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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

Call for Mini-grant Proposals

WGEA 2014 Call for Mini-Grant Proposals 

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”) Deadline for submissions is June 20, 2014. For more information, please download the above document or contact Cha-Chi Fung, Ph.D., at

WGEA 2014 Mini-Grants Guidelines 

2014 WGEA Regional Meeting: Call for Proposals

The Call for Proposals for the 2014 WGEA Regional Meeting is now open.

The following proposal proposal types will be considered for presentation at the 2014 meeting in Honolulu, HI:

  • Workshops
  • Panels
  • Small Group Discussions
  • Oral Abstracts
  • Posters

Proposal type descriptions 

To submit, please visit the submission site.

(Note: Users will need to create an account in order to submit a proposal. This account is separate from your AAMC account.)

The call for proposals will close January 8, 2014 at 11:59 PM HST

For more information regarding the 2014 WGEA Regional Meeting, please visit the conference website:

2014 WGEA Regional Meeting External Link
A SLICE of Paradise
(Accreditation Standards, Leading Innovation, and Creativity in Education)
Dates: March 23-25
Honolulu, Hawaii
Hosted by John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii at Manoa

WGEA Listserv

To subscribe to the new WGEA listserve, please contact Felicia Moody at

Funded Proposals for 2013-2014

Anita Richards, Instructor
Keck School of Medicine of USC

Title: Acting Natural: Training to Increase Realism in Standardized Patients
Funding Requested: $1,470 | Funding Awarded: $1,470

Rose Hatala, M.D., M.Sc.
University of British Columbia

Title: Assessing the Efficacy of Learning Medical Procedural Skills in Pairs Versus Independently
Funding Requested: $4,780.32 | Funding Awarded: $2,400

Sandra Oza, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

Title: Workplace-based Learning Affordances of Holdover versus Direct Admissions to Inpatient Internal Medicine Teams
Funding Requested: $2,300 | Funding Awarded: $2,300

Travis Vesel, M.D.
University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine

Title: Resident Physician Perceptions of Interprofessional Feedback through the Lens of Social Identity
Funding Requested: $5,000 | Funding Awarded: $5,000

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