8th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference

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The 8th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC), “Continuum of Medical Education: From Undergraduate Learning to Professional Practice—Trends, Issues, Priorities, and Strategies,” took place January 26-30, 2011, at the National University of Singapore, Singapore. The conference, aimed at sharing and learning from international experiences and best practices, included several pre- and post-conference workshops on medical and health professions education in collaboration with the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) and the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE). FAIMER President and CEO John J. Norcini, Ph.D., conducted a pre-conference workshop on workplace-based assessment, gave a lecture entitled “Contemporary and Future Directions in Assessment,” and led a special interest group on faculty development. Dr. Norcini was also awarded the 2011 MILES Award in recognition of his contributions to Mentoring, Innovation and Leadership in Educational Scholarship. For more information on the 8th APMEC conference, visit http://medicine.nus.edu.sg/meu/apmec8/index.shtml.

2010 International Conference in Medical Education

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The 2010 International Conference in Medical Education (ICME) was held December 4-7 at the Yas Island Rotana Hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The conference theme was “Beyond Flexner: A Roadmap for Excellence in Health Professions Education,” and more than 10 FAIMER faculty members, staff members, and Fellows participated, serving as conference organizers, advisors, workshop facilitators, keynote speakers, discussants, and poster presenters. The Fundamentals of Assessment in Medical Education (FAME) course was facilitated by FAIMER Associate Vice President for Research and Data Resources John R. Boulet, Ph.D., FAIMER President and CEO John J. Norcini, Ph.D., and FAIMER Institute faculty member Ara Tekian, Ph.D., M.H.P.E., Associate Professor and Director of International Affairs in the Department of Medical Education and Associate Dean of International Affairs at the College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago. Drs. Boulet, Norcini, and Tekian also served as keynote speakers, and Dr. Tekian served as a member of the ICME 2010 Executive Committee. A pre-conference workshop on qualitative research methods was facilitated by FAIMER faculty member Janet Grant, Ph.D., Professor of Education in Medicine at The Open University, United Kingdom. For more information on ICME 2010, visit http://www.icme.org/.

The Network: Towards Unity for Health 2010 Conference

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The Network: Towards Unity for Health (The Network: TUFH) 2010 Conference was held November 13-17 in Kathmandu, Nepal. The theme of this year’s conference was “Advancing Quality through Partnerships of Health Professions Education and Health Services Institutions.” Participating institutions and individuals had opportunities to share approaches and innovations with each other through: a workshop that invited them to reflect on their stories through appreciative inquiry, led by Thomas Chacko (PHIL 2004) and Marina Thomas (IFME 2004); another that encouraged involvement of students in change management, led by Rashmi Vyas (PHIL 2003), Anshu (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009), and Payal Bansal (PHIL 2007); as well as one on use of standardized patients in student assessment, led by Jack Boulet, Associate Vice President for Research and Data Resources. FAIMER Fellows Shital Bhandary (PSG 2008) and Shambhu Upadhyay (GSMC 2009) organized a visit to Patan Academy of Health Sciences, where participants walked through the problem-based learning rooms and viewed the communications center where rural doctors phone in consultations. Attendees also had an opportunity to participate in a post-conference excursion to B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Dharan, Nepal, a more rural setting featuring strong community-based programs.

More than 30 FAIMER faculty, staff, and Fellows participated in the conference, serving as conference organizers, presenters, workshop facilitators, and discussants. Two Fellows, Sarah Kiguli (PHIL 2004) and Francisco (Pacho) Lamus Lemus (PHIL 2009), are also members of The Network: TUFH Executive Committee. FAIMER Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute William P. Burdick gave one of four keynote presentations, entitled “The Link between Health Professions Education and Health.” Dinesh Badyal (PHIL 2009) received the award for best poster for “Profile of Participants in a National Faculty Development Program in India.” Dr. Anshu remarked after returning from the conference that, “It was wonderful to see such a large gathering of FAIMER Fellows from around the world” and it “felt nice to see most posters reflect the FAIMER philosophy.”

2010 Association for Medical Education in Europe Conference

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Juanita Bezuidenhout (PHIL 2005 Fellow and Co-Director of the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute) at AMEE 2010
Juanita Bezuidenhout (PHIL 2005 Fellow and Co-Director of the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute) was awarded the third-place Medical Teacher Poster Prize at AMEE 2010.

The 2010 Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference was held September 4-8 in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. More than 2,200 participants from 80 countries attended, and 1,700 abstracts were submitted. Session formats included workshops, short communications, posters, specialty courses, symposia, and plenaries.

