Moving the Alliance Forward
During its February 2019 meeting the Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM) Board of Directors agreed that the organization would undertake a strategic planning exercise to ensure that new initiatives and existing projects are aligned with desired outcomes. The AAIM Board of Directors approved the AAIM Strategic Plan in September 2020 with a charge to elevate diversity, equity, and inclusion to become the foundation from which we launch all initiatives. The plan has two main goals with three initiatives under each goal area.
AAIM will provide transformational professional development to physician and administrative leaders in academic internal medicine.
Develop a new AAIM Executive Leadership and Professional Development Program.
The FY21 objective is to assess AAIM’s capacity to build a new executive leadership and development program in collaboration with internal and external partners, and key stakeholders. The assessment and environmental scan will include identifying new pathways, such as a coordinated blended delivery model.
A set of recommendations on viable business models will be presented to AAIM leadership in late FY 2021, and approved for development in early FY2022.
Create the AAIM Business of Medicine Education Portfolio.
- In phase one, convene a volunteer lead task force charged to develop foundational program concepts, identify subject matter experts, and business models for the new program.
- Develop program concepts that identify ways to address the needs of underrepresented faculty and administrators, and complement existing professional development opportunities across the Alliance.
The initial offerings of the AAIM Business of Medicine Education Portfolio are developed and ready for launch across AAIM’s virtual and in person education platforms in FY2022. These new programmatic offerings will include education and professional development opportunities specific to the needs of underrepresented faculty and administrators.
Develop and disseminate best practices to improve undergraduate and graduate medical education faculty performance.
Become the “go-to” resource for clinician educators and faculty in academic internal medicine at the medical school, residency and fellowship training levels.
Identify common challenges, engage relevant volunteer leader task forces and planning committees, and develop a set of recommendations to be the key resource in this area to members. These recommendations are submitted to the AAIM Board by June 30, 2021.
AAIM will redesign the transitions across the continuum of internal medicine education.
Promote innovation in medical education research.
Develop innovations to reduce or eliminate bias and promote a level playing field in transitions that occur in internal medicine education and training.
Curricula across the continuum is redesigned to support cultural competency, diversity, equity, and inclusion as well as medical knowledge and skill.
Develop and disseminate best practices designed to ensure the expansion of opportunities for underrepresented faculty to be part of a physician-scientist workforce that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive.
Develop and support educational and networking opportunities which promote an open and inclusive community of medical research faculty to engage underrepresented faculty.
AAIM becomes a known resource and advocate for promoting a diverse and inclusive physician-scientist community.
Develop robust evaluation and trustable communication processes for transitions during internal medicine training.
- Define skills and competencies desired in learners and determine assessment tools needed to evaluate them.
- Develop standardized communication methods to transfer this information across transitions in training.
This initiative is resourced and launched during FY2021.