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    AAMC Medical Education Senior Leaders

    Academic medicine is constantly challenged by a breadth of external forces. Accreditation shifts, rapidly evolving technologies, and increasing costs continue to challenge institutions searching for creative solutions for supporting the education mission. Through it all, the leaders of medical education provide the expertise essential to building a better future for healthcare. 

    The Medical Education Senior Leaders (MESL) is an AAMC-convened community whose focus is the continuing improvement of education in the nation's medical schools. As a forum for the senior member of the dean’s staff with oversight for education in medical schools, MESL identifies issues affecting the educational mission and develops strategies to support excellence. MESL was established in 2019 to:

    • Provide a forum for networking about common challenges and imperatives;
    • Generate and serve as a resource for members about best practices in medical education;
    • Foster collaborative mentorship between and among members;
    • Work bidirectionally with AAMC staff to advance resources and information to members on these issues.

    MESL Resources and Publications

    Creating Action to Eliminate Racism in Medical Education: Medical Education Senior Leaders (MESL) Rapid Action Team to Combat Racism in Medical Education

    This document version includes updates made in March, 2022.

    The purpose of this document is to provide medical schools’ educational leaders and their institutions with guidelines and action steps to dismantle racism in medical education. It is also intended to provide the AAMC MESL community with action steps forward to eliminate racism across the continuum of medical education.

    This document was created by MESL and is intended for the Medical Education Community. All content reflects the views of MESL and does not reflect the official position or policy of the AAMC unless clearly specified. Access the document (PDF).

    Upcoming Events

    2023 Medical Education Senior Leaders Meeting
    Registration is now open for designated MESL members. Contact program staff if you did not receive the registration email.
    Jan 12-13, 2023
    Hilton Atlanta
    Atlanta, GA

    Group Leadership

    Paul M. Wallach, MD - Chair
    Executive Associate Dean for Educational Affairs and Institutional Improvement
    Indiana University School of Medicine

    MESL Virtual Community

    Access the members-only MESL Virtual Community

    Contact Information

    Chris Hanley, MBA
    Director, Medical Education Senior Leaders