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The Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) invites you to join us for our 2022 Annual Meeting which will be presented in a virtual live format. 

The theme for this year’s conference is Work, Life, Learning: Navigating Through Uncertain Times." Sessions will address the context of well-being in our personal and professional lives, help to discover the keys to maintaining well-being, and provide actionable pearls to stop “surviving” and start “thriving” in our new normal.

The conference will showcase evidence-based strategies for:

    • building personal and professional resilience for clinicians, CPD providers, learners and patients;
    • increasing capacity for CME/CPD practitioners and educators to make a difference;
    • decreasing burdens on our clinician-learners;
    • using innovative approaches through the use of technology in continuing professional development programming; and
    • increasing a culture of belonging and inclusion in our organizations and in our activities.

The interactive virtual platform will feature:

    • Keynote speakers and panels
    • Hands-on workshops
    • Smaller-group discussions
    • Short research and best practices presentations and posters
    • Networking opportunities
    • Social engagement

Longitudinal programming will occur in the weeks leading up to the three days of concentrated events in February and in the months following the Annual Meeting. 

Keynote Speakers

Michele Harper, MD, emergency room physician and New York Times best-selling author
Black Butterfly Theorem: From Childhood Trauma to a Transcendent Healthful Self

Michele Harper, MD has worked as an emergency room physician for more than a decade at various institutions, including as chief resident at Lincoln Hospital in the South Bronx and in the emergency department at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Philadelphia. She is a graduate of Harvard University and the Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University. The Beauty in Breaking is her first book. 

(Photo by: Nicole Mondestin)

Stuart Slavin, MD, Med, Senior Scholar for Well-Being at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
Reclaiming Agency in an Out-of-Control World

Stuart Slavin, MD, MEd is Senior Scholar for Well-Being at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). A graduate of Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Dr. Slavin completed his residency training in pediatrics at UCLA and then served as a faculty member there for seventeen years before returning to Saint Louis University (SLU) as Associate Dean for Curriculum. While at SLU, Dr. Slavin led efforts to improve the mental health of medical students that produced dramatic decreases in rates of depression and anxiety in pre-clerkship students. He joined the ACGME in 2018 and is helping to lead efforts to improve the mental health of residents and faculty across the U.S.

Brenda Bursch, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences and Pediatrics, UCLA
Finding the Path Back to Meaning and Joy

Brenda Bursch, PhD is a professor in the UCLA departments of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Pediatrics, where she has been on faculty since 1994. Dr. Bursch is a hospital-based social and medical psychologist in Mattel Children’s Hospital. As a result of her decades of work in this setting, since 2015, she has been focused on health provider mental wellness, with the goal of applying science proven ways to minimize the impact of the stress and trauma of hospital work. She has developed resilience training modules, peer support training, and a mental wellness app for UCLA Health professionals. Over the past three years, her expertise has been sought to work in other high stress industries, including with firefighters and elite sports professionals. During the pandemic, she has served on the leadership team for the UCLA Health COVID-19 Wellness & Emotional Support Workgroup, training and coordinating the unit-based mental health support staff as well as providing direct support services for frontline health providers.

James Makokis, MD, a Plains Cree two-spirit family physician and winner of the Amazing Race Canada
A Conversation with Dr. James Makokis

James Makokis, MD, MHSc, CCFP is a Nehiyô (Plains Cree) two-spirit Family Physician from onihcikiskwapiwinihk (Saddle Lake Cree Nation) in Treaty Number Six Territory. He is the inaugural Medical Director of Shkaabe Makwa. He is an Adjunct Lecturer in the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Alberta. Dr. Makokis has interests in rebuilding the Indigenous health system and also has a transgender health focused practice. He is involved in several research projects including a Canadian Institutes of Health Resea funded project on developing transgender and two-spirit youth "Rites of Passage," on which he is a Co-Principal Investigator. In 2019, Dr. Makokis competed as one half of "Team Ahkameyimok" (Never give up in the Plains Cree Language) on Season 7 of The Amazing Race Canada and won. He is an avid ultra-endurance marathon trail runner, and lives with his husband Anthony and their dog Lucy.

