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Professional Development

Professional development involve not only educational actitivies but also management, professionalism, team building, educational activities, interpersonal communication, teaching, technology, and accountability.

The organizations, below, provide practical training for practicing physicians. 

Program Directors and Faculty

  • Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) covers all aspects of medical education. Especially concerned with policy and organizational/administrative aspects but has many resources for teachers, especially initiatives to promote quality and set "gold standard" recommendations. Click here for further information. 
  • American College of Physicians Teaching Medicine (ACP) series covers critical topics in teaching and medical education, including theory, methods, mentoring, and teaching in various practice settings. 
  • American  Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) is the specialty's largest professional membership organization dedicated to the improvement of women's health.
  • Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors (AFMRD) is designed to address the unique needs of family medicine residency directors and the public. Provides on-line library of resources, checklists and sample documents from variety of residency programs, and Residency Performance Index (RPI) a data collections system that allows individual programs to gauge and improve their performance in the metrics measured.
  • Association of Pediatric Program Directors (APPD) provides resources to help in day-to-day activities and professional and program development. Membership is comprise of more than 2,000 pediatricians at over 180 institutions.
  • Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) is an association of nearly 5,000 innovative family medicine educators. Includes medical school professors, preceptors, residency program faculty, residency program directors and others involved in family medicine education. The site's Resources for New Faculty Page includes a glossary of terms and acronyms, extensive Resource Library and useful tips for new faculty.

Program Administrators

  • American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Training Program Administrator Caucus supports the professional development of administrators of general and subspecialty psychiatry training programs.
  • Association of Family MedicineAdministration (AFMA)  is dedicated to the professional growth and development of its members with particular emphasis on administration and coordination of health care delivery, education, and research within Family Medicine Residency Programs.
  • Association for Hospital Medical Education (AHME) serves as a resource and advocate for medical education professionals throughout the U.S. by way of educational meetings, publications and networking events to all individuals involved in the administration of undergraduate, graduate and continuing education.
  • Emergency Medicine Association of Residency Coordinators is an organization structure within the Council of Emergency Medicine Residency Directors (CORD), established to provide educational opportunities and professional development for residency coordinators. All residency programs with current membership in CORD are eligible and encouraged to participate and become a member. Dues are collected and included in the program’s CORD membership fees. There’s no extra cost to your program if they already are CORD members.
  • Training Administrators of Graduate Medical Education (TAGME) offers certification for Program Administrators, Program Coordinators, Institutional GME Administrators and Administrative Designated Institutional Officers (DIOs) of accredited ACGME or AOA residency and fellowship programs. Certification sets a national professional standard for administrators of core and subspecialty programs and enhances career development. Assessment is available in the spring and fall for residency and fellowship administrators. The application window for the fall assessment is March 1-May 31. 

Designated Institutional Officials

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) has created a  Designated Institutional Officials (DIO) section that provides broad-based resources for DIOs and others involved in graduate medical education at the institutional level, as well as news items and time-sensitive communications.

ACGME's Institutional Review Committee and its staff provides documents and resources to assist ACGME-accredited Sponsoring Institutions and those applying for accreditation. Information for Sponsoring Institutions is found in each of the following ACGME links below, as applicable:

ACGME Institutional Review Links and Accreditation Resources