April 5 – 7, 2018
Omni La Costa Resort and Spa – Carlsbad, CA
Conference Theme: Finding Joy and Purpose:  Building a Community of Wellness

Thursday, April 5th

8:00 - 11:00 am

Pre-Conference Workshop:  Educator’s Forum (optional; pre-registration required)

This session will focus on the interests and needs of AIAMC educators, including Program Directors, DIOs and Administrators.  The intent of the program is to exchange good ideas and receive advice on educational dilemmas you may be facing.  All attendees are welcome to make a brief presentation and the forum will be driven by the shared issues identified.  This workshop will be highly interactive and offers an excellent opportunity to begin networking with AIAMC colleagues before the Annual Meeting’s official kick-off mid-day.  Please note that seating is limited and that a completed pre-registration form is required.

11:00 - 11:45 am
Orchid Terrace

Welcome Lunch for First-Time Attendees

Attendance is limited to first-time attendees and invited guests.  If you register for this luncheon, please make your travel plans accordingly.

12:00 - 12:15 pm
Poinsettia 1 & 2

Annual Meeting Opens

Joseph Jaeger, DrPH, AIAMC President
Loretta Consiglio-Ward, MSN, 2018  Annual Meeting Chairman

12:15 - 1:15 pm
Poinsettia 1 & 2

The Psychology of Well-Being
Art Markman, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

The multidisciplinary field of cognitive science has learned a lot about well-being.  This talk explores the three core factors that influence well-being:  people’s set point, their life circumstance and their current state.  Understanding these core factors leads naturally to strategies people can use to influence their own level of happiness and life satisfaction.

1:15 - 1:45 pm
Poinsettia 3

Break; Exhibits Open

1:45 - 3:00 pm

Concurrent Breakout Workshops



Utilizing the Resident Wellness Scale to Assess Impact of Interventions on Resident, Program and Institutional Levels: Crittenton Hospital Medical Center/ Wayne State University
Tsveti Markova, MD, Designated Institutional Official
R. Brent Stansfield, PhD, Director of Graduate Medical Education

What are the most powerful ways to improve resident wellness? In this session, participants will use our empirically-derived definition and measure of resident wellness—the Resident Wellness Scale (the RWS: see for details)—and the results of our multi-level analysis of resident wellness across 8 programs within 3 clinical sites to develop interventions most likely to have the biggest impact on wellness. We will present the development of and validity evidence for the RWS, and describe a multi-level mixed model analysis of resident wellness scores and sub-scores. Participants will work in small groups to generate interventions that, based on our empirical results, are most likely to improve seven distinct aspects of resident wellness. Discussion will focus on utilization of the open-source Resident Wellness Scale and impactful interventions that attendees can implement at their own institutions.


Three Dimensions of Resilience and Fulfillment:  Virginia Mason Medical Center
Gillian Abshire, RN, Director, GME
Joyce Lammert, MD, Designated Institutional Official
Ryan Pong, MD, Deputy Designated Institutional Official and Program Director, Transitional Year

Learn about Virginia Mason’s (VM’s) quest to improve the resilience and wellbeing of all healthcare team members applying the lean tools of the Virginia Mason Production System (VMPS) and integrating improvement deliverables with those of the organization’s parallel goal work regarding “Respect for People”.  This team is addressing personal resilience of residents and providers though the development of milestone competency markers, setting the expectation that these physicians develop life-long resilience skills.  For residents, this competency development is well established prior to graduation.  Through story-telling and testimonials, discover the pathway these leaders have taken to positively influence the culture of wellness, not only for residents but for the physicians, nurses, technicians and assistive patient care staff.  The use of VM’s continuous improvement management method (VMPS) is applied to improve efficiency of practice as another important strategy for enhancing professional fulfillment. The scope of improving resilience includes not only the entire multidisciplinary team but also includes each member, through the continuum of their careers – from novice to expert, and from recruitment to retirement.  Take your insights gained and lessons learned to develop your own action plan around wellbeing and resilience in your organization.


