ABMS-NBME Symposium on Professionalism

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The American Board of Medical Specialties and the National Board of Medical Examiners were proud to cosponsor this one-day, invitation-only symposium on assessing professionalism in continuing certification.

The goal of the meeting was to gather a diverse group of assessment and board certification experts to examine the state of assessing professionalism in education, training, and practice, and identify possible methods for improving such assessment in the context of continuing certification. The day consisted of presentations, panels, question-and-answer sessions, and networking opportunities.

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Sunday, September 22

Mark T. Keegan, MB, MRCPI, D.ABA, MSc, FCCM served as Master of Ceremonies of the day’s events.

7:00 – 7:30 am
Breakfast in the symposium meeting room

7:30 – 7:45 am
Welcome and Introductions

Mark T. Keegan, MB, MRCPI, D.ABA, MSc, FCCM American Board of Anesthesiology (Board of Directors) and American Board of Medical Specialties Ethics and Professionalism Committee (Chair)

Richard E. Hawkins, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer
American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS)

Peter Katsufrakis, MD, MBA
President and Chief Executive Officer
National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME)

7:45 – 10:30 am

Session 1: Setting the Foundation: Defining Professionalism and Why it Matters

7:45 – 8:05 am
Panel A: Professionalism Defined and the Importance of Assessing It

Richard E. Hawkins, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer
ABMS

Peter Katsufrakis, MD, MBA

President and Chief Executive Officer
NBME

8:05 – 8:15 am
Q&A

8:15 – 8:45 am
Panel B: Assessing Professionalism from the Perspective of the Medical Profession

Helen Burstin, MD
Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer
Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS)

Elliott J. Crigger, PhD
Director of Ethics Policy and Secretary to the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs
American Medical Association (AMA)

Warren Newton, MD, MPH
President and Chief Executive Officer
American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM)

8:45 – 8:55 am
Q&A

8:55 – 9:35 am
Panel C: Ensuring Professionalism from the Perspective of the Public and Regulatory Bodies

Thomas W. Hess, JD
Partner, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
ABMS Board of Directors

Robin Wagner, RN, MHSA
Senior Vice President of the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

Patricia A. King, MD, PhD, FACP
Professor of Medicine, University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine
Primary Care Internal Medicine, University of Vermont Medical Group

Rebecca Arnold LeBuhn (Becky), MA
Co-founder and Board Chair of the Citizen Advocacy Center (CAC),

9:35 – 9:45 am
Q&A

9:45 – 10:15 am
Group Discussion

Moderator:

Larry Green, MD
ABMS Chair-Elect and Professor and Epperson Zorn Chair for Innovation in Family Medicine and Primary Care at the University of Colorado School of Medicine

10:15 – 10:30 am
Break

10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Session 2: Leveraging the Past: Assessing Professionalism in Education, Training and Practice

10:30 – 11:00 am
Panel A: Assessment Strategies and Lessons Learned in Undergraduate Medical Education & Graduate Medical Education

Alison Whelan, MD
Chief Medical Education Officer
American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) 

Michael Barone, MD, MPH
Vice President for Licensure Programs
NBME 

Barry Egener, MD
Asante Health

11:00 – 11:10 am
Q&A

11:10 – 11:50
Panel B: Assessment Strategies and Lessons Learned from the Efforts of Health Care Institutions and Regulatory Bodies

Gerald Hickson, MD
Senior Vice President of Quality, Safety and Risk Prevention and Joseph C. Ross Chair of Medical Education and Administration
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Carrie L. Bradford, MHA, RHIA, CPCS, CPMSM
Director for Professional Staff and Credentialing
NorthShore University HealthSystem 

David Henderson, JD
Chief Executive Officer
North Carolina Medical Board

Kathy Chappell, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN
Senior Vice President of Accreditation, Certification, Measurement, and the Institute for Credentialing Research and Quality Management
American Nurses Credentialing Center

11:50 am – 12:00 pm
Q&A

12:00 – 12:30 pm
Group Discussion

Moderator:

Alison J. Whelan, MD
Chief Medical Education Officer, AAMC

12:30 - 1:00 pm
Lunch
Lunch in the symposium meeting room 

1:00 – 1:30 pm
Plenary

Maxine Papadakis, MD
Professor of Medicine, Emeritus
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)

