SOURCE: American Medical Association

American Medical Association

September 23, 2015 10:27 ET

AMA to Bring Hundreds of Medical Education, Health Care Innovators to Chicago for National ChangeMedEd Conference

Three-Day Meeting Will Continue AMA's Efforts to Reimagine Medical Education and Ensure Future Physicians Are Prepared to Practice in the Rapidly Evolving Health Care Landscape

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwired - September 23, 2015) - Fresh off the heels of announcing a major expansion to its Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative aimed at transforming medical education, the American Medical Association (AMA) is convening hundreds of the world's most notable leaders and innovators in medical education next week for the ChangeMedEd 2015 conference to generate new ideas to reimagine the medical school of the future.

During the three-day conference being held in Chicago, attendees will not only learn more about the innovative curriculum redesign projects underway as part of the AMA initiative, but the meeting will also feature interactive presentations on innovative medical education concepts from three Chicago-based schools, including the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, University of Illinois-Chicago and Northwestern University. Additionally, medical schools across from across the country will also present their latest innovations in medical education.

To kick-off the event, award-winning innovator Mick Ebeling, founder of Not Impossible Labs, will give the keynote address offering an exciting look at his work developing creative solutions to address serious health challenges and the possibilities that lie ahead for innovation in medical education. At the event, the AMA will also announce an opportunity for more medical students to participate in efforts underway to close the gaps that currently exist between the way physicians are educated and how health care will be delivered in our rapidly changing health care environment.

The AMA launched its Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative nearly two years ago -- providing $11 million in grants to fund major innovations at 11 of the nation's leading medical schools. Together, these schools formed a consortium that shares best practices with a goal of widely disseminating the new and innovative curricula being developed to medical schools across the country. In August, the AMA announced that it will provide $1.5 million over the next three years to fund up to 20 additional schools to join the consortium and work toward a significant redesign of undergraduate medical education that better aligns with our health care system.

Media Interview Opportunities at American Medical Association's
ChangeMedEd 2015 ChangeMedEd 2015 National Conference

Thursday, Oct. 1 through Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015

Swissotel Chicago
323 East Upper Wacker Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

AMA President Steven J. Stack, M.D.

AMA Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer James L. Madara, M.D.

AMA Group Vice President for Medical Education Susan E. Skochelak, M.D.

Stephanie Johnson, AMA (312) 464-5921,

Media will need to be credentialed to gain access to the conference.

To arrange for media credentials, please contact Kelly Jakubek at (312) 464-4443 or

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Events that may be of interest to reporters include:

Thursday, Oct. 1

8-8:30 a.m. - Welcome Address by AMA President, Steven J. Stack, M.D. and Susan Skochelak, M.D.

8:30-9:30 a.m. - Keynote Address by Mick Ebeling, Founder, Not Impossible Labs -- Permission Not Impossible

10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. - Media Interview Opportunity with AMA leaders

1:30-2:15 p.m. - Interactive sessions highlighting local innovations in medical education led by Chicago-based medical schools -- The University of Chicago; University of Illinois-Chicago; Northwestern University

4:15-5:00 p.m. - Presentation from Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

**6:30-8:30 p.m. - AMA TEDMED Event at Harris Theater at Millennium Park -- Featuring TEDMED speakers discussing: "Inspirations in medicine: Balancing a high-touch approach with a high-tech world"

**Note: The TedMed event will be held off-site at the Harris Theater at Millennium Park

Friday, Oct. 2

10-10:45 a.m. - Interactive sessions highlighting local innovations in medical education led by Chicago- and Illinois-based medical schools -- The University of Chicago and Rosalind Franklin University

4:15-5:00 p.m. - Interactive session highlighting local innovations in medical education led by Northwestern University

Saturday, Oct. 3

8-8:45 a.m. - Presentation by William McDade, M.D., The University of Chicago Medicine -- "Changing the Face of Medicine"

11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - Closing Address by members of AMA's Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium -- Closing reflections

About the AMA
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