Dear Colleagues and Friends:

We enthusiastically invite you to submit research projects, creative ideas, and skills development efforts that pertain to learning communities for presentation at this year’s Learning Communities Institute (LCI) Annual Meeting in Birmingham, AL, to be held September 15-17, 2017, hosted by the University of Alabama School of Medicine.

Every year, this meeting provides an opportunity to connect with and learn from like-minded faculty members, students, and staff who are actively involved in their own learning community (or are building one). We encourage you to share this email with anyone involved in learning communities at your institution, including faculty, staff and students. We especially invite abstract submissions from students and staff (and encourage faculty members to include students and staff as collaborators).

We are accepting abstracts in the following categories:
* Foundational Skills (e.g. feedback, clinical skills teaching, mentoring/advising)
* Innovations (e.g. wellness, peer mentoring, students as teachers, community building) *Research / Outcomes

Presentation formats:
– Workshops (90 minute interactive sessions)
– Oral Presentations / Posters (traditional brief oral presentations and poster session)
– Tools-of-the-Trade (for sharing of useful tools)



We encourage those who qualify to submit their abstract for consideration for the Joel and Ellen Gordon Young Investigators Award (YIA), given to a student, resident, or faculty member within the first five years after completing training (this can be done from the abstract submission site above).  After the abstract has been submitted please upload one copy of the nominee’s CV here → upload CV.

Finally, please click on this link to learn about the Arky Award, which is given annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the development of learning communities in medical education.

Presenters will be notified by Friday, May 26, 2017.

Hoping to see you all in September!


Maya G. Sardesai, MD, M.Ed.
University of Washington
Research Chair of the 2017 LCI Meeting

David Hatem, MD
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Workshops Chair of the 2017 LCI Meeting

and the LCI Conference Planning Team


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