The Attendees have spoken: WGEA Conference is a SUCCESS

The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) Medical Education Building (MEB) was bustling with knowledge as educators from 19 multinational medical schools united at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) 2014 Western Group on Educational Affairs (WGEA) Regional Meeting, hosted by JABSOM on March 23- 25, 2014.

Educators from the U.S, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, and Thailand delivered 98 posters, 51 oral abstracts, 20 discussion groups, 28 workshops and 14 panel presentations; all ending with great success.

This event allowed students, post-MD Resident Physicians, and instructors to learn about various past, present, developing, and cross-cultural dynamics of medical education.

This year’s conference had 319 attendees and 226 submitted abstracts – a boost in numbers from the previous JABSOM-hosted conference in 2007 that established a WGEA record with 234 registrants and 147 abstract submissions.

Post-conference reviews were uplifting:

“The conference was stimulating, but also was heart-warming with full hospitality,” said Yusuke Ohya, MD, PhD; University of the Ryukyus Hospital


“Thank YOU for the great experience.  This was my first big conference and I really enjoyed it.  Thank you … for putting on a terrific event for the medschool and all the visiting guests!” said Evan Taniguchi, MS2; John A. Burns School of Medicine


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