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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. Various interactive teaching platforms are utilized to engage attendees in real-world scenarios to increase their ability to manage, direct, and strategize their educational offices and staff.

Additionally, participants identify and complete an Action Learning Project (ALP) as a way to apply new skills and integrate the resources and support from the course into a visible leadership contribution to their institution. Participants share their projects with GME colleagues via a poster session at the Group on Resident Affairs' spring meeting.

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 also 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 Recognition:
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 the role. The newly-designed curriculum will be the most beneficial for new (in position less than three years) DIOs, GME Deans, Vice Presidents for Academic Affairs, GME Directors, and others who are responsible for the institutional oversight of GME. 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 7-10, 2019: Group on Resident Affairs Spring Meeting; Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Portland, Oregon

Dates for the 2019-2020 cohort will be communicated in early fall 2018.

Application & Fees

The application process for the 2018-2019 GME Leadership Development Certificate Program is now closed. The application process for the 2019-2020 program will begin in mid-fall 2018.

The 2018-19 application fee was $2,250 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

At the completion of the certificate program, participants will be able to:
• Develop/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;
• Obtain a working knowledge of disruptive technology, and gauge its potential for effective use;
• Differentiate between professional development and performance reviews; both from a personal and from a supervisory standpoint. Design a process to provide feedback and stimulate the desire for new knowledge to other GME leaders within the home institution;
• Demonstrate proficiency in comprehending ACGME policies, and those of other regulatory agencies, and implement appropriate protocols;
• Lead the GME enterprise in the role of advocacy for trainees, faculty, and patients;
• 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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