The Academies Collaborative was created in 2001 with the goals of sharing new approaches to improving medical education and creating a cultural change in academic medicine that better fosters the recognition, support, and collaborative work of educators. Representatives of the new UCSF and Harvard academies convened that year during the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and there are now more than 40 Academies at U.S. and Canadian medical schools who share this vision.
The Academies Collaborative continues to meet on the first Saturday of the annual AAMC meeting to review accomplishments and challenges, and tackle shared issues in a small group workshop format. By discussing common issues and sharing experiences at the national level, the institutions in the Collaborative have learned much and strengthened the organizational change accompanying the creation of our respective academies.
The IME was honored to continue the work of the Academies Collaborative by hosting the 2010 and 2011 Academies Collaborative meetings at AAMC. Under the direction of the IME, the Academies Collaborative transitioned into a formalized group, selecting its first-ever steering committee to oversee its continued development.