IDEAS Office - Innovation Discovery Education And Scholarship

Upcoming events: AAMC Virtual Medical Education Event. July 30- August 3, 2018
New TSP 2018-2019 Course Schedule
New FoMD non-credit certificate: TSP Health Professions Educational Research Certificate

Upcoming FREE Webinars

  • AAMC Webinar Series on CBME (see below for more information).
  • Boston Children's Hospital Institute for Professionalism and Ethical Practice - Webinar on Disclosure and Apology after Medical Errors and Adverse Events
  • IDEAS Office is sponsoring CAME webinar series (see below for more information)

Upcoming EVENTS


Research on the ACGME Milestones

Monday, October 22nd at 3pm Eastern (Registration will be shared soon.)

When the Milestones were formally implemented in seven specialties in 2013, the ACGME made a commitment at that time to study the validity and impact of the Milestones on GME training.

The first five years of Milestones use by residencies and fellowships have catalyzed a number of important quantitative and qualitative studies on the validity and utility of Milestones. Multiple studies have involved either national or multi-institutional Milestones data to study key components of validity. We have learned lessons about what works and what doesn't, success factors and approaches for residents, helpful and unhelpful characteristics of Milestones design and content, and early lessons about effective clinical competency committees. Dr. Stan Hamstra provides an overview of the research lessons learned to date, with a special emphasis on validity research.

Stanley Hamstra, PhD
Vice President, Milestone Research and Evaluation

Development of the ACGME Milestones 2.0

Wednesday, November 28th at 3pm Eastern (Registration will be shared soon.)

The ACGME made a commitment from the outset of all Milestones would be reviewed in the first four to five years to assess the need for revisions, edits and updating. The lessons learned (presented in Webinar 2) have provided rich data to move forward with a full-scale review and revision process for all Milestones sets between 2018 and 2021. The Milestones team refers to this initiative as Milestones 2.0. A number of specialties have already begun work on Milestones 2.0, including the inclusion of the UME voice in the process. Dr. Laura Edgar will share the new Milestones development and revision process and provide an update on progress and lessons learned to date.

Larura Edgar, EdD, CAE
Vice President, Milestones Development


Upcoming webinar topics sponsored by IDEAS Office

Diagnosing students/residents in difficulty and providing appropriate pedagogical interventions

This webinar will be offered in French
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 – 10AM  
ECHA 3-099
Presenter: Miriam Lacasse is a family physician and associate professor at Université Laval’s Department of Family and Emergency Medicine

Diagnostic Reasoning: Can I trust my gut or am I biased?

This webinar will be offered in English
Tuesday September 25, 2018 – 1PM
ECHA 3-099
Presenter: Dr. Sherbino is the Assistant Dean, Education Research, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University

2018-2019 CAME Membership 

What's New

2018-2019 Teaching Scholars Program (TSP) Course Offerings

The new Teaching Scholars Program (TSP) course offerings for 2018-2019 are now available. Please contact the IDEAS Office for more information ( on registration, requirements and pre-requisites.
The Teaching Scholars Program (TSP) is a series of nine courses aimed primarily at clinicians in health professions education (HPE). The courses provide "scholars" a knowledge base and skill set in educational theory, curriculum development, evaluation, and educational research. The goals of TSP are to: (1) develop educational leaders and scholars; (2) complete mentored projects; and (3) participate in a community of HPE scholars.
Note: All TSP courses can be audited for free. There is a fee for participating in a TSP certificate program.

New FoMD Non-credit Certificate: Teaching Scholars Program (TSP) Health Professions Educational Research

The TSP Health Professions Educational Research Certificate will be offered after the completion of three TSP courses: TSP 001 (required) and two of the following: TSP 005, TSP 006, or TSP 009. Participants are required to register for the certificate program. Once registered, they can enroll in courses. For registrants, there will be a non-refundable $150/course fee for each course. Courses can be audited for free, but if the participant wishes to later apply for the certificate based on completion of the courses, they will have to pay a one-time fee of $750 for the certificate and pay $150 /course for any course beyond three. If someone has already completed the TSP 001 course or has a master's degree in medical or health sciences education, they can apply that to the certificate requirement and will be only required to complete two of the research courses