2020 ACMI Winter Symposium

Meeting Dates: February 6 - 9, 2020

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Clinician Burnout: Is it Informatics’ Fault, and What Can We Do About It?

A gathering of ACMI Fellows and their guests

We invite all college fellows to participate in the annual 2020 ACMI Winter Symposium. The symposium is a 3-day, highly focused event that gathers today’s informatic leaders to convene in an intimate resort type atmosphere. The fellows discuss and consider presented materials and solutions in order to foster and shape relevant solutions to today’s complex informatic environments. Please join us to network and share knowledge so that we can connect, learn, grow, and lead in this important and ongoing endeavor.

The 2020 ACMI meeting will focus on clinician burnout. The National Academy of Medicine recently defined Burnout as "a syndrome characterized by high emotional exhaustion, high depersonalization (i.e., cynicism), and a low sense of personal accomplishment from work. Research shows that between 35 and 54 percent of U.S. nurses and physicians have substantial symptoms of burnout; similarly, the prevalence of burnout ranges between 45 and 60 percent for medical students and residents." AHRQ similarly defines burnout as a long-term stress reaction marked by emotional exhaustion, depersonalization, and a lack of sense of personal accomplishment. Burnout affects all healthcare providers and is on the rise. Research to date has identified a number of factors as associated with burnout. Among these, health information technologies are often implicated. Electronic health record systems, for example, are often seen as cumbersome to use, failing to meet the promise of improved healthcare delivery, and little more than a means of meeting regulatory and billing requirements. We hope to use this meeting as a forum to discuss the role that health information technologies have in causing and mitigating burnout, identify confounding factors, and consider informatics and policy-based solutions.

Submissions are now closed.


Theme: Clinician Burnout

Suggested Topics:

  • User interface design, or its lack
  • The joys of clinical documentation
  • Regulation, policy, and incentives
  • There is more to do than can ever be done
  • The limits of current evidence


Ignite-style Talks

Ignite-style talk proposals are for a timely, provocative, and creative five-minute talk addressing a hot topic in informatics related to the symposium theme. Ignite-style talks will contain exactly 20 slides, 15 seconds each, that will be automatically advanced. After your presentation, a moderator will facilitate brief dialogue with the audience and move to the next presentation. Ignite-style Talks will be pre-loaded on a laptop and you will be required to submit a final version of your presentation slides in advance using the ACMI slide template.


Panels provide an opportunity for an extended exploration of a topic by the panelists. A panel proposal should describe the topic to be explored and an argument as to why this topic is timely, urgent, needed, or attention-grabbing. Further, the proposal should describe why the participating panelists are germane to this topic.

Moderated Discussion

This format provides an opportunity for an extended exploration of a specific topic by Fellows. Please describe the topic to be explored and an argument as to why this topic is timely, urgent, or needed.

Other Formats

You are welcome to submit an idea for another format. We invite your proposal for an individual presentation or session.

Preparing and Submitting Your Proposal

Overview of proposal requirements

  • Abstract (up to 250 words)
  • Selection of a format
  • Tweet summary of talk
  • Three keywords
  • Desired Meeting Outcome


