New Textbook on Medical Education

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Presented by the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME), Understanding Medical Education: Evidence, Theory and Practice is a new, comprehensive textbook on medical education scheduled to be available from Wiley-Blackwell publishers in August 2010. Edited by Tim Swanwick, Director of Professional Development in the London Deanery, Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Education, and Visiting Professor of Medical Education at the University of Bedfordshire, the book is designed to be an accessible reference for students and practitioners of medical education at all levels: from undergraduates to those pursuing continuing professional development.

Understanding Medical Education includes chapters on teaching and learning, problem-based learning, personal development, e-learning, mentoring, group encounters, simulation, test design, research, assessment, and leadership, among others. Also included are three chapters contributed by FAIMER staff and faculty:

“Principles of Curriculum Design”
Janet Grant (Professor of Education in Medicine at The Open University, FAIMER faculty member)

“Workplace Assessment”
John Norcini (FAIMER President and Chief Executive Officer)

“Structured Assessments of Clinical Competence”
Kathy Boursicot, Trudie Roberts, and Bill Burdick (FAIMER Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute)

For more information, including a complete table of contents, please visit http://www.wiley.com/WileyCDA/WileyTitle/productCd-1405196807.html.

John Norcini Speaks at Accreditation Workshop in Taiwan

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FAIMER President and CEO John J. Norcini, Ph.D., was an invited speaker, along with members of the Liason Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Secretariat, at a workshop on accreditation conducted at the International Conference on Medical Education and Accreditation, July 27–28, 2009, in Taiwan. The invitation was extended by Chi-Wan Lai, M.D., Executive Secretary, Medical Education Committee, Ministry of Education in Taiwan, and CEO, Taiwan Medical Accreditation Council (TMAC). TMAC was created in July 1999 to improve the quality of medical education in Taiwan. The workshop was organized to share information about how medical education accreditation systems function in Taiwan, the United States, and other countries, and to help TMAC with future planning. Dr. Norcini spoke on accreditation from the global perspective, as well as on how the medical education systems in different countries handle repatriated foreign medical graduates.

John Norcini Conducts Student Certification and Assessment Workshops in Santiago, Chile

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The Office of Educational Development at the Facultad de Medicina Clínica Alemana, Universidad del Desarrollo, in Santiago, Chile, invited FAIMER President and CEO, John Norcini, Ph.D., to conduct workshops on student certification and assessment, June 23-25, 2009. Many faculty members from the university, including FAIMER Institute Fellows, were in attendance.

Dr. Norcini led workshops for faculty in the Health Professions Education Diploma program, members of the Office of Educational Development, and others responsible for teaching and assessing students in the health professions. The Health Professions Education Diploma program was established by the Office of Educational Development. FAIMER Institute 2005 Fellow Ricardo Ronco, M.D., is the Head of Development. Working with Dr. Ronco are 2007 FAIMER Institute Fellow Astrid Valenzuela, M.D., and 2009 FAIMER Institute Fellow Janet Bloomfield, M.D.

While in Santiago, Dr. Norcini also participated in a question-and-answer session on assessment at the university’s teaching hospital, Hospital Padre Hurtado. The session was led by Dr. Ricardo Lillo, Educational Coordinator of the hospital.

More information on the workshops is available, in Spanish, on the website of the Facultad de Medicina Clínica Alemana, Universidad del Desarrollo (http://www.udd.cl/prontus_docencia/site/artic/20090625/pags/20090625114044.html).

FAIMER President and CEO John Norcini Receives Hubbard Award

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FAIMER President and CEO John Norcini, Ph.D., is the 2009 recipient of the prestigious National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) John P. Hubbard Award. Established in 1983, in honor of the late John P. Hubbard, M.D., long-time esteemed CEO of the NBME, the award is presented to individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the field of evaluation in medicine. The Hubbard award recognizes Dr. Norcini’s commitment to excellence in medical education, his rigorous pursuit of high standards in scholarship, his broad and prolific publications and presentations history, and his tireless work on behalf of FAIMER. Dr. Norcini’s accomplishments in the field of assessment are considered both wide-ranging and pioneering.

The award was announced on March 26, 2009 at the Annual Meeting of the NBME Membership. For more information, please visit http://www.nbme.org/about/Hubbard/2009-hubbard-recipient.html.

The Network: TUFH Annual Meeting

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The Network: Towards Unity for Health Annual Meeting took place in Kampala, Uganda in September. FAIMER leaders were among those in attendance. John Norcini, FAIMER President; John Boulet, Associate Vice President for Research; and William Burdick, Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute, presented a full-day workshop on changing student assessment. Sixteen participants from sub-Saharan Africa spent the day learning about validity, reliability, standard setting, and new methods of assessment as they considered the best ways to introduce change in their institutions. Sarah Kiguli, a 2004 FAIMER Institute Fellow and chair of the local meeting organizing committee, was elected to The Network’s Executive Council.

For more information on the conference, visit The Network: Towards Unity for Health website.

