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.
FAIMER Fellows played a prominent role at the 6th Asia-Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC), held February 21–22, 2009, at the National University of Singapore. The theme of the conference was “Energizing the Educational Mission of Medical Schools,” and nine FAIMER Fellows participated: Payal Bansal (PHIL 2007), Thomas Chacko (PHIL 2004), Hem Lata (CMCL 2007), Sheena Singh (CMCL 2006), Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003), Jayanthi V. (CMCL 2007), Rashmi Vyas (PHIL 2003), Dinesh Badyal (CMCL 2007), and Ashwini Karve (GSMC 2006).
A forum led by FAIMER Fellows addressing the theme “Developing the Field of Medical Education in India” was held on the first day of the conference and drew approximately 50 attendees. Dr. Vyas opened the forum with a presentation on “FAIMER Fellows in India: Demonstrating Field Leadership.” Also presenting were Dr. Chacko, on “FAIMER Regional Institutes: Meeting Faculty Development Needs of Mid-Level Educators,” and Dr. Tejinder Singh, on “Bridging the Gap: Online Discussions for Faculty Development in Resource Constrained Settings.”
In a “Future Leaders Forum,” Dr. Bansal spoke on “Priorities and Strategies for Capacity Building to Improve Health Sciences Education Systems in Developing Countries,” in which she shared her experiences on the joint faculty development and capacity building project between FAIMER and the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences in the state of Maharashtra in India. Dr. Bansal also conducted a workshop on the One Minute Preceptor. Drs. Badyal, Hem Lata, and Sheena Singh contributed with poster presentations.
Overall, APMEC 2009 made an important contribution toward the goal of emphasizing the primary educational mission of medical schools in the face of pressures placed upon them to serve as research institutions and/or clinical centers.
Following the success of the past five Asia Pacific Medical Education Conferences (APMEC), the Medical Education Unit of Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, will once again organize and host the next meeting, the 6th APMEC, from February 19-22, 2009 at the LT 27 (Lim Seng Tjoe Lecture Theatre) National University of Singapore, Singapore.
The theme for the 6th APMEC is “Energizing the Educational Mission of Medical Schools: Trends, Issues, Priorities, Strategies.” APMEC expects more than 450 medical educators, teachers, and health administrators in the Asia Pacific region and beyond to attend the conference.
There will be a specially organized FAIMER Forum at the meeting on February 21, 2009. FAIMER Institute alumni, Rashmi Vyas (PHIL 2003), Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003), and Thomas V. Chacko (PHIL 2004) will be participating in this forum entitled “Developing the Field of Medical Education in India.”
Visit the APMEC website for more details.
Following the overwhelming success of the past three APMECs, the Medical Education Unit, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore, will once again be organizing and hosting the 4th APMEC from February 8-11, 2007 at the National University of Singapore, Singapore.
The theme for the 4th APMEC is Outcomes in Medical Education – Trends, Issues, Priorities, Strategies. Several world renowned medical educators have accepted invitations to speak and run workshops at the conference.
The National University of Singapore reports that, as in past years, this conference has attracted considerable local and international participation, with 350 to 400 medical educators from and beyond the Asian region expected to attend.
Early bird conference registration closes on November 15, 2006. For more information, please visit the conference website.