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The 2021 SACME Annual Meeting—An Agenda to Meet the Challenges of Our Times

01 Jan 2021 9:28 AM | Anonymous

By Asha Maharaj, MBA, Chair, Program Planning Committee


The Program Committee is excited to announce a finalized agenda for the 2021 Annual Meeting. The theme for this year’s event, “The Art and Science of CPD: New Technology, New Knowledge, New Learning”, serendipitously was chosen before the onset of the pandemic and the historic momentum of the social justice movement. Indeed, the theme is quite relevant in our new reality today, as SACME continues to integrate scholarship and best practices in CPD. The 2021 program agenda offers many “firsts” in learning experiences---virtually---along with a stellar line-up of plenary speakers, further distinguishing SACME’s reputation as the premier organization nationally for CME/CPD.

A longitudinal curriculum to maximize your engagement and learning experience…

As one of our meeting “firsts”, the Planning Committee has adopted a longitudinal curriculum to engage learners over a period of weeks, not just days. Last spring, the SACME Virtual Learning Task Force was convened by the Board to study three curriculum models for the 2021 Annual Meeting and determined that a longitudinal curriculum was not only possible in a virtual learning environment, but preferrable. (See Task Force full report on curriculum models here.)

While the core of the Annual Meeting’s live presentations will occur between February 24 to 26, there will be learning activities leading up to the core presentations and then followed by post-Annual Meeting sessions. Instead of our traditional consolidated curriculum occurring over three days, participants may register for sessions that will be held as early as February 3rd. Pre-conference workshops are typically 2-3 hour sessions and offer a more intensive, in-depth review of their topic. Faculty for these sessions are experts in their field and we encourage you to participate in these unique learning opportunities. (See links to detailed pre-conference worshops below.)


Core program sessions that will provoke and challenge your thinking about critical issues…

For the ”core” sessions which occur February 24-26, a line-up of dynamic plenary speakers and panelists will discuss the issues impacting medical education today. Keynote speaker, Julio Frenk, MD, MPH, PhD, President, University of Miami and Professor of Public Health Sciences, Health Sector Management and Policy, and Sociology, 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.

Panels to be convened are focused on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; Technology; Music & Wellness; Value Proposition of CME/CPD Innovation. See full panel descriptions.  

A user-friendly, virtual meeting platform which will assure your satisfaction…

After months of study and due-diligence by a dedicated group of members serving on the Virtual Learning Task Force, SACME engaged the Pathable Virtual Events Platform for the Annual Meeting. This platform was selected based on its outstanding features and characteristics that will serve to support and enhance the learning experience.  It offers many options for presenters and learners to interact directly with each other through Q&A, in-session polls, discussion forums, themed “conversation cafes”, networking activities, and live video networking opportunities.  The Committee’s goal is to maximize opportunities for attendees to engage with the content for the full duration of the program, pre-, intra-, and post-meeting sessions.  Brief presentations of selected research and best practice abstracts will be available for viewing and discussion with the authors.  There will be time set aside during the core program days to interact with the presenters and ask questions. Comprehensive research and best practices presentations will be available for viewing and authors will have scheduled time in the agenda for live question and answer discussions with our attendees.

Lastly, the Committee has included opportunities for our attendees to find out about more about SACME and the work that happens through the Committees and the Academy, as well as dedicated time to visit vendor exhibits, for social networking and activities to fuel personal growth and wellness.

We look forward to welcoming and interacting with our attendees beginning early next year, over the live programming days and post the Annual Meeting. Don’t delay and register today!

Asha Maharaj, MBA, is Director, Community and Continuing Education, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, University of Toronto.

2021 SACME Pre-conference Workshops (Separate registration and fee required.)

Strategic Leadership in CPD*

Continuing Professional Development (CPD): A Framework for Embedding Equity, Diversity and Inclusion into Instructional Design

Program Evaluation and Assessment

The Basics of Journal Manuscript Review: Learning Research Through Critical Review

Writing Up a Scholarly Project: Transforming Ideas into Words

Funding CME/CPD Programs in Virtual Environments

Creating a Faculty Development Program for CPD

Exploring Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion with Interprofessional Continuing Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

*This workshop has reached capacity.

Register TODAY for the SACME Annual Meeting at sacme.org/Annual-Meeting.

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