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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

WGEA Call for Mini-Grant Proposals

Advancing the WGEA as a Community of Educational Scholars

Deadline: 5 PM PT, September 29, 2017

The WGEA is providing a funding opportunity to both experienced and new investigators in the area of medical education research. This small grant 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. Investigators needing funds to complete ongoing projects (“finishing grant”) can request a maximum of $1000.

All faculty members associated with WGEA member schools are eligible to submit a proposal. Investigators may submit only one proposal per cycle and may not be an author on any other proposal currently receiving WGEA funding unless you are submitting for a “finishing” award. Projects receiving funding from the national GEA grant are not eligible for the WGEA mini-grant. Priority is given to new investigators and for multi-institutional studies that enhance the community of scholars in the region. For multi-institutional studies, the lead organization must be a WGEA member school. “Finishing” awards will be granted to investigators needing extra funds to complete or extend existing projects. For instance, a project may require completion of additional data analysis or replication of a study to strengthen findings.

Application is comprised of two documents (in either Word or PDF format):
1) Grant Proposal
2) Letter(s) of Support.

Submit proposal and documents here:

More about WGEA Mini-Grant Proposals 

WGEA Listserve

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Funded Proposals for 2015-2016

Awardees for New Study Proposal

Larissa Thomas, M.D., M.P.H.
University of California San Francisco
Title: Becoming the Outstanding Educators: What do they say contributed to their success?
Funding Awarded: $3958.20

Anne Chipman, M.D., M.S.
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, M.D.
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
Cha-Chi Fung, PhD
Vice Chair of Medical Education, Assistant Dean of Educational Affairs
Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

AAMC Staff
Steve McKenzie
Director, Constituent Engagement

Emily Schutz
Program Specialist, Medical Education

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