The 2011 ACPE (American College of Physician Executives) Annual Meeting had a simple directive for its participants: Think big.
Highlights from the meeting, April 8-12, included:
* An inspiring introductory keynote address by Joseph Grenny, author of Change Anything. Grenny gave tips on how to effectively change bad behaviors.
* A poster session featuring presentations by members. Topics included "Opening an Ambulatory Surgery Center," "Telehealth Implementation" and "Using Lean Management to Improve Access to Care."
* The Induction Ceremony for new Certified Physician Executives and Fellows, during which honorary Fellow Tom Royer gave an inspiring and moving speech.
* An address to the Vanguard group by Col. Jennifer Menetrez, MD, director of the Center for the Intrepid, a rehabilitation facitlity that provides care to U.S. servicemen and women.
* The Difference Makers presentation, featuring speakers on subjects such as information technology, integrated care and quality and patient safety.
Now ACPE is changing its focus to the 2011 Summer Institute, held July 15-19 in Boston. The institute will feature eight CME courses, including an exciting new offering, Entrepreneurial Thinking. The popular Integrated Health Systems: Key Concepts is also available.
For more on the 2011 Annual Meeting, read ACPE CEO Barry Silbaugh's take on the event in his blog.