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About the GRMC

At its September 2002 meeting, the AAMC Executive Council approved the establishment of a professional development group specifically for the executive leadership of regional medical campuses. The Group on Regional Medical Campuses (GRMC) recognizes the wide range of responsibilities inherent in providing quality medical programs on regional campuses, and the increasingly important role such programs serve in the preparation of tomorrow's doctors.


The purpose of the GRMC is to provide a forum to explore and promote common interests of regional campuses of medical schools. The focus of the group is on regional campuses with a significant portion of the medical educational program (e.g., all of the required pre-clinical and/or clinical clerkships) at a site geographically distant from the medical school. Such sites, while operating as an integrated unit of the accredited medical school, often have significant local autonomy in developing community relations, community faculty, and educational programs that capitalize on the unique attributes of the local institutions and resources.

Regional campuses provide the same high quality educational environments for medical students, residents and fellows as their home institutions, often in innovative ways. Overall, the group advocates for the continued development of academic medical programs at regional campuses and has the following goals:

  • Education - Help campuses capitalize on the unique characteristics of regional locations to facilitate educational innovation and connect with new populations.

At the same time the GRMC recognizes a social obligation to be responsive to community needs and will use this platform to focus attention within the following areas:

  • Community Health - Engage the diverse communities in which we serve in offer to improve health.
  • Workforce - Develop the health care workforce to meet the community's needs and partner with like-minded entities to advance the overall goals of each regional campus community.
  • Research - Focus on fostering a rich research agenda on regional campuses especially in the area of the social determinants of health and distributed medical education.