Conference Sessions

View the complete SACME meeting agenda.

A final agenda and access to the virtual meeting platform will be available soon!

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Virtual Exhibit Hall - Virtual booths in the event platform will display within an independent exhibit space, separate from educational learning areas, for attendees to explore. 

Sponsorship Opportunities - Sponsors receive the full exhibitor benefits plus additional opportunities, based on level of sponsorship selected.

Download the Exhibitor and Sponsorship Prospectus →

Juana Anderson | 312.596.5282 | janderson@sacme.org

Speaker/Presenter Resources

Important resources and templates for SACME presentations.

Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshop registration is a separate, additional fee to attend and is not included in the annual conference fee registration.
To register for any of the additional workshops, either download and complete the registration form along with credit card payment, or if you have not yet registered for the annual meeting, you can log in and register online by adding the selected workshops to your meeting registration.

1. Virtual Facilitation Is Here to Stay: Educational Design and Technologies to Promote Engagement, Diversity, and Co-Creation in Synchronous Continuing Professional Development Activities
February 8, 2022, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm CST
Limited to 30 participants

Marcio Gomes, RCPSC

Fernando Murray, BA
Carolina Ribeiro de Almeida, BSA
Keith McCandless, MA
Nancy White, BA

This meta-workshop, conducted as a "play-in-a-play", will provide participants the opportunity to live the experience of effective virtual facilitation. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the following: What is the correct balance between excessive control and insufficient control? How much freedom will get you the most out of everyone in the room? What kinds of boundaries are needed for people to feel comfortable, safe, empowered, and liberated? How can you be inclusive of everyone given the entire spectrum of power?
This workshop is targeted to learners involved in facilitation of synchronous activities. Although designed for virtual sessions, the same principles apply to in-person and hybrid formats.

2. Virtual Focus Group Methodology: A Workshop for Current and Future Leaders in Healthcare
February 8, 2022, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm CST
Limited to 10 participants 

David Wiljer, PhD

Rebecca Charow
Melody Zhang
Gillian Strudwick

This interactive workshop will be guided by, and share examples from, a modified eDelphi study that was conducted to engage health care professionals in the discussion of digital compassionate care. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, the focus groups used a digital storytelling method to facilitate informal, progressive discussions. The workshop will guide learners through: (1) the design and development process of a virtual focus group (script development for facilitators, structuring activities); (2) interactive activities that facilitate small- and large-group discussions, operationalized by storytelling through a digital medium (free-writing narratives, rapid thematic sorting on a digital post-it board); and (3) thematic analysis of emerging themes from the discussions.

This workshop is targeted to leaders in healthcare, current and future health care professionals, researchers, and/or instructors.

3. PACER Program – An Experiential Interactive Virtual Approach to Promoting Resilience and EDI during the Pandemic
February 8, 2022, 3:30 – 6:30 pm CST
Limited to 60 participants

Kenneth Fung, MD

Jenny Liu
Josephine Wong

In this workshop, participants will reflect on the ACE (Acceptance and Commitment to Empower) processes utilized to strengthen resilience, including individual psychological flexibility and engagement with social justice issues to build collective empowerment. Participants will be engaged in experiential learning through Pandemic Acceptance and Commitment to Empowerment Response (PACER) exercises, original and adapted specifically for this workshop, and develop an approach toward designing interactive virtual learning activities to improve psychological resilience and promote equity, diversity, and inclusion. Experiential exercises include guided meditation, self-reflection, small breakout group discussions, large group sharing, and special virtual activities, which are conducted by presenting virtual A/V stimuli and engaging participants to reflect, make choices, and respond. The instructors will guide the activities, lead breakout groups, and facilitate the discussion.

The target audience for this workshop is healthcare providers and educators.