1:30 – 1:50 pm
Q&A

1:50 – 2:00 pm
Break

2:00 – 5:30 pm
Session 3: Moving into the Future: Assessing Professionalism in the Context of Continuing Certification

2:00 – 2:55 pm
Panel A: Assessing Professionalism for Continuing Certification: Perceived Challenges and Potential Solutions

George Mejicano, MD, MS
Professor of Medicine
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)

Betsy White Williams, PhD, MPH
Clinical Program Director, Professional Renewal Center
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry School of Medicine University of Kansas 

Craig Campbell, MD, FRCPC, FSACME
Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and Principal Senior Advisor, Competency-based Continuing Professional Development in the Office of Specialty Education at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

2:55 – 3:05 pm
Q&A

3:05 – 4:05 pm
Group Discussion

Moderator:

Mark T. Keegan, MB, MRCPI, D.ABA, MSc, FCCM
American Board of Anesthesiology (Board of Directors) and American Board of Medical Specialties Ethics and Professionalism Committee (Chair)

4:05 – 4:50 pm
Steps Forward Toward Innovation and Collaboration Reactor Panel

Carolyn L. Kinney, MD
Executive Director
American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR) 

Helen Burstin, MD, MPH, MACP
Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer
CMSS 

Christie Morgan, MD
Senior Staff Surgeon, Henry Ford Health System Department of Otolaryngology
Clinical Assistant Professor, Wayne State University School of Medicine 

4:50 – 5:15 pm
Closing Remarks

Richard E. Hawkins, MD
President and Chief Executive Officer
ABMS 

Michael A. Barone, MD, MPH
Vice President for Licensure Programs, NBME

5:15 pm
Adjourn

Symposium Speakers

Michael A. Barone, MD, MPH

Dr. Barone is the Vice President for Licensure Programs at the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). He and his staff oversee the operations, strategy, and research agenda for the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) program, the three-step examination for medical licensure in the U. S. co-sponsored by NBME and the Federation of State Medical Boards.

Dr. Barone is a general Pediatrician and medical educator. He is a graduate of Northwestern University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health and Hygiene. Dr. Barone completed his residency and chief residency in Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins. He was full-time faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and currently maintains a faculty affiliation at Johns Hopkins as Associate Professor of Pediatrics. In his role as a medical educator, Dr. Barone was Director of Medical Student Education for the Department of Pediatrics for 17 years. He also served as Associate Dean for Faculty Educational Development and Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at Johns Hopkins. 

Dr. Barone is a past President of the Council on Medical Student Education in Pediatrics and has interests in competency assessment, clinical skills assessment, clinical reasoning and humanism in medicine. He currently serves on the Education and Training Committee of the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) and is a past member of the ABP Board of Directors. Dr. Barone is board certified by ABP.

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Carrie L. Bradford, MHA, RHIA, CPCS, CPMSM

Ms. Bradford is the Senior Director for Professional Staff and Credentialing for NorthShore University HealthSystem. She is responsible for all professional staff governance matters as well as systemwide credentialing encompassing hospital, managed care, and provider enrollment.

Prior to joining NorthShore, Ms. Bradford spent seven years with Advocate Health Care as Manager of Medical Staff Services at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, and 10 years at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in both Health Information Management and Medical Staff Services. She is a past President of the Illinois Association of Medical Staff Services and served as a board member for 10 years. She is a past member of the National Association of Medical Staff Services’ (NAMSS) Education Committee and Membership Committee. 

Ms. Bradford has a master’s degree in Healthcare Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Health Information Management. She is certified as a Registered Health Information Administrator by the American Health Information Management Association and is dual certified as a Certified Professional Medical Services Manager and Certified Provider Credentialing Specialist by NAMSS.

