New AMSE President and Treasurer


New AMSE President and Treasurer

To AMSE Member Schools

Dear Colleagues,

At the General Assembly of the Association of Medical Schools in Europe that took place during the AMSE conference in Belgrade on December 10th, 2020, the new President and Treasurer were elected.

In December 2019 the former President of AMSE, Prof. Peter Dieter died. His position was meanwhile taken by the Treasurer of AMSE, Prof. Harm Peters. Upon the Executive Committee’s decision, he took the interim President’s position, as the President of AMSE can only be elected at AMSE General Assembly. Prof. Peters applied for the President’s position, and consequently, the Treasurer’s position became vacant. Thomas Shiozawa Bayer, M.D., Ph.D. , anatomy specialist, applied for the position of the Treasurer. There were no other candidates proposed, and at the General Assembly Prof. Harm Peters was elected as the new President of AMSE and Thomas Shiozawa Bayer as the Treasurer.

The new President, Harm Peters, is Professor of medical education and nephrology at the Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany. He has joined the AMSE Executive Committee in 2014, where he was elected as Treasurer of AMSE by the General Assembly in 2014. After Prof Peter Dieter’s death in 2019, Prof Harm Peters acted as Interim President from February 2020 on. He is member of the German Association for Medical Education and chairs here the “students as teachers” committee.

Prof. Peters has been actively involved in education reform initiatives for two decades, both as a teacher and curriculum developer. In 2010, he was assigned to be the director of the project team for the new Modular Curriculum of Medicine and two years later, to become head of the Dieter Scheffner Center for Medical Education, both at the Charité. The new Modular Curriculum of Medicine is a six years’ programme that represents a fully modular, integrated, competency-based, student-centered and patients-based curriculum of undergraduate medical education. The Dieter Scheffner Center consists of a multidisciplinary team with curricular experts in the fields of curricular development, assessment, problem-based learning, communication skills, eLearning and scientific working. With regard to medical education, Prof. Peters´ main research interests are in competency-based education and the employment of entrusted professional activities.

The new Treasurer, Thomas Shiozawa-Bayer, MD, PhD, is anatomy specialist at the Institute of Clinical Anatomy and Cell Analysis, Department of Anatomy, Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen. He is a postdoctoral fellow and associate lecturer and the executive board member of the German Association for Medical Education (GMA e.V.) since 2003. As member of the University Senate committee of academic affairs in Tuebingen, and member of the advisory board for medicine and the health sciences at the accreditation agency ACQUIN (Bayreuth, Germany), he is also involved in quality assurance of higher education.

His main research interests cover the clinical anatomy of the female pelvic floor, the clinical anatomy of the musculoskeletal system, as well as medical education research in the dissection course and in curriculum development. He is teaching coordinator of the Department of Anatomy, and was appointed teaching coordinator by the Medical Faculty Tuebingen from 2010 to 2012 to reform the pre-clinical curriculum. He helped developing the peer teaching program with the Competence Center of University Teaching in Medicine, which was awarded with the Young Educators Award of the German Association for Medical Education in 2011. Recently, he started research projects introducing professionalism teaching during the dissection course, as well as research on the possibilities of teaching via live streaming (BMBF grant 16DHL1031 OpenTeach).

Congratulations to both of them!

With kind regards,

Prof. Dušan Šuput, MD, PhD Secretary general of AMSE