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GME Leadership Development Certificate Program

Based on the AAMC Group on Resident Affairs’ Institutional GME Leadership Competencies, the GME Leadership Development Certificate Program, an application-based certificate program, is the premier longitudinal educational experience to establish the necessary skill set for new GME leaders, and enrich the knowledge of more advanced participants. This program helps participants build the leadership capabilities, knowledge, and skills essential for high-performing GME leaders. Through real-world scenarios, and other various interactive teaching platforms, participants will be able to apply practical and strategic approaches to managing, directing, and leading their educational offices and staff.

Participants will gain the expertise to integrate the program's concepts into actionable constructs that enhance their work. Through the selection, development, and implementation of an Action Learning Project (ALP), participants will apply new leadership skills and integrate valuable lessons from the course to make a significant contribution at their institution. Participants share their projects with other colleagues within graduate medical education during the Group on Resident Affairs' spring meeting, where they will present a poster, graduate, and attend informative sessions to further enhance their proficiency as a GME leader.

This certificate program prepares participants to transition the program’s concepts into actionable constructs that enhance their work, regardless of the size or scope of their organization. Emphasis is placed on developing relationships with individuals and national workgroups outside of their own institution and specialty.


Participants successfully completing the following activities will receive an AAMC issued Certificate of Completion:
1. Two in-person modules designed specifically to enhance knowledge and skills required for successful GME leaders;
2. Pre- and post-module assignments;
3. Real-life application through the selection, development and implementation of an individual Action Learning Project (ALP). This project will provide participants with an opportunity to interact with key stakeholders across their institution, apply key learnings from the program, and obtain periodic feedback from their faculty project mentor and fellow peers;
4. Presentation of an ALP poster and attendance during an AAMC Group on Resident Affairs Spring Meeting.

Who Should Attend?

The GME Leadership Development Certificate Program is open to all GME leaders, or those aspiring to transition into leadership roles, who are responsible for the institutional oversight of GME. The newly-designed curriculum will be the most beneficial for those in positions such as: DIOs, GME Deans, Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs, GME Directors, and others who meet this criteria. Preference in placement will be given to these groups.

Other leaders who are more senior, or who have taken previous AAMC offerings, are still welcome to attend, and placement will be granted as space allows.

Upcoming Certificate Program

To successfully complete the program, participants are required to attend the April and January modules in their entirety and the AAMC Group on Resident Affairs Spring Meeting.

2018-2019 Cohort:
April 26-28, 2018: Hyatt Regency Orlando in Orlando, Florida
January 11-12, 2019: AAMC Learning Center, Washington, D.C.
April 7-9, 2019: Group on Resident Affairs Spring Meeting; Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Portland, Oregon

2019-2020 Cohort:
April 5-7 2019: Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Portland, Oregon
January 17-18, 2020: AAMC Learning Center, Washington, D.C.
April 26-29, 2020: Group on Resident Affairs Spring Meeting; The Drake, a Hilton Hotel in Chicago, Illinois

Application & Fees

The application process for the 2019-2020 GME Leadership Development Certificate Program has closed. The application process for the 2020-2021 program will open in late 2019.

The 2019-2020 application fee was $2,300 and included payment for the April and January modules (a total of five days of instruction). This fee also included program materials, five breakfasts, five lunches, refreshment breaks, and two networking receptions. The application fee did not include the following: optional CME fee, travel/ hotel accommodations, or registration for the AAMC Group on Resident Affairs Spring meeting.

Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of the certificate program, participants will have enhanced their abilities to:
• Develop and enhance regional and national networks of professional peer groups, in addition to understanding the specialty groups available for membership
• Understand and actualize the difference between management and leadership, knowing that both skill sets must be enriched for success as a DIO;
• Design an organizational structure for their educational mission which stresses agility and proficiency; identifying potential contributors and developing their skill sets;
• Establish a competency in financial principles; understand the options of educational and medical financing, and develop a long-range monetary plan;
• Demonstrate competency in basic change management techniques and utilize strategies to implement change within their institution;
• Integrate tools from the field of human resources to manage central and program-level GME leadership; develop a long-range plan based on people as a key need;
• Demonstrate proficiency in comprehending ACGME policies, and those of other regulatory agencies, and implement appropriate protocols;
• Be proactive in planning and guiding their institution's GME programs; integrate innovation into the culture;
• Lead the GME enterprise in the role of advocacy for trainees, faculty, patients, and their institution's community;
• Synthesize applicable legal standards for medical education; devise appropriate protocols for the GME Office, and convey a standardized approach to others involved in graduate medical education.

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