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CBME webinars: looking back and looking ahead

By: Dorothy Andriole (@AndrioleDorothy) and Michael Barone (@BaroneMichael)

The ICBME Collaborators started hosting webinars in 2016 to engage colleagues across the world on the important issues in competency-based education. As the 2021-2022 CBME webinar series draws to a close, we’ve spent some time looking back at the entire webinar series’ history, reflecting on this past year, and looking ahead to what’s coming up in the 2022-2023 season.

The first webinar in the entire series,  offered in March 2016 with 80 registrants, was very appropriately entitled “An Introduction to CBME”  Ensuing webinars were offered roughly monthly over the course of each academic year through 2018-2019. After a disrupted year in 2019-2020 when, in the context of the pandemic, only four webinars were offered,  a full slate of monthly webinars was promptly resumed in 2020-2021 year.

The educational disruptions of COVID, and the responses of the educational community at large to these disruptions, brought for many a renewed focus on CBME. Ryan and his colleagues, in their recently published article entitled, Competency-based medical education: considering its past, present and a post-COVID-19 era summarize the myriad disruptions to medical education brought on by COVID-191 The authors thoughtfully reflect on both the opportunities and challenges for CBME that emerged through these disruptions.1 In the United States, interest in CBME was  further catalyzed by the release of the Coalition for Physician Accountability’s Undergraduate Medical Education -Graduate Medical Education Review Committee (UGRC) Recommendations for Comprehensive Improvement of the UME-GME Transition Report.2 The 34 recommendations in this report are heavily embedded in a competency-based approach to medical education and the UME-GME transition. “Competencies” are referred to well over 100 times in the document. 2

The global COVID-19 pandemic also led to the rapid adoption of formats such as online platforms for continuous professional development (CPD).  The development of skills-sets to use such virtual platforms accelerated out of necessity across the entire medical education community at large. For many medical educators, acquisition of these newfound skills was accompanied by an eagerness to connect virtually on a regular basis with colleagues all over the world. The 2020-2021 CBME webinar series offered one way to do for many, reflected in the robust registration numbers (several hundred for each webinar) for the 8 webinars offered in 2021-2022.  The full recordings for these eight webinars can be accessed at the 2020/21 CBME Webinar Series – Recording Archives.

We had the opportunity to plan topics and  recruit speakers  and facilitators for the 2021-2022 webinar series. The 2021-2022 webinar series ran from October 2021 through June 2022he full recordings for the nine webinars can be accessed at 2021/22 CBME Webinar Series – Recording Archives.  We recently spent some time reviewing the rich feedback generously provided by attendees at each  of these nine sessions.

A few observations about the 2021-2022 webinar series:

What’s in store for the 6th webinar series in 2022-2023?  We have passed the baton to the very capable hands of Jonathan Amiel (@jmamd), Adelle Atkinson (@AtkinsonAdelle) and David Turner to organize 2022-2023 webinars. Registration is already open for the first webinar (September 12, 2022) Revisiting a “CBME Research Agenda” 5 years later and will open soon for a subsequent webinar on “The World Health Organization (WHO) new Global competency framework for universal health coverage.”5 Please consider sharing information about upcoming webinars with colleagues who otherwise may not know about the CBME webinar series) and send your ideas for future sessions to

The CBME community is an inspiring collaborative group of colleagues.  Any success past and future webinar series have experienced is due to this engaged community’s passion for an outcomes-focused and patient-focused approach to training and assessment.  Our role organizing the 2021-2022 webinar series was encouraged and supported by numerous CBME leaders and the also the staff at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, in particular. Dr. Jason Frank, Dr. Linda Snell and Ms. Melanie Agnew and Ms. Jackie Conboy. We are grateful for their support.  

Dorothy A Andriole, MD is Senior Director of Medical Education Research at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).
Michael Barone, MD is Vice President of Competency Based Assessment at the National Board of Medicine Examiners (NBME).


1. Ryan MS, Holmboe ES, Chandra S.  Competency-Based Medical Education: Considering Its Past, Present, and a Post–COVID-19 Era, Academic Medicine. 2022: 97 (3S): S90-S97. doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000004535

2. The Coalition for Physician Accountability’s Undergraduate Medical Education -Graduate Medical Education Review Committee (UGRC) Recommendations for Comprehensive Improvement of the UME-GME Transition. Coalition for Physician Accountability. August 2021. Available at    Accessed July 18 2022.

3. The American Board of Pediatrics. Entrustable Professional Activity revised to set anti-racism as professional standard. Available at  Accessed July 18 2022.

4. Englander R, Holmboe E, Batalden P et al. Coproducing Health Professions Education: A Prerequisite to Coproducing Health Care Services? Academic Medicine. 2020: 95 (7): 1006-1013 doi: 10.1097/ACM.0000000000003137

5. World Health Organization. Global competency framework for universal health coverage. Available at  Accessed July 18, 2022.  

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