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Millennium Conference

The Carl J. Shapiro Institute for Education and Research at Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has sponsored seven working conferences since 2000 to address pressing issues in medical education, ranging from clinical education to simulation to teaching patient safety to critical thinking.

The format of these conferences, which includes a combination of plenary sessions, small inter-institutional working groups, and the development of plans by school teams, has proven particularly effective in tackling topics of national importance and has led to multiple peer-reviewed publications including consensus recommendations, multi-center collaborations, and research.

The conference is a wonderful opportunity for multi-institutional brainstorming and networking. Additionally, the format has allowed leaders within the same institution, who do not normally have an opportunity to strategize about challenges in teaching, to conduct intra-institutional, long-term planning that crosses the continuum of medical education.

2013
Millennium Conference on Teaching Value-Added Care
May 8-10, 2013

Sponsored by the Shapiro Institute for Education and Research and the Association of American Medical Colleges in partnership with the American College of Physicians, the Millennium Conference 2013 will generate strategies for teaching principles of value-added care to determine the best ways to train our future physicians to be judicious and evidence-based in their use of diagnostic tests and therapeutics.

Participating schools:
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; Dalhousie University; Drexel University College of Medicine; Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth; Mayo Medical School; Penn State College of Medicine.

2011
Millennium Conference on Critical Thinking
May 19-21, 2011

Sponsored by the Shapiro Institute for Education and Research and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the focus of Millennium Conference 2011 was to discuss critical thinking and to consider pedagogical strategies for the delivery of curricula to promote this fundamental skill.

Participating schools:
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; Dalhousie University; Harvard Medical School; Georgia Health Sciences University; Hunter College of Nursing; Indiana University School of Medicine; New York University School of Medicine; Pennsylvania State College of Medicine; University of Massachusetts Medical School; Weill Cornell Medical College.

The proceedings have been submitted for consideration of publication. Three task forces on teaching, assessment, and milestones development are active.

2009
Millennium Conference on Critical Thinking
May 19-21, 2011

Sponsored by the Shapiro Institute for Education and Research and the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, the focus of Millennium Conference 2011 was to discuss critical thinking and to consider pedagogical strategies for the delivery of curricula to promote this fundamental skill.

Participating schools:
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; Dalhousie University; Harvard Medical School; Georgia Health Sciences University; Hunter College of Nursing; Indiana University School of Medicine; New York University School of Medicine; Pennsylvania State College of Medicine; University of Massachusetts Medical School; Weill Cornell Medical College.

The proceedings have been submitted for consideration of publication. Three task forces on teaching, assessment, and milestones development are active.

2009
Patient Safety - Implications for Teaching in the 21st Century
May 7 - May 9, 2009

This conference focused on acknowledging previous work done in patient safety curriculum development and generating concrete educational strategies to teach and evaluate the learning of patient safety throughout undergraduate and graduate medical education.

Participating medical schools: 
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine; Drexel University College of Medicine; Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine; Michigan State University College of Human Medicine; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; Ohio State University College of Medicine; Tufts University School of Medicine; University of Kentucky College of Medicine; University of Texas Medical School at Houston.

2007
A Collaborative Approach to Educational Research
May 3 - May 6, 2007

Millennium Conference 2007 focused on an in-depth discussion of educational research and on the key objectives of educational research and the necessary infrastructure that needs to be developed locally, regionally, and nationally to support multi-institutional collaborative projects.

Participating medical schools:
Case Western University School of Medicine; Harvard Medical School; Mayo Medical School; Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine; New York University School of Medicine; Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine; Southern Illinois University School of Medicine; Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences - F.E. Hebert School of Medicine; and University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

2005
Medical Simulation - Theory and Practice
April 28 - May 1, 2005

Millennium Conference 2005 examined the theory underlying the use of simulation technology in medical education and practical issues associated with the design and implementation of simulation curricula. 

Participating medical schools:
Baylor College Of Medicine; Harvard Medical School; Indiana University College of Medicine; New York University School of Medicine; Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine; Stanford University School of Medicine; University of Louisville School of Medicine; University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine; and University of South Florida College of Medicine.

2003
The Continuum of Clinical Training in Undergraduate and Graduate Medical Education
May 1 - May 4, 2003

At Millennium Conference III, discussion focused on the continuum of clinical training in both undergraduate and graduate medical education.

Participating medical schools: 
Baylor College of Medicine; Drexel University College of Medicine; Harvard Medical School; Indiana University School of Medicine; Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine; University of Puerto Rico Medical School; and University of Texas Medical School at Houston. 

2002 and 2001
The Clinical Education of Medical Students (I and II)
April 26 - April 28, 2002  and April 28 - May 1, 2001

For the first two Millennium Conferences, plenary sessions and inter-institutional breakout groups discussed a series of questions falling under the following categories:  (1) What to teach?  (2) How to teach?  (3) Who teaches? 

For proceedings from Millennium Conferences I and II, please see  The Report on Millennium Conferences I and II, which is currently available.

Participating medical schools (2002):
Dartmouth Medical School; Indiana University School of Medicine; Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine; New York University School of Medicine; Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine; State University of New York Upstate Medical University College of Medicine; University of Michigan Medical School; and University of Nebraska College of Medicine.  A representative from each of the 2001 participating medical schools returned for this conference as well.

Participating medical schools (2001):
Baylor College of Medicine; Duke University School of Medicine; Harvard Medical School; Mayo Medical School; MCP Hahnemann School of Medicine; Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences, F. Edward Herbert School of Medicine; University of California, Los Angeles; University of California, San Francisco; University of Iowa College of Medicine; and University of Rochester School of Medicine.

Contact Information

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Ave, East-200
Boston, MA 02215
617-667-9120
617-667-9122
education@bidmc.harvard.edu