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Berlin, 10 November 2016

AMSE symposium at the AMEE conference in Helsinki 2017

The AMSE symposium under the title "Health care delivery is changing rapidly. How can medical schools respond to ensure graduates are fit for the future?" will be organised in cooperation with AMEE. It will take place on 28 August 2017, 14:00 to 15:30 p.m. during the AMEE conference in Helsinki. Detailed information concerning venue and registration will follow.


Berlin, 21 October 2016

AMSE at the Annual Academic Conference “Crossing Boundaries: Assessment in Medical Education” of the European Board of Medical Assessors (EBMA)

14 – 15 October 2016, Exeter / UK


The conference aimed to consider assessment for all aspects of medical education: the ultimate chance to explore opportunities for assessment developments and to look at how assessments can and will cross boundaries between universities, nations and the undergraduate to postgraduate transition.

Prof Peter Dieter, President of AMSE, presented the delegates the activities of AMSE and the benefits for members.

The European Board of Medical Assessors (EBMA), established in 2006, consists of a group of European professionals who have expertise in assessment and/or have leadership roles in universities, or other bodies concerned with medical education and training. The mission of EBMA is “to promote the quality of the healthcare workforce by providing a series of assessment programmes for individuals and health education institutions. EBMA aspires to lead the development of best practice in assessment through research and its practical application”. The vision of EBMA is “Enhancing public trust and confidence in the healthcare systems in Europe by contributing to the quality of healthcare services provided to patients".

AMSE is represented by Prof Valerie Wass (Member of the AMSE Executive Committee) who is both Founding Member of EBMA and Advisor to the EBMA Board, and by Dr Janus Janczukowicz (Auditor of AMSE) who is Full Member of EBMA.

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Berlin, 14 October 2016

AMSE at a Kick-off Meeting with European Accreditation Agencies at AQ Austria

26 September 2016, in Vienna / Austria


At the kick-off meeting, AMSE together with European accreditation agencies from different countries discussed how:

  1. common standards for medical education and delivering institutions (medical school, hospitals, etc.) in Europe can be achieved;

  2. these standards can be a basis for accreditation;

  3. accreditation agencies using these standards can be identified and recognised;

  4. these standards can be proposed to the European Parliament as a basis for the quality assurance in medicine in Europe.

At the end of the meeting, all participants agreed that this approach is worthwhile to continue and agreed to take further steps. Details will follow soon.

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Berlin, 19 September 2016

AMSE at the Annual Conference of AMEE, 27 – 31 August 2016, in Barcelona / Spain


The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) is a worldwide organisation with members in 90 countries on five continents. Members include, teachers, educators, researchers, deans, administrators, curriculum developers, assessors, students and trainees in medicine and the healthcare professions.

AMEE promotes international excellence in education in the healthcare professions across the continuum of undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education. AMEE, working with other organisations, supports teachers and institutions in their current educational activities and in the development of new approaches to curriculum planning, teaching and learning methods, assessment techniques and educational management, in response to advances in medicine, changes in healthcare delivery and patient demands and new educational thinking and techniques.

The annual conference of AMEE has been established as the key meeting for everyone involved in medical and healthcare professions education including teachers, educationists, researchers, administrators and students. The conference provides an opportunity to network with others with similar interests, to hear and discuss the views of acknowledged experts, to take part in workshops and courses and to present your own work through a short communication or poster. AMEE conferences are held in late August/mid-September on a wide range of topical issues in medical and health care professions education.

AMEE conference attendance has increased steadily over the past 15 years and now attracts over 3.200 delegates each year.

In Barcelona, important conference themes included:

  • Management of Faculty of Medicines and Faculty/Staff Development
  • Responding to challenging circumstances
  • Justifying the costs of innovation
  • Decision-making in a complex environment

Of particular interest for AMSE was the symposium "Should medical education be based in universities?" discussing whether in future the medical education can/should also take place outside of universities.

In a private meeting AMEE (President Trudie Roberts, General Secretary Ronald Harden, EC member Patricia Lilley) and AMSE (President Peter Dieter, Treasurer and EC members Valerie Wass and Harm Peters) discussed possible interactions and collaborations between in the future AMEE and AMSE (details will follow).

