GME BULLETIN BOARD
GMEC Meetings--May 28, 2013 (LOCATION CHANGE) and June 25, 2013 (ADDITION TO SCHEDULE)
The Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC) will hold its next monthly meeting on May 28 from 3:30-5:30 PM in Moos 5-125. Most of the discussion at that meeting will concern our 2014-15 FTE budget with our affiliates. Because this is a topic in which many program directors have a strong interest, Dr. Andrews has invited all program directors to attend. We will conduct the business of the meeting as usual with our voting membership, but welcome questions and input from our broader constituency.
Additionally, there will be a June GMEC meeting this year to continue to address changes taking place due to NAS. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 25, 2013 from 3:30-5:30 PM in Room B646 Mayo. Please make every effort to attend.
GME Grand Rounds: Tuesday, June 4, 2013, from 4:00-6:30 PM in the Mayo Auditorium
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Olle ten Cate, Professor of Medical Education and Director of the Center for Research and Development of Education at the University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands, has accepted our invitation to present the Keynote Address during the June 4, 2013 Grand Rounds (4:00-6:30 PM; Mayo Auditorium). Additional sessions/workshops are being planned for June 3rd and 4th. Please view the GME Grand Rounds webpage for more information.
Minnesota Needs Doctors Website
In an ongoing concerted effort to generate awareness on the graduate medical education (GME) funding shortage and eventual resulting imminent doctor shortage, MMCGME Services and the MMCGME Advocacy Committee developed a communication strategy to promote understanding and inspire action. Due to the complexity of the issue and recurring community questions, MinnesotaNeedsDoctors.org was created as a way to provide information and allow people to share their experiences. The website includes a collection of testimonials which reinforce the importance of GME funding and make it a community conversation.
How you can help:
1. Contact your state legislators and urge them to protect state funding for GME.
2. Write a letter to your newspaper about the need to invest in GME.
3. Visit www.minnesotaneedsdoctors.org and share your testimonial on how the doctor shortage has impacted you or your community.
4. Tweet about your experience and use the hashtag: #MNneedsDocs
5. Share the www.minnesotaneedsdoctors.org website via email and social media sites.
If you would like additional information or have suggestions on ways to help, email email@example.com.
GME Orientation: draft agendas are available on the GME Orientation webpage for both dates (June 18, July 2). Please have a look for more information!
ACGME Next Accreditation System
In February 2012, the ACGME announced the transition to the Next Accreditation System (NAS) starting July 1, 2013 for programs in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatrics, Radiology and Urology. For the latest information on the NAS, check out the ACGME's NAS website.
Changes Announced to Structure of USMLE Step 3
The USMLE Composite Committee in conjunction with the National Board of Medical Examiners and the Federation of State Medical Boards recently approved plans to change the structure of USMLE. Step 3 will be the first examination impacted with changes to occur in 2014.
The plans call for the division of Step 3 into two separate exams, each one day in length, focusing on different sets of competencies. The proposed examinations will continue to be administered by computer using multiple choice questions and computer simulations. The two examinations will be scored separately and examinees will be expected to pass each one.
For more information, please read the full announcement on the Announcements page of the USMLE website (www.usmle.org). Specific information about these changes will be provided well in advance of implementation. As new information becomes available it will be posted to the USMLE website.