Annual Meeting

Learning Communities Institute (LCI) Annual Meeting

Birmingham, Alabama
September 15-17, 2017
Hosted by University of Alabama at Birmingham | School of Medicine

REgistration is CLOSED.

Dear Learning Communities Colleagues and Friends

On behalf of the Learning Communities Institute (LCI), we are excited to extend this invitation to attend the LCI’s 14th Annual Conference! Our meeting this year will be hosted by the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine in Birmingham, Alabama, from September 15-17, 2017.

There are two portions of our conference this year:

Friday, Sept. 15, 12-5pm.

Faculty Track: This track aims to promote a focused learning experience for teaching faculty or faculty leaders who are involved with learning communities. This session will be facilitated by experienced LC faculty. The emphasis will be on core activities of learning communities in medical school: curriculum, mentoring and advising, student and faculty community, and professional identity formation in students. Sessions will be informative, interactive, and engaging and will promote the sharing of ideas amongst participants.

Administrator / Staff Track: Medical school administrators are professionals with whom faculty can collaborate and thereby model inter-professional teamwork. If formally engaged, administrative professionals can amplify innovation and creativity through their own contributions. This pre-course is an opportunity for all medical school administrators (working within a LC or not) to maximize their leadership potential to better serve their Learning Communities and grow their professional career. While these tracks will run concurrently for most of the pre-course, some time will be allotted for both faculty and staff to spend time collaborating on shared wellness- and development-related activities.

Main Course
Saturday, Sept. 16 at 7:30am – Sunday, Sept. 17 at 3pm.

Designed for faculty, students, and administrative staff, the Main Course will feature a keynote address, workshops, oral presentations, a poster session, and longitudinal learning groups. We are always impressed by the quality of the abstracts submitted for our conference – and this year is no exception! We had a record number of abstracts submitted this year, and are excited to showcase these scholarly efforts from LCs across North America.

We are eagerly anticipating our keynote address on Saturday, which will be given by Dr. Richard M. Frankel. Dr. Frankel is professor of medicine and geriatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine where he directs the Advanced Scholars Program for Internists in Research and Education (ASPIRE). He is also on the staff of the Education Institute at the Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Frankel has been a medical educator for the past 35 years. From 2003-2013, he was the statewide director of Indiana University School of Medicine’s professionalism competency and responsible for both curriculum and remediation in this arena.

We have great confidence that conference participants will gain deep insights, knowledge and skills to take back to their own home institutions. We hope to see you in Birmingham in September!

Full Agenda

Click here to view the full detailed agenda.

For More INformation

Please see the full program and registration information here. Please note our early-bird registration closes June 30, at 6:00 pm EST and there is a registration fee for the pre-course as well as the main course. Please contact Ms. Susan Shultz ( with any questions related to conference logistics.

Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts is now closed.


For the Ron Arky Award
For the Young Investogator Award

Conference Location

LCI Precourse 9/15/2017 (12-5pm) 
The Edge of Chaos at Lister Hill Library, 1700 University Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35294. 
Parking for the precourse is in Lot 5A (see Parking below)

Main Conference 9/16-9/17/2017
Volker Hall, Medical Education Building, 1670 University Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35294.
Parking for the main conference is in Lot 5A (see Parking below)

Hotel information

Getting Around Birmingham

Taxis and Uber are available from Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport to all areas downtown. The airport is approximately 8 miles from the conference hotels (11-20 minutes by car, depending on time of day).

The Residence Inn and Doubletree are four blocks from the conference meeting site (8 minutes walking, mostly flat). The Homewood Suites is eight blocks from the conference meeting site (13 minutes walking, not flat).

See the Parking section below for information on where to park for the precourse and main conference.


There is a public parking lot, Lot 5A next to Volker Hall (Conference meeting site). Entrance and exit to the lot is on 16th Street South. For a labeled map of the area around the conference meeting site, click here.

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