Annual Meeting

The CMSS 2017 Annual Meeting

Friday and Saturday, November 17-18, 2017
Renaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel
2800 South Potomac Ave.
Arlington, VA
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Meeting Overview

The morning plenary, “The Evolution of Physician Performance Measurement,” will feature speakers Shantanu Agrawal, MD, MPhil, president & CEO of the National Quality Forum and Kevin Donnelly, CEO and executive director of PCPI.

Our luncheon speakers will address the increasing opioid epidemic in the United States. Bertha Madras, PhD, member of the President’s Commission will speak on “The President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.” Followed by Norman Kahn, MD, CPE, convener of the Conjoint Committee on Continuing Education, who will present “The Role of the CMSS-convened Conjoint Committee on Continuing Education in Addressing the Opioid Crisis.”

CMSS is once again partnering with the American Association for Physician Leadership (AAPL) and is excited to host “Health Reform: What to Expect and How to Prepare”/”Adapting to Uncertainty: The Signals to Watch” with speaker Paul Keckley, PhD.

(This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of The American Association for Physician Leadership and Council of Medical Specialty Societies. The American Association for Physician Leadership is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The American Association for Physician Leadership designates this live activity for a maximum of 2.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity

An afternoon joint session with CEOs, Council Representatives, the CMSS Burnout workgroup and the Governmental Advocacy staff will address “How CMS is Reducing Burden for Physicians” with speaker Kate Goodrich, MD, Director and Chief Medical Officer Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. James C. Denneny III, MD EVP/CEO American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery Foundation and Cynthia (Daisy) Smith, MD, FACP Vice President, Clinical Programs American College of Physicians will serve as reactors.

The Educational Session will include a panel of past Organization of Program Director Associations (OPDA) who will provide a historical overview of OPDA’s initiatives during the past two decades as “OPDA Celebrates 20 Years” this year.

Our evening events include an OPDA Anniversary Cocktail Reception, followed by a “Farewell to Dr. Kahn,” where CMSS members will celebrate Dr. Kahn’s contributions to CMSS during his 10-year tenure. This event will include cocktails, dinner and entertainment.

Saturday’s plenary will include a presentation from incoming ABMS President and  CEO Richard Hawkins, MD.

Following the ABMS session, David Martin, CAE, CEO & EVP of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, will present on THRIVE–an initiative that aims to raise awareness for and better serve patients and families through the development of support networks as well as through the promotion of new research and clinical therapies.

CMSS Annual Meeting Schedule of Events

OPDA Meeting

Members of the Organization of Program Director Associations (OPDA) will be meeting on Friday, November 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., also at the Renaissance Arlington Capital. An evening cocktail reception is also planned to celebrate OPDA’s 20th Anniversary.


CMSS Member – $475
OPDA Member – $275


Please make your housing accommodations online by clicking here or by calling (703) 413-1300 by Wednesday, October 25, 2017, to ensure you receive the CMSS discounted rate of $194/night. Please reference the Council of Medical Specialty Societies when calling.

Refund Policy

Full registration will be refunded, less a $75 processing fee, if CMSS receives written notification on or before Friday, October 20, 2017.  No refunds will be granted after this date, however, substitutions are welcome.  If you require assistance, please call CMSS at (312) 224-2585.


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