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Resources to Help You Plan Your PME

The AAMC provides a number of resources to assist member-institutions in planning their Project Medical Education (PME) event. These resources include a planning manual, block outlines, sample agendas, and template materials and are available below for download.

Institutions can contact Jared Dashoff, public affairs specialist, at or 202-828-0441 for further assistance or with questions related to planning or hosting a PME.

Planning Materials

The PME Planning Manual lists out the steps necessary to host a successful PME event and provides tips for completing these steps. It also provides a timeline that allows PME hosts to check off steps as they are accomplished.
Project Medical Education Planning Manual 

To further assist institutions in planning a PME event, the AAMC, along with past PME event hosts, has devised a set of sample event agendas and a list of best practices for hosting a PME event. We have also created "Suggestions for Sharing Your PME on Social Media" to assist with promoting your PME.
Sample Agendas 
Best Practices for Hosting a PME Event 
Suggestions for Sharing Your PME on Social Media 

Blocks of Instruction

The PME program consists of six blocks of instruction:

Each block outline provides the key takeaway messages and topics for discussion, along with suggested interactive activities and a list of resources that can aid the discussion and be used as handouts.

The block outlines are meant to serve as base suggestions. Some topics may not apply to your institution, or you may wish to cover some topics not listed. You should always tailor your program and presentations to your institution and your audience. AAMC staff can assist with this.

Budget and Planning Worksheets

The AAMC provides a template budget worksheet to assist hosts in determining and maintaining a budget for their PME event. We also provide a planning and logistics worksheet to allow hosts to track the logistical steps necessary in the planning of their PME.
Budget Worksheet  (Excel)
Planning and Logistics Worksheet  (Excel)
Planning and Logistics Worksheet  (Word)

Customizable Metaphor Handouts and Other Template Materials

To accompany the blocks of instruction and to extend the metaphor of participants being a medical student, resident, and researcher, the AAMC provides a set of customizable materials including sample student profiles, course financing information, match results and residency program outlines. We also provide sample invitations, a sample certificate of completion, and sample evaluation forms. A presentation template is also provided to assist with providing graphic support during your PME event.
Template Materials  (ZIP file)
Presentation Template  (Powerpoint)

Congressional Gift Rules Guidance

The AAMC has worked with Covington and Burling's Robert Kelner, a past speaker at our GRR meetings, to develop guidance materials for the congressional gift rules as they pertain to Project Medical Education and visits by members of Congress and congressional staff to your institutions. The guidance document includes forms that should be submitted to Congress when paying for any travel of Congressional members and staff. The summary table is a quick reference guide. Please refer to the table note for clarification on who is considered the paying sponsor.
Congressional Gift Rules Guidance 
Congressional Gift Rules Summary Table 


We are interested in your opinion and would like you to complete a brief survey after hosting your event about your experiences orchestrating PME at your institution. Your feedback is appreciated and will be used to make improvements to the resources in support of the PME event. Your participation in this evaluation is voluntary and should take about 5-10 minutes. Your identified responses will never be released. All survey data will be reported in aggregate form. In addition, comments will be de-identified and then shared with the AAMC staff who are responsible for supporting you in orchestrating PME events.
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Contact Project Medical Education (PME)

Jared Dashoff
Public Affairs Specialist
Strategic Communications
Phone: 202-828-0441
Fax: 202-828-1123