Standing Committees

We have 11 standing committees that are active working groups in the Learning Communities Institute, each representing a theme reflecting the interests of the group of faculty and students who are its members.  Follow the links below to learn more about each standing committee and the people to contact if you would like to become more involved in the activities of that group.

Administrators Committee is responsible for identifying and disseminating information regarding common organizational challenges faced by institutional administrative staff assigned operational oversight for learning communities.  This committee also encourages the development of relationships across institutions to share evidence-based best administrative practices.  If you would like to participate in the work of this committee, contact one of the co-chairs.

Awards Committee is a senior advisory group responsible for soliciting and evaluating nominations for the Arky Award and for the Young Investigator Award of the LCI and then forwarding their recommendations to the Leadership Council of the LCI.

By-Laws Committee is charged by the Leadership Council to create a set of governance principles that will enable LCI to regulate itself in accordance with the highest standards exemplified by the most respected organizations of healthcare education. This committee meets periodically and is responsible to review and update the By-Laws as recommended by the Leadership Council. If you would like to participate in the work of this committee, contact one of the co-chairs.

Executive Committee includes the LCI Chairperson, Chair-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and the Immediate Past-Chairperson.  They are responsible for oversight and coordination of all LCI activities in keeping with the mission and goals of the LCI.  They communicate regularly with the chairs of all LCI working groups and standing committees and provide liaison to the AAMC and other national or international organizations. The Leadership Council is constituted of the Executive Committee, the Standing Committee Chairs, and the Members-at-Large.

LCI Chair:  Amy Fleming, MD  (Vanderbilt University) –

LCI Past Chair:  Meg Keeley, MD (University of Virginia) –

LCI Chair-Elect:  Mark Whipple, MD, MS  (University of Washington) – 

LCI Secretary: Molly Jackson, MD  (University of Washington) – 

LCI Treasurer: Jim Wagner, MD  (University of Texas Southwestern) –

LCI Founding Chair:  Rob Shochet, MD  (Johns Hopkins University) –

LCI Administrator:  Ms. Susan Shultz  (Johns Hopkins University) –

LCI Webmaster:  Ralph Aarons, MD, PhD  (Tufts University) –

Faculty/Program Development Committee is the repository for educational resources and responsible for recommending the appropriate scientific, educational, and mentoring programs of the LCI to the Leadership Team.  The committee also develops methods and programs to foster and guide individual faculty and institutions interested in initiating learning communities.  If you would like to participate in the work of this committee, contact one of the co-chairs.

Members-at-Large serve in a senior advisory capacity on the Leadership Council of the LCI.

Membership Committee is responsible for evaluating the needs of the membership and recommending appropriate ways to meet those needs.  The committee develops methods and programs for active membership recruitment and retention.  If you would like to participate in the work of this committee, contact one of the co-chairs.

National Conference Planning Committee 2017 is responsible for planning and organizing the LCI Annual Meeting that will be held in Birmingham early Fall 2017.  The committee includes chairperson or co-chairs, at least one member from the previous year’s planning committee, and interested members from the host city and other LCI member institutions.  If you would like to participate in the work of this committee during the current year or in future years, contact one of the co-chairs.

Research Committee – Mission: To encourage, implement, publish, and disseminate educational research furthering the understanding of Learning Communities in health-sciences education;  Vision: To be a leading resource for generation of literature on outcomes-based research and evidence-based “best practices” for Learning Communities in health-sciences curricula.

We strive for excellence in scholarship while modeling values of Learning Communities by creating community, fostering long-term professional relationships, collaborative learning, teaching, advising, mentoring, and encouraging well-being throughout our personal and professional development in careers as medical and health-science educators.  If you would like to participate in the work of this committee, contact one of the co-chairs.

Student Council is dedicated to creating a national network of student leaders in health professions education.  Members of the Committee will work to:

1.  identify unmet needs and best practices of LCs from the student’s perspective,

2.  provide student input regarding the activities of the LCI,

3.  build a community of student-leaders in medical education,

4.  increase the visibility of the LCI through social media, and

5.  organize student-led sessions at the LCI Annual Conference.

If you are interested in participating in the Student Leadership Council or learning more about what we do, please contact:

Web & Communication Committee is responsible for creating and maintaining a web presence for the LCI and for developing and promoting web tools to encourage and facilitate active networking among LCI members.  A public LCI website provides a central resource for information pertaining to Learning Communities in medical and health-science schools.  This public site displays the Mission, Vision, and Values of the LCI and describes the governance structure and working groups.  In addition, this site freely disseminates archived educational materials presented at past LCI Annual Meetings, maintains an interactive listing of medical and health-sciences schools with Learning Communities, and provides contact information to enable students and faculty to communicate with LCI members, to register to attend LCI Annual meetings, and to join the LCI in the membership category most appropriate to the needs and resources of the individual.

A private LCI website is available to all members by the subscription received upon joining the LCI.  This ‘members’ website provides many web communication resources to LCI members including blogs, forums, polls, and private communications among members engaged in activity of LCI committees and working groups.  If you would like to participate in the work of this committee, contact one of the co-chairs.