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Group on Resident Affairs (GRA)

The Group on Resident Affairs (GRA) promotes exemplary leadership for high-quality graduate medical education (GME) and is the authoritative source on principles and practices in medical education. The GRA represents institutional leaders who oversee GME quality, accreditation, administration and financing in AAMC-member medical schools and teaching hospitals. The GRA's leadership course and educational programs serve as a resource to improve the quality of resident education and strengthen institutional responsibility for GME.


Group on Resident Affairs

The uniform agreement helps our members and others in the graduate medical education community have more time for education and training.


Data from the AAMC Survey of Resident/Fellow Stipends and Benefits are publicly available to AAMC constituents and others with an interest in GME issues.

  • Nov. 15, 2023
Group on Resident Affairs

This webpage includes resources for that are GME-related for a post-Dobbs environment

Group on Resident Affairs

This information provides an environmental scan of the GME community and informs development of GME programs and offerings.

Group on Resident Affairs

The GME Leadership Competencies (GMELCs) have been developed as a resource to support the continuing development of institutional leaders of GME.

Guide to the Group on Resident Affairs

Members of the Group on Resident Affairs are responsible for graduate medical education at the institutional level. They have titles such as: Dean for GME (Associate, Assistant); Designated Institutional Official (Associate or Assistant); Senior Program Director for GME; Executive Vice President for GME (Associate or Assistant); Senior Vice President for Educational Affairs, GME, or Accreditation; or Vice Dean, Vice President or Vice Chair for GME. Each voting member is appointed by the dean of an accredited U.S. medical school, the chief executive officer of a member of the AAMC Council of Teaching Hospitals and Healthcare Systems, or the president of one of the AAMC Council of Academic Societies.

Associate Members

Each voting member of the GRA may appoint one associate member from his or her institution. Appointments are solicited in October and May.

Rules and Regulations

The name, purpose, membership, meetings, business, and responsibilities are defined in the GRA Rules and Regulations.

Have an important issue? Let's talk about it!

The GRA listserv is a unmoderated AAMC email list that allows GRA members to exchange information about GME issues. Through threaded discussion, the listserv allows members to post questions and engage in conversation around top-of-mind issues with fellow colleagues.

The listserv is for GRA members only. To post a question email: gra@aamc.org.

The GRA award is designed to recognize an individual who exemplifies excellence and collegiality, and has made innovative contributions over a significant time period to colleagues in the DIO/institutional GME community. This recognition can be for lifetime achievement in the field or significant organizational contributions to the GRA.


The awardee must be or have been active in the GRA with demonstrated consistent leadership, sustained engagement, and tangible contributions to the GRA community. Current involvement is not essential, though will be considered as a positive factor. Contributions should have had substantive positive impact on the education, administrative processes, or public image of the GRA and its membership.

The awardee should be affiliated at the time of the award with an AAMC member institutional or stakeholder organization or retired from such.

GRA seated steering committee members are not eligible to be nominated until at least three years after the conclusion of their term.


The GRA Steering Committee Officers will present appropriate candidates to the Steering Committee for endorsement.  The award will be conferred during the GRA Business meeting held at Learn Serve Lead: AAMC Annual Meeting.

The purpose of the GRA Steering Committee is to forge a union of diverse membership around a common mission by representing the GRA membership as national leaders and planning activities that help them stay informed about key developments in GME.

The GRA subcommittees include the program planning committee, focused on the content development at the annual GRA professional development conference; the Core Competency Committee, tasked with reviewing and revising “Core Competencies for Institutional GME Leaders/Designated Institutional Officials; the Nominations Committee to produce nominations for the Chair-Elect and other open positions on the GRA Steering Committee; and the Resource Clearinghouse Committee, which works to sustain and maintain the clearinghouse. 

In addition, the GRA has an Advisory Committee for the GME Leadership Development Certificate Program.

  • Alexis L. Ruffin, MS,  Director, Institutional Sustainability
  • Kenyetta Wood, Specialist, Constituent Engagement

Contact GRA staff at gra@aamc.org.

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