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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.

Please visit the conference website for more information

2016 Spring Meeting - Call for Abstracts

The WGEA is accepting abstracts for the 2016 Spring Meeting for the following presentation types:

  • Workshop
  • Panel Discussion
  • Small Group Discussion
  • Oral Abstract
  • Poster

Submission format and guidelines 
The Call for Abstracts closed on December 1, 2015 at 11:59 p.m.
Submit proposals to the 2026 WGEA Regional Meeting via the WGEA abstract submission site External Link

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 

2015 WGEA Mini-Grant Initiative

The submission period closed June 22. Submissions are currently under review.

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”). For more information, please download the below document or contact Cha-Chi Fung, Ph.D., at

WGEA 2015 Mini-Grants Guidelines 

WGEA Listserve

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Funded Proposals for 2014-2016

Awardees for New Study Proposal

Pamela DeVoe, P.h.D
University of New Mexico School of Medicine
Title: Does Near-peer Tutoring Facilitate Medical Student Learner Self- Efficacy?
Funding Requested: $2069 - Funding Awarded: $2000 

Jeff Riddell, M.D.
Title: Prospective randomized crossover evaluation of a flipped classroom model for emergency medicine trainees
Funding Requested: $ 4050 - Funding Awarded: $4000

Lavjay Butani, M.D. M.AC.M
University of California Davis
Title: A mixed-methods study exploring how pediatric faculty and residents teach, learn and use reflective practice
Funding Requested: $5000 - Funding Awarded: $4000

Awardee for “Finishing Grant”

Erin Bonura, M.D.
Oregon Health & Science University
Title: Team-Based Learning Among Internal Medicine Residents:   A Feasibility and Acceptability Study
Funding Requested: $1000 - Funding Awarded: $1000

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About WGEA

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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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