Nearly 30 FAIMER faculty, staff, and Fellows participated in AMEE 2010, serving as session chairs, course and workshop faculty, presenters, and discussants. Juanita Bezuidenhout, FAIMER Institute 2005 Fellow and Co-Director of the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI), was awarded the third-place Medical Teacher Poster Prize for her poster entitled “The Show Must Go On!” The poster showed how ethics, a holistic approach to patient care, and skills such as critical thinking, time management, and communication are demonstrated through roleplay to health sciences students. Dr. Bezuidenhout is an associate professor in the Department of Anatomical Pathology at Stellenbosch University and National Health Laboratory Services in Tygerberg, South Africa.

The Chair of FAIMER’s Board of Directors Emmanuel G. Cassimatis served as chair for a plenary session that included presentations on the future of both medical school curricula and professional physician education. Dr. Cassimatis and FAIMER President and CEO John Norcini also co-chaired the symposium International Accreditation in Medical Education: VIII Ibero-American Session. Dr. Norcini served as a panel discussant in the symposium Assessing the Future Healthcare Professional – What Is Best Practice? FAIMER Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute William P. Burdick took part in the panel discussion Updates in Medical Education – What You Really Need to Know. Dr. Burdick and FAIMER Associate Vice President for Research and Data Resources John R. Boulet served as panel discussants for the symposium Medical Student Education in the 21st Century – A New Flexnerian Era?Dr. Boulet also chaired a short communications session on OSCE: Psychometrics. Co-Director of SAFRI Vanessa Burch (PHIL 2001) and Christina Tan (PHIL 2005) each chaired short communications sessions on clinical teaching.

Several FAIMER faculty members served as faculty for courses and workshops at AMEE 2010. M. Brownell Anderson co-conducted the Essential Skills in Medical Education Assessment (ESMEA) Course. Stewart P. Mennin co-conducted the Essential Skills in Medical Education (ESME) Course and co-conducted the Young Medical Educator Workshop: How to Frame a Clear Research Question with faculty member Regina Petroni Mennin. Ara Tekian taught the workshop Hearing Versus Listening: Is There a Difference? He also chaired a short communications session on Curriculum Integration. For more information on the AMEE 2010 conference, including a complete program listing, see http://www.amee.org/index.asp?pg=132.

International Conference in Medical Education 2010

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The 2010 International Conference in Medical Education (ICME) will be held December 5-7 at the Yas Island Rotana Hotel, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The theme of the conference is “Beyond Flexner: A Roadmap for Excellence in Health Professions Education,” in celebration of the centenary of the Flexner Report. Discussion topics will include accreditation, admissions, assessment, curricular innovations, instruction, and program evaluation. Serving as keynote speakers will be FAIMER President and Chief Executive Officer John J. Norcini, FAIMER Associate Vice President for Research and Data Resources John R. Boulet, and FAIMER faculty members Janet Grant and Ara Tekian. Pre-conference workshops will be held December 4. Health professionals from all disciplines are invited to attend the conference. The deadline for submission of abstracts is November 7. For more information, visit http://www.icme.org.

6th Congress of the Asian Medical Education Association

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Health care professionals and health professions educators are invited to attend the 6th Congress of the Asian Medical Education Association (AMEA), to be held March 23-26, 2011, at International Medical University (IMU) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Pre-congress workshops will be held on March 23. The theme of the congress is “Trends in Medical Education,” and topics to be covered include workplace-based assessment, standard setting in assessment, qualitative research in medical education, curriculum evaluation, and educational leadership, among others. International faculty for the congress includes FAIMER President and Chief Executive Officer John J. Norcini, FAIMER faculty member Rita Sood (PHIL 2005), and 2007 FAIMER Institute Fellow Debra Sim. Elango Sambandam (PHIL 2010) is a member of the organizing committee, and Dr. Sood is also serving as an International Advisor.

The congress will include the presentation of the IMU-Ron Harden Innovation in Medical Education Award. The award was created to honor Dr. Ronald Harden of the United Kingdom, keynote speaker of the congress, and a recognized leader in medical education, who was instrumental to the establishment of IMU. Submissions for the award, in the form of abstracts and extended abstracts, must be received no later than November 30.

For more information on the congress, including guidelines for abstract submission, visit http://amea2011.imu.edu.my/.

International Meeting on Medical Education for Universal Health Care Systems—EXPO SGTES 2010

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A diverse group of experts in Human Resources for Health (HRH) took part in an international meeting on medical education for universal health care systems held in Brasilia, Brazil, on July 19, 2010, as part of the Secretariat of Labor and Education Management for Health’s (SGTES) three-day EXPO SGTES conference. The purpose of the meeting was to foster collaborations between South American countries to strengthen medical education geared towards primary health care. Organized by the Brazilian Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), participants included FAIMER, the Ministry of Education of Brazil, the Ministry of Health of Peru, representatives of PAHO and the World Health Organization, delegations of HRH units in South American countries, South American associations of medical education, and representatives of Brazilian medical schools. Discussions were framed by presentations on several successful initiatives, including the Brasil-FAIMER Regional Institute (BRAZ-FRI). The FAIMER Regional Initiative in Latin America (FRILA) was explored as a possible avenue for expanding collaboration throughout South America. Ralf Graves, M.S., Program Manager of FAIMER Regional Initiatives; Henry Campos, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., and Eliana Amaral, M.D., Ph.D., Co-Directors of BRAZ-FRI; Francisco Campos, M.D., head of SGTES and faculty member of BRAZ-FRI; and more than 40 Latin American FAIMER Fellows and members of FRILA were in attendance.

