2017 Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference

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The 2017 Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference was held August 26-30 in Helsinki, Finland. The AMEE conference is recognized globally as a key annual medical and health care professions education platform, regularly attended by 3,500 participants from all over the world. Session formats included workshops, short communications, posters, specialty courses, symposia, and plenaries.

A number of FAIMER staff participated in AMEE 2017, serving as symposium, workshop, and short communication presenters. FAIMER President John Norcini and Research Scientist Marta van Zanten facilitated a pre-conference workshop with WFME President David Gordon, titled The World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) Recognition Program for Accrediting Agencies: Purpose, Processes, and Criteria. Dr. Norcini also gave a presentation titled What are the Implications of Entrustable Professional Activities for Assessment? as part of the symposium Entrustment Decisions: Implications for Curriculum Development and Assessment. Dr. van Zanten and FAIMER Vice President for Research and Data Resources Jack Boulet presented a short communication titled United States-citizen Graduates of International Medical Schools: 1991-2015. Dr. Boulet also served as chairperson of a short communication titled Management and Leadership: Social Accountability, and co-facilitated a workshop titled Scoring Performance-Based Assessments. FAIMER Information Scientist Amy Opalek presented a short communication on behalf of Research Associate Sarah Leng, titled Professional Regulation of Physicians. FAIMER Senior Scholar Robbert Duvivier was the recipient of the 2017 Miriam Friedman Ben-David New Educator’s Award, presented during the opening plenary session.

FAIMER Research Staff Take Part in the 13th Annual AAMC Health Workforce Research Conference

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The 13th Annual Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Health Workforce Research Conference was held May 3-5, 2017, in Arlington, Virginia. This annual conference brings researchers, educators, and policymakers together to meet and discuss state and federal health workforce issues. The theme of this year’s conference was Working Together for Health: Aligning the Health Workforce with Population Needs.

Several members of the FAIMER Research staff took part in the conference, sharing information based on FAIMER Research and Data Resources projects. Danette McKinley, Director of Research and Data Resources, gave a presentation titled Primary Care Physicians and Vulnerable Populations: A Cross-Sectional Analysis co-authored by Julie Drendall, as part of a plenary session on Provider Types, Populations Served, and Outcomes Achieved. Research Scientist Amy Opalek participated in a breakout session on Aging and a Diverse Population—Implications for Health Workforce with a presentation titled Who Cares for Pennsylvania’s Diverse Patient Populations? Ms. Opalek and Research Associate Sarah Leng also presented a poster titled International Medical Graduates’ Contributions to the United States Health Workforce.

2017 Annual International Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health

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The 2017 annual international conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) took place April 8-12, 2017, in Hammamet, Tunisia. The theme of the conference, which was held in conjunction with the World Summit on Social Accountability, was “Improving the Impact of Educational Institutions on People’s Health.” The program included keynote addresses, didactic sessions, workshops, and poster sessions related to this theme.

One highlight of the conference was the session presenting winners of the fifth annual Projects That Work competition, sponsored and organized by FAIMER, which showcased six projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the conference theme for three years or longer. An annual feature of The Network: TUFH conference, Projects That Work recognizes excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, in order to encourage the development, implementation, and dissemination of more such projects. An open worldwide call resulted in 27 submissions, from which six were selected by an international panel of 20 reviewers.

The winning 2017 Projects That Work projects were represented at the conference by (pictured above, left to right) Mercedes Bernadá (Uruguay), Safinah Kisu Museene (Uganda), Esoh Godfrey Nji (Cameroon), Pushpanjali Krishnappa (India), Jana Muller (South Africa), and Julieta Dorado (Philippines). The session was moderated by Ralf Graves, FAIMER Director of Regional Institutes. The projects were presented in a combined panel discussion/poster presentation format to maximize potential for collaboration and sharing between attendees and presenters.

