The Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine (ACOM) had a strong presence recently in Nashville at the first in-person Southern Group on Education Affairs (SGEA) conference since 2019! The theme was “Building the Future of Medical Education Together.” ACOM faculty participated in the conference planning committee, served as Medical Education Scholarship awards reviewers, and/or facilitated sessions throughout the conference as moderators. ACOM students participated in meaningful conversations during the engaging sessions and workshops by asking thought-provoking questions while raising the dialogue on major themes impacting medical education today. Whether it was in a poster session or an oral presentation, our students presented their research in medical education from the summer research program at ACOM. In addition, ACOM was the only osteopathic school represented among many allopathic medical schools from the Southeast region. ACOM also had the strongest medical school representation from Alabama. Funds available through the division of Anatomy and Molecular Medicine helped support the student research and travel. More information on the conference is available at https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/sgea2023/
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 Group on Educational Affairs (GEA) and the AAMC.