A Comprehensive List of Major Medical Education Conferences in 2020

Osmosis Team
Published on Jan 13, 2020. Updated on Feb 3, 2020.

Whether you work in medical education as a dean or faculty member, attend medical school as a student, or practice medicine as a physician, medical education conferences are a great way to:

  • Network and connect with your colleagues and peers.

  • Learn about new ideas, technologies, and initiatives that can improve student learning and the broader healthcare industry.

  • Present on and hear about important research in the field.

  • Participate in leadership and professional development workshops that can advance your career.

We want to help you identify the conferences that will have the biggest impact on you and your institution. That’s why in this article we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of significant medical education conferences that can benefit you if you’re a dean, administrator, faculty member, or student.

The largest 2020 medical education conferences

Learn Serve Lead 2020: The AAMC Annual Meeting

Date: November 13–17, 2020

Location: Washington, D.C.

Overview: Learn Serve Lead: The AAMC Annual Meeting is one of the largest health education conferences. Last year, 4,850+ deans, faculty members, researchers, healthcare executives, and medical students attended it. During the conference, attendees have an opportunity to network with medical education leaders, engage in professional and leadership development, hear about important initiatives from the AAMC, and discuss the field’s most significant trends and technologies.

AMEE 2020

Date: September 6–9, 2020

Location: Glasgow, Scotland

Overview: AMEE’s annual conference is the premier event for European medical educators and students. Each year, more than 4,000 people from 90+ countries attend AMEE to network, discuss health education research, and learn from leaders in the industry.

International Association of Medical Science Educators Annual Meeting 2020

Date: June 13–16, 2020

Location: Denver, CO

Overview: The International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) is a nonprofit group dedicated to professional development and curricular advancement in health education. More than 600 people attend this event each year to participate in faculty development workshops and learn about innovative strategies for teaching and student assessment.

Educating Leaders 2020: The AACOM Annual Conference

Date: March 25-27, 2020

Location: Washington, D.C.

Overview: Educating Leaders (AACOM's Annual Conference) is the largest event of the year in osteopathic medical education. Every year, approximately 800  medical school deans, faculty, administrators, students, university presidents, and government officials attend Educating Leaders to network and learn about the most important research and ideas in the field. The theme of this year's conference is "Advocating Wellness, Advancing Education".

Osmosis is attending Educating Leaders 2020: The AACOM Annual Conference. Connect with us at the event.

Medical education conferences focused on deans, administrators, and faculty

2020 AAMC Councils Co-located Spring Meeting

Date: March 12–15, 2020

Location: San Diego, CA

Overview: Leaders from the AAMC Council of Deans (COD), Council of Teaching Hospitals (COTH), and Council of Faculty and Academic Societies attend this event to explore “new paradigms for effective leadership in academic medicine.” The three councils meet for a day of joint programming. After that point, they each have separate meetings to discuss issues and ideas relevant to the members and stakeholders of their respective groups.

AAMC Southern Group on Educational Affairs (SGEA) 2020 Annual Meeting

Date: March 11–14, 2020

Location: Atlanta, GA

Overview: At this event, deans, faculty, and students from member institutions of the SGEA connect with each other and discover ideas to improve teaching and learning in medical education. This year’s event is co-hosted by Augusta University Medical College of Georgia, Emory University School of Medicine, Mercer University School of Medicine, and Morehouse School of Medicine.

AAMC Western Group on Educational Affairs (WGEA) 2020 Meeting

Date: March 28–31, 2020

Location: Pacific Grove, CA

Overview: Educators and students from WGEA member institutions attend this event to advance ideas and initiatives that matter to them and their communities. “Finding common ground,” the theme of this year’s conference, will frame discussions around how to make healthcare and medical education more inclusive and equitable.

2020 Northeast Group on Educational Affairs (NEGEA) Annual Conference

Date: April 30–May 2, 2020

Location: Burlington, VT

Overview: This year’s NEGEA Annual Conference brings together faculty and students from institutions in the Northeastern United States to discuss incorporating humanities into medical education. Attendees will have a chance to network, present their research, earn CME credits, and more.

2020 AAMC GSA-CiM-OSR Professional Development Conference

Date: March 27–29, 2020

Location: Chicago, IL

Overview: Medical school and undergraduate administrators involved in student affairs, admissions, recruiting, diversity and inclusion, financial aid, and student records attend this event to connect with their peers and discuss topics that affect student life such as the transition to medical school and moving from medical school to residency.

MedBiquitous 2020

Date: June 9, 2020

Location: New York, NY

Overview: This conference brings together educators and technology innovators to connect and share best practices for using technology to improve outcomes in health education.

2020 Central Group on Educational Affairs (CGEA) Spring Conference

Date: April 1–3, 2020

Location: Rapid City, SD

Overview: Faculty from CGEA member institutions connect at this event and discuss topics that are relevant to their region’s schools and students.

Medical education conferences focused on students

2020 AMSA Convention & Exhibition

Date: April 16–19, 2020

Location: Washington, D.C.

Overview: More than 1,000 medical students and industry leaders connect at this event to discover ideas and technologies that can make healthcare more affordable, inclusive, and accessible. Attendees have a chance to advocate for policies on Capitol Hill, work on professional development, and learn via keynotes, workshops, and other engaging sessions.

2020 AMA Medical Student Advocacy & Region Conference

Date: March 5–7, 2020

Location: Washington, D.C.

Overview: This conference brings medical students from around the United States together to network and learn how ongoing legislation could impact them. Student attendees also have an opportunity to meet with their senators and representatives to advocate for policies that are relevant to their lives and future careers.

Non-US medical education conferences

Australian & New Zealand Association for Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) 2020 Conference

Date: July 12–15, 2020

Location: Melbourne, Australia

Overview: 500 health educators based in Australia and New Zealand attend this event each year to network and discuss best practices for teaching their students. The theme of this year’s event is Vision for Learning Cultures, focusing sessions and discussions on how to create a productive learning culture.

ASM 2020 - Disrupting Medical Education

Date: July 8–10, 2020

Location: Liverpool, England

Overview: This year’s ASME Annual Scholarship Meeting will focus on “challenging the norms of medical education”. Attendees will hear plenary lectures and debates, attend workshops and panel discussions, and learn about exciting research in medical education.

IAMSE Symposium: Integration in Medical and Health Science Education

Date: February 28, 2020

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Overview: The IAMSE invites educators from the Asia-Pacific region to attend this event and learn more about innovative ways to integrate science into the medical education curriculum. Approximately 200 deans, faculty members, researchers, and physicians are expected at this conference.

7th National Cardiology and Cardiothoracic Conference

Date: February 8–9, 2020

Location: London, United Kingdom

Overview: This conference brings together leaders, physicians, and students focused on advancing cardiology and cardiothoracic medicine. Attendees have an opportunity to hear from a variety of keynote speakers and attend workshops that enhance their understanding of these fields.

Looking to the year ahead

We hope this list of 2020 medical education conferences helps you find and attend events that have a positive impact on your institution and career. If you know of a major conference that isn’t yet on this list and you’d like us to add it, please email us at [email protected].