The ACGME’s MUA/P Advisory Group provides consultation for implementing the ACGME’s framework for medically underserved areas/populations (MUA/P) and graduate medical education (GME).

The MUA/P Advisory Group contributes to the development of:

  1. Organizational knowledge of issues related to MUA/P and GME
  2. Outreach to designated institutional officials, program directors, and others
  3. Educational opportunities to facilitate the development of GME in MUA/P

Call for Members

Review the following documents for more information:

Nomination Process

The ACGME is currently accepting nominations for individuals with expertise in GME, MUA/P, and/or health care policy/governance. Stakeholder types of interest include senior clinical executive leaders and residents/fellows.

The ACGME seeks representation from diverse perspectives, including a variety of medically underserved communities, such as rural, urban, tribal, and correctional settings. Candidates may be nominated by individuals or organizations. Self-nominations are accepted.

Members will serve up to three-year initial terms with the option of renewing for an additional three-year term. Resident/fellow members will serve two-year terms.

Resident/fellow nominations must include:

  • A letter of recommendation signed by the nominee’s program director and designated institutional official of the Sponsoring Institution ensuring the resident/fellow will have sufficient time to participate in meetings and activities of the MUA/P Advisory Group as expected
  • Nominee’s up-to-date curriculum vitae
  • A one-page personal statement outlining the nominee’s educational goals, professional interests, and intent to serve if selected for membership on the MUA/P Advisory Group

Only complete nomination packets will be considered. Materials received after the deadline will not be considered.

All nominees will be notified following the selection process. This is currently expected to be completed in early summer.

Submission Deadline

Email complete nomination packets to by March 17, 2024.

MUA/P Advisory Group Members

Chad Harris, MD
Natividad Medical Center

Paul Foster Johnson, MFA
Vice Chair

Jim Clardy, MD
University of Arkansas for
Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Gary Cloud, PhD, MBA
A.T. Still University
Public Member

Michael Dill
Association of American Medical Colleges

Marie Dotseth, MHA
Public Member

Diana Franco, MD
Loyola Medicine/MacNeal Hospital
Resident Member

Thomas Gearan, MD, FACP
Maine Medical Center

Raven Hill, DO
Morehouse School of Medicine
Resident Member

Theresa Nevarez, MD, MBA
Los Angeles County-Harbor-
UCLA Medical Center

Dotun Ogunyemi, MD
Charles R. Drew University College of Medicine

Bridget Thackeray, DO
Texas Institute for Graduate Medical
Education and Research (TIGMER)

Kimberly Thomas, MD, MSPH
Providence Health

Susan Ward-Jones, MD
East Arkansas Family Health Center, Inc.

Ex-Officio Members

Loretta Christensen, MD, MBA, MSJ, FACS
Indian Health Service

Kanta Velamuri, MD
Veterans Health Administration

John Snyder, MD, MS, MPH, FACP
Health Resources and Services Administration

Leith States, MD, MPH
Department of Health and Human Services