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Western Group on Educational Affairs (WGEA)

The WGEA is one of four regional groups of the AAMC Group on Educational Affairs (GEA). We strive to promote excellence in the continuum of medical education by fostering the professional development of medical educators and advancing research in medical education. Annual meetings provide opportunities to share ideas and resources and report research among its members.

WGEA Updates

2016 WGEA Regional Meeting - Dates Announced

April 14 - 17, 2016
Tucson, Ariz. - Loews Ventana Canyon
Hosted by the University of Arizona College of Medicine
Note: April 14 will host preconference sessions with the meeting officially beginning April 15.

Registration for the regional meeting is now open!

The rates for registration are listed below:

Early Bird-$457

We are pleased to announce that the WGEA 2016 room block at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort is now available and accepting reservations. There are a limited number of rooms available at the conference rate so we encourage you to reserve your room as soon as possible. The link to the room block reservation is located on the WGEA 2016 Conference Website home page.

Please visit the conference website to register and for access to important information about the 2016 meeting.

2016 WGEA Mini-Grant Initiative

The WGEA is providing a funding opportunity to both experienced and new investigators in the area of medical education research. This small grants program is meant to promote medical education research within the Western region. WGEA has made a total of $12,000 available. Investigators can request up to $5,000 to initiate a new study. A maximum of $1,000 are granted to investigators needing funds to complete ongoing projects (“finishing grants”). Priority will be given to multi-institutional projects that foster collaborations among WGEA institutions or sections (i.e., UGME, GME, CME and MESRE). An informative grant writing workshop focusing on the WGEA Mini-Grant initiative will be offered at the annual WGEA meeting in Tucson, AZ on April 15th at 1:30 pm.
Deadline for submission is September 30, 2016. For more information please contact Christy Boscardin at

WGEA 2016 Mini-Grants Guidelines 

2015 MESRE Award Winners

The WGEA Congratulates the 2015 MESRE Award winners:

Outstanding Oral Presentation Awards:
Jorie Colbert-Gets, University of Utah
Measuring the Impact of the Flipped Anatomy Classroom: The Importance of Categorizing an Assessment by Bloom's Taxonomy

Joshua Jauregui, University of Washington
The Faculty Reentry Project: Understanding the Factors that Effect Sustainable Faculty Success after Participating in a Longitudinal Faculty Development Program

Outstanding Poster Presentation Awards:
Stephen Schneid, UC San Diego, School of Medicine
Relationship between Study Strategies and Retention of Basic Science Knowledge by Second year Medical Students

Lavjay Butani, UC Davis Medical Center
What Pediatric Medical Educators Understand about Reflective Practice: A National Survey

Award Descriptions 

WGEA Listserve

To subscribe to the new WGEA listserve, please contact Sarah Brown at

Funded Proposals for 2015-2016

Awardees for New Study Proposal

Larissa Thomas, MD, MPH
University of California San Francisco
Title: Becoming the Outstanding Educators: What do they say contributed to their success?
Funding Awarded: $3958.20

Anne Chipman, MD, MS
University of Washington School of Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine
Title: “Do you remember that patient?” Exploring the educational value of telephone follow-up in graduate medical education and beyond

Funding Awarded: $4000

Eric Hsieh, MD
Keck School of Medicine of USC
Title: Effects of Physician Stigma on Medical Decisions  
Funding Awarded: $4000

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About WGEA

Contact the WGEA

WGEA Chair
Cynthia Irvine M.Ed.
Assistant Dean, Medical Education
Stanford University School of Medicine

AAMC Staff
Sarah Brown
Program Specialist, Educational Affairs

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