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Berlin, 31 May 2016

AMSE at the 77th Annual Conference of the German Association of Medical Faculties, 26-27 May 2016, in Würzburg / Germany


The German Association of Medical Faculties (MFT) is an association of medical training and research centres in Germany, which take care in more than 70 different courses for the training of about 93,000 students of medicine, dentistry and health sciences. It is a non-profit organisation based in Berlin. Voting members are 37 German Medical Schools, added guest faculties from abroad. The MFT is working closely with partner organisations, in particular in Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands. The MFT is among others Member of the Association of Medical Schools in Europe (AMSE), the General Faculties (AFT) and the German Academic Medicine.

The main topics of the symposium were:

  • medical infrastructure
  • Excellence Initiative
  • Masterplan Medical Education 2020
  • interprofessional education
  • structured doctoral programmes in medicine and dentistry

The President of AMSE Prof Peter Dieter presented in a lecture how common standards of medical education and medical institutions can protect the quality of physicians worldwide.

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Berlin, 31 May 2016

AMSE at Transnational Education Symposium: Globalisation and Transnational Education and Curriculum Implementation hosted by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) at RCSI Bahrain, 19 May 2016


RCSI Bahrain is a constituent university of RCSI in Dublin, Ireland. It was officially opened in October 2004. RCSI Bahrain is internationally recognised as a world-class institution providing healthcare education and training in the Kingdom, the other Gulf Cooperation Council states, Middle East/North Africa and beyond. RCSI Bahrain is also developing its world-wide reputation for original research and development across the health and biomedical sciences relevant to the healthcare requirements of the Middle East.

Main focus of the symposium

An intentional focus on diversity at the level of universities is essential to meet academic missions by reflecting different worldviews to establish a globally integrated world. Most universities have students from around 30-40 countries. What challenges does this pose regarding culture, fulfilling students’ aspirations to get quality education, employability as well as delivering curriculum grounded in evidence based learning?

Main speakers included colleagues from RCSI Bahrain (Prof Davinder Sandhu, Prof Sameer Toom, Prof Joe McMenamin, Dr Wendy Maddison, Prof Seamus Cowman), Prof Hossam Hamdy (University of Qatar), Prof Ibrahim Al Alwan (President of the Association of Medical Education in the Eastern Mediterranean, AMEEMR) and Prof Peter Dieter (Association of the Medical Schools in Europe, AMSE). Lectures and discussions focused on transnational education, shaping global students, the development of a curriculum within a new world of global education, the impact on allied health professionals, how the EMRO countries cope with diverse curricula in a global world and the European experience of convergence and diversity in a global world. At the end of the symposium it was summarised that it is urgent to define the competences of the worldwide health care professionals in the future in order to subsequently develop curricula that cover these skills.

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Berlin, 10 May 2016

AMSE is Member of the European Alliance for Subject-Specific and Professional Accreditation & Quality Assurance

The European Alliance for Subject-Specific and Professional Accreditation & Quality Assurance (EASPA) is a non-profit association seeking to provide a platform for the cooperation between the European and international quality assurance networks and international organisations in the development and harmonisation of their activities in the field of quality assurance and quality improvement in higher education. It thus contributes towards the development and implementation of the European Higher Education Area. To this end, EASPA provides a collaborative forum for the community of disciplinary, field specific European networks of quality assurance that assess the quality of study programs, schools or professional individuals.

At the General Assembly of EASPA which was held in Berlin on 2 May 2016 at the Third Global Conference for Specialized and Professional Accreditors in cooperation with ASPA entitled New Initiatives in Quality Assurance based on field-specific Learning Outcomes AMSE was elected as a new member of EASPA. Further members are ENAEE (European Network for the Accreditation of Engineering Education), EQANIE (European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education), AEC (Association Européenne des Conservatoires, Academies de Musique et Musikhochschulen), ECTNA (European Chemistry Thematics Network Association), IFA (ISEKI Food Association), EAPAA (European Network for Public Administration Accreditation), ECBA (European Countries Biologists Association), EPS (European Physical Society), EFG (European Federation of Geologists) and THE-ICE (International Center of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education).


Berlin, 3 May 2016

AMSE at The Research & Innovations for Health Professions Conference hosted by IGHPE (Innovations in Global Health Professions Education), 28 – 29 April 2016, in Venice / Italy


Innovations in Global Health Professions Education (IGHPE) is an international, peer-reviewed, open access journal published by Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar and edited by a board of renowned experts in all areas of healthcare education. The mission of the journal is to promote the advancement of global health education, both at the undergraduate and graduate level, and to engage practitioners, researchers, students, and teachers in revolutionizing the quality and distribution of care.


