So I've been in Chicago for the past few days at the inaugural Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Medical Education meeting and the Society for Academic CME (SACME) meeting. What a showcase of incredible learning opportunities! Here are just a few of my take home thoughts and reflections from the past few days.
1. Healthcare in the U.S. has real problems, and medical education can really contribute to fixing this. We need to start calling ourselves healthcare learning systems. Medical education matters!
2. Getting one's message out to others (whether in the form of an abstract for a future presentation, or in a manuscript for a peer-reviewed publication) means that one has to be mindful of words. Words matter!
3. Technology can be used to improve communication and healthcare, but we must be careful that technology in and of itself is not a solution. People matter!
4. Seeing old friends and meeting new people create a wonderful community of learners, and together we can tackle problems better as a group than as individuals. Connections matter!
I still have another day of learning here, and lots more people to meet! Thank you to the organizers for a wonderful meeting!
[for the record, I wrote and posted this piece while on the "L" headed to the meeting]