Dave Davis, MD, CCFP, FCFP, FRCPC(hon)
Senior Director, Continuing Education and Performance Improvement Association of American Medical Colleges, Washington, DC.
Adjunct Professor, Department of Health Policy, Management & Evaluation, and Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto.
Currently the AAMC’s lead for continuing healthcare education and improvement, Dave was a family physician in Ontario, Canada for nearly forty years. For much of that time, he was active in `CME´ as: chairman of an all-staff inter-professional CE program at a community hospital; director of Continuing Medical Education and subsequently chair of continuing education at McMaster University’s Faculty of Health Sciences; associate dean, continuing education, and founding director of the Knowledge Translation Program in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto; and chairman of Ontario’s Guidelines Advisory Committee. This last role allowed Dave the opportunity to explore and test models of clinical practice guideline development, adaptation and implementation on a province-wide basis.
Dave has also developed a comprehensive competency assessment program for the provincial licensing body, and helped launch a center for faculty development and a Mini-Med School at the University of Toronto. Emphasising a rigorous, outcomes-based focus on CME, he has acted as PI, Co-PI or investigator on grants totalling several million dollars. This emphasis has seen the publication of well over 100 peer-reviewed papers, dozens of abstracts, book chapters, and two major books on CME practices, and presentations on four continents. His (and colleagues’) 1995 JAMA systematic review of the effect of CME interventions is widely cited as a seminal study in this field.
Finally, Dave has been chair or president of national or provincial Canadian organisations, two North American organisations (the Alliance for CME and the Society for Academic CME) and the Guidelines International Network, a global organisation dedicated to the development and implementation of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. His current role in the AAMC permits him the opportunity to work with individuals, associations, groups and academic medical centers to create scholarly, integrated models of effective, performance-based continuing education.
"Vision of G-I-N in five years"
With its strong European base and history, and an ever-increasing presence globally, G-I-N in 2009 is in a unique position to advance the science of guideline development, adaptation and implementation. It is also in the unique position of being able to develop its membership - in several ways: by expanding the base of membership internationally; by improving opportunities for members to meet and collaborate; and by improving the way in which the Board hears and interacts with member's issues, concerns and needs.
These are the two core functions of any scientific membership-based group - advancing the science and supporting its members.
As former chair of G-I-N and now chair of its membership committee, I believe that these two elements will combine to triple the membership in 5 years, with robust representation on five continents. I am committed to seeing G-I-N achieve its goal of further advancing the science of guideline development, adaptation - adding a stronger commitment to implementation. And, most of all, with my Board colleagues I am absolutely committed to a G-I-N in which members feel engaged and know that their voices are heard.