Since 2017, The Network: TUFH and SNO have been providing SNO students with an opportunity to apply for an exchange program at the annual Network: TUFH conference co-hosting university. The exchange program provides, on average, two students with a chance to participate in health system placement in another country, and usually on another continent! The 2020 SNO Exchange is a collaboration between SNO, The Network: TUFH, and the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM); and is powered by FAIMER and GEMx.
To be eligible, an applicant must be: a member of SNO or a student whose school is part of the GEMx networks; a current student in a health sciences program; and highly motivated to participate in this internship. Full commitment to the program is necessary to gain the most out of this opportunity. The winner(s) will receive: fully paid travel and accommodation for the duration of the exchange as well as during the 2020 Network: TUFH conference, to be held September 22-25, 2020, in Mexico City, Mexico; fully paid conference registration; and a health care department placement.
The 2020 SNO Exchange will consist of two parts: digital collaboration and on-site visits. The group will work together on the analysis of a health system (for 2020, the Mexican Health System) from an interprofessional viewpoint. The digital collaboration will take place before the TUFH 2020 conference through video conference and email, and will last approximately six to seven months. Participants will work alongside tutors from the UNAM public health department, as well as UNAM students. After the digital collaboration portion of the program, students will visit Mexico to spend two and a half weeks learning about the function and organization of the Mexican Health System firsthand, through site visits and coursework.
On February 11, participants at the 2010 Medical Education Meeting (Jornadas de Educación Médica 2010) held at Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), witnessed the launch of an organization devoted to medical education research in Latin America. The new Mexican Association of Medical Education Research (AMIEM) seeks to:
promote the formation and development of human resources in medical education research
organize periodic events to build networks of academics interested in medical education research
develop diffusion and collaboration strategies for the improvement of medical education
In addition to these goals, AMIEM is developing a journal to help disseminate original medical education research and knowledge throughout Spanish-speaking countries. Options for publishing the journal on-line and/or in print are under consideration.
AMIEM was officially launched by four members of the UNAM Facultad de Medicina: Irene Durante-Montiel (PHIL 2008), Secretary of the Technical Council; Enrique Graue-Wiechers, Dean of the Facultad de Medicina; Octavio Rivero-Serrano, former Dean of the Facultad de Medicina and former Chancellor of UNAM; and Melchor Sánchez-Mendiola, Secretary of Medical Education. Dr. Sánchez-Mendiola serves as President of AMIEM and Dr. Durante-Montiel serves as Treasurer. All four members were organizers of the National Congress on Medical Education, held in Puebla, México, in 2007, where the idea for AMIEM first originated. Participants at that conference, including more than 300 international medical educators, expressed a strong desire to improve medical education research throughout Latin America, so a commitment was made to form an association dedicated to that purpose.
So far AMIEM has 104 members, all from Mexico, including Andrea Dávila-Cervantes (PHIL 2009), who also serves on the UNAM Facultad de Medicina. Plans are to invite medical educators from throughout Latin America to join AMIEM following the launch of the journal.