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.

FAIMER President Participates in 3rd Indonesian Medical Education Meeting and Expo

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John J. Norcini, Ph.D., FAIMER President, served as a guest speaker and faculty member at the 3rd Indonesian Medical Education Meeting and Expo that was held on June 5-7, 2006 in Bali, Indonesia. Dr. Norcini taught in one workshop entitled Assessment of Clinical Competencies/Mini-CEX and made presentations at the Clinical Competence Assessment and Clinical Specialist Training symposia. He also participated in a Meet the Expertsession.

The meeting and expo is a forum of the Association of the Indonesian Medical Education Institutions and is used to share experience and knowledge among medical schools in Indonesia. Led by the deans of the medical schools, the Association is working to improve the quality of medical education and to stimulate licensure and accreditation in the country.

Indonesia ranks fourth in world population, with about 250 million people, and has approximately 52 operating medical schools.