Workshops in Assessment Held at Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST)

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Prof. Wajih M. Owais, President of Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), John Norcini, Ph.D., and Ara Tekian, Ph.D
(left to right) Prof. Wajih M. Owais, President of Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), John Norcini, Ph.D., and Ara Tekian, Ph.D., conferring over collaborations.

In May 2007, a two-day workshop was held at Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) that focused on assessment in the medical school. The agenda for the workshops was developed in collaboration with the Dean of the medical school and the topics addressed included 1) the mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (mini-CEX), 2) the structured oral examination, 3) setting standards, and 4) the assessment of professionalism. Ara Tekian, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medical Education and Director of International Affairs in the Department of Medical Education, University of Illinois at Chicago, and John Norcini, Ph.D., FAIMER President, conducted the workshops.

Approximately 40 JUST medical school faculty members attended the workshops, representing all of the basic and clinical departments as well as the administration. The workshops included large and small group discussions, role playing, and analysis of videotaped examinations. Throughout the small group sessions, participants were given the opportunity to apply their newly acquired concepts in their own environment and reflect on their applicability and usefulness.

During the two days, the participants were encouraged to ask questions about these or other relevant assessment topics in both the undergraduate and postgraduate arenas. Participants were also given an opportunity at the end of the workshop to reflect and develop an action plan for both the short and the long term.

Improvements in the assessment system at JUST might have a positive influence well beyond the medical school. JUST is one of the leading institutions in Jordan and advances are likely to be noted by others in the region.

As a side benefit of the workshop, the faculty met with the Jordanian Medical Council and presented information on assessment in the postgraduate setting.

(posted June 11, 2007; updated March 17, 2008)

7th International Conference on Medical Regulation – November 11-14, 2006 Wellington, New Zealand

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The International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA) 7th International Conference on Medical Education was hosted by the Medical Council of New Zealand from November 11-14 in Wellington, New Zealand. The conference, titled Medical Regulation: Global Issues – Shared Solutions, featured a number of presentations, panel discussions, and workshops on topics such as cultural competence, physician migration, medical education and training, public expectations, and physician regulation. As part of a program titled, The A, B, C of Regulating Doctors, FAIMER President and CEO, John J. Norcini, Ph.D., gave a presentation on Resources to Help Regulators Understand Medical Schools. Dr. Norcini’s presentation focused on current resources, needs of medical regulators, challenges to creating and maintaining international resources, and strategies for the future. To read Dr. Norcini’s presentation, click here.

Medical Education in Iran Undergoing Reform

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FAIMER President John Norcini pictured with conference attendees
John J. Norcini, Ph.D., (seated, 4th from left) pictured with conference attendees.

Medical education in Iran is moving towards curricular reform and competency-based postgraduate medical education. As part of this reform, FAIMER President, John J. Norcini, Ph.D., received an invitation from the Council for Graduate Medical Education of Iran to run a series of workshops on assessment.

In July 2006, faculty from universities of medical sciences throughout Iran attended a week long conference held in Tehran. Also in attendance were Dr. Mohagheghi, Deputy Minister for Educational and Student Affairs of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education; Dr. Einollahi, Chair of the Council for Graduate Medical Education; and a number of other important educational authorities.

Dr. Norcini conducted five workshops on key issues in assessment for participants who were members of Curriculum Development Committees and Chairs of the medical specialties Boards of Examiners. He also conducted three plenary sessions for faculty from Tehran University of the Medical Sciences and Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences. The Ministry of Health and Medical Education also attended the plenary sessions.

Meetings to discuss possibilities for collaboration were held with Dr. Larijani, President of Tehran University of the Medical Sciences; Dr. Hosseini, Vice-Chancellor for Educational Affairs, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences; and other representatives from both universities.

Dr. Norcini noted that workshop attendees were knowledgeable, committed to high quality assessment, and enthusiastic (see picture) and that, going forward, there is a good basis for collaboration in a wide range of areas.

Travel to the conference was funded by the Joint Program Review Mission of the World Health Organization. Drs. Zali, President of Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, and Hosseini, Vice-Chancellor for Educational Affairs, provided the facilities for the conference.

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.

FAIMER Holds Symposium at 12th International Ottawa Conference

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FAIMER staff members presented on various research projects and initiatives at the FAIMER Symposium of International Medical Education Issues at the 12th International Ottawa Conference on Clinical Competence, May 20-24, 2006 in New York City. Topics included: accreditation processes throughout the world, characteristics of the world’s medical schools, migration from Africa to the United States, and immigration from South Asia. Other presentations by FAIMER staff included a workshop on the Mini-CEX conducted by John Norcini, Ph.D., FAIMER President; a workshop on building a state-of-the-art clinical skills simulation center co-presented by John Boulet, Ph.D., FAIMER Director of Research and Data Resources; and presentations at the National Board of Medical Examiners symposium, United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE): Performance of International Medical Graduates.

The 12th Annual Ottawa Conference was the largest Ottawa Conference to date, with over 1,000 medical school faculty, health educators, policy makers, and researchers from around the world in attendance.