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Berlin, 10 December 2015

Event note: "Lost in translation? From medical studies to clinical research" - 11th ORPHEUS conference in Cologne (Germany) on 10 - 12 March 2016

Aim of the conference is to provide a platform for the discussion of the complete career path in biomedicine and health sciences beginning with undergraduate level, followed by the doctoral period and the subsequent transition phase. Special emphasis will be given to the impact of innovative doctoral educational programs and the training of physician scientists.

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Berlin, 26 October 2015

Summary: AMSE workshop at this year’s AMEE Meeting in Glasgow

“What makes a medical school academic?” was the topic of a workshop given by the AMSE President Peter Dieter and the Executive Board members David Gordon, Zdravko Lackovic and Harm Peters at the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Meeting 2015 in Glasgow. This workshop is part of a quality assurance initiative by AMSE.

Peter Dieter summarised how 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 pointed out that there are increasing concerns on quality and outcomes of medical education related to upcoming new medical schools, especially those less firmly connected with a university faculty body. David Gordon presented an overview on the internationally well accepted standards for medical education have been set by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME).

In the following discussion by the participants major theme was to define and promote quality standards recognising an institution as an academic medical school. Zdravko Lackovic introduced to ICRAM initiative, i.e. The International Campaign to Revitalise Academic Medicine. The topic of “what makes a medical school academic” was lively discussed by all participants and there was consent that this discussion has to be continued. Harm Peters, who chaired the workshop, closed the session on time and thanked all participants for their contribution to the quality assurance initiative by AMSE.


Berlin, 21 August 2015

"What makes a medical school academic? A quality assurance initiative by AMSE" – AMSE workshop at the AMEE conference in Glasgow


In Europe, medical education has evolved in several different ways with respect to the national traditions and structures of higher education of its countries. There are increasing concerns on quality and outcomes of medical education related to upcoming new medical schools, especially those less firmly connected with a university faculty body. The challenges and risks of the current political climate in Higher Education in Europe have stimulated AMSE to deal with the WFME standards in relation to European medical schools to develop a quality assurance strategy.


Everyone who is interested in the quality assurance of medical schools and medical education – deans, program or curriculum directors and educational policy makers – is invited to participate at this workshop

Participants will have the opportunity to work with others on exploring challenges and risks of academic medical education in Europe, to develop potential quality standards for academic medical schools and to contribute to quality assurance initiative by AMSE.

General information

7 September 2015

Session 5V, 15:45 to 17:30 p.m.

Crowne Plaza Hotel Glasgow, Mezzanine Floor, Room Staffa

Please note: There is no advance sign-up for workshops. Entry to workshops will be on a first come, first served basis and numbers will be limited (max 30 participants) to ensure that workshops do not become overcrowded.

You will find the complete conference programme here.

Visit AMSE at the Exhibition Hall, stand A8.


Berlin, 7 July 2015

Important information on eligibility for ECFMG certification and USMLE

As the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECMFG) announces, the World Directory of Medical Schools replaces, effective from 30 June 2015, IMED for purposes of determining eligibility for ECFMG Certification and for United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE). This means that international medical graduates must consult the World Directory before applying for ECFMG certification or USMLE. Read the complete ECFMG paper.


Berlin, 6 July 2015

AMSE officially registered

The Association of Medical Schools in Europe is now officially registered in the register of associations at the local court of Berlin-Charlottenburg, Germany. We are very pleased about this successful step towards an even more professional service and activities for our members.


Berlin, 23 June 2015

New regulations for ECFMG certification

The Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) has announced that, effective in 2023, physicians applying for an ECFMG Certification will be required to graduate from a Medical School that has been appropriately accredited.

This is also true for all medical schools in the WHO Europe region.

To satisfy this requirement, a physician’s Medical School must be accredited through a formal process that uses criteria comparable to those established for U.S. Medical Schools by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or other globally accepted standards.

The World Federation for Medical Education (WFME), with assistance of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER), has developed and implemented a programme of recognition of accrediting agencies. This process will allow Medical Schools accredited by recognised agencies, and their graduates, to meet ECFMG’s accreditation requirement.

The WFME recognition programme involves a thorough process for evaluating and recognising accrediting agencies using globally accepted criteria. 

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Berlin, 15 June 2015

Proceedings of the Joint Conference 2014 available online

The publication of the Joint Symposium of the Association of Medical Schools in Europe (AMSE) and the German Medizinische Fakultätentag (MFT) that was held on 13 / 14 September 2014 in Berlin is now available online.


Berlin, 13 May 2015

AMSE workshop at the AMEE conference in Glasgow

The AMSE workshop under the title "What makes a medical school academic? A quality assurance initiative by AMSE" has been accepted. Detailed information concerning date, place and registration will follow.


Berlin, 13 May 2015

Licensing of non-EU medics

The recognition of licenses for medical doctors in Europe is handled very differently. While there is for doctors within the EU an automatic recognition according to the EU directive 2013/55/EU, the recognition of doctors who come from outside the EU is not regulated and standardised. In the Issue 366 of University World News Global Issue ii is described that the recognition of non-EU medics in Sweden may take up to four years.

Read the complete article.


Berlin, 30 March 2015

ASME Gold Medal Award for Prof Valerie Wass

We are very pleased to hear that Valerie Wass, member of the Executive Committee of AMSE, has been awarded the prestigious Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) Gold Medal Award 2015 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to medical education.