Pursuing Excellence:  Early Lessons Learned from the Field
Lori Smith, MBA, Administrative Director, GME, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Kalli Varaklis, MD, MSEd, Designated Institutional Official, Maine Medical Center
Richard Vath, Jr., MAEd, Director of Innovation Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center 

In July 2016, the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) announced the eight institutions selected to participate as Pathway Innovators in Pursuing Excellence in Clinical Learning Environments.  The AIAMC is one of 21 national partner organizations developing this four-year initiative aimed at motivating, supporting and spreading innovation to transform clinical learning environments. Three of the eight innovators chosen were AIAMC members Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Maine Medical Center and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center.  In this session, they will share key learnings to date regarding implementation of innovative and transformational changes in their clinical learning environments.

3:00 - 3:30 pm
Poinsettia 1 & 2

Annual Town Hall

All conference attendees – both AIAMC members and guests – are encouraged to attend this session, where Directors and Officers of the AIAMC Board will present highlights of the past year, and the Innovation Award winner will present their poster and share best practices.

3:30 - 4:30 pm
Poinsettia 1 & 2

Fired Up or Burned Out?  Transforming the Individual, The Team and The Organization
Dan Diamond, MD, Motivational Speaker, Medical Disaster Relief Director and Author

We can all agree that healthcare professionals want to experience the joy of medicine as they deliver great care.  While there is a host of barriers that we all know exist, the real issue is that joy cannot be restored through programs and policies alone.  Empowered (barrier-busting) generosity enables us to make real change because it fuels the individual, inspires the team and transforms the organization.  Which means that the only way to make lasting change is to restore the right mindset, then engage in the work, invest in others and reconstruct a better environment.  How do we do that?  By staring with the Thriver’s Mindset.

4:30 - 5:30 pm

Book Club (optional; pre-registration required)
James Dalton, MD, FACP, Director of Medical Education, Bassett Medical Center 
Mohammed Samee, MD, RN, Program Director, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

NEW to our Annual Meeting:  Book Club!  The format of this session will be thought provoking and provide an interactive method designed to increase awareness of ethical issues that directly relate to medicine.  The discussion will improve comprehension of the human condition and improve insight into patient’s values and experiences.  The title of the book for this session is When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi.

5:30 - 7:00 pm
Edge Pool & Diversions Terrace


End the first day of the Annual Meeting by catching up with old friends and making new ones in an atmosphere that is light and collegial.  The food and beverage fare will include a substantial assortment of hors d’oeuvres and one drink ticket, followed by cash bar.  There is no additional fee for this event; however, to help us budget and keep costs in line, we do ask that you adhere to your stated “attendance plans” as outlined in the conference registration form.

Friday, April 6th

7:00 - 8:00 am
Poinsettia 3

Buffet Breakfast; Exhibits Open

8:00 - 9:30 am
Poinsettia 1 & 2

Keynote Address:  Burnout Proof Live
Dike Drummond, MD, The Happy

This interactive session will teach participants how to recognize burnout in themselves and others.  Six proven prevention techniques from more than 2,000 hours of one-on-one physician coaching experience will be shared, and all participants will leave with a written action plan to lower stress, build more life balance and a more ideal practice.

9:30 - 10:00 am
Poinsettia 3

Break; Exhibits Open

10:00 - 11:00 am
Poinsettia 1 & 2

Organizational Strategies to Promote Well-Being
Tait Shanafelt, MD, Chief Wellness Officer, Stanford

For physicians to avoid burnout, they need connections with colleagues, a sense of control over their work and schedules, and opportunities to grow and excel. But doctors can’t do it on their own. The solutions are 20 percent at the individual level and 80 percent at the system and organization level.  Dr. Shanafelt will share organizational strategies to promote well-being based upon his 17 years of research.

11:15 am-12:45 pm

Concurrent Breakout Workshops
(Lunch served in meeting rooms.  Actual sessions to start around 11:30 and 75 minutes in length)


Creating Your Personal Learning Network: 10 Tips For Building Personal and Systems Resiliency and Well-Being:  HealthPartners Institute
Felix Ankel, MD, VP, Health Professions Education
Kelly Frisch, MD, Chief of Clinical Learning
Michelle Noltimier RN, MBA, Director of PA and NP Education

Health professions education is moving from a focus on knowledge to a competency based education, from individual exceptionalism to team based learning, and from schools to health systems. There is increased stress on educational leaders to find adequate clinical placements, to perform meaningful individual and programmatic assessments, and to manage accreditation standards while pursuing innovative educational opportunities.  This session will introduce attendees to a systems science approach to navigating health professions education challenges.


