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Thank you for Attending our 2024 Annual Meeting!  We'll See You Next Year March 17-19, 2025 in Washington, DC!!

Barbara Barnes Keynote Speaker

Sophie Soklaridis, PhD

Plenary Title:  "Expanding the CPD Ecosystem through Equity and Inclusion"

Over the last few years, we have seen the rapid emergence of a much-needed focus on equity and inclusion in CPD education and practice. The challenges for improving equity and inclusion are enormous, complex, and unfortunately sometimes highly politicized.  In this session, we will explore practical approaches for weighing and balancing existing tensions when working toward equity, diversity, and inclusion in CPD innovations and practice to create a more equitable and inclusive vision for CPD in health professions education.

Dr. Soklaridis is a Senior Scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). She is an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychiatry and Department of Family & Community Medicine at the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto, as well as a Scientist at Wilson Centre for Research in Education. She is the Canadian lead and a core faculty member for the Master of Health Sciences Education in Ethiopia through the Toronto Addis Ababa Academic Collaboration (TAAAC). Her research takes a critical sociological approach on the issues of power, identity and relationships. Her scholarly foci include patient/clients as partners in research and mental health education and the influence of power and privilege on academic medicine. She is a widely published and well-funded scientist who has received multiple awards for her research. 

Changing the World One CME Activity at a Time

Graham McMahon, MD, MMSc
Plenary Title: "Changing the World One CME Activity at a Time" 
Evaluation in CME is an art and a science. In this session we will explore fun and engaging tools and strategies that will provide you with the feedback you need while improving the learning experience. We will also look at the state of CME/CPD, how learners’ needs and expectations are changing, and review design and accreditation best practices, each changing the world one step at a time while practicing what we preach!

Dr. McMahon is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME®), which accredits continuing medical education (CME) providers in the United States and internationally, creating a framework that supports, inspires, and motivates educators to achieve their full potential. Dr. McMahon leads initiatives to accelerate learning, change, and growth, enabling clinicians and interprofessional teams in practice to optimize their performance and continuously improve care for patients, families, and communities. In addition to his role at the ACCME, Dr. McMahon serves as an Adjunct Professor of Medicine and Medical Education at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, teaching medical students and fellows and continues to care for patients with endocrine disorders at Howard Brown Health in Chicago. 

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and CPD             

 Muhammad Mamdani, PharmD, MA, MPH
 Plenary Title: "Applied AI in Health: What the Education Field Needs to Know" 
Over the last few years, we have experienced exponential growth in the development and implementation of AI applications in all areas of health care. A critical driver of AI adoption in healthcare is education: numerous studies suggest poor health AI and data literacy among clinicians, patients, decision-makers, and society at large.  In this session, using real-world examples, we will explore how AI is being applied in healthcare with a practical approach to understanding its potential and limitations and we will explore the implications for AI in health education and continuing professional development.

Dr. Mamdani is Vice President of Data Science and Advanced Analytics at Unity Health Toronto and Director of the    University of Toronto Temerty Faculty of Medicine Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research and Education in Medicine (T- CAIREM). Dr. Mamdani’s team bridges advanced analytics including machine learning with clinical and management   decision making to improve patient outcomes and hospital efficiency. Dr. Mamdani is also Professor in the Department of Medicine of the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy, and the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation of the Dalla Lana Faculty of Public Health. He is also an Affiliate Scientist at IC/ES and a Faculty Affiliate of the Vector Institute. In 2010, Dr. Mamdani was named among Canada’s Top 40 under 40. He has published over 500 studies in peer-reviewed medical journals. Dr. Mamdani obtained a Doctor of Pharmacy degree (PharmD) from the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) and completed a fellowship in pharmacoeconomics and outcomes research at the Detroit Medical Center. During his fellowship, Dr. Mamdani obtained a Master of Arts degree in Economics from Wayne State University with a concentration in econometric theory. He then completed a Master of Public Health degree from Harvard University with a concentration in quantitative methods.

Climate Crisis and Planetary Health

Ann Kurth, PhD, RN, CNM, MPH, FAAN, FACNM, President, The New York Academy of Medicine

Plenary Title: "We Can Do This: Leveraging CPD to Address the Climate and Health Crisis"

The climate crisis and its impact on health equity is one of the central issues of our generation, impacting every social determinant of health around the globe and a central, critical  aspect of our CPD expanding ecosystem. This session will explore the opportunity as trusted health professionals to address the climate crisis, discuss why it matters in healthcare and CPD over the coming decade, guide us on how to speak about this issue, and discuss how to take action in multi-faceted approaches in which every person and every organization can contribute to solving this ”defining issue of our time." (UN, 2018)

Ann Kurth, PhD, RN, CNM, MPH, FAAN, FACNM is a leader in higher education and health – with a passion to improve the world in the era of climate change. As President of the New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) she is the first epidemiologist leader in its 176-year history of advancing healthier lifespans for all. Dr. Kurth previously served as Dean of the Yale School of Nursing, and Professor, epidemiology of microbial diseases at Yale School of Public Health. She co-led Yale University’s sustainability initiative committing to carbon neutrality, contributed to its strategy for workplace diversity and inclusion, and led innovations including co-founding the Yale Institute for Global Health.

