The Network: Towards Unity for Health 2011 Conference

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The Network: Towards Unity for Health (The Network: TUFH) held its annual conference September 17-21 in Graz, Austria. Approximately 250 participants from more than 40 countries gathered for this year’s meeting, themed “Integrating Public and Personal Health Care in a World on the Move.” The conference was co-hosted by the Medical University of Graz and the Styrian Academy of Family Practice.

More than 20 FAIMER faculty, staff, and Fellows participated in the meeting, serving as conference organizers, keynote speakers, presenters, facilitators, and discussants. Two Fellows, Sarah Kiguli (PHIL 2004) and Francisco (Pacho) Lamus Lemus (PHIL 2009), are members of The Network: TUFH Executive Committee. Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute Page Morahan participated in a round table plenary session, and FAIMER Associate Director of Evaluation and Planning Stacey Friedman gave a keynote presentation entitled “Measuring Social Networks: Understanding and Supporting Relationships to Transform Health Care.”

Conference activities included a session for the FAIMER Regional Initiative in Latin America (FRILA). This session, co-facilitated by Ricardo Borda (PHIL 2008) of Colombia and Irene Durante-Montiel (PHIL 2008) of Mexico, invited FRILA members and other interested conference participants to discuss current and future opportunities for advancing the field of health professions education in the Latin American region. It also provided a forum for participants to brainstorm about future collaboration between FRILA and The Network. Another session, co-facilitated by Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde (PHIL 2005) of Uganda, who represented the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), and Ben van Heerden (PHIL 2006) of South Africa, who represented the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI), provided an opportunity for discussion among those interested in FAIMER initiatives or MEPI projects in Africa. Attendees were encouraged to share information about their respective activities in an effort to identify common themes and objectives and to explore opportunities for future cooperation to advance them.

For more information on the 2011 conference, visit http://www.the-networktufh.org/conferences/previous-conferences/2011.

2011 Association for Medical Education in Europe Conference

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The 2011 Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference was held August 27-31 in Vienna, Austria. More than 2,700 participants from 84 countries attended, and approximately 2,000 abstracts were submitted. Session formats included workshops, short communications, posters, specialty courses, symposia, and plenaries.

More than 35 FAIMER faculty, staff, and Fellows participated in AMEE 2011, serving as session chairs, course and workshop faculty, presenters, and discussants.

President and CEO of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), and Chair of FAIMER’s Board of Directors, Emmanuel G. Cassimatis served as a presenter for a plenary session on International Accreditation of Medical Schools. Dr. Cassimatis also chaired a short communications session on International Collaborations in Medical Education and served as a panelist for the IX Ibero-American Session—Globalization and Accreditation in Medical Education: Its Impact in the Americas symposium. FAIMER Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute William P. Burdick served as chair of a poster session on Work Based Assessment, and FAIMER President John Norcini chaired a short communications session on the same topic. FAIMER Senior Scholar W. Dale Dauphinee served as chair of a plenary session on Evidence Based Teaching, as well as chair and opening discussant for a short communications session on Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME). FAIMER Research Associate Marta van Zanten chaired a short communications session on International Medical Graduates.

Several FAIMER faculty members served as facilitators of courses, workshops, and sessions at AMEE 2011. M. Brownell Anderson and John Norcini co-conducted the Essential Skills in Medical Education Assessment (ESMEA) Course. Stewart P. Mennin co-conducted the Essential Skills in Medical Education (ESME) Course. 2003 FAIMER Institute Fellow and Co-Director of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Eliana Amaral served as opening discussant for a short communications session on Student Engagement with the Curriculum. 2002 FAIMER Institute Fellow and Co-Director of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Henry Campos served as opening discussant for a short communications session on The Curriculum. 2004 FAIMER Institute Fellow and Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute faculty member Francois Cilliers served as chair of the Staff Developmentposter session, and FAIMER Institute faculty member Gerald P. Whelan served as chair of the Internationalposter session. For more information on the AMEE 2011 conference, including a complete program listing, see http://www.amee.org/index.asp?lm=132&cookies=True.