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16th Conference, Washington, DC, 2016

October 24-28, 2016

International Health Workforce Collaborative LogoThis series of International Health Workforce Collaborative (IHWC) conferences brings together policy makers, academics, researchers and practitioners from the United States, Canada, Australia and United Kingdom with responsibility for and interests in medical workforce issues. It includes approximately 20 delegates from each of these countries and guests from several other countries and organizations. Delegates include governmental and non-governmental policy makers, economists, researchers, medical educators, health service clinicians and managers.

Participation in this conference is by invitation only. Invitees are responsible for their travel, accommodation and conference registration expenses.

The 16th International Health Workforce Research Conference will take place in Washington, DC, at the Association of American Medical Colleges headquarters, located at 655 K Street, NW, the week of October 24-28, 2016. The invitation-only conference will provide delegates with a unique opportunity to discuss key global/local workforce issues facing our respective countries: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

The meeting will feature an in-depth exploration of four conference themes, which have been identified by the conference planning committee as common areas of interest for the participating countries:

Supplemented by

  • Technical session – where countries present on what they are doing to improve the science of health workforce analysis

  • Poster session featuring related workforce research selected through a peer review process

  • Welcome reception

  • Keynote presentation

  • Networking dinner

Plenary Sessions Presentations


  • Call for posters and guidelines  —  Submissions close: June 6, 2016

    Consideration may be given to abstracts received within a reasonable time after the deadline; authors should contact cjacob@royalcollege.ca prior to submitting if they wish to proceed after the deadline.


  • Adoption of NCLEX for Entry to Practice for Canadian Nurses: Policy Considerations L. McGillis Hall
  • The Medical Workforce Knowledgebase: A foundation for data, analysis and discussion about the medical workforceS. A. Slade, S. DiMillo, C. Jacob, D. Fréchette
  • Comparing different regulatory approaches to achieve positive outcomes for health professonals and the public in Canada, the Us, Australia and the UKI. L. Bourgeault, J. Moore, C. Robertson, D. Bilton
  • Enhancing transitions of care of neonatal patients through interprofessional collaboration: Including the family and community health professionals in the healthcare team M. Manogaran, I. L. Bourgeault
  • Insights into the emerging physician assistant profession in CanadaD. Fréchette, A. Shrichand
  • Continuity of Care with Family Medicine Physicians: Why It Matters G. Ballinger
  • End-of-career practice patterns of primary care physicians in Ontario, CanadaS. Simkin, I. L. Bourgeault, S. Dahrouge
  • The Canadian Physician Database: A new approach to build data in support of physician workforce research, planning and decision-makingS. A. Slade, S. DiMillo, C. Jacob, D. Fréchette
  • Exit Strategies: The Timing and Pattern of Physician Retirements in British Columbia L. Hedden, M. Barer, M. Law, K. McGrail
  • The Role of Nurse Leaders in the Integration of Internationally Educated Nurses into Canadian HospitalsL. McGillis Hall
  • Outcomes and costs of maternity care services in Manitoba: Is it time to consider interprofessional models of maternity care? K. Thiessen

United States

  • Why do Physician Supply and Demand Models Differ?T. Ricketts
  • Peer Providers in Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders: Emerging Roles, Training, Certification, and Payment S. A. Chapman, J. Spetz
  • Correlates of primary care provider type assignment in the Veterans Health AdministrationP. A. Morgan, C. Everett, V. Smith, S. Woolson, D. Edelman, C. Hendrix, T. Berkowitz, B. White, G. Jackson
  • Interpersonal continuity of primary care of Veterans Health Administration patients with diabetesC. Everett, P. A. Morgan, V. Smith, S. Woolson, D. Edelman, C. Hendrix, T. Berkowitz, B. White, G. Jackson
  • Patient Preference in Primary Care Provider Type — C. Everett, M. Gradison, P. A. Morgan, B. Leach, M. Dill, J. Strand de Oliveira
  • Immigrants in Health Care Jobs: Divergent Paths D. Patterson, B. Frogner
  • PA Specialty Practice Report: PAs is Family Medicine: Are we prepared?D. M. Morton-Rias
  • Substantial Geographic Variation in Access Dental Care Evident in North Dakota, Missouri and WisconsinK. Nasseh, Y. Eisenberg, M. Vujicic
  • Patient Factors that Predict Preference for Primary Care Provider TypeC. Everett, B. Leach, J. Strand de Oliveira, M. Gradison, M. Dill, P. A. Morgan
  • Scarcity of Primary Care Positions may Divert Physician Assistants into Specialty PracticeP. A. Morgan, K. Himmerick, B. Leach, P. Dieter, C. Everett
  • Building a Sustainable Rural Primary Care Workforce in the United States: The WWAMI ApproachS. M. Allen, S. M. Skillman
  • Doctors are to Health as Lawyers are to Justice: Early Results from the Practical Playbook Stories L. Michener
  • Does Simulation Education Improve Nurse Transition-to-Practice? J. Spetz, L. Blash, L. Chu
  • Dual Employment of Certified Physician AssistantsD. M. Morton-Rias
  • Medical Malpractice: Comparing Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Physicians in AmericaR. Hooker