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Helen Burstin, MD, MPH, MACP

Dr. Burstin is the Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (CMSS), which represents 44 member specialty societies with a collective membership of nearly 800,000 U.S. physician members. CMSS works to support and strengthen specialty societies and catalyzes improvement through convening, collaboration, collective voice, and action. CMSS also provides a proactive platform to assess and address emerging and critical issues across specialty societies that influence the future of health care and the patients it serves. Dr. Burstin formerly served as Chief Scientific Officer of The National Quality Forum (NQF). Prior to joining NQF, she was the Director of the Center for Primary Care, Prevention, and Clinical Partnerships at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). Before her work at AHRQ, Dr. Burstin was Director of Quality Measurement at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Burstin is the author of more than 100 articles and book chapters on quality, safety, and disparities. She currently serves on the boards of AcademyHealth and the Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine. Dr. Burstin is a graduate of the State University of New York at Upstate College of Medicine and the Harvard School of Public Health. She completed a residency in Primary Care Internal Medicine at Boston City Hospital and a fellowship in General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She is a Professorial Lecturer in the Department of Health Policy at George Washington University School of Public Health and a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at George Washington University.

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Craig Campbell, MD, FRCPC, FSACME

Dr. Campbell is a specialist in Internal Medicine, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and Principal Senior Advisor, Competency-based Continuing Professional Development in the Office of Specialty Education at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Dr. Campbell is responsible for the development of a strategy to implement a competency-based continuing professional development model to support learning and assessment of physicians in practice. His research interests are focused on developing and implementing tools and strategies to promote the use of external data and feedback to enhance competence and performance of individual physicians, groups or health care teams. Dr. Campbell is a Fellow of the Society for Academic Continuing Medical Education and member of the editorial board for the Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions.

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Kathy Chappell, PhD, RN, FNAP, FAAN

Dr. Chappell is the Senior Vice President of Accreditation, Certification, Measurement, and the Institute for Credentialing Research and Quality Management at the American Nurses Credentialing Center. She is responsible for the certification of individual registered nurses and advanced practice registered nurses; and the development of certification examinations. Dr. Chappell is responsible for the accreditation of organizations that provide continuing nursing education and interprofessional continuing education, and for accreditation of residency and fellowship programs for nurses. She also directs the Institute for Credentialing Research, analyzing outcomes related to credentialing, and the quality management department. Dr. Chappell holds a Baccalaureate in Nursing with distinction from the University of Virginia, a Master of Science in Advanced Clinical Nursing, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from George Mason University. She is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing and a Distinguished Scholar and Fellow in the National Academies of Practice.

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Elliott J. Crigger, PhD

As Director of Ethics Policy and Secretary to the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs of the American Medical Association (AMA), Dr. Crigger oversees the work of the Council, developing analyses of ethics issues in medicine and recommendations that ultimately become part of the AMA Code of Medical Ethics. Dr. Crigger joined AMA from the National Center for Ethics in Health Care at the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) in Washington, DC. During his tenure with VHA he served as a primary staff researcher and writer for VHA's National Ethics Committee and as a member of the development team for Integrated Ethics, a national education and organizational change initiative.

Prior to his appointment with VHA, Dr. Crigger was a member of the professional staff of The Hastings Center, joining as a member of the editorial staff in 1986, and becoming Associate Editor of the Hastings Center Report in 1988. Concurrently, he served as Senior Editor of the Report and Managing Editor of IRB: A Review of Human Subjects Research and as Senior Editor of the re-envisioned IRB: Ethics & Human Research. In addition to his editorial work, Dr. Crigger participated regularly in Center research projects.

Dr. Crigger served on the Performance and Safety Monitoring Board of The HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies, NY State Psychiatric Institute, and Columbia University. He holds a Doctor in Philosophy in Anthropology and Linguistics from The University of Chicago.

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Barry Egener, MD

Dr. Egener consults with health care organizations to promote professionalism, employee well-being, and the patient experience. His consultations for regional health care organizations focus on organizational strategies to improve professional relationships, and he coaches individual physicians on patient and collegial communication. Currently, he works for Asante Health in southern Oregon.

Dr. Egener practiced and taught Internal Medicine at Legacy Health in Portland, Oregon, for 34 years. He is the past Medical Director of the Foundation for Medical Excellence in Portland and is a past President of the American Academy on Physician and Patient. While serving as a Director of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM), his interest in medical communication and relationships broadened to medical professionalism. He was Chair of the ABIM Training and Professional Standing Committee and ABIM Foundation Task Force on Professionalism. This work eventually led to the co-development of the concept of organizational professionalism and several publications, which include the Charter on Professionalism for Health Care Organizations. Dr. Egener is board certified by ABIM.

