About the 2021 Conference


The National Center for Medical Education Development and Research (NCMEDR) will convene its culminating Communities of Practice (CoP) Conference entitled, The Future of Medical Education and Clinical Services Transformation: Meeting the Needs of Vulnerable Populations in 2030, on May 26 – 27, 2021. 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 to register; however, registration is required.

The National Center for Medical Education Development and Research (NCMEDR) has developed three (3) Communities of Practice for Vulnerable Populations (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) persons, persons experiencing homelessness, and migrant farm workers). These communities of practice are developed to assist with the assessment and feedback on the application of new curricula tools in medical education to enhance teaching and modeling of the provision of healthcare services. As the culminating funded year, the 2021 Conference will present the results of research to Mental Health and Telehealth among these three (3) vulnerable populations.

Conference Objectives

This year's conference will:

  • Identify one (1) curricula approach that promotes affirming care and/or reduces immunization disparities for each of the three (3) vulnerable populations.
  • Engage fifty (50) CoP members to guide medical education and clinical practice transformation around affirming care and immunization disparities.
  • Recommend three (3) dissemination tools (publications, public policy briefs, and social media) to assist medical schools in transforming medical education curriculum and clinical practice for vulnerable populations.
  • Present and discuss two (2) studies and methodologies focused on affirming care and immunization disparities in medical education.
  • Identify two (2) implications of COVID-19 for training primary care trainees to address the needs of vulnerable populations in 2021.

Meet Our Speakers

Keynote Speaker and Town Hall Panelists

Keynote Speaker
David A. Acosta, MD

Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC)
Town Hall Panelist
Altha J. Stewart, MD

Senior Associate Dean for Community Health Engagement
Chief, Division of Social and Community Psychiatry
Director, Center for Health in Justice Involved Youth
Associate Professor, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Town Hall Panelist
G. Robert (Bobby) Watts, MPH, MS, CPH

CEO, National Health Care for the Homeless Council
Director, National Institute for Medical Respite Care
Town Hall Panelist
Sonja Harris-Haywood, MD

Interim Associate Dean of Curriculum Integration
College of Medicine Office of Medical Education

Register to Attend

Registration Deadline: Thursday, May 27, 2021