United Kingdom

  • Sailing Stormy Seas: A Care Navigation Competency FrameworkJ. Simms, J. Tavabie, T. Swanwick
  • Developing person-centred practice: an international perspectiveT. McCance
  • Professionalising management in healthcare: an organisational journeyD. F. Kelley-Patterson, M. Laszkiewicz, D. Browne
  • Developing a workload benchmarking tool for community (public health) nursingK. Hurst, D. F. Kelley-Patterson
  • Medical Workforce Challenges in ScotlandJ. Allan, R. W. Parks, S. Irvine

Australia/New Zealand

  • The role of healthcare-specific language proficiency in patient centred careOET case study- S. Stead


  • Iran's Health Human Resources Projection Plan: 2025 VisionG. Salehi Zalani, M. Bayat, A. Shokri, S. Mirbahaeddin
  • The optimum ratio of General Practitioners and Nurse Practitioners in out-of-hours primary care teamsM. van der Biezen, R. van der Burgt, M. Laurant

Meeting Location

AAMC Learning Center
655 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-828-0400

All conference sessions will take place at the AAMC. The Learning Center concierge is available during constituent meetings should you need taxi services, restaurant suggestions, etc. Please be sure to review this “Welcome to the AAMC Guide” if you have any questions about parking, things to do while you are here, or how to get to our headquarters. AAMC also has a Members Lounge on the second floor of the Learning Center, which is available for guests arriving early, departing late, or just need a place to relax or work during down time. Please feel free to print boarding passes, grab refreshments, and watch CNN for the latest news.


For attendees staying at the conference hotel, the Hamilton Crowne Plaza Washington, DC is located 0.7 miles (15 minute walk) from the AAMC. Click here for information about how to get to the AAMC, including walking directions from the Hamilton Crowne Plaza to the AAMC.

Hamilton Crowne Plaza Washington, DC
1001 14th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: 202-682-0111

Welcome Reception & Social Functions

All attendees and registered guests are invited to join us at a welcome reception on Monday, October 24 from 5:00-6:00pm, at City Tap House(901 9th Street, NW, Washington, DC).

Ticketed evening functions will take place on the other evenings of the conference and pre-registration is required for attendees and guests. If you are interested in adding a social function to your registration, please visit the registration desk on-site and we will accommodate you on a space available basis. As a reminder we have the following activities available and logistical information related to transportation has been included in the online agenda and print agenda (which you will receive on-site):

  • Tuesday, October 25, 5:45-9:00pm: Dinner and Reception at the Daughters of the American Revolution building (transportation provided from AAMC & host hotel)
  • Wednesday, October 26, 4:30-7:00pm: Competitive Sightseeing (departure from AAMC)
  • Wednesday, October 26, 8:00-10:00pm: Monuments at Night Tour (transportation provided from host hotel)
  • Thursday, October 27, 3:30-8:30pm: Winery Event: Dinner at the Vineyards at Dodon (transportation provided from AAMC and returning to host hotel)
  • Friday, October 28, 11:00am-12:00pm: US Capitol Tours (transportation on-own)

Please remember to bring your name badge for admission to all functions.

Registration - Closed

Registration is now closed for the 16th International Health Workforce Collaborative, October 24-28, 2016, in Washington, DC. This meeting is an invitation-only meeting and this invitation is not transferable.

The early bird registration fee is $577. After September 20, the fee increases to $664. There is a separate registration fee of $93 for the pre-conference Data Olympics technical day and optional ticketed items that you can add for evening social functions throughout the conference.


Program/General Questions:
Clese Erikson, Chair, 16th IHWC
cerikson@gwu.edu / (202) 994-4122

Conference Registration:
Torya McGee, Meeting Registrar
tmcgee@aamc.org / (202) 741-0780

Conference Logistics:
Shayna Kritz, Meeting Planner
skritz@aamc.org / (202) 741-5504