An epidemiologist and certified nurse-midwife, Dr. Kurth’s research focuses on HIV/reproductive health, and global health system strengthening, in the context of pandemics, climate change and other stresses. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIAID, NIMH, NICHD, NIDA), Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, UNAIDS, CDC, HRSA, and others, for studies in the US and internationally. Dr. Kurth has published ~250 peer-reviewed articles, chapters, and monographs. She served on the US Preventive Services Task Force and she currently co-chairs the National Academy of Medicine Board on Global Health, which includes a focus on health issues of national and global import. She participates in the National Academy of Medicine’s Climate Change and Health Equity initiative, and is leading NYAM to help address health system and public health adaptation efforts.

Dr. Kurth sits on the Board of Yale New Haven Hospital, flagship of the Connecticut-based health system, which has a Center for Sustainable Healthcare. Dr. Kurth is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Medicine, of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN), and of the American College of Nurse-Midwives (FACNM). She is past chair of the Consortium of Universities for Global Health, the 175+ university member association supporting “academic institutions to improve the wellbeing of people and the planet.”

Building Trust for CPD without Borders

Linda L. Hill, MD, MPH, Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean, Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health at University of California at San Diego, Chag Lowry, MEd, and Janine Young, MD, FAAP

Plenary Title: "Building Trust for CPD without Borders"

This session will address incorporating the issues and needs of diverse populations and communities into CME/CPD. Topics will include building trust, bringing community members to the table, addressing and acknowledging historical injustices and mistreatment, the politics of medical inequities, and the need to address the specific epidemiology of populations. The three speakers will provide examples of concrete strategies with three specific groups: Native Communities, Asylum Seekers, and Refugees.

Linda Hill, MD, MPH is a Distinguished Professor and Assistant Dean in the Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health at UC San Diego. She is the Executive Director of the Asylum Seeker Medical Screening and Stabilization Program. She is the Immediate Past Director of the UCSD/SDSU General Preventive Medicine Residency, and Senior Staff Physician at San Diego Family Care, an FQHC. She is the Director of the UCSD Center for Human and Urban Mobility and the Training Research and Education for Driving Safety centers. Dr. Hill’s research focuses on displaced populations and transportation safety.

Chag Lowry, MEd

Chag Lowry is of Yurok, Maidu, and Achumawi Native ancestry from northern California. He works with Native Tribes and Rancherias throughout California on health research while with the UC San Diego Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science. Chag also writes comic books! He’s the author of the award-winning WW1 graphic novel titled Soldiers Unknown as well as numerous other comic stories.

Janine Young, MD, FAAP

Dr. Janine Young is a professor of pediatrics and an academic general pediatrician at the University of California San Diego and Division Chief of Academic General Pediatrics, Newborn Medicine, and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics. Her career focus is health care and access to care for immigrants and refugees and has written widely and presented talks nationally regarding topics that include the development of standard of care Immigrant Health medical screening guidelines, the evaluation and treatment of unaccompanied children, pediatric female genital cutting diagnosis, treatment and prevention, and medical-immigration law partnerships.

The Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) invites you to our 2024 Annual Meeting, March 10-13 in San Diego, CA.

The theme for this year’s conference is “Exploring the Expanding and Evolving CPD Ecosystem."

This year’s annual meeting will address the opportunities and challenges of artificial intelligence (AI); how CPD/CE can impact the climate crisis; the influence of power and privilege on academic medicine; and best practices for our organizations and our learners to address complex care needs in under-resourced settings, including migrant, refugee, and displaced communities.

Through research and best practices sessions learn from CPD/CE colleagues who’ve developed innovative strategies, including interprofessional and team-based education, working in the evolving CPD/CE environment using data driven CPD, and incorporating quality improvement and patient safety.

We look forward to an interactive, stimulating program that will provide opportunities for professional development, networking, and scholarly interactions.

The Annual Meeting features:

  • In person pre-conference meeting workshops
  • Keynote speakers and panels
  • Interactive sessions
  • Short research and best practices presentations and posters
  • Networking opportunities
  • Social engagement in-person and virtually

Social and Networking Events include:

    • S’mores by the fire pit (Sunday)
    • Opening night reception (Monday)
    • Restaurant dinners: A Taste of San Diego (Tuesday)
    • Love on a Leash comfort dogs (Tuesday)
    • Daily raffle
    • Morning Walks

Registration Warning

Meeting registration for courses managed by SACME can only be completed through SACME's official registration portal. Attendee registrations made through any other sites cannot be honored. SACME is not able to refund fees paid through unaffiliated registration sites, such as eMedEvents.comMedConfWorld.comEventEgg.com, and 10times.com.

