About the Program
Project Medical Education (PME) helps medical schools and teaching hospitals educate Congress and their staff, state and local officials, community members, potential and current donors, and others outside of academic medicine about the process of medical education, the benefits it provides, its complex funding mechanisms, and the essential role of government in providing financial support.
At the heart of PME is a program that uses interactive teaching techniques to show participants the complex medical education system and how it is funded. This program, which can be run over varying lengths of time from half-a-day to two days, offers external audiences information to make insightful decisions on issues that affect the future of medical education.
Participants visit a medical campus and assume roles of a medical student, resident physician, and academic physician. They get a first-hand look at what it takes to become a doctor and the financial challenges that face our nation's medical schools and teaching hospitals. The program is meant to be education, not advocacy.
In 2018, based off of the success of the traditional PME model, the AAMC launched Research-Based Project Medical Education. The new program showcases information related to basic, clinical, community and population, and translational research and the supporting funding mechanisms. Participants assume the roles of an MD-PhD student and medical researcher and are given the opportunity to experience research across the bench-to-bedside-to-community continuum.
Host Your Own PME
To learn more about planning and executing PME at your institution, read perspectives from past PME hosts.