International Journal of Academic Medicine

CONFERENCE ABSTRACTS AND REPORTS
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 332--336

Growth through adversity: The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the american college of academic international medicine


Christina Bloem, Annelies De Wulf, Sagar Galwankar, Manish Garg, Donald Jeanmonod, Ron Maio, Gregory Peck, Ziad Sifri, Vicente H. Gracias, Prabath W. B Nanayakkara, Rebecca Jeanmonod, Sona Garg, Harry L Anderson III, Ijeoma Nnodim Opara, Andrew Miller, Michael S Firstenberg, Pia Daniel, Salvatore Di Somma, Thomas J Papadimos, Stanislaw P Stawicki 
 The Academic International Medicine 2020 Congress & Scientific Forum Planning Committee, The American College of Academic International Medicine, Bethlehem, PA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Stanislaw P Stawicki
Department of Research and Innovation, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem
USA

Abstract

The COVID-19 pandemic has been especially challenging to the academic international medical (AIM) community. The impact on the field of clinical medicine has been the most pronounced, particularly in the way that education is provided and academic medicine is pursued by clinicians. With the goal of providing top quality, highly relevant content for our membership, the American College of Academic International Medicine (ACAIM) teamed up with our sister organizations, the World Academic Congress of Emergency Medicine (WACEM), the Global Research on Acute conditions Team (GREAT, Rome, Italy and Basel, Switzerland), and EMA-INDIA (Indirapuram, India). The goal of this truly global coalition was to jointly host weekly web meetings that focus on topics relevant to participating stakeholder communities, with additional focus on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Summary of these efforts and outcomes is provided in this article. The following core competencies are addressed in this article: Interpersonal and communication skills; Professionalism; Practice-based learning and improvement



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Bloem C, Wulf AD, Galwankar S, Garg M, Jeanmonod D, Maio R, Peck G, Sifri Z, Gracias VH, Nanayakkara PW, Jeanmonod R, Garg S, Anderson III HL, Opara IN, Miller A, Firstenberg MS, Daniel P, Di Somma S, Papadimos TJ, Stawicki SP. Growth through adversity: The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the american college of academic international medicine.Int J Acad Med 2020;6:332-336


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Bloem C, Wulf AD, Galwankar S, Garg M, Jeanmonod D, Maio R, Peck G, Sifri Z, Gracias VH, Nanayakkara PW, Jeanmonod R, Garg S, Anderson III HL, Opara IN, Miller A, Firstenberg MS, Daniel P, Di Somma S, Papadimos TJ, Stawicki SP. Growth through adversity: The impact of COVID-19 pandemic on the american college of academic international medicine. Int J Acad Med [serial online] 2020 [cited 2022 Jun 25 ];6:332-336
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 Introduction



Entering its 5th year of continued operations and growth, the American College of Academic International Medicine (ACAIM) had its sights set on what was shaping to be our largest Annual Congress and Scientific Forum. However, by mid-February, the global novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic prompted the College's leadership to re-evaluate our plans for an in-person meeting, originally scheduled to occur in August 2020. Given the trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and around the globe,[1] a difficult decision was made to put any in-person activities on hold, focusing instead on ensuring organizational continuity and content delivery through virtual platforms.

 Our COVID-19 Response



With the goal of providing top quality, highly relevant content for our membership, ACAIM teamed up with our sister organizations, the World Academic Congress of Emergency Medicine (WACEM), the Global Research on Acute conditions Team (GREAT, Rome, Italy and Basel, Switzerland), and EMA-INDIA (Indirapuram, India). The goal of this truly global coalition was to jointly host weekly web meetings that focus on topics relevant to participating stakeholder communities, with additional focus on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The inaugural meeting took place on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Since then, the Joint Summit has met for more than 35 consecutive weeks, setting a world record for the longest running web-based congress for the disciplines of academic international medicine (AIM) and global health. A true testament to high content quality, average attendance at our weekly sessions continues to exceed 100 participants. Highlights of the topics discussed throughout the marathon virtual joint ACAIM-WACEM Web Summit are shown in [Table 1].{Table 1}

