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Program Overview

The Graduate Medical Education (GME) Leadership Development Program, or GME-LDP, is a hands-on program for GME professionals covering a range of topics including competency-based education, assessment and evaluation, recruitment and retention of residents, and tools to advance your academic career. 

The program will include group discussions, case studies, role playing, interactive exercises, and presentations to help build and support your professional and personal growth. By focusing on creating a clear bridge between theory and practice, GME-LDP will provide you with new tools and leave you looking at your role through a widened lens.

Competencies you will develop through this program include: curriculum design, teaching, assessment, administration, communication, recruitment, leadership, wellness, self-care, professionalism, program evaluation.

This program is part of the AACOM Leadership Institute, and is designed by the Academy for Academic Leadership (AAL), in partnership with AACOM’s Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators (AOGME). AAL is a national leader in strategy and professional development focused on health and higher education organizations.

Who Should Participate

The GME-LDP program is open to all professionals involved in GME but is especially geared toward new, current, and aspiring GME faculty

How It Works

Over a 12-month period, GME-LDP engages participants through a two-part curriculum that includes one-on-one guidance from top practicing professionals through a series of live webinars and a one-day on-site workshop.  

Phase I. Webinar Series

  • How Competency-Based Education Makes Your Job Easier for Residency Faculty
  • Simplifying Assessment and Evaluation
  • More is Less (Competencies, Milestones, and Entrustable Professional Activities)—Part I
  • More is Less (Competencies, Milestones, and Entrustable Professional Activities)—Part II
  • The Difficult Resident

Phase II. On-Site Session

  • Recruiting the Best Residents for Your Program
  • Optimizing Mentoring Relationships for Your Residents and Yourself
  • Leading Change
  • I’ve Been Told to Create a New Curriculum on “X”, Now What?
  • Applying Cognitive Science, Educational Research, and the Science of Learning to Make You a Better Teacher
  • Strategies to Advance Your Academic Career


Completing the GME-LDP provides the participant with a certificate and continuing medical education credits (CME)

Sneak Peak: How Competency-based Education Makes Your Job Easier for Residency Faculty

In this sneak preview of the first educational webinar in the GME-LDP, Dr. Stanley Kozakowski explored how competency-based education can be leveraged at a residency level to design and conduct teaching, improve the quality of resident-teacher interactions, enhance resident recruitment and more.

The Graduate Medical Education (GME) Leadership Development Program, or GME-LDP, is a hands-on program for GME professionals covering a range of topics including competency-based education, assessment and evaluation, recruitment and retention of residents, and tools to advance your academic career. Download the the webinar recording.

About the Facilitators


Susan Guralnick, MD

Susan Guralnick, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, is Associate Dean for GME and Designated Institutional Official at UC Davis. Prior to this she spent 8 years as Associate Dean for GME/DIO at NYU Winthrop Hospital and 12 years as Pediatric Residency Program Director at Stony Brook Medicine. She is currently Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Pediatric Education and Chair of the National Resident Matching Program. She was previously Chair and a member of the ACGME Transitional Year Review Committee, member of the Pediatric Milestones Working Group, and member of the Cross-Specialty Milestones Working Group. Dr. Guralnick graduated from State University of NY at Buffalo School of Medicine in 1986, and completed her Pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo. Dr. Guralnick is actively involved in teaching pediatric residents and maintains a University-Based Complex Care primary care practice. Dr. Guralnick is a highly experienced presenter. She has presented dozens of peer-reviewed workshops nationally and internationally, and has been an invited speaker at many institutions. Dr. Guralnick has expertise in a variety of educational domains. Among the topics she has presented at the ACGME Annual Educational Conference are Curriculum Development, , Milestones, Wellness, and the ACGME Self-Study.


Stanley Kozakowski, MD, FAAFP

Dr. Stan Kozakowski was born and raised in New Jersey.  He graduated from the New York Medical College in 1981.  After he completed his family practice residency training at the Lancaster General Hospital Family and Community Medicine Residency Program in Lancaster, PA., he entered private practice in rural Warren County, NJ.  He taught family medicine at the Hunterdon Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program in Flemington, NJ from 1987 – 2011, serving as the director of the program for the last 15 years.  Dr. Kozakowski served on the faculty of the nationally recognized Duke Faculty Development Workshops Series in Ashville, NC. Dr. Kozakowski held a number of national leadership positions including president of the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors; president of the Family Medicine Education Consortium; chair of the Council of Academic Medicine of Family Medicine, member of the executive committee for the national “Preparing the Personal Physician for Practice” (P4) project; and member of the executive committee of the Length of Training Pilot Project. 

Dr. Kozakowski is a frequent speaker and facilitator at regional and national conferences and an author of many publications on a variety of academic Family Medicine topics. He is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the Albany Medical College; and Associate Clinical Professor of Family Medicine at the University of Kansas Medical School. 

Dr. Kozakowski's interests include master teaching, competency-based education and assessment and evaluation systems.  He was recognized as "Outstanding Voluntary Faculty Member of the Year" by the Department of Family Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in Piscataway, NJ. and in New Jersey Health & Beauty Magazine April/May 2011 as one of “NJ Doctors Who Make a Difference.”

Dr. Kozakowski is the former Director of the Division of Medical Education for the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP).  His division was responsible for student interest activities, graduate medical education, RPS consultative services, and provided staff support for the AAFP Commission on Education.  In addition, Dr. Kozakowski served as a resource to members, staff and external groups, and represented the AAFP to external organizations, foundations, and agencies, both public and private, involved with medical education.


Lisa Nash, DO, is the current Chair of the Assembly of Osteopathic Graduate Medical Educators (AOGME). Dr. Nash also currently serves as the Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education at Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine (TCOM), where she is responsible for all GME programs affiliated with the health science center.  Dr. Lisa Nash is responsible for accreditation of graduate medical education (GME) programs affiliated with TCOM, oversight of TCOM-sponsored GME programs and the growth and development of new programs and faculty development for GME. She also oversees the Academic Medicine fellowship and career advising for TCOM students.

Dr. Nash also serves as Associate Professor in TCOM’s Department of Family Medicine and as Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. She is director of Medical Education at Weatherford Regional Medical Center and designated institutional official at Plaza Medical Center of Fort Worth.

In 2010, she was designated a “Top Doc” by Best Doctors Inc., an independent research body that produces a biannual peer-reviewed list identifying the nation’s top 5 percent of physicians. She is a recipient of the Program Director Recognition Award-Bronze Level from the Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors.

Board Certified in Family Practice by the American Board of Osteopathic Family Physicians, she is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians and a Harvard Macy Scholar.

Dr. Nash earned her DO from UNTHSC–TCOM, and an MS in Health Professions Education from the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for the Health Professions in Boston. She received her BS in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Texas Christian University.

Among her many professional affiliations, Dr. Nash serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Association of Osteopathic Directors and Medical Educators and as Chair of the Subcommittee for Academic Physicians for the Texas Medical Association Council on Medical Education. She is also a member of the External Advisory Board of the Texas Christian University Pre-Health Professions Institute and has served as an invited reviewer of abstracts for the Association for Medical Education in Europe.

Dr. Nash completed her medical degree at TCOM, her Master of Science in Health Professions Education at Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for the Health Professions, and her family medicine residency at Osteopathic Medical Center of Texas in Fort Worth.


Tuition covers costs of speakers, moderators, and other ancillary costs. It does not cover travel and other expenses to the in-person workshop

  • Member fee: $995 per person
  • Non-member fee: $1,295 per person


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