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/.

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.

5th Asian Medical Education Association Conference

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The 5th Asian Medical Education Association (AMEA) Conference will take place October 4-7, 2009, at the Universitas Padjadjaran in Bandung, Indonesia. The theme of the conference is “Education for Future Physician: Mosaic in Asia,” and invited speakers include FAIMER President and CEO John Norcini, Ph.D., and FAIMER Institute faculty member Ara Tekian, Ph.D. For more information, please visit www.amea2009.fk.unpad.ac.id.