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SACME Virtual Journal Club May 2018

  • 15 May 2018
  • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (CDT)
  • Teleconference/Webinar


  • Live session and a copy of the session recording (to be emailed out after the event).
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May 15, 2018 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm CT


The Practice and Improvement Gaps in Medical Practice and Medical Education: Insights from Implementation Science


Gary A. Smith, Ph.D.,

Assistant Dean for Faculty Development in Education, University of New Mexico School of Medicine


Curtis Olson, PhD,

Immediate Past Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions; Assistant Professor, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Within academic medical centers, clinician educators grow and improve practice along combined professional trajectories as physicians and educators.  CME and faculty development programs focus separately on these roles, have different traditions and approaches, but are both charged with continuing professional development responsibilities.  Both of these CPD programs also share the paradox of unacceptably low rates of transfer of disseminated research to practice (the practice gap) and from practice to expected outcomes (the improvement gap).

The session will use the lens of implementation science to inquire about roles of faculty development and CME programs, separately and potentially together, to enhance medical and teaching practice along with learner and patient outcomes.

Journal Club Questions:

  1. How are faculty development and CME programs similar and different?  How could each benefit from one another?
  2. What are the challenges that form the practice and improvement gaps?
  3. How are CPD programs – both faculty development in teaching and CME in medical practice – positioned to close these gaps?  And, if not, what changes are necessary?

Articles to be Reviewed: 

Davis DA, Rayburn WF, Smith GA. Continuing professional development for faculty: An elephant in the house of academic medicine or the key to future success? Academic Medicine. 2017; 92(8):1078-1081.

Smith GA, Stark AM. Enhancing continuing professional development with insights from implementation science. In: Rayburn WF, Davis D, Turco M, eds. Continuing Professional Development in Medicine and Health Care: Better Education, Better Patient Outcomes. New York: Wolters Kluwer; 2017:305-322.

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