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Issue Ten - October 11, 2006

International Conference on Medical Education
January 27-28, 2007, Bangalore, India

Knowledge and information revolution is taking place in a big way. Technologies change very fast. Globalization is the order of the day. To stay ahead amidst all these and to establish quality in our medical education, we need to create forums to interact, share experiences, and fine tune our concerns and efforts. The proposed International Conference is our effort in this direction to get the best knowledge to meet, interact, and evolve models in medical education which will establish and reiterate the strength of Indian medical education.

Medical education is at a crossroads today. Inevitability of privatization to meet the growing demands may address quantity, but how about quality? This calls for more trained teachers; more commitment among teachers; strengthening innovation in service, training, and research areas of medical education; and, of course, bringing more focus to student-centered approaches in medical education. An area of lacunae is scarcity amidst plenty because of inadequate efforts toward networking and collaboration to create synergy among teachers, institutions, and different stake holders. Information sharing may supplement efforts and complement impact. The Management and Medical Education Department of MS Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore has identified increased need for strengthening Integrated Teaching and Community Orientation in Medical Institutions in India and other developing countries in the Asia Pacific Region. A two-day International Conference is being envisaged with hopes of bringing in health professional institutions, individuals, the Medical Council of India (MCI), universities, governments, and the private sector.

Prominent among the participants are representatives of Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS), select Health Universities, Deemed Universities, and Medical Education Departments – both within the country and from countries of Asia, and possibly America and Europe, too. Needless to say, this endeavor is toward better preparation of medical doctors and we plan to play a leadership and a facilitator role.

Envisaged in collaboration with RGUHS, Government of Karnataka, MCI, the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), and the World Health Organization (WHO), the endeavor aims at evolving a forum to monitor future efforts toward Integrated Teaching and Community Orientation in Health Professional Institutions in the country. It is hoped that the endeavor will be a milestone for introspection in medical education. There has been paradigm shift in the emphasis from disease orientation to community orientation, from disciplinary structures to integrated structures. The proposed consultation and international conference aims at strengthening these focused areas. For more information please visit our website at http://ricme.com.

Medha Joshi, B.Sc., M.D., M.H.P.E.
Secretary, Organizing Committee

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4th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC)
February 8-11, 2007, Singapore

Following the overwhelming success of the past three APMECs, the Medical Education Unit, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, will once again be organizing and hosting the 4th APMEC from February 8-11, 2007 at the National University of Singapore, Singapore.

The theme for the 4th APMEC is Outcomes in Medical Education – Trends, Issues, Priorities, Strategies. Several world renowned medical educators have accepted invitations to speak and run workshops at the conference.

The National University of Singapore reports that, as in past years, this conference has attracted considerable local and international participation, with 350 to 400 medical educators from and beyond the Asian region expected to attend.

Early bird conference registration closes on November 15, 2006. For more information, please visit the conference website.

We look forward to your participation and to making the 4th APMEC yet another resounding success!

Thank you.

With best wishes,

Associate Professor Khoo Hoon Eng

Chairperson, Organizing Committee, 4th APMEC 2007

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[last update: October 11, 2006]