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Attending conferences to share what we are doing at UNC and bringing back lessons to improve how we teach is an important part of our work. Such work is important for both faculty and staff involved in education. Some of you may not have thought about attending a conference and we want to encourage you to do so.

If you would like the Office of Medical Education to help provide support to attend a conference, please contact Beat Steiner, MD, MPH at


Annual Association of America Medical Colleges (AAMC)


Brief description: As the only meeting devoted exclusively to academic medicine’s challenges and opportunities, the AAMC Annual Meeting brings together diverse communities within medical education, patient care, and research so that academic medicine professionals may learn from one another, find common ground, and build organizational capacity.

Usual time for poster or workshop submissions: TBD

Annual Meeting: Usually in the fall.

Southern Group on Educational Affairs (SGEA)


Brief description: The SGEA fosters excellence along the continuum of medical education—undergraduate medical education, graduate medical education, and continuing medical education—by providing a forum for discussing the concerns of the medical education profession, serving as a resource, and acting in an advisory capacity to the GEA and AAMC. This mission is accomplished through communication, cooperation and shared respect among its members.

Usual time for poster or workshop submissions: Mid-fall

Annual Meeting: March 12-14, 2020 (Atlanta, GA).

Group on Student Affairs (GSA) 


Brief description: 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. 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, student diversity affairs, student financial assistance, and student records. The function of the GSA is to provide a means of communication among, and to facilitate interaction of the AAMC with, GSA representatives with responsibilities in these areas.

Usual time for poster or workshop submissions: Late summer, early fall

Annual Meeting: Spring meeting

International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE)


Brief description: IAMSE is a nonprofit professional development society organized and directed by health professions educators whose goals include promoting excellence and innovation in teaching, student assessment, program evaluation, instructional technology, human simulation, and learner-centered education.

Usual time for poster or workshop submissions: Late Fall

Annual Meeting: Summer meeting

Keck School of Medicine of USC Innovations in Medical Education Conference 


Brief description:The IME Conference joins together a growing community of educators, leaders, scholars, and learners working together to promote change through innovation in health professions education. Our goal is to move education in the health professions toward a higher level of excellence and wellbeing by providing a forum for sharing innovative ideas and educational innovations.

Meeting:Friday and Saturday, February 14 and 15, 2020

Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine (AAIM)


Brief description: The alliance represents all facets of academic internal medicine from Program Directors (APDIM), Undergraduate Medical Educators (CDIM), Specialty educators (i.e. Fellowship teachers or directors through ASP), Administrators In Medicine (AIM), and Chairs/chiefs (APM). The group advocates for IM and works closely with USMLE, ACP, SGIM, AMA, and AAMC.

There are special subgroups for Md/Phd teachers/leaders and preclinical internal medicine teaching. And many committees to get involved with on everything from ambulatory medicine to dean’s letters.

Whether you want to improve your teaching, educational research or scholarly productivity, or leadership skills, this is the meeting for you.  It is not uncommon for many people from one department to go together  (chair, PD, CD, Teachers, chiefs, etc). Mentorship opportunities abound.

Usual time for poster or workshop submissions: Usually in late July.

Annual Meeting: Main meeting is usually in April.  Secondary meeting in the fall.

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Conference on Medical Student Education


Brief description: Great conference for primary care educators who teach medical students. Many of the sessions focus on very practical ways to improve your teaching techniques and your curriculum. Students are welcome at the conference. The beauty of this conference is the opportunity to network. Usually about 600 educators attend so the conference remains relatively intimate. You really get to know educators from other schools.

Usual time for poster or workshop submissions: early summer

Annual Meeting: January, early spring

Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) Annual Spring Conference


Brief description: Conference for resident and medical student educators that focused on practical ways to improve education in primary care. Mix of residency educators and medical student educators increases networking opportunities. The conference also often has a focus on advocacy.

Usual time for poster or workshop submissions: late summer, early fall

Annual Meeting: early May