5th Annual Asian Medical Education Association Conference Held in Indonesia

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The 5th Annual Asian Medical Education Association (AMEA) Conference was held October 4-7, 2009, in Bandung, Indonesia. Hosted by the Faculty of Medicine at Universitas Padjadjaran (FMUP), the conference drew more than 300 medical educators from across Asia and was themed, “Education for Future Physician: Mosaic in Asia.”

Discussions focused on clinical education, with topics ranging from assessment and faculty development to ethics and community-related issues. The conference featured a variety of session formats, including workshops, lectures, and poster presentations. Several FAIMER faculty members and Fellows presented.

FAIMER President and CEO John Norcini, Ph.D., spoke on “Problems and challenges in clinical education” and “Specialty certification of the American Board of Internal Medicine.” Dr. Norcini also conducted a pre-conference workshop with FAIMER Fellow Sari Dewi (PHIL 2008) on “360-degree feedback.” Dr. Dewi served on the conference’s scientific organizing committee and also gave a poster presentation on “Optimizing feedback using mini-CEX during final semester program in faculty of medicine Universitas Padjadjaran.”

Christina Tan (PHIL 2005) of Malaysia spoke on “The assessor in assessment” as part of a symposium. Coralie Dimacali (PHIL 2008) from the Philippines presented on “Clinical education at community settings” in another symposium. Surapaneni Krishna Mohan (CMCL 2009) from India presented a paper on “Concept mapping as a tool in the teaching of clinical biochemistry of undergraduate medical curriculum.”

FAIMER Institute faculty member Ara Tekian, Ph.D., M.H.P.E., conducted a pre-conference workshop on the “Use of simulation technology in clinical education” and, as part of a symposium, spoke on the “Use of simulation technology in the training and assessment of skills in medical education.”

Participants shared experiences that represented the diversity of Asia and praised the conference for providing the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and build collaborations.