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Larry Green, MD

Dr. Green is the Professor and Epperson Zorn Chair for Innovation in Family Medicine and Primary Care at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. He has been involved in academic medicine for more than 40 years, having joined the faculty at the University of Colorado in 1977. He has remained a faculty member there throughout his career and has served in various roles, including practicing physician, Residency Program Director, developer of practice-based research networks, and Department Chair. Dr. Green is Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) and a member of the Board of Directors of the ABFM Foundation. He is currently the Chair-Elect of the American Board of Medical Specialties.

In 1999, Dr. Green became the Founding Director of the Robert Graham Center, a research policy center sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians focused on Family Medicine and Primary Care. He served on the Steering Committee of the Future of Family Medicine Project that propelled the concept of a patient-centered medical home forward. Dr. Green directed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Prescription for Health national program focused on incorporating health behavior change in redesigned primary care practices. He has received the Curtis Hames Award for research in Family Medicine and the Maurice Wood Award for Lifetime Contribution to Primary Care Research. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.

Dr. Green is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and Baylor College of Medicine and completed his Family Medicine residency at Highland Hospital and the University of Rochester. He served in the National Health Service Corp in Arkansas. His interests include practice-based research, the health care workforce, improving frontline practice to be responsive to what patients need, community engagement for health, prevention of mental illness, and health policy. Dr. Green is board certified by ABFM.

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Richard E. Hawkins, MD

Dr. Hawkins is President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the leading not-for-profit organization that oversees physician certification in the United States. Dr. Hawkins has more than 35 years of professional experience ranging from his service in the United States Navy as an officer in the Medical Corps to leadership positions at national medical professional associations. Prior to joining ABMS in 2018, he served for five years as the Vice President for Medical Education Outcomes at the American Medical Association (AMA). There, Dr. Hawkins provided leadership for the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education, as well as to the AMA’s Council on Medical Education and Academic Physician Section. Previously, he was the Senior Vice President for Professional and Scientific Affairs at ABMS. In this role, Dr. Hawkins led educational, assessment, and international initiatives. Prior to that, he was Vice President for Assessment Programs at the National Board of Medical Examiners. Dr. Hawkins is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

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David Henderson, JD

Mr. Henderson has an undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a law degree from Wake Forest University. He began working at the North Carolina Medical Board in 1996 as one of the Board’s prosecuting attorneys. In 2003, he was selected as the Board’s Executive Director and in March of 2015 the Board named Mr. Henderson its Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

As CEO, Mr. Henderson leads the Board and its staff in their mission to “protect the people of North Carolina, and the integrity of the medical profession, through just and vigilant licensing and regulation.”

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Thomas W. Hess, JD

Mr. Hess is a partner in the Columbus, Ohio office of Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, and currently serves as a Public Member of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Board of Directors. He has more than 35 years of comprehensive health law experience and regularly represents hospitals, medical staffs, nursing homes and physicians in the areas of Medicare and Medicaid audits, certification and reimbursement; fraud and anti-kickback investigations; and day-to-day operational issues. Mr. Hess represents health care providers throughout the United States and is a frequent speaker on health law issues. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America administrative law and health law sections and Super Lawyers of Ohio. 

Mr. Hess is a graduate of Ohio University and Capital University School of Law. Prior to his election to the ABMS Board of Directors, he served six years on the ABMS Committee on Oversight and Monitoring of Maintenance of Certification.

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Gerald B. Hickson, MD

Dr. Hickson is the Senior Vice President of Quality, Safety and Risk Prevention and Joseph C. Ross Chair of Medical Education and Administration at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. He joined the Vanderbilt Department of Pediatrics in 1982 and has served in multiple capacities, including founding the Center for Patient and Professional Advocacy in 2003 and serving as its first Director.

Since 1990, Dr. Hickson’s research has focused on why families choose to file suit and how to identify and intervene with high-risk physicians. His work has resulted in more than 170 peer review articles and book chapters; educational initiatives to promote disclosure of medical errors and address behaviors that undermine a culture of safety; and the development of PARS® (Patient Advocacy Reporting System) and CORSsm (Coworker Observation Reporting System), programs that use unsolicited patient and coworker complaint data as the basis for tiered interventions for high-risk clinicians.

