Despite the continuing challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic in FY 2021, our members have found ways to grow, explore, and thrive—and AAIM has been here to support them wherever and whenever we could. The Alliance introduced virtual conferencing and developed a new collaborative grant program to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion into all aspects of education and training. The Alliance continues to ensure that academic internal medicine is represented in discussions of the UME-GME transition, application inflation, and the future of primary care. With the completion of the first year of a five-year strategic plan, the Alliance is focused on the advancement and development of its members.
Not a single one of our key accomplishments this year would be possible without your support and commitment to the Alliance.
The Alliance is Even Better Together.
D. Craig Brater, MD
AAIM President and CEO
In FY 2021, the Alliance and Our Members:
- Approved and enacted the AAIM Strategic Plan with a charge to make diversity, equity, and inclusion the foundation from which all initiatives are launched.
- Launched Part 1 of the fourth edition of the CDIM Core Medicine Clerkship Curriculum.
- Conducted a successful venture into virtual conferencing with APDIM Online 2020 in October and AAIM Online 2021 in April featuring keynote speakers Anthony S. Fauci, MD, and Rana Awdish, MD.
- Released guidelines for a standardized letter of evaluation.
- Collaborated with ABIM, ABIM Foundation, ACP, and the Josiah Macy Foundation for the “Building Trust through Diversity, Health Care Equity, & Inclusion in Internal Medicine Training” grants program; awarded thirty-two institutions $287,500 in small and large grants, including 19 for which AAIM members are principal investigators.
- Began preliminary efforts to conduct an executive search after AAIM President and CEO D. Craig Brater, MD, announced that he will step down from his role in June 2022 after 15 years.
- Launched the AAIM Health Disparities Toolkit, a peer-reviewed collection of resources and teaching tools to help instructors create curriculum for the spectrum of medical learners, UME to GME.
- Launched “Diversity Now” quarterly electronic newsletter.
- Advocated that ACGME develop and implement a tool to objectively assess the performance of the DIO.
- Provided feedback on the preliminary recommendations from the Coalition for Physician Accountability UME–GME Review Committee.
- Shared trends and timely issues impacting UME and GME revealed in AAIM research surveys via webinars offered during Surveys and Data Week in May.
- Hosted more than 15 free educational and networking webinars on a wide variety of topics.
- Released Alliance guidance for the 2021-2022 fellowship application season, which encourages all programs to conduct virtual interviews for all applicants, including learners at their own institution.
- Provided testimony and sponsored “Implementing High-Quality Primary Care: Rebuilding the Foundation of Health Care” from National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.
- Advocated that ACGME revise section II of the CPRs to ensure adequate dedicated time for program directors, assistant/associate program directors, program coordinators, and core faculty members, by submitting a comment letter in April 2021 as well as testifying at the ACGME Congress on Program Support in November 2020.