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Medical Education

With its internal and external partners, the AAMC leads innovation and supports the advancement of teaching and learning across the medical education continuum to develop a diverse 21st-century physician workforce. The Medical Education cluster leads AAMC efforts to transform medical education. The Medical Education cluster was restructured in 2017 and now includes the units and programs listed below.

The Educational Affairs Unit is the primary academic home for medical education faculty across the continuum and delivers training and certification programs, as well as a wide range of professional networking and development opportunities. The Educational Affairs Unit includes:

Leadership Education and Certification Program (LEAD)
Medical Education Research Certificate Program (MERC)
Teaching for Quality (Te4Q)

The SIP Unit leads, develops, and oversees strategic programs and projects that support AAMC and institutional efforts to transform medical education. Current initiatives include:

Quality Improvement and Patient Safety (QIPS)
Humanities and Arts in Medical Education
Interprofessional Education
• Competency-Based Medical Education (CBME)
Role of Medical Education in the Opioid Epidemic

The Digital Educational Resources Unit uses digital learning tools to advance critical elements of medical education and includes:

Academic Medicine® journal
Curriculum Inventory

The nascent Educational Research Unit advances medical education and medical education scholarship by developing and leading a research program focused on assessing educational outcomes across the continuum of education. The unit:

• Collaborates with colleagues and constituents to develop and implement research priorities
• Identifies opportunities for data sharing and collaborative research
• Promotes the Medical Educational Research Certificate Program (MERC)

Upcoming Events

Medical Education Webinars

Review upcoming events and recordings of recent AAMC webinars specific to medical education.

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Core EPA Project

The AAMC published new guidelines in May 2014 to provide expectations for both learners and teachers that include 13 activities that all medical students should be able to perform upon entering residency, regardless of their future career specialty. The guidelines are based on emerging literature documenting a performance gap at the transition point between medical school and residency training. Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs) were chosen as the framework for the guide because they offer a practical approach to assessing competence in real-world settings and impact both learners and patients.

The Education in Pediatrics Across the Continuum Project

The Education in Pediatrics Across the Continuum project tests the feasibility of fixed-outcome, time-variable competency based advancement from early in medical school to exit from residency.

Open Now! Request for Proposals

Opioid Challenge Grants

Challenge grant opportunity for medical educators to respond to the training and development needs of physicians in the areas of acute and chronic pain management and substance use disorders (including prevention, screening, intervention, treatment, and long-term recovery).

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Call for Medical Education Content at Learn Serve Lead 2019: The AAMC Annual Meeting

The call for Medical Education and RIME submissions is now open. Click here to view the call requirements.

Featured Publications

  • The proceedings of the annual Research in Medical Education (RIME) sessions at the AAMC Learn Serve Lead meeting have been published as a supplement to the November 2017 issue of Academic Medicine. All RIME content is free to access. Review the supplement. 

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