Dr. Hickson serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. He has served as Chair of the Board of the National Patient Safety Foundation, Professionals in Patient Safety, and the Quality Care Committee for the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions.

He received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Georgia and Doctor of Medicine from Tulane University School of Medicine. Dr. Hickson is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics.

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Peter Katsufrakis, MD, MBA

Dr. Katsufrakis is President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME). His professional focus is to improve the quality of care provided to patients through effective assessment of health care professionals. Dr. Katsufrakis is committed to fulfilling the professional obligation of self-regulation, recognizing that assessment systems drive learning and behavior, ensure satisfaction of education and training requirements, and provide potent tools for the health professions to self-regulate in the best interests of patients.

Prior to becoming president, Dr. Katsufrakis was Senior Vice President for Assessment Programs at NBME. His responsibilities included oversight of the Medical Education and Health Profession Services programs, International Programs, the Post-Licensure Assessment Service, and the United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) program. 

He is a past Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) and has served as National Chair of the Group on Student Affairs of the American Association of Medical Colleges. As faculty in USC’s Department of Family Medicine, Dr. Katsufrakis served as Principal Investigator of USC’s Pacific AIDS Education and Training Center. In cooperation with the Health Resources and Services Administration and the International Training and Education Center for HIV, he has helped develop training programs and provide training for health care professionals in Ethiopia. 

Dr. Katsufrakis received a Master of Business Administration with honors from USC, Doctor of Medicine from the University of California, San Diego, and a Bachelor of Arts with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley. He served his internship and residency in Family Medicine at Santa Monica Hospital. Dr. Katsufrakis is board certified by the American Board of Family Medicine.

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Mark T. Keegan, MB, MRCPI, D.ABA, MSc, FCCM

Dr. Keegan is a Professor of Anesthesiology at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, where he is a full-time Anesthesiologist and Intensivist. Dr. Keegan graduated from Trinity College Medical School in Dublin, Ireland. After training in Internal Medicine in Ireland, he completed a residency in Anesthesiology and a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at Mayo Clinic, joining the faculty in 2001. His clinical and research interests include intensive care medicine, perioperative care of patients with liver disease, and the use of prognostic scoring systems. He is a Director of the American Board of Anesthesiology and Chair of the American Board of Medical Specialties’ Ethics and Professionalism Committee. Dr. Keegan is board certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology.

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Patricia A. King, MD, PhD, FACP

Dr. King is the Immediate Past Chair of the Federation of State Medical Boards’ (FSMB) Board of Directors and was a member of the Vermont Board of Medical Practice from 2003 to 2015, serving as the Chair from 2010 to 2014. Currently, she is the Chair of FSMB’s Nominating Committee, Workgroup on Education about Medical Regulation, Workgroup on Physician Sexual Misconduct, and Awards Committee. Additionally, Dr. King serves as a member of FSMB Executive, Compensation and Investment Committees as well as its Special Committee on Strategic Planning and Advisory Council on Professionalism in Medical Practice. She has served on FSMB Workgroup on Innovations on State-Based Licensure, Interstate Compact Taskforce, and Editorial Committee for the Journal of Medical Regulation. Dr. King is a member, and current Chair, of the United State Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) Composite Committee. She also has served on the USMLE Ambulatory Care Test Material Development Committee.

Dr. King is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine, where she is active in medical school curriculum development and medical student teaching. Dr. King also has a practice in Primary Care Internal Medicine with the University of Vermont Medical Group. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Physiology from Brown University and medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Dr. King is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

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Carolyn L. Kinney, MD

Dr. Kinney is a board certified Physiatrist with 30 years of experience in both private and

academic practice. In addition to her current role as Executive Director of the American Board of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (ABPMR), Dr. Kinney remains clinically active as a consultant in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Mayo Clinic in Arizona.

A graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine’s six-year integrated Bachelor of Arts/Medical Doctor program, Dr. Kinney completed her residency in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Kinney is board certified by ABPMR.

