IAMSE Communities of Growth (CoG)

IAMSE Communities of Growth are ongoing groups of like-minded individuals who want to informally get together to connect over an area or topic of their interest. A Community of Growth is not directly connected to any Committee and is self-organized. The currently active CoGs are listed below. If you would like more information, please contact support@iamse.org

Currently Active CoGs

Black Medical Educators

The Black Medical Educators (BME) Community of Growth (CoG) offers Black medical professionals an inclusive, supportive, and empowering space to engage in fellowship, networking, mentorship, and collaborative opportunities. This CoG provides valuable resources to enrich professional development, educational research and scholarship, and camaraderie among Black medical professors. Monthly meetings involve meaningful and robust discussions as members with diverse perspectives either broach current events involving diversity, equity, and inclusion in medical education or present their ongoing research projects. Past topics have included instructional design, racial health disparities, and the implementation of inclusive and equitable standards in medical curricula, which have also been presented to the IAMSE membership via focus sessions, workshops, #IAMSEcafés, and publications. Through these exchanges, community members can share best practices and create new knowledge to advance medical education. Ultimately, the BME CoG focuses on fostering diversity and representation in academic medicine, facilitating individual and collaborative pursuit of academic excellence, and inspiring, celebrating, and promoting the achievements and contributions of Black educators in medical education.

Meeting time:

The Black Medical Educators (BME) CoG meets on the first Friday of every month at 12:30 PM ET. To join the listserv please click here

If you are a Black medical educator who is interested in learning more about this COG and/or how to become a member, please contact Jacqueline Powell

Community of Growth on Artificial Intelligence in Education

This AI Community of Growth is open to advancing our discussions about AI in Health Professions Education. Topics such as:

  • Steve Garwood and colleagues at Rowan-Virtua SOM are using GAI to help improve entering medical students’ ability to research information and begin to develop metacognition in their curriculum.
  • Diego Nino and colleagues at the University of Texas-Tyler SOM and Florida International University are using AI to improve Progressive Disclosure Case discussions and assess student performance.
  • Lise McCoy and colleagues at NYITCOM are working on an initiative to involve the entire medical school in developing an AI Integration plan, beginning with the development of an AI Task Force, an AI Resource Center, a faculty and medical student assessment of AI Training Needs, and creating an integrated AI curriculum.

    In future Zoom meetings and through our listserv, we will highlight other AI projects to enrich our discussion and collaboration. Members will have several opportunities to share their AI projects, interests, and ideas as the AI COG develops.

Meeting time:

The AI Community of Growth meets on the First Wednesday of every month at noon ET. To join the listserv please click here.

For questions regarding the AI Community of Growth, please contact Douglas McKell

Community of Growth on Community Outreach, Research, and Engagement (CORE)

CORE is meant to serve as a community of growth for individuals involved in service-learning and outreach programs. Members of CORE will benefit from learning about the efforts of others involved in similar work, while serving as a source of best practices within the field of service-learning and outreach.

Specifically, CORE will promote a rigorous scholarly approach to service-learning and community outreach and engagement. Additional goals of this COG are to develop and share best practices in service-learning and outreach and provide support for individuals looking to create or improve their own outreach or service-learning program.

The hope is that CORE will serve as a starting point for those looking to get more involved in service- learning and outreach, or for those looking to make the switch to a more rigorous scholarly approach. As such, CORE will work towards developing workshops and presentations (such as those at IAMSE 2022 and ASPBP 2023) as well as best practices documents.

Through this work we hope to develop a reputation as a welcoming and beneficial group for both novices and veterans within the field of service-learning and outreach. CORE will help to lead the way in the field of service- learning and outreach, particularly among medical school professionals. By improving the rigor of the field there is a hope that service-learning and outreach will be recognized as a valuable form of scholarly work. This will be achieved both through the creation of a community of growth and by encouraging scholarly presentations examining service-learning and outreach in the form of articles, posters, presentations, and workshops.

Meeting time:

  • July 8 3PM EST
  • September 12 10AM EST
  • November 18 3PM EST 



For questions regarding CORE please contact Peter J. Vollbrecht and Natascha Heise.