About the 2020 Conference


The National Center for Medical Education Development and Research (NCMEDR) will convene its fourth Communities of Practice (CoP) Conference entitled, Crossroads Between Clinical Practice and Medical Education: Addressing the Health Needs of Vulnerable Populations, on May 27 – 28, 2020. This virtual conference experience will include two one-hour workshops around each of the vulnerable populations with an opening session keynote and an ending session keynote with workgroup recommendations. There is no fee for registration. Registration is required.

The Communities of Practice for Vulnerable Populations (LGBTQ persons, persons experiencing homelessness, and migrant farm workers) was charged to assist the national Center for Medical Education Development and Research in the development, identification, research, and feedback on the application of new tools in medical education that will enhance teaching and modeling the provision of healthcare services to vulnerable populations. Through feedback and dissemination of ideas on medical education to primary care departments across the United States, the 2020 conference will focus on research needed to produce health equity among these vulnerable populations.

Conference Objectives

  • Explore and implement dissemination tools that will assist medical schools in moving medical education in primary care to transformation, while promoting changes in clinical practice to produce better health outcomes for vulnerable populations.
  • Present and discuss Center studies and methodologies focused on affirming care and immunization disparities.
  • Discuss how to gain medical school leadership commitment across the nation in support of transforming clinical practice through curriculum transformation based on best practice resources to improve clinical outcomes among vulnerable populations.
  • Discuss how NCMEDR collaborations can identify and recommend innovative primary care education, training, tools and clinical practice approaches that address health concerns of vulnerable populations in the Unites States.

1Joshua Group highlights two participants from the 2019 Communities of Practice meeting. Play the video below to watch the interviews.

The Meharry Medical College 12th President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. James E.K. Hildreth, was also interviewed about MMC and leading the change to diversify the healthcare workforce.