  • provides a forum for the exchange of information that addresses the achievements and the challenges of global health education and practice,

  • illuminates innovations that facilitate globalisation in health education,

  • engages opinion leaders worldwide in policy making endeavours relevant to global health education,

  • stimulates a consistent and productive debate on global health education and

  • enhances the delivery of the journal content by using up-to-date technologies.

This conference is the second annual conference hosted by IGHPE. The event focused on research and innovations that advance performance of the health professions and is part of an ongoing aim to build an active health profession community inspired to lead transformative initiatives. The programme was structured around three core discussions:

  1. The Vision for Our Health Professions

  2. Healthcare Without Borders

  3. Preparing for Digital Healthcare

At the beginning of the conference AMSE President Peter Dieter presented in a lecture the main activities of AMSE. He also talked about the challenges of the uncontrolled increase of medical schools, the absence of common quality standards for medical education and medical schools, free movement of doctors within Europe and possible risks for health and patient care in the future. Representatives of about 20 AMSE member medical schools attended the conference and contributed significantly to the success of the meeting. At the end, the main conclusions of the conference were highlighted such as:

  • to define the needs of the health care of the future globally as well as locally,

  • to define minimal competencies of doctors and other health care providers practising across our globe,

  • to define standards of education programs and institutions delivering these programmes and

  • to develop an international quality assurance system for recognition.

Altogether, this conference provided further ideas and necessities to enhance the quality of health care and to protect the public in the future.

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Berlin, 28 April 2016

AMSE at the World Health Summit Forum, 19 – 21 April 2016, Geneva / Switzerland

Summary of the presentation

Since it was launched in 2009, the World Health Summit (WHS) has brought together stakeholders and decision makers from every field in the healthcare spectrum, providing the perfect forum for exchange with experts from academia, industry, politics and civil society. The vision behind the WHS is to improve health all over the world, catalysing that process through collaboration and open dialogue, and steering tomorrow’s agenda to improve research, education, healthcare, and policy outcomes. The WHS Regional Meeting in 2016 was organised in Geneva and provided a space for dialogue and major exchanges between field practitioners, the university hospitals, the public and private sectors, international organisations and non-governmental organisations.

At the workshop entitled “Medical Education: Quality and Internationalisation” the AMSE President Peter Dieter presented the AMSE Quality Assurance Initiative of a science-based medical education. Peter Dieter summarised that medical education has evolved in several different ways in Europe with respect to the national traditions and structures of higher education of its countries. He also pointed out that the quality standards and their recognition are country specific and that in almost 50% of the countries accreditation is only optional but not obligatory. On the other side, the European Recognition of Professional Qualification Directive (2013/55/EU) includes the automatic recognition of professional qualification in basic medical training which is intended to guarantee a limitless practice for physicians in Europe. In the future this might lead to a risk in health and patient care across Europe. Against this backdrop, Peter Dieter proposed:

  1. that medical education must be science-based,

  2. that medical education can only take place at recognised universities/medical schools/teaching hospitals,

  3. to define common quality standards (such as the WFME Standards for Basic Medical Education) and

  4. to control and recognise these standards by European/international recognised accreditation agencies.

At the end, he pointed out as one objective of this initiative the automatic recognition of professional qualifications and free employability shall only take place if the quality standards and appropriate language skills are met.

AMSE’s proposal to require medical school accreditation as a prerequisite for automatic recognition of professional qualifications is a significant step in its continuing efforts to enhance protection of the public.

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Berlin, 26 April 2016

AMSE at the ORPHEUS conference »Lost in Translation«, 10 – 12 March 2016, Cologne / Germany

Summary of the presentation

AMSE is very pleased to have been a partner with the World Federation of Medical Education (WFME) and ORPHEUS in developing the ORPHEUS position paper “Towards Standards for PhD Education in Biomedicine and Health Sciences” into a set of standards agreed by all three organisations.

AMSE endorses the work of ORPHEUS in development of standards for research training in medical schools and faculties, as medicine is based on science and research enables its development in the future.

The vision of AMSE is maintaining excellence and relevance by promoting the quality of education, collaboration and research in basic and clinical sciences, and its translation in clinical application to the relevant needs for the population and the health system. AMSE also fosters communication, collaboration and networking between medical schools, which may increase the quality of all participants.

Several AMSE declarations, available on our website, endorse these objectives:

Berlin consensus paper (2015) declares that the study of Medicine is an academic and scientifically based programme, and the medical schools and affiliated hospitals must guarantee appropriate scientific infrastructure.

