One hundred thirty medical educators participated in the first National Conference on Medical Education, held at the All India Institute for Medical Sciences in Delhi November 15-17. The meeting, which was sponsored by FAIMER and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of India, focused on faculty development. Participants included representatives of the Ministry, the Medical Council of India, several Vice Chancellors and Deans, faculty from Indian medical schools, FAIMER staff, and over fifteen FAIMER Fellows. Meeting attendees created five working groups for further development of the field of medical education in India. These groups are working on: 1) formation of a national organization of medical educators, 2) development of a national body for accreditation of medical educators, 3) creation of communication tools for educators, 4) development of standards for medical education units, and 5) construction of national faculty development programs in education. Those interested in following the progress of the working groups can visit the Google Group on Medical Education Units in Indiaformed by meeting participants.
(posted December 17, 2007; updated January 11, 2008)