Creation and Strategic Development of a Multi-Institutional Well-Being Taskforce at the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria, OSF St. Francis Medical Center and Unity-Point Health Methodist: Why, How and What’s Next?:  OSF St. Francis Medical Center/University of Illinois COM-Peoria
Gerald P Wickham, EdD, Assistant Dean for Medical Education and Evaluation, Assistant Professor, Health Sciences Education, Chair, Well-Being Taskforce
Crystal Coan, MBA, Performance Improvement Project Manager

Creation of a multi-institutional Well-Being Taskforce was deemed necessary for two medical centers affiliated with the same medical school (namely, the University of Illinois College of Medicine Peoria, OSF St. Francis Medical Center and Unity-Point Health Methodist). The session will address providing a charter for a multi-institutional taskforce, strategic and engaged membership structure from medical student to fellow and from faculty to CEO/Deans. Outcomes, including discovery of Well-Being metrics and 6 research projects will be discussed. Concept maps and policy exemplars will be session ‘take-aways’.


Articulating the Value Calculus of GME in Independent Academic Medical Centers
Robert Ficalora, MD, Program Director, Internal Medicine, Billings Clinic
Debi Kellogg, System Director of Medical Education, Trinity Health

Join your AIAMC colleagues in a working session in which the group will create an inventory of the value of GME in an independent academic medical center.  We’ve all been asked at one time or another to describe the tangible and intangible benefits of graduate medical education and have shared the frustration of justifying, explaining and defending why we are here, what we do, why we do it and why the institution is benefitting from our presence.  Come with your ideas and leave with a draft “script” in hand.

1:00 - 2:30 pm
Poinsettia 1 & 2

National Panel on Well-Being
Jay Bhatt, DO, Sr. Vice President and CMO, AHA
Tim Brigham, MDiv, PhD, Chief of Staff and Sr. Vice President of Education, ACGME
Don Goldmann, MD, Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, IHI
Darrell Kirch, MD, President and CEO, AAMC
Graham McMahon, MD, Chief Executive Officer, ACCME
Susan Skochelak, MD, Group Vice President, Medical Education, AMA

Senior thought leaders will come together to share what their respective organizations are doing to advance well-being and achieve work-life balance.  Following these brief updates, our panelists will challenge each other and the audience in a highly interactive session in which ideas are exchanged and solutions for collaboration suggested.

2:45 - 5:15 pm

A Mini Well-Being Retreat with Dike Drummond, MD (optional; pre-registration and registration fee required.  Seating is LIMITED)
Dike Drummond, MD, The Happy

Invest in your own, personal well-being in this hands-on, content-rich retreat.  Single Breath Mindfulness, Leadership Power Tools and Life-Balance Training will be presented and practiced.  Please note that seating is limited and that a separate registration fee is required.

6:30 pm

Annual Awards Dinner - Off Property at Pacifica Del Mar
Motor Coach Pick-Up at Spa Curb at 6:00 pm

This event is always a sell-out; plan now to attend and enjoy a most memorable evening with your AIAMC colleagues and friends.  Experience award-winning coastal cuisine and stunning views overlooking the quaint village of Old Del Mar and the sparkling Pacific Ocean in one of San Diego’s most sought-after ocean view restaurants.  Please note that seating is limited and that a separate registration fee is required.  The registration fee covers your dinner, one complimentary drink ticket and door-to-door motor coach transportation.

Saturday, April 7th 

7:00 - 7:45 am
Poinsettia 3

Buffet Breakfast; Exhibits Open

7:45 - 8:45 am
Poinsettia 1 & 2

Physician Burnout:  Drivers, Consequences and Mitigating Strategies
Lotte Dyrbye, MD, Professor of Medicine, Mayo Clinic

Dr. Dyrbye will explain the prevalence of burnout and potential contributors, describe the consequences of burnout and identify individual as well as organizational strategies to enhance physician well-being.  She will also discuss approaches to measuring outcomes of well-being programs.

