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Medical Education: Organizations & Conferences

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Medical Education Conferences

American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) The AAMC conference is held annually in late October or early November. Every other year it is held in Washington, D.C. The conference is very large and actually has several conferences/sections within the context of the bigger conference. Examples are: Research in Medical Education (RIME), Special Interest Groups (SIGs), Group on Educational Affairs, etc.

American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine(AACOM) The American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM), founded in 1898, exists to lend support and assistance to all the nation's osteopathic medical schools. Having grown from a handful of college administrators a century ago, the organization today represents the administration, faculty and students of its member colleges in the United States. The association, guided by its Board of Deans, Assembly of Presidents, and various other councils and committees, is actively involved in all areas of osteopathic medical education.

American Educational Research Association (AERA) This conference has several divisions, one of which is Division I: Education in the Professions. This conference features symposia, roundtables, research presentations, etc.

The Generalists in Medical Education The Generalists in Medical Education welcome basic scientists, clinicians, and other educators interested in medical education. They are educators who teach, conduct research, and provide support services in all areas of pre-doctoral, postdoctoral, and continuing medical education. Specific areas of interest include curriculum and faculty development, testing and evaluation, and student services. At each annual conference, we exchange ideas and knowledge to enhance our professional growth. Each conference offers opportunities to develop understanding of the latest initiatives and innovations in medical education and to explore solutions to educational problems. The conference is held annually in the same city as AAMC and overlaps with it.

Group on Educational Affairs (GEA) The GEA is part of AAMC and works to promote excellence in the education of physicians. It is comprised of regional groups that host annual education retreats, usually in the spring.

International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) This is a great organization for those interested in the integration of basic and clinical sciences. They conduct an annual conference in July and it is attended by clinicians, basic scientists, and medical educators. Their website provides information (e.g. abstracts) from the recently held meeting at Mayo.

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) STFM has several national conferences annually. Their biggest conference is the annual conference held in the spring. This conference is attended by family physician educators, medical educators, and behavioral scientists. The conference focuses on the improvement of family medicine training at all levels. Types of sessions include research presentations, seminars, workshops, plenary sessions, lecture discussions, etc.

Medical Education Home

Medical Education Blog - a blog focusing on the use of technology in medical education moderated by Dierdre Bonnycastle, Clinical Teaching Coordinator at the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine.

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