The Council of Residency Directors (CORD) in EM hosts an annual education-centric meeting. If you haven't heard of this before and you are interested in education, this is the meeting to be at. The next one is March 3-6, 2010 in Orlando, FL.
The CORD Academy Assembly has to be the most inspiring, rejuvenating, and motivational conferences in EM for educators. It's a must-go for chief residents, medical education fellows, and junior faculty in academic EM. It's a relatively smaller (and thus more personable) conference where you are surrounded by star educators, learning and teaching alongside each other. I'm talking Dr. Diane Birmbaumer, Dr. Amal Mattu, Dr. Rob Rogers, Dr. Gloria Kuhn, Dr. Sue Farrell, Dr. Wendy Coates... I'm sure I'm leaving lots of names off. You'll feel smarter and more inspired just sitting near them!
Take a look at the 2009 CORD Academic Assembly line-up at:
New this year, however, is an additional track -- the Clerkship Directors in Emergency Medicine (CDEM) track. This track is dedicated to faculty and residents interested in medical student education and features many of my CDEM colleagues. In the CDEM track, I'll be there giving an "Education Journal Club 2009" with Dr. Sorabh Khandelwal ("The" Ohio State Univ). We will review the top 10 EM education articles from 2009.
Also, I just was invited to help mentor a group of people on the pre-day for the Medical Education Research Certification (MERC) track. I'll be looking for residents/fellows/faculty to work with, who might be interested in brainstorming about research in medical education, as it relates to technology (simulation, computer-assisted education, web 2.0). I'll be sure to blog about it in March.
Here's the link to the CORD website: http://www.cordem.org.