Partners HealthCare, a national leader in graduate medical education, to host innovation conference
Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation conference will bring together residents, fellows, and faculty from around the Northeast region
Like many other parts of health care, graduate medical education (GME) is under pressure to adapt to the new realities of health care. Residents and fellows are being asked not just to become experts in a clinical specialty but also in health information technology, cost-effective care, process improvement, and other related areas. At the same time, teaching hospitals must find ways to educate residents and fellows not just effectively—but efficiently. This is no longer an option, but a necessity.
Partners HealthCare and its teaching hospitals have long been leaders in piloting new and different ideas and practices in GME. That leadership will be highlighted this spring when Partners co-sponsors with the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation a regional conference on innovation in GME, chaired by MGH President Peter L. Slavin, MD, and Partners Vice President for GME, Debra F. Weinstein, MD.
|Debra F. Weinstein, Vice President of Graduate Medical Education at Partners HealthCare|
The conference will play an important role in this pivotal period in health care. In the summer of 2014, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report titled Graduate Medical Education that meets the Nation's Health Needs, recommending major changes in GME financing and governance. One key proposal in the report calls for the creation of a GME Transformation Fund, part of which would "finance initiatives to develop and evaluate innovative GME programs," with the goal of ensuring that physicians are trained to meet the evolving health care needs of the country. Areas of interest include better education around quality and patient safety in health care, population health management, and caring for underserved populations, among other initiatives. Implementing the report’s recommendation would require regulatory action, and congressional committees now are examining GME.
This year, the Macy Foundation is sponsoring six regional conferences, including the Boston conference, to highlight innovations in GME and stimulate collaboration in developing, testing, and implementing better approaches to all aspects of the educational process.
“The series of conferences is focused on highlighting successful programs that could be generalizable and scalable," said Weinstein. In addition to disseminating information, we hope the conferences will inspire collaborations to test the impact of these and other innovations on a larger scale."
Weinstein and Slavin are particularly pleased that Donald Berwick, MD, MPP, will be the featured speaker. Berwick, who co-chaired the IOM’s Committee on the Governance and Financing of GME (which developed the report), is President Emeritus of the Institute for Health Care Improvement and former administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
“We are excited to be hosting this conference. There's a lot of energy and excitement around it, and we are looking forward to sharing perspectives among education leaders from many institutions," Weinstein said. Weinstein participated on the IOM Committee and chaired one of the two Macy Foundation GME conferences that helped set the stage for a fresh look at GME. Slavin also has had an immersion into the national conversation about GME through his role as Chair/Immediate Past Chair of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Board of Directors.
The May 6th GME Innnovation Conference also will provide attendees a chance to brainstorm about what factors inhibit or enable innovation in GME, as well as ways to disseminate successful innovations through publication and advocacy for research funding and policy change.
In addition to bringing together GME leaders, educators, researchers, and trainees, the conference will include representatives of health professions education, ACGME (Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education) leaders, and other stakeholder groups.
Follow the conversation about the conference findings on social media at #GMEInnovation.