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M.D. Program

M.D. Program

WGEA Conference Overview

Western Group on Educational Affairs (WGEA)
Western Group on Student Affairs (WGSA)
Affiliated Organizations and Special Interest Groups

Sunday April 25** – Tuesday April 27
Asilomar Conference Center, Pacific Grove, CA
Host: University of California, Davis

The western regional meeting of the AAMC’s Group on Educational Affairs (WGEA) and Group on Student Affairs (WGSA) is hosted annually by one of the 21 member institutions in the Western US and Canada.  The major theme of the conference is “Health and Interprofessional Education for the Underserved: Model Programs and Innovations.”  Subthemes and tracks will focus on innovative programs in curriculum, interprofessional education, educational technology, faculty development, and CME.

The WGEA / WGSA meeting is informative, fun, intimate and stimulating.  We expect about 150 folks from a variety of backgrounds and medical schools.  This is a great opportunity to learn from others, and to network with educators from other schools. There are opportunities for papers, posters, panels, and small group discussions.  The submission deadline will be in the Fall (we will announce the date soon).  This is a great setting for junior faculty, residents, medical students and other students to share  innovations in medical education in a friendly atmosphere with good mentoring – an excellent way to get experience presenting your educational scholarship.

**Special workshops and meetings of special interest groups in educational technology (CRIME) and libraries (LIME) will be scheduled on Sunday, April 25 prior to the opening of the conference on Sunday afternoon.

Participating Organizations

Professional Groups
GEA: The Group on Educational Affairs (GEA) is open to individuals with professional responsibility in medical student, resident, and continuing medical education, designated by deans, hospital directors, or academic societies. The GEA is organized in four regions: Southern, Central, Northeast, and Western. The GEA is also organized in sections reflecting the continuum of medical education: Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME); Graduate Medical Education (GME); Continuing Medical Education (CME); and Research in Medical Education (RIME).

GSA: The purpose of the Group on Student Affairs (GSA) is to advance medical education and, specifically, to represent the interests of medical schools and medical students in the areas of admissions, student affairs, financial aid, minority affairs, and student records.

GSA-MAS: AAMC's Group on Student Affairs-Minority Affairs Section (GSA-MAS).

OSR: The OSR is the student branch of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The OSR is charged with the representation of the undergraduate medical student body of the U.S. to the academic medicine community. Unlike other student organizations (e.g., AMA-MSS, SNMA, or AMSA), who represent their membership, the OSR's constituency comprises all medical students. The concerns of the OSR lie exclusively within academic medicine and medical education. The OSR's representatives are from each of the 130 allopathic medical schools in the United States.

NAAHP: The National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) is an organization exclusively dedicated to the needs of the health profession advisor.

Special Interest Groups

CRIME: Computer Resources in Medical Education (CRIME) is a special interest group of the Western Group on Educational Affairs.  Since 1998, CRIME has provided leadership in the development, evaluation and utilization of technology-based medical education through a collaborative grass-roots community of educators and technologists. 

LIME: Libraries in Medical Education (LIME) is an official special interest group within the regional Groups on Educational Affairs (GEA).  There are four official LIME SIGs, which reside within the Central, Southern, Northeast, and Western Regions.  Since 2005, LIME has been active presenting posters and paper sessions, leading continuing education workshops and meeting at national and regional meetings.  It is hoped that LIME will facilitate the sharing of best practices and educational materials, as well as serve as a forum for questions, opportunities and collaborations.