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The SACME Annual Meeting was a terrific success and we thank our attendees, presenters, and staff for executing a great program. A special thanks to our valued sponsors and exhibitors for their participation and generous support!

Attendees may access recommended materials, recorded content, and virtual exhibitors on the Annual Meeting Website through January 31, 2022.

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The Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) invites you to join us for our 2021 Annual Meeting which will be presented in a virtual live format. The world has seen great change in the last year and CPD has seen its share of impact. 

The theme for this year’s event Art and Science of CPD: New Technology, New Knowledge, New Learning was chosen before the onset of the pandemic and the historic momentum of the social justice movement. The theme is quite relevant in our new reality. SACME continues to uniquely integrate scholarship and best practices in CPD.

This program acknowledges the state of change and many challenges within which we must now operate. Programming will address strategies for building personal and professional resilience, showcase innovative approaches to the use of technology that fosters growth in CME/CPD programming, and methods to create a culture of belonging and inclusion in our organizations and in our activities. Content will reinforce SACME’s mission to promote the highest value in patient care and health of the public through the scholarship of continuing medical and interprofessional education and feature oral abstract presentations addressing research, best practices and innovations across the continuum of CME/CPD from the wealth of quality abstracts that have been submitted for consideration.

Longitudinal programming will provide opportunities for experiential learning, professional networking, and social engagement in the weeks leading up to the three days of concentrated events in February and in the months following the Annual Meeting.

Registration Rates
Registration is closed.

Member  $350
Non-Member  $425

Emeritus Member  $200
Training/Student  $125


This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of OHSU School of Medicine and Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education. The OHSU School of Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit: OHSU School of Medicine designates each live activity for the number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ listed below. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Pre-workshops - Live activity, 25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits

Main Event - Live activity, 11.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™

Conference Sessions

View the full SACME Meeting Agenda on our virtual event platform.

Highlights of the program on February 24-26 include:

Barbara Barnes Plenary Keynote Address:

Health Professions Education at the Crossroads

Julio Frenk, MD, MPH, PhD, President, University of Miami and Professor of Public Health Sciences, Health Sector Management and Policy, and Sociology – Dr. Frenk will share his insights, wisdom, global perspective, and ideas on educational reform along with his upbeat and energetic view on the promises of tomorrow vis-a-vis medical education.

Creating a Culture of Belonging

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) are words that have been circulating workplaces for years, and yet tangible action in our professional spheres can be difficult to facilitate. This session considers EDI in the context of belonging through the lens of its panelists, and will explore how organizations, including SACME, can enable meaningful conversations to embed and sustain EDI in our professional practice.


Mohammad Salhia, HBSc, MEd, PhD, Director, Continuing Education and UHN International Centre for Education, The Michener Institute of Education at UHN

Ndidi Unaka, MD, MEd, Associate Professor, Pediatric Hospitalist & Associate Pediatric Residency Director at Cincinnati Children's’ Hospital.

Dr. Unaka works on institution-level community health initiatives, which reflects her passion for diversity, inclusion, and health equity.

Will Ross, MD, MPH,
Alumni Endowed Professor of Medicine and Associate Dean for Diversity at the Washington University School of Medicine

Dr. Ross has worked nationally and globally on systems integration and construction of conceptual frameworks to reduce health care disparities.

Nita Mosby Tyler, PhD,
Chief Catalyst and Founder of The Equity Project and former Senior Vice President and Chief Inclusion Officer for Children’s Hospital Colorado

Dr. Mosby Tyler is nationally recognized for her equity work with non-profit, community, government, and corporate organizations.

Technology Panel

The Emergence of Digital CPD: A New Dawn, a New Day

This session will explore the rapidly expanding field of technology-enabled CPD. While a range of technologies have been utilized to provide CPD over the last several decades, the current environment and the pandemic pivot have rapidly accelerated the use and focus on digital CPD. This session will explore the future of digital technologies in shaping the landscape and delivery of CPD. It will examine the evidence for the use of the technology and provide practical tools for personal development to incorporate these technologies into daily practice. Finally, it will consider the opportunity for simultaneously achieving local and global impact through digital solutions that spread and sustain learning during unprecedented times of change to create an inclusive connected community of continuous learning.

