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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.

Highlights of the program schedule for February 24-26 include:

Keynote Speaker

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.

Equity Diversity and Inclusion Panel

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

Dr. Unaka is passionate about diversity, inclusion, and health equity.

William Ross, MD, Professor of Medicine at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Associate Dean for Diversity Programs at Washington University

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

Heather MacNeill, MD, 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 courses in healthcare.

Yuri Quintana, PhD, Director of Global Health Informatics, Division of Clinical Informatics, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School 

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

Lisa Wong, 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.

Pre-conference Workshops

Pre-conference activities are available for conference registrants. There will be an additional cost per workshop. Workshops include:

  • Strategic Leadership in CME/CPD
  • Developing a Scholarly Project: Transforming Ideas into Words
  • The Basics of Journal Manuscript Review
  • Creating a Faculty Development Program
  • A Framework for Embedding Equity, Diversity and Inclusion into CPD Instructional Design
  • Program Evaluation/Assessment
  • Funding CME/CPD Programs in Virtual Environments
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Tool Kit for Planners and Presenters


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