5. Establishing CPD as an Essential Part of the Health Science Educational Continuum
February 9, 2022, 9:00 – 11:00 am CST 
Limited to 30 participants

Betsy Williams, PhD, MPH

Frederic Hafferty, PhD

This workshop will briefly review the past, present, and future of CPD within the continuum of health professions education and discuss ways to increase the relevance of CME/CPD within participants’ unique institutions. Interactive exercises will explore attendee insights into (1) where their role and standing of CME/CPD is within their organization, (2) what can be learned from this, (3) who, what, and where are potential avenues for growth and partnership, (4) what are potential barriers, and (5) how can the information surfaced during the activity be used to generate a plan for moving forward. The goal is to help learners generate strategies and approaches. Participants will learn from each other’s experiences, offer suggestions about how to begin a process of implementing change, increase their self-efficacy, and offer an ongoing community of support for each other. The workshop will include discussion of methods that each attendee might utilize to gauge their progress in reaching their self-identified goals.

The target audience for this workshop is clinician-educators, CPD leaders, CPD administrators, and medical educators.

6. How Can Continuing Professional Development Programs Support Achievement of Clinician Educator Milestones?
February 9, 2022 9:00 – 11:00 am CST 
Limited to 30 participants

Nels Carlson, MD

Gary Smith, PhD
Ajit Sachdeva, MD
Yvonne Steinert
Miya Bernson-Leung
Clara Schroedl

Participants of this interactive workshop will create and share draft CPD plans to support the milestone pathways defined by The Clinician Educator Milestone Project. The workshop will provide an opportunity for CPD providers to share experiences in holistically supporting clinician educators as well as collectively innovate programs that match the milestones, including potential leverage of other resources and stakeholders at their institutions. The intended outcome of shared ideas for integrating CPD with the clinician educator milestones may lead to broader dissemination to SACME members and the CPD community.

The workshop is targeted to anyone involved in CPD, especially those with experience and interest in CPD in support of the teaching, administration, DEI, and wellness roles of their learners.

7. Writing Up a Scholarly Project: Transforming Ideas into Words
February 10, 2022, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm CST

Savithiri Ratnapalan

Many health professionals perceive that they do not have the time, talent, or training to embark on scholarly activities, often assuming that scholarly activities have to be separate and different from their regular practices. This workshop will redefine scholarship in everyday practice and describe the ethos, pathos, and logos of scholarly writing with examples. Participants will discuss clinical or educational activities that are amenable to scholarly presentations or publications. They will work in small groups to identify one scholarly activity from their practice and write up a summary that can be further developed and presented at a scientific conference.

This workshop is targeted to clinicians, educators, and researchers involved in health education.

8. Foundations of Research Methodology: Qualitative and Mixed-Methods Inquiry
February 10, 2022, 12:30 – 3:30 pm CST
Limited to 20 participants 

Bita Zakeri, PhD

This workshop will introduce learners to foundations of research and methodology by providing a snapshot of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research, focusing more on qualitative and mixed-methods inquiry. Using a variety of interactive platforms, learners will discuss types of research, perils of research and study designs, elements of a good research question, inquiry methods to consider, and data collection and analysis. The three articles assigned will be discussed with an emphasis on their strengths and weaknesses. Participants will develop a research question and lay the foundation for a research project.

This workshop is targeted to those who are interested in scholarship but are new to research and writing, as well as those who would like to enhance their qualitative and mixed-methods analytical skills for scholarship.


In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by Thomas Jefferson University and Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME). Thomas Jefferson University is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Registration Rates
Registration is now open - click here to register now.

 Non-Member Rate  Member Rate  Emeritus Member Rate  Trainee/Student Rate  Non-Member with New 2021 SACME Membership Add-On  Pre-Conference Workshop Rate
 Early Bird: $375
 (until Dec 31)
 Early Bird: $275
 (until Dec 31)
 $200  $125  Early Bird: $550
 (until Dec 31)
 $50 member & non-members

 Regular: $425
 (Jan 1 - Jan 31)

 Regular: $325
 (Jan 1 - Jan 31)
     Regular: $600
 (after Jan 1) 
 Late: $475
 (after Jan 31)
 Late: $375
 (after Jan 31)

Registration Warning

Registration for courses managed by SACME can only be completed through SACME's official registration portal. Attendee registrations made through any other sites cannot be honored. SACME is not able to refund fees paid through unaffiliated registration sites, such as eMedEvents.com, MedConfWorld.com, EventEgg.com, and 10times.com.

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