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.