 Virtual Academic International Medicine 2020 Congress



In place of the planned 5th Annual Congress at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the 2020 AIM Leadership and Scientific Meeting took place virtually. The event occurred on August 28, 2020. In addition to various ACAIM Committee, Board of Directors, Board of Governors, and Executive Leadership meetings, a special session titled Diversity and Inclusion in AIM was presented by Judy Wallace (Global Talent Acquisition, New York, New York).[2] This insightful and highly informative session provided a solid foundation for ACAIM's continued growth as a diverse, democratic, and inclusive organization, in line with our foundational documents.[3],[4],[5]

 High Impact Publications and Presentations



In addition to our educational and informational sessions, ACAIM's members were especially prolific in the area of publications, with more than 15 published manuscripts, plus several key projects currently in press.[1],[6],[7],[8],[9],[10],[11],[12],[13],[14],[15],[16],[17] [Table 2] provides a summary of these accomplishments. The impact of this scholarly output becomes readily apparent when one considers that in just a few months' period our publications from 2020 alone were cited more than 150 times according to bibliographic data from Google™ Scholar. Moreover, members of the group achieved several important recognitions, both nationally and internationally.{Table 2}

 American College of Academic International Medicine 2020 Elections, Leadership Transition, and Fellow of Academic International Medicine Recognitions



In accordance with ACAIM Bylaws, the 2020 election cycle was initiated in January, with an open and transparent self-nomination process for prospective organizational leaders. The self-nomination process closed in April and was followed by leadership elections, with results announced ahead of our 5th Annual Virtual Leadership and Scientific Meeting (see above). Dr. Annelies De Wulf was installed as ACAIM President, with Dr. Christina Bloem becoming our Past-President. Dr. Firstenberg begins his tenure as President Elect. Dr. Thomas J. Papadimos became Vice President. Dr. Harry L. Anderson, III, continues as ACAIM Treasurer. Finally, Dr. Andrew Miller was elected to become ACAIM Executive Secretary. Dr. Tamara Worlton and Dr. Nicole Kaban joined ACAIM Board of Directors. We were also honored to recognize Dr. Sona Garg and Dr. Christina Bloem as Fellows of Academic International Medicine (FAIM).

 Strategic Organizational Relationships



As of the writing of this report, ACAIM has established formal relationships with several important organizations. Our partners include the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM, Milwaukee, WI); the Novick Cardiac Alliance (Memphis, TN); Institute for International Medicine (INMED, Kansas City, MO); Waves of Health (Rutherford, NJ); and the World Academic Congress of Emergency Medicine (WACEM, Sarasota, FL). In forming such relationships, our goal is to provide a platform for AIM professionals from across the United States and the world to exchange ideas, jointly promote AIM mission across our health-care institutions and help streamline international efforts in the face of ongoing pandemic and associated resource limitations.

 Conclusions



The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in many challenges to the AIM community. The impact on the field of clinical medicine has been the most pronounced, particularly in the way that education is provided and academic medicine is pursued by clinicians. ACAIM and its sister organizations have responded to fill the void left by canceled educational activities and conferences. As preparations are currently underway to deploy COVID-19 vaccines to our communities, we will look forward to when we can again continue our pre-COVID-19 conventional AIM activities.

In 2021, we look forward to increasing our membership, projecting our positive influence, and to organizing and hosting an exciting meeting that will leave an indelible footprint in the AIM community. We will strive to improve our educational outreach to low- and middle-income countries to assist in the continual improvement of undergraduate and graduate medical pedagogy through teaching, research, and administrative support, with focus on bidirectionality, quality, and sustainability.

Financial support and sponsorship

Nil.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

Ethical conduct of research

The authors of this manuscript declare that this scientific work complies with reporting quality, formatting, and reproducibility guidelines set forth by the EQUATOR Network. The authors also attest that this manuscript was determined to not require institutional review board/ethics committee review, and the corresponding protocol/approval number is not applicable.

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