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Rebecca Arnold LeBuhn (Becky), MA

Rebecca LeBuhn is Co-founder and Board Chair of the Citizen Advocacy Center (CAC), a support program for public members on regulatory and certifying bodies and for the boards on which they serve. She has coordinated public participation in government regulatory proceedings, private sector decision-making, and technical standards development in such diverse fields as health professional credentialing and regulation, medical devices, solar energy conversion, and indoor air quality.

LeBuhn is the author of publications and newsletters on various subjects including consumer-business relations, regulatory issues, health care policy, and financial services. She has written the proceedings for technical conferences, a Paralegal Home Study Course, a guide for businesses on the use of Plain English, and publications on regulatory law for laypersons.

She was the President of the National Consumers League and Continental Association of Funeral and Memorial Societies and was the first public member of the District of Columbia Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers. She is currently a public member of the American Board of Medical Specialties’ Stakeholder Council and formerly served as the public member on the National Commission for Certifying Agencies, the Board of Directors of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence, the Board of the American Board of Radiology Foundation, and the Board of Directors of the American Society for Testing and Materials. 

Ms. LeBuhn earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Government at Wells College and a Master of Arts in Russian Studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

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George Mejicano, MD, MS

Dr. Mejicano received his medical degree from the University of Illinois and completed his post-graduate training at the University of Wisconsin. He is a Professor of Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). Dr. Mejicano has served on the Board of Scientific Counselors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and led the Section of Infectious Diseases at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.

Dr. Mejicano holds a Master of Arts in Adult Education from the University of Wisconsin and currently serves as the Senior Associate Dean for Education at OHSU, where he oversees the entire educational portfolio for the School of Medicine, including undergraduate medical education, graduate medical education, continuing professional development, and more than30 graduate programs. Dr. Mejicano is a team leader in the Association of American Medical Colleges’ Core Entrustable Professional Activities for Entering Residency Pilot and is the Principal Investigator (PI) of the joint proposal from OHSU and the University of California, Davis, which was recently awarded $1.8 million as part of the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Reimagining Residency strategic initiative. For five years, he served as the PI for OHSU’s grant from the AMA’s Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education and currently is a member of the Liaison Committee for Medical Education. Dr. Mejicano is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

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Christie L. Morgan, MD

Dr. Morgan is an Otolaryngologist – Head and Neck Surgeon, board certified by the American Board of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. She completed her undergraduate education at Johns Hopkins University and received her Master of Science in Biophysics at Georgetown University. Dr. Morgan received her medical degree from Boston University School of Medicine and completed her residency in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at Boston University Medical Center. 

Dr. Morgan is a Senior Staff Surgeon in the Henry Ford Health System Department of Otolaryngology and a Clinical Assistant Professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine. She is actively engaged in clinical practice, teaching, and research. She is the Service Chief for Quality and Patient Safety for the Otolaryngology Department at Henry Ford and oversees the activities of the Peer Review Committee. She is also a member of the Henry Ford Hospital Medical Staff Quality Committee. Dr. Morgan currently serves as Immediate Past Chair of the American Medical Association’s Young Physicians Section.

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Warren P. Newton, MD, MPH

Dr. Newton has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) since January 1, 2019. During his tenure, ABFM has launched the Center for Professionalism and Value in Health Care, established a physician-led initiative on diplomate engagement, and started a Family Medicine Certification Longitudinal Assessment pilot. ABFM’s new strategic plan calls for an increased emphasis on the social contract and development of new assessments of professionalism.

Dr. Newton has been a personal physician for 33 years, working in a variety of settings, including the University of North Family Medicine Center, Moncure Community Health Center, and Randolph County Health Department. He served as the William B. Aycock Professor and Chair of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina (UNC) (1999-2016), Chief Academic Officer at the UNC School of Medicine (2008-2013), and Vice Dean and Director of the North Carolina Area Health Education Center (2013-2018). In the past 15 years, he has led practice transformation initiatives at the practice, regional, and statewide levels, including the North Carolina Improving Performance in Practice initiative in more than 1,400 primary care practices.

As Chair of Family Medicine, Dr. Newton has been intimately involved in health systemwide credentialing. As Chief Academic Officer, he led a major medical school curriculum change, including the development of new curricula in professionalism and interprofessionalism, and helped develop an integrated data strategy for combining data from patient complaints, student teaching evaluations, and malpractice claims to identify hotspots of problems with professionalism. He conducted 17 site visits for the Liaison Committee on Medical Education before recently finishing service on the Committee. Dr. Newton is board certified by ABFM.

