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SMHS Faculty to Participate at Millennium Conference

A team of faculty members from the George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) has been selected to participate in the 2019 Millennium Conference on Self Directed Learning: Training Doctors for a Lifetime of Discovery.

Sponsored by the Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research and the Association of American Medical Colleges, the biennial conference was established to tackle important topics in medical education, including the continuum of clinical education, patient safety, simulation in education, critical thinking, and high-value care. The purpose of this year’s conference is to generate ideas for innovations to advance self-directed learning.

Representing SMHS will be: Robert Jablonover, MD, assistant dean of pre-clinical education; Benjamin Blatt, MD, professor of medicine; Richard Simons, MD, senior associate dean for MD programs; Raymond Lucas, MD, senior associate dean for faculty affairs and health affairs; and Jillian Catalanotti, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine.

In the first three sessions of the conference, institutional teams will split into working groups integrated across schools. In the final session, the teams will reconvene to develop a strategy for how they will use the findings from the conference at their home institutions for short- and long-term planning. Each team will present a summary of its plan on the final day.

“This is a great opportunity for GW to have a voice in this multi-institutional conversation,” said Simons. “We look forward to brainstorming and networking with our colleagues at other institutions.”

“I’m excited about the prospect of engaging with faculty experts from institutions across the country and returning to GW with a host of ideas we could explore in our own undergraduate and graduate medical education curricula, as well as in our faculty development programming,” added Catalanotti.

Teams were selected from a pool of applications from medical schools across the United States and Canada for their commitment to self-directed learning, representation of senior leadership, and collective expertise.

The 2019 Millennium Conference will be held May 1–3 in Boston. For more information, visit