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Action Plan 10: Adapt the AAMC to the Changing Needs of Academic Medicine

Stephany Aguilar and Eric Wilkerson share insights about how the AAMC is adapting to change and transforming constituent engagement.

Rapid systemic change is occurring throughout academic medicine and health care. For the AAMC to lead and serve our members through the magnitude of changes they face, the AAMC must be an even stronger, more effective association.

Through this action plan, the AAMC is taking a fresh look at our membership model and engagement with our community. By doing so, we will broaden and deepen our involvement with people in, and even beyond, academic medicine to achieve our mission.

Where we are now

  • Our engagement ideation work has resulted in the launch of eight innovative contributor projects across four domains that will allow us to adapt our approach to engagement.
  • We’re exploring new opportunities to increase institutional and individual engagement amid shifts in the multigenerational workforce and digital innovations, consolidation among health systems, increasing interprofessional teams of care providers, and globalization.
  • We’ve conducted focus groups with approximately 20 first-time attendees to Learn Serve Lead: The AAMC Annual meeting to gain a better understanding of their experiences and engagement with the AAMC.

What happens next

  • Internal teams are addressing the final recommendations from our engagement ideation team.
  • As part of our continued efforts to deepen and broaden our engagement with learners, nearly 100 medical students, residents, graduate students, and fellows will attend our two-and-a-half-day inaugural 2023 learner summit, an event that came out of our ideation work. Attendees will explore career transitions in academic medicine and research and build critical skills while connecting with peers and experts.
  • We are developing new ways for first-time attendees to better engage, connect and navigate Learn Serve Lead 2023: The AAMC Annual Meeting.
  • As part of our efforts to increase institutional and individual engagement across the academic medicine community, we are inviting underrepresented academic societies to engage with the AAMC, and together improve the ability to make a larger impact across academic medicine.

Ways to get involved