The conference also featured the winners of the third annual Student Projects for Health competition. Sponsored by FAIMER and GEMx, the Student Projects for Health competition recognizes the work of students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being. The competition was open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. An open worldwide call resulted in 130 submissions from which 14 projects were selected by an international panel of 23 reviewers. The students produced posters describing their work, which they presented during two interactive sessions.

Projects That Work and Student Projects for Health will also be features of the next Network: TUFH conference to be held in Limerick, Ireland, August 16-20, 2018. Applications are expected to open in early 2018.

Abstract Submission Deadline for the 2017 Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health Extended to January 9

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The abstract submission deadline for the 2017 annual conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) has been extended to January 9, 2017. The 2017 conference, which will feature the World Summit on Social Accountability, will be held April 8-12, 2017, in Hammamet, Tunisia. The theme of the conference is Improving the Impact of Educational Institutions on People’s Health.

The conference organizers invite abstracts containing empirical, theoretical, or descriptive studies relevant to one of the conference subthemes. Detailed information on the abstract submission process, including themes and subthemes, formats, and the abstract review process can be found here.

Please visit the conference website for more information.

 

There Is Still Time to Submit an Abstract for the 2017 Annual Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health!

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The Network: Towards Unity for Health - TunisiaThere is still time to submit an abstract for the 2017 annual conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH)! The 2017 conference, which will feature the World Summit on Social Accountability, will be held April 8-12, 2017, in Hammamet, Tunisia. The theme of the conference is Improving the Impact of Educational Institutions on People’s Health.

Abstract submissions will be accepted through December 15, 2016. The conference organizers invite abstracts containing empirical, theoretical, or descriptive studies relevant to one of the conference subthemes. Detailed information on the abstract submission process, including themes and subthemes, formats, and the abstract review process can be found here.

Please visit the conference website for more information.

(posted September 21, 2016; updated November 14, 2016, November 29, 2016)

FAIMER Attends IAMRA’s 12th International Conference on Medical Regulation

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The International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities’ (IAMRA) 12th International Conference on Medical Regulation was held September 20-23, 2016, in Melbourne, Australia. This biennial conference, hosted this year by the Medical Board of Australia and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), brought together participants from around the world to discuss topics ranging from the education of future health professionals to the quality assurance of licensed/registered practitioners.

FAIMER staff participated in the conference, sharing information based on FAIMER Research and Data Resources projects. In a panel on Transparency and Quality Assurance, Jack Boulet presented “Licensure, Specialty Certification, Revalidation and Accreditation: What is their Value?” In a panel addressing The Challenges of Medical Mobility, Amy Opalek presented “The Challenges of Building a Data Model for the World’s Medical Schools,” a discussion of information management challenges of building and maintaining the World Directory of Medical Schools.

The next IAMRA International Conference on Medical Regulation is scheduled for 2018 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

2016 Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference

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The 2016 Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference was held August 27-31 in Barcelona, Spain. The AMEE conference is recognized globally as a key annual medical and health care professions education platform, regularly attended by 3,500 participants. Session formats included workshops, short communications, posters, specialty courses, symposia, and plenaries.

A number of FAIMER staff participated in AMEE 2016, serving as symposium, workshop, and short communication presenters. John Norcini served as faculty in the Essential Skills in Medical Education Assessment (ESME) course and presented as part of a pre-conference workshop entitled Five essential topics for faculty development programs in assessment: What do faculty need to know?, as well as a symposium entitled The role of qualitative and quantitative feedback in the context of a competency-based curriculum. John Boulet gave a presentation as part of the workshop entitled From course objectives to entrustable professional activities: Developing test blueprints for assessments that matter. Together with Professor David Gordon of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME), John Norcini and Marta van Zanten presented a workshop entitled Understanding the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) criteria for recognizing agencies that accredit medical schools. Sarah Leng, Robbert Duvivier, and Marta van Zanten presented short communications describing projects conducted as part of FAIMER’s ongoing research initiatives: Cross-border partnerships in medical education, Physician emigration from Africa to the United States of America – a 10 year cross-sectional profile, and The association between accreditation of medical education and rates of specialty board certification for graduates of international medical schools practicing in the United States, respectively.

