Omayma Hamed (PHIL 2011) of King Abdulaziz University won the Best Oral Presentation Prize at the 2012 Saudi International Medical Education Conference (SIMEC 2012), which took place April 22-26 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Hamed’s presentation, co-authored by Adnan A. Al-Mazrooa and Mahmoud S. Al-Ahwal, was titled “A Structured Assessed Longitudinal Procedural Skills Training Course in the Undergraduate Medical Curriculum Can Predict Residents’ Performance.”
SIMEC 2012 brought together educators from around the world to discuss recent innovations, trends, and research in health professions education. The goals of the conference were to:
- Exchange best practices and experiences with international experts in health professions education
- Explore the current and future challenges in health professions education
- Strengthen the relationships among multidisciplinary health professionals
Also participating in the conference were FAIMER President and CEO John Norcini; FAIMER faculty members Wagdy Talaat (PHIL 2007), Huseyin Cahit Taskiran (PHIL 2003), and Ara Tekian; and FAIMER Fellow Ayhan Caliskan (PHIL 2008).
Dr. Norcini served as a member of the SIMEC 2012 Advisory Committee, conducted a pre-conference workshop on “Assessment in the Workplace,” and delivered a plenary address titled “Medical Education as a Vehicle for Improving Healthcare.” Dr. Talaat co-conducted a pre-conference workshop on “Accreditation in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, Revisiting the Practice and Basic Concepts” and served as a panel discussant in a symposium on “Accreditation and International Dimensions of Medical Education.” Dr. Tekian organized a workshop on “How to Integrate and Measure the ACGME Core Competencies at the Undergraduate Medical Education Level” and gave a presentation titled “Does Faculty Development Develop Faculty” as part of a symposium on “Innovations in Medical Education.” Drs. Norcini, Talaat, and Tekian each received an award for their invaluable contributions as honored international guest speakers at the conference.