Heather MacNeill, MD, BSc(PT), MScCH(HPTE),  FRCPC, Faculty Lead, Educational Technologies, Continuing Professional Development, University of Toronto

Dr. MacNeill’s work includes a drive to build capacity to incorporate effective teaching principles and engagement in online healthcare courses.

Yuri Quintana, PhD, Chief of Division of Clinical Informatics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Dr. Quintana’s interest includes developing innovative technologies and systems that empower communities of healthcare professionals, patients and families from a global perspective.

Vernon Curran, DipAdEd, Med, PhD, Associate Dean of Educational Development, Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University of Newfoundland 

Dr. Curran’s research interests include digital, social, and mobile learning in medical education and post-secondary education.

John Sandars, MBChB, MSc, MD, MRCP, MRCGP FAcadMEd, CertEd, Professor of Medical Education, Edge Hill University, United Kingdom

Dr. Sandars’ work in digital education spans across the medical education continuum.

Music and Wellness

Engaging with Music in Self-Care, Healthcare, and Medical Education

In this interactive presentation, Dr. Lisa Wong will discuss the role of music in healing the community. She will share some of her own experiences as a musician, physician, and educator, focusing on how the work has pivoted during the COVID pandemic. Participants will be invited to share and reflect on their own healing experiences with music.

Lisa Wong, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital, Associate Co-Director, Arts and Humanities Initiative at Harvard Medical School

Dr. Wong is a pediatrician, musician, and author dedicated to the healing arts of music and medicine.

Value Proposition of CME/CPD

This interactive session is designed to help you identify and assess the strengths, niches, and value that CPD provides to your organization. Topics will include how to have meaningful and intentional conversations with leadership; aligning with your organization's ROI, financial goals, and health outcomes; writing your elevator speech; lessons on rapid system collaborations during COVID-19; and building your “superpower” value-added toolkit.

Annette Mallory Donawa, PhD, Assistant Provost of Continuing Professional Development at the Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Morris J. Blachman, PhD, FACEHP, FSACME, Distinguished Clinical Professor Emeritus, University of South Carolina

J. Matthew Orr, PhD, Assistant Dean, Continuing Medical Education, University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Kurt Snyder, JD, MBA, Director of Continuing Medical Education, Stanford University

Katasha N. Charleston, MPH
Director, Education, Radiologic Society of North America (RSNA)

Allison Rentfro, PhD, Director, Continuing Medical Education, Yale University School of Medicine; AAMC CPD Section Past Chair

Communities of Coping: 

Using the ECHO Model to Support Health Providers during COVID-19

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on frontline healthcare workers has resulted in psychological distress and the need to support mental health. Continuing professional development can have an important role in supporting individuals’ ability to cope with the distress of the pandemic, and can help sustain and build resiliency. This session will discuss the use of an evidence-based CPD intervention, namely Project ECHO, to support healthcare professionals’ ability to cope with COVID-19 and its mental health sequelae. The experiences of ECHO Ontario Mental Health Coping with COVID-19 will illustrate how CPD can pivot to address emerging mental health needs in frontline workers within a broader system of mental health support during COVID-19. We also consider the importance of team- and community- based resilience.

Sanjeev Sockalingam, MD, MHPE, FRCPC, Vice President, Education and Clinician Scientist; Co-Chair, ECHO Ontario Mental Health Centre for Addiction and Mental Health; Vice-Chair, Education and Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

Allison Crawford, MD, PhD, FRCPC, Associate Chief, Outreach, Virtual Mental Health and Outreach, and ECHO Co-Chair, ECHO Ontario, Clinician Scientist, CAMH Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto

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. Included for exhibitors:

Sponsorship Opportunities - Sponsors receive the full exhibitor benefits plus the specified number of opportunities below, based on level of sponsorship you select.

Download the prospectus →

Juana Anderson | 312.596.5282 | janderson@sacme.org

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