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Berlin, 11 October 2017

AMSE at the World Medical Association General Assembly (WMA), 11 – 14 October 2017, Chicago / USA

Summary

The Annual General Assembly of the WMA in 2017 was held from October 11 to 14 in Chicago, USA. The program of the meeting was divided in Committees, Council Meetings, Assembly Ceremonial Session, General Assembly and a Scientific Session. In the General Assembly, documents on “Quality Assurance”, “Medical Education” and others were adopted.

The Scientific Session with the topic: “Assuring Quality in Undergraduate Medical Education” started with key lectures on “Global Medical School Expansion” (John Norcini, FAIMER), “Creation of Accreditation and Quality Systems” (David Gordon, WFME) and “Accreditation of Medical Education Programs” (Humayun Chaudry, IAMRA). In the afternoon, participants from different world regions (Europe, America, Asia/Pacific, Africa) discussed in workshops their specific issues and problems concerning medical education. The following questions were provided:

  • What 2-3 changes would be most important to enhance the quality of basic (undergraduate) medical education in your country/region?
  • What barriers exist to making these changes?
  • What strategies are feasible in your setting to overcome the barriers? The support of what groups would be needed to overcome the barriers?

Peter Dieter was invited as a President of AMSE to chair the workshop of the Europe region.

In a concluding session, the summaries of the four regions were presented and discussed. Major issues were:

  • lack of resources for education,
  • the “low value of education vs research” in Medical Schools,
  • missing faculty development programs,
  • uncontrolled growth of Medical Schools without quality assurance,
  • increasing number of students, limited number of patients, etc.

It was also stated that organisations like the WMA, the National Medical Associations and AMSE should give more support the Medical Schools.

WMA is an international and independent confederation of free professional medical associations, therefore representing physicians worldwide. WMA was formally established in 1947 and has grown in 2016 to 112 national medical associations and more than 10 million physicians.

WMA provides a forum for its member associations to communicate freely, to co-operate actively, to achieve consensus on high standards of medical ethics and professional competence and to promote the professional freedom of physicians worldwide. With this unique partnership, WMA aims to facilitate high-caliber, humane care to patients in a healthy environment, enhancing the quality of life for all people in the world.

The purpose of WMA is to serve humanity by endeavoring to achieve the highest international standards in Medical Education, Medical Science, Medical Art and Medical Ethics, and Health Care for all people in the world.

The main decision-making body of WMA is the General Assembly, which meets annually and is formed by delegations from the National Member Associations, officers and members of the Council of WMA, and representatives of the Associate Members (Associate Members are individual physicians who wish to join WMA).

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Berlin, 5 September 2017

Co-organised symposium of AMSE and AMEE at the AMEE 2017 conference in Helsinki

Summary

The Association of Medical Schools in Europe (AMSE) and the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) held a joint symposium at the annual 2017 AMEE conference in Helsinki. The key theme was the rapidly changing health care delivery and how medical schools can respond to ensure graduates are fit for the future.

Trudie Roberts (President AMEE) and Peter Dieter (President AMSE) co-chaired the well-attended symposium. A number of international speakers introduced their perspective on key aspects of the ongoing and future change in health care delivery and the upcoming challenges for medical schools. Val Wass, UK, addressed the critical question of what skills future doctors will need in order to face the cumulative complexities of co-morbidity, aging, global migration, climate change and population alongside individual health. Wendy Reid, UK, asked how the UK is addressing the gap between the need of medical graduates to work in primary care and the low number currently entering into general practice. Harm Peters, Germany, reported on the resistance to change across Europe from traditional secondary care specialty based “siloed” teaching to a more integrated structure which embraces a patient’s actual journey through modern health care. Gary Rogers, Australia, focused on the question of how medical schools can ensure that graduates are sufficiently prepared for their work in the future. How medical schools can tackle inequities in health care and produce graduates to serve deprived urban or rural communities was a further important question. Finally, Rille Pihlak, junior doctor representative in the AMEE Executive Committee, introduced the perspective of junior doctors and how they see the future, the skills of future doctors and the role of technology in future medical education.

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Berlin, 5 September 2017

AMEE Faculty Development Committee Meeting at the AMEE 2017 conference in Helsinki / Finland

Summary

In February 2017, AMEE created the Faculty Development Committee. AMEE committees are instituted by the AMEE Executive Committee in order to promote AMEE’s activities in specific areas. Each AMEE Committee is designed to contribute to AMEE’s mission of advancing best practice and excellence in medical education.