9:00 - 10:15 am

Concurrent Breakout Workshops


Integrating Well Being into Clinical Teaching – An Improv Faculty Development Experience:  Aurora Health Care
Jacob Bidwell, MD, DIO and Director, GME Programs
Carla Kelly, DO, MMM, Chair & Program Director, OB-Gyn
Wilhelm Lehmann, MD, Chair & Program Director, Family Medicine
Deborah Simpson, PhD, Director, Medical Education Programs

Clinical teachers often appear to perform without a lesson plan – as it depends on the patient, the learner’s competence/confidence, the setting, and time available.  Yet expert clinical teachers do have a blueprint for commonly occurring teaching points - their “teaching scripts”. These teaching scripts, developed and refined through practice allows their teaching to appear effortless and agile as they seamlessly adapt to learners/patient needs.  Integrating well-being elements into one’s clinical teaching scripts can further advance teacher and learner well-being.  This interactive and LOL (laugh out loud) session will enrich clinicians teaching scripts with well-being elements through exercises adapted from another spontaneous appearing activity – Improv!  


Changing the Culture: Addressing Stress in Residents, Patients and Families:  Sinai Hospital of Baltimore
Tracey Clark, MD, Pediatric Program Director
Danielle Eichner, MA ATR-BC, LCPC, Art Therapist – Pediatric Hematology & Oncology
Kaydee Kaiser, MD, PL-2 Pediatric Resident
Katherine Ryan, DO, PL-3 Pediatric Resident
Aziza Shad, MD, Pediatric Chair

Experience some of the many known activities that promote mental and emotional health and stress management. Learn about the dimensions of wellness and how to address the different facets of a comprehensive approach to wellness in your institutions with residents, faculty, employees, patients and their families. Start to develop a plan for bringing wellness activities and initiatives to your home institution.  Participants will receive a resource book with a mindfulness curriculum, background readings, and resources to draw upon as you create your own initiatives.


Using the EMR As A Teaching Tool
Jacob Habboush, Research Volunteer, Orange Park Medical Center
Chris Nemets, RN, MSN, CNML, System Director and Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, Sparrow Hospital
Mohammed Samee, MD, Program Director, Internal Medicine, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

Using the EMR as a teaching tool is an effective method for trainees to continue their medical education. Three AIAMC members will share their innovative approaches to maximizing the EMR in teaching, to include clinical documentation rounds, milestones-based evaluation tools, activities/tasks using QNOTE, EBM, monitoring, and setting milestones checklists to enhance trainees’ education

10:15 - 10:45 am
Poinsettia 3

Break; Exhibits Open

10:45 - 11:30 am
Poinsettia 1 & 2

Poster Slam

The five highest-rated poster submissions will be presented in a poster slam, i.e., executive summary, format by the following AIAMC members:

GME as Key Leaders in Well-Being – Leading from the Middle to Engage Residents, Faculty and CMO Partners 
Jacob Bidwell, MD, DIO and Director, GME Programs, and Tricia La Fratta, MBA, Manager, Graduate Medical Education, Aurora Health Care

Assessing OB/GYN Resident and Faculty Well-Being through Existing Measures and a 3-Item Well-Being Check-in Card
Naomi Light, MD, and Erika Copperman, DO, Residents, OB-Gyn, Aurora Health Care

Creating a New Mindfulness-Based Resident Wellness Curriculum
Kendra Mahoney, MD, Resident, OB-Gyn, Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center

Sharing the Resident Wellness Scale for Multi-Institutional Study and Promotion of Resident Wellness
R. Brent Stansfield, Director of Education, Office of Graduate Medical Education, Crittenton Hospital/Wayne State University 

Examination of Entering Residents’ Self-Reported Confidence and Supervision Needs Performing AAMC Entrustable Professional Activities
William Yost, MD, Vice President of Medical Education, UnityPoint Health – Des Moines

11:30 am-12:00 pm
Poinsettia Foyer and
Poinsettia 1 & 2

Staffed Poster Displays

All posters will be displayed throughout the entire Annual Meeting; this session is dedicated to staffed display.  These include posters that support our Annual Meeting focus areas of well-being as well as all National Initiative VI storyboards.  Prepare to be impressed and inspired by this collective body of work!

12:00 - 1:00 pm
Poinsettia 1 & 2

Closing Session and Boxed Lunch
Resilience Can’t be Taught – But It Can Be Learned

Carine Nzodom, MD, PGY-IV Psychiatry Resident, Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center

The summer of 2016 was tumultuous for Louisianans, especially those living in Baton Rouge.  Police shootings, divisions in the community, and catastrophic floods all occurred within 6 weeks.  The medical community played an important role in helping those in Baton Rouge heal, but who heals the healer?  We will tell the story of the Baton Rouge community, the local psychiatry residency program and one individual who learned firsthand that resilience cannot be taught, but can be learned.

 Last Updated 10/30/2017