6th Congress of the Asian Medical Education Association

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Health care professionals and health professions educators are invited to attend the 6th Congress of the Asian Medical Education Association (AMEA), to be held March 23-26, 2011, at International Medical University (IMU) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Pre-congress workshops will be held on March 23. The theme of the congress is “Trends in Medical Education,” and topics to be covered include workplace-based assessment, standard setting in assessment, qualitative research in medical education, curriculum evaluation, and educational leadership, among others. International faculty for the congress includes FAIMER President and Chief Executive Officer John J. Norcini, FAIMER faculty member Rita Sood (PHIL 2005), and 2007 FAIMER Institute Fellow Debra Sim. Elango Sambandam (PHIL 2010) is a member of the organizing committee, and Dr. Sood is also serving as an International Advisor.

The congress will include the presentation of the IMU-Ron Harden Innovation in Medical Education Award. The award was created to honor Dr. Ronald Harden of the United Kingdom, keynote speaker of the congress, and a recognized leader in medical education, who was instrumental to the establishment of IMU. Submissions for the award, in the form of abstracts and extended abstracts, must be received no later than November 30.

For more information on the congress, including guidelines for abstract submission, visit http://amea2011.imu.edu.my/.

FAIMER Institute Fellows Participate in the 6th Biennial Conference of the Asia-Pacific Association on Problem-Based Learning in Health Sciences

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Four FAIMER Institute Fellows played prominent roles at the 6th Biennial Conference of the Asia-Pacific Association on Problem-Based Learning in Health Sciences (APA-PHS), which took place October 15-16, 2008, in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Debra Sim (PHIL 2007), Professor at the University of Malaya, served on the conference organizing committee as Co-Chair, and Christina Tan (PHIL 2005), Director of the Medical Education & Research Development Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, served as Secretary. Both were also members of the APA-PHS Executive Committee, along with Nor Azila Mohd Adnan (PHIL 2002), Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Malaya. Vanessa Burch (PHIL 2001), Associate Professor, Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and Co-Director of the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute, contributed as a plenary speaker on the subject of assessment.

The theme of the APA-PHS conference was Problem Based Learning (PBL): Challenges and Opportunities. Approximately 170 health professionals attended the event and 80 registered for pre-conference workshops. Participants represented more than 15 countries, with most coming from India, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia. The conference was noteworthy for increasing the involvement of health professionals from disciplines outside of medical education, including dentistry, pharmacy, and nursing.

One important outcome from the conference was the creation of a list-serve on PBL with further plans to develop it into an electronic forum similar to FAIMER’s Mentoring and Learning Web (ML-Web) discussion forum. The hope is that this forum will facilitate participants’ sharing of PBL expertise and resources and spread the PBL philosophy to a wider audience in the Asia-Pacific region.

6th Biennial Conference of the Asia-Pacific Association on Problem-Based Learning in Health Sciences: October 15-16, 2008

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The 6th Biennial Conference of the Asia-Pacific Association on Problem-Based Learning in Health Sciences (APA-PHS) will take place October 15-16, 2008 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The theme of the conference, organized in conjunction with the University of Malaya, is “PBL: Challenges and Opportunities.” A pre-conference workshop will be held October 13-14, focused on PBL case design, student assessment methods, and the use of portfolios as learning and assessment tools.

2001 FAIMER Institute Fellow Vanessa Burch, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Ph.D., will present a plenary session titled “Assessment – An Education Tool” on October 15. Dr. Burch is a FAIMER Institute faculty member and Co-Director of the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute. 2005 FAIMER Institute Fellow Christina Tan, M.B.B.S., will lead a symposium titled “Innovation in Early Clinical Exposure” on October 16. Dr. Tan is a Global Faculty Advisor for the FAIMER Institute. Drs. Burch and Tan, along with 2007 FAIMER Institute Fellow Si Mui (Debra) Sim, Ph.D., will also be facilitating pre-conference workshops on October 13-14.

Dr. Sim and Dr. Tan are Co-Chairperson and Secretary, respectively, of the conference’s Organising Committee and, along with 2002 FAIMER Institute Fellow Nor Azila Mohd Adnan, Ph.D., currently serve on the APA-PHS Executive Committee. For more information on the conference, visit the APA-PHS website.