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Councils, Groups, and Organizations

AAMC professional development councils, groups, and organizations provide individuals at member institutions with access to professional growth, leadership development, networking, and collaboration opportunities.


  • Council of Deans (COD)
    The purpose of the Council of Deans is the continuing improvement of the nation’s medical schools. As a forum, the COD identifies issues affecting academic medicine and develops strategies to achieve the various missions of medical schools. All AAMC-member medical school deans compose the COD.

  • Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS)
    The Council of Faculty and Academic Societies, representing more than 370 faculty representatives appointed by member medical schools and academic societies, is a strong voice for academic faculty within the AAMC’s governance and leadership structures.

  • Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems (COTH)
    The AAMC serves over 400 member teaching hospitals in addition to its medical school community. COTH provides member hospitals with advocacy resources, professional development offerings, care redesign expertise, and learning networks that exclusively support clinical teaching environments.


  • Chief Medical Officers Group (CMO)
    The Chief Medical Officer plays an integral role in the operations and system building of a healthcare system. The AAMC Chief Medical Officers Group (CMOG) provides a platform for academic medical center CMOs, whose institutions are AAMC members, to share best practices, engage and network with colleagues, and access resources that will enhance knowledge and skills to successfully meet the clinical and business demands of the role.
  • Compliance Officers' Forum (COF)
    The Compliance Officers’ Forum is composed of compliance leaders from AAMC-member medical schools, teaching hospitals, and health systems. The COF provides a national forum for networking, professional development, and collaborative opportunities.
  • Forum on Conflict of Interest in Academe (FOCI Academe)
    The Forum on Conflict of Interest in Academe offers educational opportunities related to conflict of interest issues; provides a national forum for discussion of the development and application of conflict of interest standards related to research, medical education, and clinical decision-making; and serves as a resource for institutions, policymakers, the media, and the public.
  • Government Relations Representatives (GRR)
    The Government Relations Representatives advances nonpartisan advocacy for academic medicine by providing a forum for federal relations staff at medical schools, teaching hospitals, and academic societies to consult with AAMC staff on evolving federal legislative and regulatory issues, initiatives, and strategies.
  • Group on Business Affairs (GBA)
    The Group on Business Affairs advances administrative and fiscal management in academic medical institutions to support medical education, research, and health care.
  • Group on Diversity and Inclusion (GDI)
    The Group on Diversity and Inclusion serves as a national forum and recognized resource to support the efforts of AAMC-member institutions and academic medicine at the local, regional, and national levels to realize the benefits of diversity and inclusion in medicine and biomedical sciences.
  • Group on Educational Affairs (GEA)
    The purpose of the Group on Educational Affairs is to advance medical education and medical educators through faculty development, curriculum development, educational research, and assessment in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education.
  • Group on Faculty Affairs (GFA)
    The mission of the Group on Faculty Affairs is to build and sustain faculty vitality in medical schools and teaching hospitals. The GFA supports faculty affairs deans and administrators in their development and implementation of institutional policies and professional development activities that advance the academic missions of teaching, research, and clinical care.
  • Group on Faculty Practice (GFP)
    The Group on Faculty Practice is composed of physician leaders and administrative executives from medical school-affiliated faculty practice plans. The GFP works to advance the clinical mission of academic medical centers.
  • Group on Graduate Research, Education, and Training (GREAT)
    The Group on Graduate Research, Education, and Training provides professional development to, and fosters the exchange of information and ideas among, the faculty and administrative leaders of biomedical PhD, MD- PhD, and postdoctoral programs.
  • Group on Information Resources (GIR)
    The Group on Information Resources promotes excellence in the application and integration of information resources in academic medicine. In an age when information technology is a strategic asset, GIR’s research, professional development, and policy setting is vital to the advancement of medical teaching institutions.
  • Group on Institutional Advancement (GIA)
    The Group on Institutional Advancement is the only national professional development group devoted exclusively to the role of institutional advancement in academic medicine. GIA resources and peer-to-peer connections enable members to increase awareness, understanding, and support among the public, the media, alumni, policymakers, and donors for medical education, health care, and biomedical research. The GIA supports all advancement professionals whose work largely falls within five broad disciplines: alumni relations, communications, development, marketing, and public affairs.
  • Group on Institutional Planning (GIP)
    The primary mission of the AAMC’s Group on Institutional Planning is to advance the discipline of planning in academic medicine by enhancing the skills and knowledge of professional planners; to promote the value of planning; and to connect people, resources, and ideas.
  • Group on Regional Medical Campuses (GRMC)
    The Group on Regional Medical Campuses fosters professional growth and development, information sharing, communication, and discussion of key issues among administrators, staff, and faculty of regional medical campuses.
  • Group on Research Advancement and Development (GRAND)
    The AAMC’s professional development group for research deans provides a national forum for action on issues critical to the research enterprise, and for linking advances in research with improvements in health.
  • Group on Resident Affairs (GRA)
    The Group on Resident Affairs promotes exemplary leadership for high-quality graduate medical education (GME) and is the authoritative source on GME principles and practices in the medical education continuum within the AAMC and nationally.
  • Group on Student Affairs (GSA)
    The Group on Student Affairs addresses issues in medical school admissions, student affairs, student diversity affairs, student financial assistance, and student records at all member medical schools.
  • Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS)
    The Group on Women in Medicine and Science advances the full and successful participation and inclusion of women within academic medicine by addressing gender equity, recruitment and retention, awards and recognition, and career advancement.


  • Organization of Resident Representatives (ORR)
    The mission of the Organization of Resident Representatives is to improve resident physician education and training for the purpose of improving the quality of health care.
  • Organization of Student Representatives (OSR)
    The Organization of Student Representatives represents medical students nationwide and provides an active role for students in advancing the AAMC mission to improve the nation’s health. Additionally, the OSR seeks to ensure that students actively participate in directing their education, preserving their rights, and delineating their professional responsibilities. To this end, the OSR gives medical students a voice in academic medicine at the national level and strives to foster student involvement and awareness in this arena at a local level.