As one of only two women on the Medical School Council (MSC) until her retirement, and the first women ever to be elected to the MSC Executive, Professor Wass has already received three industry awards in her career. She receives her ASME Gold Award this summer and will retain it for 12 months. She has also been given lifelong honorary ASME membership.

ASME promotes excellence and high quality research into medical education while providing opportunities for developing medical educators and advising governmental and other organisations on medical education issues. The ASME Gold Medal was established to recognise outstanding contribution to medical education as a whole and this year Professor Valerie Wass, the former Head of Keele University’s School of Medicine, was chosen.

Val Wass Professor Wass is a founder member of the European Board of Medical Assessment and an executive member of the Association of Medical Schools in Europe. She also chairs the MSC Education Committee, was elected nationally to chair the Medical School Assessment Alliance in 2011, and represents the UK on the World Association of Family Medicine Doctors (WONCA).

Other impressive career highlights for Professor Wass have included posts in Nephrology and Paediatrics, at Guy’s Hospital in London, and 12 years as a GP in Kent. In 1995 she moved to work in academia, focusing on primary care, which led to appointments at Guy’s, Kings and St Thomas, Manchester and Keele Medical Schools respectively.

Nicky Pender, ASME chief executive, says: “Professor Wass has contributed outstandingly to all ASME criteria and her high quality research has been widely disseminated, with significant international impact. This, along with her work on community education and diversity, has facilitated medical excellence at three UK medical schools. Professor Wass has also provided consultancy to organisations in over 20 countries, and been awarded RCGP recognition for exceptional work developing healthcare education internationally. I can’t think of a more worthy winner of the ASME Gold Medal Award.”

Professor Wass, who is also editor of Education in Primary Care, says: “The ASME Gold Award is the ultimate accolade and I’m honoured to have been chosen.”

Professor Wass was awarded an OBE in the 2015 New Year’s honours list.

For further media information please contact Samantha McKay-Challen or Fiona Vernon.


Berlin, 13 March 2015

AMSE has a new website

We are very pleased to present our new, refreshed website with a more modern look. It allows a clearer navigation and will make it easier for readers to find information about AMSE.


Berlin, 13 February 2015

AMSE in Glasgow

AMSE has applied for a workshop at the AMEE conference in Glasgow, 5-9 September 2015. Moreover AMSE will be present with an own stand at the exhibition area. Detailed information will follow.



Berlin, 19 September 2014

“Evolution of Medical School systems across Europe - are we at a risk?”

Summary of the joint symposium, 13-14 September in Berlin

The background of the AMSE-MFT joint symposium in Berlin, 13-14 September, 2014, was the "uncontrolled" increase of public and private medical schools, franchise-crossborder models of medical schools, differences in medical programmes, in the quality assurance procedures and the automatic recognition of physician licenses across Europe according to the EU Directive 2005/36/EC and EU Directive 2013/55/EU. Competent and well known speakers from different stakeholders such as medical education, Deans of medical schools from different countries, academic hospitals and regulatory authorities, accreditation experts and WHO-Europe presented their data and ideas and more than 50 participants from 18 different countries had stimulating and lively discussions.

At the General Assembly of AMSE, a new constitution was agreed, and the President and full members of the Executive Committee, the Treasurer and Auditors as well as the co-opted members were elected. Furthermore, AMSE was founded as a Non-profit Association based in Berlin, Germany.

The outputs of the meeting which were agreed by all participants were as follows:

  • All involved stakeholders should stay in closer touch in the future and improve their communication.
  • We must build a closer collaboration with politicians and EU-policy.
  • We need Europe-wide standards for medical education programmes, medical schools, franchise-crossborder models of medical schools and academic hospitals.
  • Based on these standards AMSE need Europe-wide valid quality assurance procedures.
  • Recognition of physician licences should be based on these approved standards and adequate language, knowledge and skills tests.

AMSE must and will take a leading initiative in these proposed outputs in order to ensure that we are not at risk in the future.

Prof Peter Dieter
President of AMSE


Berlin, 2 June 2014


We are very sorry to hear that Petr Hach died on 24 May 2014.

Petr Hach was President of AMSE from 2001 to 2004, taking over the chair at short notice from Professor Antonio Campos. His calm and scholarly leadership of AMSE over three years, from the Annual Conference in Ghent in 2001 to the Manchester Conference in 2004, was recognised by his colleagues on the Executive Council as an excellent example of a fine combination of academic and practical talents in the service of the Association. He was elected as an Honorary Member of AMSE in 2008.

Petr Hach had been Dean of the First Medical Faculty of the Charles University in Prague from 1993 to 1999, and in his career had received many honours and other measures of his academic eminence.  But – above all – he was a lovely and good man, which is even more important than his many medical and scientific achievements. We will miss him very much.


Berlin, 1 February 2014

AMSE has a new President


Professor Peter Dieter was elected as the next President of AMSE at the General Assembly held on 31 January 2014. AMSE extends its enthusiastic congratulations to Professor Dieter on his election.


The General Assembly was held over a telephone conference and the internet. Sixteen full members of AMSE participated, and the General Assembly also confirmed Professor Dušan Šuput as General Secretary, and made elections to the Executive Committee.