Ljubljana declaration (2011) emphasizes the role of the academic clinical staff in teaching, research and innovation in the health care system. Research and (post)graduate education are essential for the quality and development of health care, therefore adequate and protected time for teaching and research must be secured by the employer.

Zagreb declaration (2009) directly endorses the work of Orpheus and declares that the medical school has responsibility in all aspects of postgraduate clinical, specialist and research education

Barcelona declaration (2008) emphasises the role of Medical schools in postgraduate education (specialisation and PhD studies) also in the countries, where postgraduate education is the responsibility of the healthcare system

Lisbon declaration (2007) stresses the importance of the leadership from Medical Schools in relation to teaching strategies and other areas of mutual interest, including research, in affiliated organisations.

Basic requirements for a good PhD programme are:

  • competent and interested students
  • competent and interested mentors and educators
  • appropriate facilities and quality oriented environment on site or in collaboration
  • sufficient time
  • funding

Learning outcomes are a serious question both for students and teachers. A student should think about these questions before entering a PhD study programme: Why do I want to engage in the PhD study? What are my research interests? How and where can I perform the research I am interested in? What will be the (long term) result of my study?

Are we lost in translation? European Society for Translational Medicine defines translational medicine as an interdisciplinary branch of the biomedical field supported by three main pillars: bench side, bedside and community. This emphasises interdisciplinary approach to research and implementation of the results into practice for the improvement of healthcare. AMSE supports this statement and emphasises the role of collaboration both in undergraduate and postgraduate education. This improves the quality and ensures relevance.

 Dušan Šuput, General Secretary of AMSE

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Berlin, 25 April 2016

AMSE Regular Conference "Challenges of doctor mobility in a changing Europe - Standards and recognition for patient safety”, 7 October 2016 in Prague

During the conference we will discuss the challenges of student and doctor mobility in a changing Europe. Based on this background we will deal with the question whether Europe needs a common standard for medical schools, teaching hospitals and medical education and how much research is required in institutions teaching and training students to become medical doctors.

We will further discuss in detail the impact of an increasing mobility of medical doctors and students in Europe and the automatic recognition of medical licenses within the EU. International recognised experts in these fields will give their input in these important topics.

The conference will take place under the auspices of the Speaker of the Senate and Committee on Health and Social Policy and Committee on Education, Science, Culture, Human Rights and Petitions at the Senate of the Parliament of the Czech Republic

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Berlin, 14 April 2016

AMSE Quality assurance initiative: kick-off meeting on 4 March in Berlin - summary

More than 30 representatives from European accreditation institutions/bodies and medical schools attended the kick-off meeting on quality assurance in undergraduate medical education from a cross-national perspective. The meeting provided an excellent opportunity for a broader discussion of the AMSE initiative to implement a uniform quality standard in Europe for medical schools and affiliated teaching hospitals, their education programmes and the verification by recognised quality assurance agencies.

AMSE president Peter Dieter introduced into the topic in the beginning of the assembly and pointed out the current status, problems, risks and potential solution. Thereafter, the participants discussed intensively experiences with existing quality management instruments, potential benefits of the implementation of a Europe-wide quality standard for undergraduate medical education and how a verification and accreditation process could be implemented. The World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) “Global Standards Basic Medical Education for Quality Improvement” provide well recognised global quality standards for these purposes.

Among the participants was a general consent that the next step to be undertaken is to clarify the need for a Europe-wide quality assurance programme that applies to all of its medical schools and affiliated teaching hospitals and their education programmes. A collection of current positive and negative practice examples in Europe is part of the clarification. On this basis, further steps then can be undertaken such as consideration of national and international requirements, involvement of various stakeholders, political lobby work as well as technical and practical aspects in the implementation of such a quality assurance system.

The meeting closed with the attendees’ expression to support the initiative on a Europe-wide, standardised quality assurance procedure for undergraduate medical education and that this should be persuaded further under the leadership of AMSE.


Berlin, 16 February 2016

Event note: “Challenges of doctor mobility in a changing Europe - Standards and recognition for patient safety”.

Regular Conference and General Assembly of AMSE, in Prague on 7 October 2016

Speeches and discussions will deal with the following key subjects:

  • A common standard for medical education and medical schools?
  • Do we need research in Medical Schools and education?
  • Mobility of students and doctors in Europe

Participants will have the possibility to submit abstracts and posters.

Detailed information will follow.