  • Agenda will include a mix of short presentations, panel discussions, and audience discussions and time for networking, recreation, and leisure
  • Significant time for discussion will be allotted in the program; with flexibility for the audience to select discussion topics based upon the content of the presentations
  • Possibility of developing a set of Case Studies derived from the meeting content as an ACMI product for educational purposes or formal publication
Thursday, February 6
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.Welcome ReceptionGarden Terrace
Friday, February 7
7:00 – 8:00 a.m.Breakfast | Flash IntroductionsLa Valencia Foyer
Morning Session | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | La Valencia Room
8:00 – 8:45 a.m.Plenary SessionDon Detmer, MD
8:45–9:00 a.m. Ignite TalkTalk Informing the Future by Looking Back: Computational Technologies for Effective Health Care 2009Bill Stead, MD
9:00 – 9:45 a.m.Visioning Approaches to Address Burnout ONC | AMAAndy Gettinger, MD | Christine Sinsky, MD
9:45 – 10:15 a.m.Break
People | Policy
10:15 –11:30 a.m. Panel PresentationReducing Burnout from the EHR: What's Next for Practice and PolicyHardeep Singh, MD | Patricia Dykes, PhD, RN | Genevieve Melton-Meaux, MD, PhD | Thomas Payne, MD
11:30 – 11:45 a.m. Research TalkMisdiagnosis: Burnout or Moral Injury and Implications for the Electronic Health RecordMarc Williams, MD
11:45 – 12:00 p.m.Discussion
12:00 – 5:00 p.m.Free Time or Hike the Sonoran Desert (additional fee)
5:00 – 6:30 p.m.FACMI ReceptionCamelback Vista West
Saturday, February 8
7:00 – 8:00 a.m.BreakfastLa Valencia Foyer
7:00 – 8:00 a.m.ACMI Executive Committee MeetingOcotillo Room
Morning Session | 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Vendor Focus
8:00 – 8:15 a.m. Ignite TalkPart of the Problem, Part of the Solution: The Role of Informatics in Clinician BurnoutBill Hersh, MD
8:15 – 8:30 a.m.Ignite TalkWhere is the Fun? Intrinsic Motivation, Cognitive Load and the Inside-Out of Burn-Out Due to EMR DesignCharlene Weir, PhD
8:30 – 9:15 a.m. Moderated DiscussionHow Can We Optimize Vendor-Hospital Relationships to Enhance EHR's Clinical Efficiency and UsabilityRoss Koppel, PhD
9:15 – 10:00 a.m. Vendor Panelathenahealth | EpicTrish Flanagan, RN, MSN | TBD
10:00 – 10:30 a.m.Break
10:30 –10:45 a.m. Ignite TalkA New Type of Health Care Worker: The Clinical Information ManagerFrank Sonnenberg, MD
10:45 – 11:00 a.m. Ignite TalkI'm Not Burned Out. Here's How I Write Clinic NotesTom Payne, MD
Innovation Session
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Nuance | MicrosoftKenn Harper, MS | Ranjani Ramanurthy, MD
Afternoon 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. | Free Time
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.FACMI ReceptionLa Valencia
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.FACMI Dinner
Sunday, February 9
7:00 – 8:00 a.m.BreakfastLa Valencia Foyer
Closing Session | 8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.Unintended Consequences of HIT: Looking Back a DecadeJustin Starren, MD
9:00 – 9:30 a.m.Break
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.Where Do We Go from Here?Group Discussion: Next Steps
Meeting Concludes | 11:00 a.m.
[Download 2020 ACMI Winter Symposium Program Agenda in PDF]

Program Committee Co-chairs

S. Trent Rosenbloom, MD, MPH, FACMIKai Zheng, PhD, FACMI

Program Committee

Patricia Abbott, PhD; FACMI Patricia Dykes, RN, PhD, FACMI David Kaufman, PhD, FACMI

Eric Poon, MD, FACMI Hardeep Singh, MD, FACMI

  • Fellow/International Associate: $995
  • Guest: $765

A la carte food and beverages prices for guests:

  • Thursday welcome reception: $95
  • Continental breakfast: $55 per day
  • Friday hospitality reception: $65
  • Saturday evening dinner: $150

Scottsdale Plaza Resort
7200 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85253

“A Desert Oasis in the Shadow of Camelback Mountain.”

Click here to reserve your room. For phone reservations call, 1-800-832-2025 and reference the American Medical Informatics Association - ACMI Winter Symposium 2020. The room rate is $235 per night for a single or double. The nightly Resort Fee has been waived. Attendees must book reservations within the group block by January 16, 2020 to receive these special concessions and group rate. Reservations received after January 16 or after the group block has been filled (whichever comes first) are subject to availability and prevailing rates.

Cancellation Policy
ACMI Symposium cancellation does not constitute a cancellation of your hotel room. Contact the resort directly to cancel your reservation and check the cancellation policy when making the reservations to avoid a penalty.
You may withdraw your symposium registration through January 23, 2020 for a full refund minus a $50 administrative fee.  After January 23, we are committed to the hotel and no refunds will be issued.

Arrival and Departure
The Scottsdale Plaza resort is located 11 miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport, about a 20-minute car ride. The Symposium will begin with a welcome reception at 5 p.m., February 6, and will end at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, February 9.

Join us on a scenic hike through the Scottsdale Sonoran or the Phoenix Preserve, encompassing thousands of acres and miles of trails in the pristine Sonoran Desert. The preserves are close to the city, but remote enough to allow visitors to experience the beauty and spacious vistas of the foothills and mountain ranges known for their abundance of cactus, wildlife and incredible desert scenery. You’ll follow an experienced guide on a trail that winds through the area’s best collection of unique Sonoran Desert flora and fauna so make sure to bring your camera!

Date: Friday, February 7, 2020
Depart: 1:00 p.m.
Return: 5:00 p.m.
Count: 20 person minimum is required for this tour
Cost: $115 per person


  • Transportation
  • Guide and escort
  • Water for hiking
  • Guided hike
  • Gratuity
  • Snacks on board (granola bars, trail mix, cookie)


  • Please wear closed toed or comfortable walking shoes
  • Sunscreen, hat or visor, lip balm, camera suggested