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About the GEA
The purpose of the Group on Educational Affairs (GEA) is to promote excellence in the education of physicians throughout their professional lives and, thereby, to contribute to improving the health of the public. The GEA fosters:
- the development and continued improvement of medical education programs to enhance physician learning;
- the professional development of teachers of medicine;
- the advancement of research in medical education and the dissemination of the results of that research;
the development of policies that recognize the fundamental importance of medical education. A primary function of the GEA is to advocate the enhancement of medical education by:
- promoting communications between AAMC and constituent groups;
- promoting communications among GEA members;
- by contributing advice and input from informed GEA members to the AAMC on matters related to medical education.
The GEA is staffed by AAMC staff designated by the AAMC President, currently within the Division of Medical Education, and is governed by the elected members of the National Steering Committee.
GEA is open to individuals with professional responsibility in medical student, resident, and continuing medical education, designated by deans, hospital directors, or academic societies. The GEA national meeting is held each fall in conjunction with the AAMC Annual Meeting, and offers teaching and learning opportunities to all medical education constituents. The program includes Mini-Workshops, Small Group Discussions and plenary sessions. The GEA's Research in Medical Education (RIME) Conference, also held in conjunction with the AAMC Annual Meeting, includes research papers, symposia and abstract sessions. The Innovations in Medical Education Exhibits (IME) are held during the annual meeting. The GEA is organized into four regions and four sections.
If you are interested in joining the GEA, please complete a GEA Membership Application
The GEA has four regions: Southern, Central, Northeast, and Western, corresponding to AAMC 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: Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME), Graduate Medical Education (GME), Continuing Education and Improvement (CEI), and Medical Education Research Scholarship and Evaluation (MESRE). Members may select two of the four sections to belong to and may sign up for all four section listserves.
Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) The purpose of the UGME Section is to promote excellence in the education of medical students from selection to graduation and thereby contribute to the health of the public.
Graduate Medical Education (GME) The purpose of the GME Section is to promote excellence in the education of physicians during residency training and thereby contribute to the health of the public.
Continuing Education and Improvement (CEI) The purpose of the CEI Section is to promote excellence in the education of physicians throughout their careers and thereby contribute to the health of the public.
Medical Education Scholarship Research and Evaluation (MESRE) The mission of the MESRE Section is to enhance the quality of research in medical education and to promote its application to educational practice.