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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Winners of the 2016 Projects That Work Competition at the 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)

2015 Annual International Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health

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Winners of the 2015 Projects That Work competition at the 2015 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for HealthThe 2015 annual international conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) took place September 12-16, 2015, in Gauteng Province, South Africa. Held jointly with the annual conference of the South African Association for Health Educationalists (SAAHE), the conference theme was “Education for Change.” The program included keynote addresses, didactic sessions, workshops, and poster sessions related to this theme, as well as site visits to local community health care facilities.

A highlight of the 2015 Network: TUFH conference was the session presenting winners of the third annual Projects That Work competition, sponsored and organized by FAIMER, which showcased five 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 30 submissions, from which five were selected by an international panel of 13 reviewers.

The winning 2015 Projects That Work projects were represented at the conference by (pictured above, left to right) Rukhsana Ayub Aslam (Pakistan), Aminkeng Zawuo Leke (Cameroon), Carolina Araújo Damasio Santos (Brazil), Vidyadhar Balkrishna Bangal (India), and Suvetha Kannappan (India). 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.

This year’s conference also featured the introduction of a new program highlight. Sponsored by FAIMER and GEMx®, the Student Projects for Health competition recognized 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 73 submissions from which 17 students were selected by an international panel of 20 reviewers. The students produced posters describing their work, which they presented during an interactive session of the conference.

Projects That Work and Student Projects for Health will also be features of the next Network: TUFH conference to be held in Shenyang, China, July 26-30, 2016. Applications for both competitions will open in early January. Look here for an announcement.

2015 Annual International Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health

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2015 Annual International Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for HealthThe 2015 annual international conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) took place September 12-16, 2015, in Gauteng Province, South Africa. Held jointly with the annual conference of the South African Association for Health Educationalists (SAAHE), the conference theme was “Education for Change.” The program included keynote addresses, didactic sessions, workshops, and poster sessions related to this theme, as well as site visits to local community health care facilities.

A highlight of the 2015 Network: TUFH conference was the session presenting winners of the third annual Projects That Work competition, sponsored and organized by FAIMER, which showcased five 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 30 submissions, from which five were selected by an international panel of 13 reviewers.

The winning 2015 Projects That Work projects were represented at the conference by (pictured above, left to right) Rukhsana Ayub Aslam (Pakistan), Aminkeng Zawuo Leke (Cameroon), Carolina Araújo Damasio Santos (Brazil), Vidyadhar Balkrishna Bangal (India), and Suvetha Kannappan (India). 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.

This year’s conference also featured the introduction of a new program highlight. Sponsored by FAIMER and GEMx®, the Student Projects for Health competition recognized 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 73 submissions from which 17 students were selected by an international panel of 20 reviewers. The students produced posters describing their work, which they presented during an interactive session of the conference.

Projects That Work and Student Projects for Health will also be features of the next Network: TUFH conference to be held in Shenyang, China, July 26-30, 2016. Applications for both competitions will open in early January. Look here for an announcement.

Abstract Submission Deadline for the Joint 2015 Conference of The Network: TUFH and SAAHE Extended to May 11

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Abstracts are now being accepted for the joint 2015 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH)and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE), to be held September 12-16, 2015, in Gauteng Province, South Africa. The conference organizers invite abstracts containing empirical, theoretical, or descriptive studies relevant to the subtheme for which the abstract is being submitted. Any contribution reflecting progress or containing new ideas will be considered.

Detailed information on the abstract submission process, including format, themes and subthemes, and the review process can be found on the website of the 2015 Network: TUFH Conference.

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to May 11, 2015.

(posted March 4, 2015; updated March 9, 2015, April 15, 2015, May 8, 2015)

Registration for the Joint 2015 Conference of The Network: TUFH and SAAHE Is Now Open

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Registration is now open for the joint conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE), to be held in Gauteng Province, South Africa, September 12-16, 2015. The theme of the conference is “Education for Change.”

Joint hosting of The Network: TUFH and SAAHE annual conferences provides an opportunity to build on the strengths of two great organizations to discuss the education of health professionals, with a focus on excellence and relevance to community health needs.

To learn more, please visit the conference website.

2014 Annual International Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health

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Winners of the 2014 Projects That Work competition at the 2014 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for HealthThe 2014 annual international conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) took place November 19-23, 2014, in Fortaleza, Brazil. The conference theme was “Strengthening Health Professions Education as a Policy to Improve Health,” and its program included keynote addresses, didactic sessions, workshops, and poster sessions built around this theme, as well as site visits to local community health care facilities.

A highlight of the 2014 Network: TUFH conference was the session presenting winners of the second annual Projects That Work competition, sponsored and organized by FAIMER, which showcased seven 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 64 submissions, from which seven were selected by an international panel of 13 reviewers.

The 2014 Projects That Work winning projects were represented at the conference by (pictured above, left to right) Hoffie Conradie (South Africa), Patricia Kelly (South Africa), Gavin MacGregor (South Africa), Suhasini Jayantilal Nagda (India), Damas Dukundane (Rwanda), Michèle Twomey (South Africa), and Jenny Paola Salamanca Preciado (Colombia). The panel discussion was moderated by FAIMER Vice President for Education Bill Burdick.

Projects That Work will also be a feature of the next Network: TUFH conference to be held in Pretoria, South Africa, September 12-16, 2015. Check back in January for an announcement of the opening of the 2015 competition application.