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ACGME - MSUCOM SCS Regional Assessment Training Center

Developing Faculty Competencies in Assessment

Assessment is essential to all of education, and graduate medical education is no exception. With the introduction of competency- and outcomes-based education, and with the ACGME’s current accreditation model that includes the Milestones, the urgency for high quality GME programs to meet the needs of learners and the public has grown substantially.

MSUCOM SCS is collaborating with the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) to co-sponsor regional faculty development opportunities dedicated to the needs of physician educators. This focused 3 1/2-day course will explore competency-based medical education and include hands-on activities to develop faculty competencies in assessment. Participants will learn and employ multiple assessment tools and strategies, including an experiential component developing skills in feedback and direct observation. This course provides faculty with a concentrated dose of material on evaluation and assessment.

Target audience is faculty seeking to increase their knowledge and skills around the topic of assessment including residency and fellowship program directors, associate program directors, chairs and members of Clinical Competency Committees (CCCs), clerkship directors, and any core teaching faculty with major responsibility for the assessment of residents/fellows/medical students.

Highlights of this highly experiential, hands-on course curriculum include:

  • Goals and principles of CBME
  • Practical application of multiple assessment methods and tools
  • How to create effective assessment systems
  • How to use the Milestones and Entrustable Professional Activities effectively
  • Direct Observation: feedback on your feedback

Registration Information

Enrollment is limited to 30 participants.

SCS Members:
If your program is a full or core member of SCS, your registration is complimentary. Lodging and travel expenses are the responsibility of attendees.
SCS Members register at:

Non-SCS Members:
If your program is not affiliated with SCS, your registration fee is $900. This fee covers the course fee, CME, competency-based assessment textbook, three breakfasts, 3 lunches, breaks, and 2 group dinners. Lodging and travel expenses are the responsibility of attendees.
Non-SCS Members register at:


This program is taught by nationally-recognized visiting faculty and college/community-based teaching faculty.

Eric Holmboe, MD, Sr. Vice President, Milestones Development and Evaluation, ACGME
Brandy Church, MA, Course Director and Director of Faculty Development, MSUCOM SCS
Andy Ekpenyong, MD, Internal Medicine Associate Program Director, Rush University Medical Center
Heidi Kromrei, PhD, former Associate DIO and Vice President of Academic Affairs, DMC
Anissa Mattison, DO, Obstetrics/Gynecology Program Director, St. Joseph Mercy Oakland
Saroj Misra, DO, Clinical Course Director and Family Medicine Program Director, Ascension Health - St. John Macomb-Oakland
JoAnn Mitchell, DO, Director of Medical Education, McLaren Oakland
Sandi Moutsios, MD, Course Director - Vanderbilt ACGME Regional Assessment Training Center Meds-Peds Program Director, Vanderbilt University
Jonathan Rohrer, PhD, DMin, Associate Dean, MSUCOM

Program Agenda

Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Amway Grand, Grand Rapids
9:30-10AM Check-in
10-10:30 Welcome to MSU: Introductions and Program Overview
Brandy Church, MA
Saroj Misra, DO
10:30-12 Noon Setting the Stage: Competency-Based Medical Education Theory to Practice
Eric Holmboe, MD
12:00-12:45 Lunch
12:45-1:45 Speaking the Same Language: Milestones, Competencies, EPAs
Brandy Church, MA
1:45-2 Break
2-3:30 What Does a Good Assessment Look Like?
Heidi Kromrei, PhD
3:30-5 Assessment from a Systems Perspective
Heidi Kromrei, PhD
5-8 Team Building with Dinner
Grand Rapids Museum
Thursday, April 25, 2019
Amway Grand, Grand Rapids
8AM Breakfast
8:30-10 Getting the Most out of Evaluation
Sraoj Misra, DO
10-12 Noon Providing Effective Feedback
Saroj Misra, DO
12-1PM Lunch
1-4:30 Direct Observation
Eric Holmboe, MD
4:30-5 Simulation Overview
Eric Holmboe, MD
5:00 Adjourn, Dinner on Own
Friday, April 26, 2019
Sechia Center Simulation Lab and Amway Grand, Grand Rapids
7-7:45M Breakfast and Simulation Introductions
Brandy Church, MA
Eric Holmboe, MD
7:45-12:30PM Direct Observation: Feedback on Your Feedback
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-2:30 Debrief and Reflection of Direct Observation Experience
Eric Holmboe, MD
2:30 Adjourn, Dinner on Own
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Amway Grand, Grand Rapids
8AM Breakfast
8:30-10 Putting it all Together: Making the Best Judgments Within Your Clinical Competence Committee
Andy Ekpenyong, MD
10-10:15 Break
10:15-11:45 The Struggling Resident
Saroj Misra, DO
11:45-12:15 SMART Action Plans for Continuous Improvement
Brandy Church, MA
12:15-12:30 Plans for Taking this Home
Brandy Church, MA
Saroj Misra, DO
12:30 Adjourn, Box Lunch for the Road


Attendees will be provided with a foundation of knowledge in clinical assessment and evaluation during this interactive course. The goal of the course is to enhance faculty skills in competency-based assessment of residents/fellows/medical students.

At the conclusion of this course, participants will be better able to:

  • Define the goals and principles of competency-based medical education
  • Increase opportunities for trainee assessment that employ direct observation practices
  • Provide effective feedback to trainees during clinical education
  • Use milestones and Entrustable Professional Activities
  • Apply resident remediation strategies and approaches to foster successful interventions
  • Create effective assessment systems to bring to their home institutions

Training Location and Hotel Accommodations

A small number of guest rooms are available at the historic Amway Grand Plaza, situated in the heart of Grand Rapids. This hotel is conveniently located in close proximity to numerous affordable restaurants and shows in Grand Rapids, and offers:

  • Room Service
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/Lounge
  • Fitness Center/Pool
  • and more!

Rooms are available to course participants at the discounted rate of $159.00 per night (double beds or king bed). This special rate expires on March 25, 2019. To reserve a room at this discounted rate, please visit:



CME applications for AOA and AACME are still being processed. Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.