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Maxine A. Papadakis, MD

Dr. Papadakis is a University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Professor of Medicine, Emeritus. She was the Associate Dean for Students in the School of Medicine at UCSF and a leading investigator in the field of professionalism. In a series of groundbreaking studies in collaboration with the Federation of State Medical Boards and American Board of Internal Medicine, Dr. Papadakis linked long-term outcomes of disciplinary action against physicians by licensing boards to the performance of physicians during their training. She further advanced the field by describing the types of unprofessional behavior that are linked with disciplinary action.

Dr. Papadakis is Lead Editor of the annually published textbook Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment. She is the recipient of many teaching awards, including the UCSF Academic Senate Distinction in Teaching Award. She is the recipient of the National Board of Medical Examiners’ 2010 John P. Hubbard Award, an international award given to individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the pursuit of excellence in the field of evaluation in medicine. Dr. Papadakis also received the UCSF Chancellor’s Award for Disability Service and the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. To honor her 18 years of service when she retired as the Associate Dean for Students in 2016, the UCSF School of Medicine created the Maxine Papadakis awards to recognize faculty who are exemplars in treating students in the clinical environment with professionalism, courtesy, and respect. Dr. Papadakis is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.

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Robin Wagner, RN, MHSA

Ms. Wagner is the Senior Vice President of the Clinical Learning Environment Review (CLER) Program at the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education —a program designed to provide formative feedback to graduate medical education leaders and executive leaders of clinical learning environments on six areas of focus: patient safety, health care quality (including disparities), transitions in care, supervision, well-being, and professionalism. In this role, she oversees all aspects of the CLER Program, including field operations, site visit operations, program development evaluation, and institutional outreach and collaboration. Ms. Wagner holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Maryland and a Master of Health Services Administration from the George Washington University.

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Alison J. Whelan, MD

As Chief Medical Education Officer, Dr. Whelan leads American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) initiatives to transform the current models of education and workforce preparation across the full continuum of medical education. She also directs AAMC efforts that support medical education officers, regional campuses, education researchers, students, and residents.

Prior to joining AAMC in 2016, Dr. Whelan had been a member of the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine since 1994. In 1997, she was appointed Associate Dean for Medical Student Education and was later named Senior Associate Dean for Education. During her tenure, Dr. Whelan coordinated the creation of the Practice of Medicine curriculum and led the planning for the school’s new education building and the creation of the Center for Interprofessional Education.

Dr. Whelan received her bachelor’s degree from Carleton College. She earned her medical degree from Washington University and completed her post-graduate work and residency at the former Barnes Hospital, now Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Whelan is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics.

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Betsy White Williams, PhD, MPH

Dr. Williams completed her undergraduate education at Wellesley College. She earned her master’s degree in Public Health from Boston University and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in Clinical Aging from the University of Southern California. She completed her postdoctoral training in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of California, San Diego. Her early research and clinical work were in the area of neuropsychological changes associated with Alzheimer’s disease. 

For more than 15 years, Dr. Williams’ research and clinical focus has been in working with high accountability professionals, in particular health care professionals in difficulty. Her work with physicians across the educational continuum includes addressing concerns related to clinical competency, substance use disorders, burnout, professional boundaries, disruptive behavior and aging. In this work she has provided assessment, treatment and remedial education services. Currently, she is the Clinical Director at the Professional Renewal Center in Lawrence, KS, an assessment and treatment/remediation facility. Dr. Williams is actively involved in designing and providing Clinical Professional Development activities. She is the course director and faculty for the COPE program, a distance learning remedial activity, and The Distressed Physician, a remedial continuing medical education activity.

Dr. Williams is also a Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry School of Medicine University of Kansas. She has been an active member of the Society of Academic Continuing Medical Education (SACME) since 2003. She is President Elect of SACME and has been previously the chair of the scholarship committee. Most recently, she has been involved in developing the Society’s new Fundamental of Medical Education Scholarship as well as the Community of Practice programs.

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