"What to Expect"" The Impact of Changes in Health Care Law and Accreditation on Planning for Physician Education

The passage of PPACA is occurring at a time when the medical schools and teaching hospitals that train the physicians who are crucial to it ultimate success are themselves undergoing processes of transformation.

Suzanne Allen, MD; Vice Dean for Regional Affairs, University of Washington, Seattle
Suzanne Allen, MD; Vice Dean for Regional Affairs, University of Washington, Seattle

A panel consisting of three academic administrators, one of whom is a member of a residency accreditation committee, will discuss the interplay of institutional change, and new expectations for the bodies accrediting medical schools and postgraduate residency programs affects the current physician training process.

Suzanne Allen, MD, MPH, Vice Dean for Regional Affairs of the University of Washington School of Medicine will speak to changes in accreditation requirements for residency programs training family physicians.

A member of the Residency Review Committee for Family Medicine, Dr Allen’s duties at the University of Washington include overseeing WWAMI, the university’s regional program that serves the states of Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho.

(The WWAMI program is a legacy of the University of Washington’s former president, Doctor Charles E. Odegaard, one of the first Fellows of the National Conference.)

James Herman, MD, Penn State University/Hershey Medical School; Hershey, Pennsylvania
James Herman, MD, Assicuate Dean; Penn State University/Hershey Medical School; Hershey, Pennsylvania

Dr Herman is currently the Hershey Company Professor of Family and Community Medicine at The Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, where he also serves as Associate Dean for Primary Care and Primary Care Research, Director of the Center for Primary Care, and Chair of the Department of Family and Community Medicine.

Doctor Herman will pose the larger picture of training health professionals in this transformative era while addressing the expectations of both undergraduate and graduate accreditation entities.

Dr. Hansen, whose presentations at previous National Conferences was in his role as Associate Dean at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, has recently been appointed as Chief Academic Officer of Advocate Health Care, a health care system serving the Chicago region, based in Downers Grove, Illinois.

Thomas Hansen, MD; Chief Academic Officer, Advocate Healthcare, Downers Grove, Illinois
Thomas Hansen, MD; Chief Academic Officer, Advocate Healthcare, Downers Grove, Illinois

Dr Hansen will speak to the implications for undergraduate medical education of accreditation requirements and expectations at the medical school level.

Dr Hansen oversee Advocate’s medical education and research divisions—working closely with the chief medical officer “to enhance academic partnerships and affiliations, and to develop strategies to strengthen Advocate’s teaching, continuing medical education and research programs”.

The 25th National Conference will be held April 14 through 16, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco.

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