedEdPortal on evaluating educators.
I also attended a great session by colleagues from the U of Cincinnati and Nebraska on considering tools that we ALREADY use to report the Next Accreditation System Milestones. This session created my “A-HA” moment for how educators might look at Milestones and Entrustable Professional Activities.
The next day, I was on the docket with others focusing on innovation in resident ambulatory experiences. I had the privilege of discussing our residency experience with teaching quality improvement to trainees. Other leaders discussed “X+Y scheduling”, to help improve resident interest in doing primary care, ways to teach Evidence-Based Medicine in the ambulatory arena, and experiences in residents having a second continuity clinic with primary care physicians (known in their program as “Second Site”).
In the final plenary, on one of my favorite topics, utilizing emerging technology in medical education, four different programs discussed their experiences with what they were able to accomplish. One was a current fellow who himself created a smartphone app focusing on evidence-based management of patients admitted/observed for chest pain. The app link is found here (only available on iOS devices). Another speaker taught us basics of using Podcasting for medical education, and two others demonstrated the use of iPads in medical education and how others might consider using tablets for that purpose.
For anyone interested, the presentations mentioned above, as well as all of the presentations that were loaded up, can be found here.
All in all, it was a phenomenal conference for me to attend. Lots of great tweeting was done, as the conference encouraged the Twitter hashtag #AIMW13 for connections via this microblogging social network. If you are interested, please see my tweets from 10/5/13 and 10/6/13, which were mostly dedicated to the content of this conference.
As a last note, I want to thank the incredibly professional staff of AAIM for hosting a phenomenal meeting, and especially the security staff of the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans Hotel for finding my misplaced keys!