Forum: PDF OnlyAdvancing Academic Continuing Medical Education/Continuing Professional Development Adapting a Classical Framework to Address Contemporary ChallengesVinas, Emily K. EdD; Schroedl, Clara J. MD, MS; Rayburn, William F. MD, MBAAuthor Information Dr. Vinas: Assistant Professor and Director of CME, The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School, Austin, TX. Dr. Schroedl: Assistant Professor and Medical Director of CME, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL. Dr. Rayburn: Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean of CME, University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, NM. Correspondence: Emily K. Vinas, EdD, Department of Women's Health, Dell Medical School, 1301 W. 38th Street, Suite 705, Austin, TX 78705, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. All authors served as advisors for the 2018 AAMC-SACME Harrison Survey. E.K.V. is the AAMC immediate past Continuing Professional Development Chair for the Southern Region of the Group on Educational Affairs. C.J.S. is a member of the AAMC Accreditation Review Committee, AAMC Continuing Professional Development Chair for the Central Region of the Group of Educational Affairs, and a member of the AAMC Medical Education Planning Committee. Disclosures: The authors declare no conflict of interest. Journal of Continuing Education in the Health Professions: March 09, 2020 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue - doi: 10.1097/CEH.0000000000000286 Buy PAP Metrics Abstract Lifelong learning is essential for the practicing physician, yet continuing medical education (CME) and continuing professional development (CPD) units at academic medical centers (AMCs) have been historically underappreciated and under-resourced. Their integration into AMC leadership structures continues to vary widely among institutions. Without necessary resources and leadership alignment, many units are less able to focus on advancing CME/CPD to offer and study innovative educational opportunities that may enhance learner and patient outcomes. Using benchmarking data and recommendations from national leaders in the field, a CPD Hierarchy of Needs was created to frame the strategic development of CME/CPD units. This five-level hierarchy includes priorities such as (1) securing investment, (2) building infrastructure, (3) integrating into AMC leadership structures, (4) promoting data-driven interventions, and (5) advancing educational innovation. Recommendations to use the CME/CPD Hierarchy of Needs are described to convey the significance of CME/CPD units to AMCs and to the lifelong learning of practicing physicians. © 2020 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.