2010 South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) Conference

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The third annual conference of the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) was held July 22-24 at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. The conference, themed “Making Education Matter,” focused on health professions education and health care delivery, and attracted local and regional experts as well as guests from the United Kingdom, the United States, Belgium, and the Netherlands. Discussions centered on the impact that good health science education has on improving patient care. During this year’s conference, SAAHE hosted the first Distinguished SAAHE Educator lecture, presented by Vanessa Burch (PHIL 2001), Co-Director of the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) and Chair of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cape Town. Her address, “Primary Health Care—How Far Have We Come?” challenged conference attendees to rethink some of their approaches to the education of health science professionals as a means of enhancing primary health care. FAIMER Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute William Burdick, M.D., M.S.Ed., was one of six keynote speakers, and more than 30 FAIMER Fellows from SAFRI and the FAIMER Institute were among the conference presenters. Rachel Weiss (SAFRI 2009) won first prize for her poster “The PIL Project: Doctors and the Language of Design,” based on her SAFRI innovation project. For more information on the SAAHE 2010 conference, including a complete program listing, see http://web.wits.ac.za/NewsRoom/Conferences/SAAHE/.

Mexican Association Dedicated to Medical Education Research Launches

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On February 11, participants at the 2010 Medical Education Meeting (Jornadas de Educación Médica 2010) held at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), witnessed the launch of an organization devoted to medical education research in Latin America. The new Mexican Association of Medical Education Research (AMIEM) seeks to:

  • promote the formation and development of human resources in medical education research
  • organize periodic events to build networks of academics interested in medical education research
  • develop diffusion and collaboration strategies for the improvement of medical education

In addition to these goals, AMIEM is developing a journal to help disseminate original medical education research and knowledge throughout Spanish-speaking countries. Options for publishing the journal on-line and/or in print are under consideration.

AMIEM was officially launched by four members of the UNAM Facultad de Medicina: Irene Durante-Montiel (PHIL 2008), Secretary of the Technical Council; Enrique Graue-Wiechers, Dean of the Facultad de Medicina; Octavio Rivero-Serrano, former Dean of the Facultad de Medicina and former Chancellor of UNAM; and Melchor Sánchez-Mendiola, Secretary of Medical Education. Dr. Sánchez-Mendiola serves as President of AMIEM and Dr. Durante-Montiel serves as Treasurer. All four members were organizers of the National Congress on Medical Education, held in Puebla, México, in 2007, where the idea for AMIEM first originated. Participants at that conference, including more than 300 international medical educators, expressed a strong desire to improve medical education research throughout Latin America, so a commitment was made to form an association dedicated to that purpose.

So far AMIEM has 104 members, all from Mexico, including Andrea Dávila-Cervantes (PHIL 2009), who also serves on the UNAM Facultad de Medicina. Plans are to invite medical educators from throughout Latin America to join AMIEM following the launch of the journal.

Save the Dates—National Conference on Health Professions Education to Take Place September 16-17, 2011

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The 2nd National Conference on Health Professions Education (NCHPE) will take place September 16-17, 2011, in Vellore, India. The theme for the conference is “Health Professions Education—Toward Meeting the Health Care Needs of India.”

While health professions education in India has grown faster than the population, inequalities in the health care system persist and access to adequate health services has worsened. Despite 60 years of policy changes in medical education, there continues to be a shortage of well-trained physicians in rural areas and other needy regions. NCHPE 2011 aims to address these issues by providing a forum for the discussion of possible reforms to the health professions education system and by drawing on successful models that have been implemented in other countries. In particular, NCHPE 2011 seeks to:

  • Create an awareness of and strengthen the connections between health professions educators, policy makers, and health care providers
  • Provide a platform for participants to share scholarship, research, experiences, and educational strategies
  • Encourage participants to network with one another and to collaborate in an effort to learn from each other’s experiences and develop health professions education strategies that meet the real health care needs of India

NCHPE 2011 will be hosted by the Medical Education Unit of Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore. Rashmi Vyas (PHIL 2003), Professor of Physiology at CMC, Vellore, is Conference Organizer. Health professions educators from all health care disciplines are invited to attend. Additional details, including registration information, will be provided when they are available.