The tasks of the Faculty Development Committee tasks include:

  • to advance best practice and excellence in the development of health professional academic faculty across the globe,
  • to provide advice to the AMEE Executive Committee and AMEE staff on the area of faculty and health professional educator development,
  • to promote scholarly work in faculty and health professional educator development to and among the membership of AMEE,
  • to oversee the selection of sites and appointment of conference organising committees for biennial International Conferences on Faculty Development in the Health Professions into the future,
  • to develop and deliver a symposium on a current topic in faculty and health professional educator development at each AMEE conference that is not associated with an International Conference on Faculty Development in the Health Professions,
  • to consider and develop other global and regional activities to support and advance faculty and health professional educator development,
  • to keep AMEE members informed about current issues and events in faculty and health professional educator development through MedEdWorld and MedEdPublish.

Yvonne Steinert, Canada, chaired the first AMEE Faculty Development Committee Meeting, on 28 August in Helsinki. Next to the chairperson, Eliana Amaral (Brazil), Miriam Boillat (Canada), Amy Dionne (Canada), Dave Irby (USA), Outi Kortekangas (Finland), Pat O’Sullivan (USA), Gary Rogers (Australia), Dujeepa Samarasekera (Singapore), Howard Tandeter (Israel) and Peter Dieter (Germany), representing AMSE, were present. In the meeting topics such as the next Faculty Development Conference, roles of the committee members, feedback from the exhibition booth at the AMEE conference and the development of a working plan were discussed. In particular, AMSE will use its membership in the Committee to assist the Deans and faculty members in their role in Leadership and Faculty Development.

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Berlin, 7 June 2017

AMSE Follow-up Workshop “Quality assurance initiative of AMSE”, 9 September 2017 in Berlin

Discussions will focus on the following key aspects:

  • Necessary steps to establish a common quality assurance in the field of medicine
  • Possible objectives of interested stakeholders like medical schools, accreditation agencies and AMSE

The meeting will provide a platform for stakeholders to present their ideas and concerns.

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Berlin, 26 May 2017

AMSE at the World Health Summit Regional Meeting, 8 – 9 May 2017, Montreal / Canada

Summary

The Université de Montréal and the Montreal Clinical Research Institute (IRCM) hosted the 1st World Health Summit Regional Meeting on 8/9 May 2017. This meeting was one of two yearly conferences of the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centres, Universities and National Academies. Based on the theme of “Health and Healthcare Delivery in Pluralistic Societies”, it focused on the question of human diversity in the practice, education, research and public policy pertaining to health. The meeting, offering a variety of workshops, discussions and symposia, brought together leading researchers, physicians, government officials and representatives from industry, non-governmental organisations and healthcare systems worldwide.

At the symposium “Advances in Accreditation of Medical Schools” four speakers presented their data:

  • John Norcini (FAIMER, USA) about “Global View of Accreditation”,
  • Peter Dieter (AMSE, Germany) about “European perspectives of accreditation of MD education”,
  • Danielle Blouin (AFMC, Canada) about “Accreditation of Undergraduate Medical Programs: The Canadian Experience”,
  • Chi-Wan Lai (KFSYSCC, Taiwan) about “Accreditation of Medical Schools in Taiwan Past, Present and Future”.

In his presentation to the international audience, Peter Dieter gave a general overview of AMSE and WHO Europe with respect to the diversity of medical education programs, quality standards and accreditation procedures in the individual countries. He focused on the quality assurance initiative of AMSE and the necessity of a common European-wide standard of medical education programmes and medical schools and an obligatory European-wide quality assurance procedure. Finally, he pointed out that the quality assurance initiative of AMSE was very similar to the ECFMG/USA initiative stating that physicians applying for ECFMG Certification will be required to graduate from a medical school that has been appropriately accredited.

In the final discussion, participants supported the necessity for an international accreditation which is accepted and compulsory. It guarantees a high-quality education for medical doctors and a safe patient care worldwide.

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Berlin, 7. April 2017

AMSE at the Spring Assembly of the European Medical Students’ Association (EMSA) 1 – 6 April 2017, Ljubljana / Slovenia

Summary

EMSA organises two assemblies every year – one in the spring and one in autumn. In 2017 spring assembly took place at the Faculty of Medicine in Ljubljana, Slovenia between 1 and 6 April.

During the spring assembly a variety of plenary lectures, trainings and workshops attracted students from Europe and other countries. Several topics have been covered, including the quality assurance of medical education.

Prof Dušan Šuput, General Secretary of AMSE, gave a welcome speech at the opening ceremony, hosted by the Medical Chamber of Slovenia. On 2 April, he presented AMSE and its activities at the assembly. There was a general agreement that the accreditation of Medical Schools in Europe is necessary, and discussion with the EMSA officials showed a mutual interest in collaboration of AMSE and EMSA on this matter.

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