Medical Education: 2015 CREOG Education Retreat Wrap-Up


More than 250 program directors and coordinators joined together for a great opportunity to network last month at the 2015 CREOG Education Retreat in Detroit, Michigan. Program Chair Dr. Patrice Weiss did a phenomenal job organizing the program, which included timely updates on initiatives and a balanced program that was both informative and entertaining. Here are some highlights of each day’s activities:


From left to right: ACOG staff
Darya Valantsevich,
Mari John, Gale Mamatova, and
My-Phuong Nguyen are excited
 to welcome attendees to the
2015 CREOG Education Retreat.

Tuesday, July 21 and Wednesday, July 22

The Education Committee and the Executive Committee meetings took place on Tuesday followed by the Council meeting and dinner on Wednesday. CREOG Coordinator Darya Valantsevich and ACOG Meeting Planner My-Phuong Nguyen organized all of the materials needed for both meetings.

Thursday, July 23

The Education Retreat kicked off on Thursday and our Registration Manager, Mari John, was busy onsite with last minute walk-in registrations and driving enthusiasm for the upcoming program. The Welcome Reception for all members and their families on Thursday evening was a hit. My-Phuong worked on getting a VIP entrance to the location. Some of our members even recognized a celebrity—any guesses? It was Ice Cube. Members reported enjoying the reception and networking with each other and the CREOG staff.

Attendees enjoy the educational content
provided during the General Session

In addition to updates from the Residency Review Committee, ABOG, and ACOG, attendees were fortunate to have the opportunity to hear several outstanding plenary presentations. Florence Terri Workman, JD, MBA addressed increased expectations for clinician participation in undergraduate medical education (UME) programs. Senior Vice President, Surgical Accreditation at The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Dr. John Potts shared his thoughts about the changing face of graduate medical education (GME). Dr. Mark Woodland spoke on the mission of being a program director and the challenges of mentorship in the ever-changing clinical learning environment. The 2015 Sterling B. Williams, MD, PhD Memorial Lecturer, Dr. Rebecca P. McAlister, shared how to use recent advances in educational learning theory to fulfill the promise of the Next Accreditation System to build a better GME environment.

Friday, July 24

After the Education Retreat wrapped-up on Friday, attendees took time to sample the wonderful sights, sounds, and tastes of Detroit, while staff prepared for the 16th Term CREOG Program Directors School Part II. This portion of the school included tools for program directors and coordinators to succeed in their positions. It focused on how to intervene with difficult residents, including resident discipline and termination, and developing a disciplinary policy that works.

After eight days in Detroit, we were all happy to enjoy some BBQ and head back home. A huge thank you to the hard-working CREOG staff who made the entire program successful! Thank you to our Education Division for all of their hard work!

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