Dear Learning Communities Institute Supporters:

I’m writing to you with great pleasure, on behalf of the LCI Leadership Council, to share news that we’ve achieved an exciting milestone—we’ve taken the bold step to incorporate the LCI! We’d like to invite you to partner with us in this effort.

It’s truly hard to believe, but our years of meaningful collaboration has now been transformed into the Learning Communities Institute, Inc., and we’ve applied to the IRS for 501c3 non-profit status. This accomplishment is actually a culmination of a 3-year effort that began at our 2010 annual LCI meeting, as attendees expressed a desire for more continuous collaboration and support in developing our learning communities as applied to medical education.

Our progress to date has included: leadership retreats to craft an LCI mission, vision, goals, as well as supporting organizational articles; hosting annual LCI meetings at AAMC to showcase the work of attendees and highlight new and challenging issues, presenting LC workshops at AAMC, GEA, and other national meetings; two national studies of learning communities (one manuscript submitted and another in progress), partnering with AAMC leadership to present on the benefits of learning communities at the national Council of Deans meetings this spring; establishing a web site hosted by Tufts University School of Medicine (; providing LC and faculty development consultations to institutions with new learning communities or seeking to grow in new ways.

We’ve accomplished these steps with a committed and talented group of volunteer leaders for whom we’re endlessly grateful: Kevin Moynahan, Chair-elect (U. Arizona), Meg Keeley (U. Virginia) and Jim Wagner (U. Texas Southwestern), Assistant Chairs; Mark Whipple (U. Washington), Treasurer, Gerry Wickham (Carver College, U. Iowa), Secretary; Amy Fleming (Vanderbilt U.) and Joel Gordon (Carver College, U. Iowa), Annual Meeting Co-chairs 2011 and 2012; Crystal Wright (Baylor U), Annual Meeting Chair 2013; Ron Arky (Harvard U.), By-laws Chair; Ralph Aarons (Tufts U.), Website Chair; Dave Hatem (U. Massachusetts) and Lars Osterberg (Stanford U.), Faculty Development Co-chairs; Sunny Smith (U. California, San Diego) and Kevin Moynahan, Research Co-chairs; Bill Cutrer (Vanderbilt U.) and Amy Fleming, Membership Co-chairs; Zac Cordner (Johns Hopkins U.), Carmela Kiraly (Vanderbilt U.), and Paul Meirick (Carver College, U. Iowa), Student Committee Co-chairs; Erika Goldstein (U. Washington), Carol Hodgson (U. Alberta), and Princess Currence (U. Illinois), Members at Large; and Susan Shultz (Johns Hopkins U.), Administrative Assistant.

It’s true that this leadership group feels passionate about learning communities and the ways they are contributing to more meaningful, relational environments in health care, whether in caring for patients, teaching, mentoring, research, or administration. However, we’re hoping we aren’t alone in committing to this vision, and we’d truly like to invite you and the learning communities that you participate in to join the LCI this June/July as charter members. Would you consider joining us?

The LCI membership structure is detailed on the attached document (see below). We hope that you’ll find this membership opportunity for you and/or your learning community to be welcoming, affordable and provide both the opportunity for support for home activities, as well as the chance to collaborate nationally and contribute to the growth of the LC movement in meaningful ways. With your support, the LCI will continue to grow its activities and programming in the months and years ahead. We welcome your comments, and in the next 7-10 days, we will be sending you more information about joining the LCI.

Best wishes,
Rob Shochet, MD
Founding Chair, Learning Communities Institute, Inc.

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Director, Colleges Advisory Program and
Clinical Foundations of Medicine
The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Anne and Mike Armstrong Medical Education Bldg
1600 McElderry St, Suite 202
Baltimore, MD 21205
Tel: 410-502-3737
Fax: 410-502-0167


LCI Membership Levels 5-31-13


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