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Group on Educational Affairs (GEA)

The purpose of the Group on Educational Affairs (GEA) is to advance medical education and medical educators through faculty development, curriculum development, educational research, and assessment in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education.

The GEA is a community of people who are passionate about medical education. Our diverse and talented community considers the GEA a professional home because we value: networking with like-minded colleagues at regional and national meetings; collaborating on projects impacting medical education across the continuum; and enhancing our professional skills through valuable professional development offerings.

The GEA is a welcoming and supportive professional community that cares about you because together we are creating and fostering the growth of 21st century physicians.  The roles of medical educators, faculty developers, educational researchers, and educational leaders are increasingly dynamic and have experienced unprecedented change in the last decade.  If you’re looking for a professional home with people who can help you grow and feel valued, you’ve found it in the GEA. Welcome home!


This series aims to extend the reach of the scholarship presented at the 2024 GEA regional meetings. Faculty, learners, leaders, & professional staff share the innovations & research they presented & the scholarship of their peers that excites them.

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The AAMC is committed to developing a community of leaders in medical education research and scholarship to drive innovation. Learn more about opportunities to serve in a leadership role on an AAMC medical education committee.

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Now Open! The Group on Educational Affairs (GEA) is now soliciting nominations for the Merrell Flair Award in Medical Education.

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The GEA seeks to fund research projects that address important problems or questions in medical education.


SPACE in Here! 

The GEA is pleased to announce a new section, Staff Professionals Across the Continuum of Education (SPACE). The purpose of the SPACE section is to provide a forum for staff professionals to connect, network, discuss common topics, share ideas, incorporate best practices, and build a better “toolbox” for their work. Learn more. 


To subscribe to the listserv and become a member of the GEA,  complete a GEA Membership Application.

2021 GEA Regional Virtual Meeting Abstract Compendium

To help promote and disseminate the incredible scholarly work accepted for presentation at the 2021 GEA Regional Virtual Meeting, all work accepted for presentation has been compiled into an abstract compendium. This compendium includes all accepted abstracts and session proposals as they were submitted, including: Innovation Abstracts, Research Abstracts, and Workshops. If you would like to view the 2020 Regional Abstract Compendium, please contact educationalaffairs@aamc.org.

Access the Compendium (PDF)

GEA 50th Anniversary Dispatches

The academic year is in full swing with students back in class and clinic. Let’s take a moment to come together and celebrate the amazing community of the GEA that has been making an impact for the past 50 years. The GEA 50th Anniversary Dispatches contain reflections on our collective past as a professional development organization, opportunities for sharing memories via twitter, an announcement of a research project we hope you will participate in, and points of interest related to our accomplishments. Read the issue 1 (PDF) and issue 2 (PDF) reflections.

Toolkit for Supporting and Celebrating First Generation Medical Students 

Medical students who are the first in their families to graduate from college bring unique strengths to their schools yet face distinct challenges that are not always readily recognized. A new toolkit for first gen students and their advisors includes available academic and mentoring resources, financial aid tools and information, and examples of what some medical schools are doing to support and celebrate first gen students. 

Resources for Students

Resources for Advisors

Guide to Group on Educational Affairs


The GEA has four regions. Each holds an annual spring meeting for faculty, educators, and administrators from the member institutions within their respective regions. Regional GEA meetings include sessions and exhibits analogous to those offered at the national meeting, including meetings of regional special interest groups (SIGs).



The GEA has four sections, reflecting the continuum of medical education. Members may select two of the four sections to belong to and may sign up for all four section listservs.

The GEA is organized to encompass activities across the medical education continuum. Membership is open to individuals at AAMC member institutions, with professional responsibility in UGME, GME, CPD, and medical education research. GEA members are self-nominated. 

If you are interested in joining the GEA, please complete a Membership Application.

On your application, please select no more than two GEA sections with which you would like to be affiliated:

  • Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME)
  • Graduate Medical Education (GME)
  • Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Medical Education Scholarship Research and Evaluation (MESRE)

National Grant Award
The GEA seeks to promote grant proposals that foster collaborations among the GEA sections (UGME, GME, CEI and MESRE) and/or regions (CGEA, NEGEA, SGEA and WGEA) as well schools, professions, and/or departments within an institution.

Merrell Flair Award in Medical Education
To honor an individual who has made a major contribution over a significant time period to the process or administration or transmission of information regarding medical education in North America.

Research in Medical Education (RIME) Awards
Each year, the Research in Medical Education (RIME) Program Planning Committee reviews the papers submitted through the open call for submissions and selects papers for four RIME awards.

The Group on Educational Affairs offers numerous opportunities for members to collaborate and participate in group decisions and governance

Official governance and administration information for members of the Group on Educational Affairs. 

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