(posted September 9, 2016; updated September 12, 2016)

2016 Annual International Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health

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2016 Annual International Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for HealthThe 2016 annual international conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) took place July 26-30, 2016, in Shenyang, China. Hosted in partnership with China Medical University, the conference theme was “Building Trust: A Global Challenge in Health System Reform.” The program included keynote addresses, didactic sessions, workshops, and poster sessions related to this theme. For the first time the conference also featured a new plenary format called “TUFH Talks” that included several three-minute presentations by individuals followed by commentary on each from a panel of experts.

A highlight of the 2016 Network: TUFH conference was the session presenting winners of the fourth annual Projects That Work competition, sponsored and organized by FAIMER, which showcased four projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the conference theme for three years or longer. An annual feature of The Network: TUFH conference, Projects That Work recognizes excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, in order to encourage the development, implementation, and dissemination of more such projects. An open worldwide call resulted in 33 submissions, from which five were selected by an international panel of 12 reviewers. One of the winning projects has been deferred for presentation to the 2017 conference.

The winning 2016 Projects That Work projects were represented at the conference by (pictured above, left to right) Jachin Velavan (India), Doreen Mloka (Tanzania), Marco Sosa (Colombia), and Eric Rucogoza (Rwanda). The session was moderated by Ralf Graves, FAIMER Director of Regional Institutes. The projects were presented in a combined panel discussion/workshop format to maximize potential for collaboration and sharing amongst attendees.

The conference also featured the winners of the second annual Student Projects for Health competition. Sponsored by FAIMER and GEMxSM, the Student Projects for Health competition recognizes the work of students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being. The competition was open to all undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. An open worldwide call resulted in 68 submissions from which 20 students were selected by an international panel of 13 reviewers. The students produced posters describing their work, which they presented during two interactive sessions.

Projects That Work and Student Projects for Health will also be features of the next Network: TUFH conference to be held in Tunis, Tunisia, April 8-12, 2017. Applications for both competitions will open in early September.

WFME to Host Symposium on Accreditation on June 14, 2016 in Cancún, Mexico

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The World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) has announced that it will host a symposium titled “Accreditation and the Recognition of Accreditation: Where Are We Now?” in conjunction with the PAFAMS-AMFEM conference Educación Médica en las Américas (Medical Education in the Americas) that will take place June 14-18, 2016, in Cancún, Mexico. The symposium will be held from 10:00 am to 12:45 pm on Tuesday, June 14, and will provide background information on the accreditation of medical education programs and the WFME program for recognition of accrediting agencies. The symposium is recommended for anyone interested in the accreditation of medical education, particularly organizations planning the establishment of an accrediting agency and accrediting agencies considering applying to WFME for recognition.

Additional details and registration information are available on the WFME website.

Abstract Submission Deadline for the 2016 Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health Has Been Extended

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The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) has extended the abstract submission deadline for its 2016 conference, which will be held July 26-30, 2016, in Shenyang, Liaoning Province, China. Organized by The Network: TUFH and China Medical University, the theme of this year’s conference is Building Trust: A Global Challenge in Health System Reform. The conference will provide a unique opportunity to discuss complex issues related to trust that cut across countless professions, in and out of the health care space. Keynote and workshop topics will include building trust in provider-patient communication, building trust in health interactions with the community, violence against health professionals, quality assurance, licensing of health professionals, and trust in interprofessional medical education.

The conference organizers invite abstracts containing empirical, theoretical, or descriptive studies relevant to one of the conference subthemes. Detailed information on the abstract submission process, including format, themes and subthemes, and the review process can be found here.

Visit the conference website to learn more about the 2016 Network: TUFH conference, or to register.

(posted January 22, 2016; updated March 4, 2016)