Please report any unauthorized websites or solicitations for registrations to info@sacme.org.


Meeting Venue 



San Diego Sheraton Hotel & Marina

This year's sessions and programming will take place beginning March 10, 2024, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, a premier waterfront location with spectacular views of the marina and downtown skyline. Experience San Diego from a central location in the heart of the harbor, yet just minutes from San Diego airport (with a complementary shuttle). Enjoy the proximity of downtown, Gaslamp Quarter, San Diego Zoo, and Petco Park, for a fun time in the city. The hotel comprises more than 130,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor function space throughout its two towers. 

Booking Your Stay at the San Diego Sheraton Hotel & Marina

Programming will take place beginning March 10 at the San Diego Sheraton Hotel & Marina. The SACME room block offers discounted guest rooms at $279.00 + $10 resort fee/per night + applicable taxes until February 19 or until the room block is full, whichever comes first.

Book your stay here: https://book.passkey.com/event/50646203/owner/563/home

San Diego Sheraton Hotel & Marina

1380 Harbor Island Dr., San Diego, CA, 92101, (619) 291-2900             Room rate $279.00 a night + $10 resort fee + state and local taxes.


All Workshops are Scheduled In-Person on Sunday, March 10, 2024

Your annual meeting registration includes up to two complimentary workshop sessions (until they fill up). Please review the sessions below before making your selection. Because workshop space is limited, if you register for a workshop and do not attend, you will be charged $50 for that session. Workshops are only available in-person to conference registrants only. Sorry, no virtual offerings available.

If a workshop is full, you can either select a different workshop, or request to be added to the waitlist.

Morning workshops are from 9:00 - 11:00 am local time and 1:00 - 3:00 pm local time. 

Learn more about upcoming workshops below. (Annual Meeting registration is required to attend workshops.)

Upcoming events

  • No upcoming events

Presenter Resources

Check here for important resources and templates for SACME presentations.

Sponsorship & Exhibitor Information

This year we have amazing opportunities to exhibit onsite and exhibit virtually during remote sessions. SACME will continue to offer our exhibitors and sponsors opportunities at competitive rates! We hope this makes your participation possible. Secure your registration early to make the greatest possible impact with our attendees. 

Download our Exhibitor and Sponsorship Prospectus for rates and details.


UAMS Disclosure Policy

It is the policy of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all directly or jointly provided educational activities. All individuals who are in a position to control the content of the educational activity (course/activity directors, planning committee members, staff, teachers, or authors of CE) must disclose all relevant financial relationships they have with any commercial interest(s) as well as the nature of the relationship. The ACCME and ACPE describe relevant financial relationships as those in any amount occurring within the past 24 months that create a conflict of interest. Individuals who refuse to disclose will be disqualified from participation in the development, management, presentation, or evaluation of the CE activity.

Planner and Faculty Disclosure 

The planners, speakers, moderators, and panelists of this CE activity have no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

The accreditation compliance reviewer has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose.

Joint Accreditation Statement 

In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education. University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation Statements

AMA Credit Designation Statement

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 19.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

ACPE Credit Designation Statement

These knowledge based activities will provide pharmacists up to 19.75 contact hours or 1.975 CEU.  CE credit information, based on verification of live attendance and completion of the program evaluation, will be provided to NABP within 60 days after the activity completion. 

ANCC Credit Designation Statement

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences designates this live activity for a maximum of 19.75 ANCC contact hours.  Nursing contact hours will be awarded for successful completion of program components based upon documented attendance and completion of evaluation materials.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences has been authorized by the American Academy of PAs (AAPA) to award AAPA Category 1 CME credit for activities planned in accordance with AAPA CME Criteria. This activity is designated for 19.75 AAPA Category 1 CME credits. PAs should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

This program has been approved for 19.75 contact hours of continuing education for dietitians by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  CPEUs awarded will be commensurate with participation in the activity. Learners should enter this activity as type 102 on Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) activity logs.

How to Claim Credit:

Complete the Credit Claim/Evaluation: www.surveymonkey.com/r/2024sacme  

A certificate will be emailed to you within 60 days of the activity end date. The evaluation will close on 3/26/24 at midnight

Please complete the evaluation as soon as possible because after the evaluation closes, you will not be able to claim credit.

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Past Annual Meetings

17 March 2023: 2023 SACME Annual Meeting

21 Feb 2022: 2022 SACME Annual Meeting

24 Feb 2021: 2021 SACME Virtual Meeting

18 Feb 2020: 2020 SACME Annual Meeting

26 Feb 2019: 2019 SACME Annual Meeting

25 April 2018: 2018 SACME Annual Meeting

16 May 2017: 2017 SACME Annual Meeting

29 April 2015: 2015 SACME Annual Meeting

30 April 2014: 2014 SACME Annual Meeting

10 April 2013: 2013 SACME Annual Meeting

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