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Berlin, 24 April 2019

AMSE at the 2019 World Federation for Medical Education World Conference, 7 - 10 April 2019, Seoul / South Korea

WFME invited AMSE President Peter Dieter to talk about the AMSE/ASIIN Quality Assurance Pilot Project. His talk was very well received and aroused great interest, especially from European Medical Schools and Accreditation Agencies, who wanted to learn more about this pilot project.

The World Conference in Seoul focussed on the following questions and topics:

  • What is happening in the WFME Recognition of Accreditation programme, and how should an accrediting agency prepare for it?

  • Are your practices in accreditation the right ones?

  • How should you develop standards for education that are right for the context of your medical school, your country or your region?

  • How can we help to make the transition from medical school, to postgraduate education, and on to a fully-established medical career while maintaining a lifetime of learning and quality improvement? What are the questions to be answered in developing accreditation of postgraduate medical education?

Speakers from all parts of the world included WFME advisors and assessors from the WFME Recognition of Accreditation programme, accreditation experts, specialists in the development of WFME Standards for Basic Medical Education, authorities on accreditation and many more.

About WFME and its main issues:

  1. WFME publishes international best practice Global Standards for Quality Improvement of Medical Education, covering Basic (Undergraduate) Medical Education (BME); Postgraduate Medical Education (PME); and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of Medical Doctors.

  2. The WFME Recognition Programme evaluates agencies against internationally accepted criteria for accreditation. Recognition Status is the quality measure which confers the understanding that the quality of medical education in accredited schools is to an appropriate and rigorous standarda lively and active organisation working to improve the quality of medical education in all parts of the world.

  3. The World Directory is a freely accessible directory of the world's undergraduate (basic) medical education programmes. It contains information for over 2,900 schools, both operational and historical, including curriculum and enrolment details.

Read more about the conference on the website: http://www.wfme2019.org/

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Berlin, 18 February 2019

AMSE at the AMEE Executive Committee Meeting

AMSE President Peter Dieter was invited as an ex officio member of the AMEE Executive Committee to take part in the meeting in London on 15-17 February.

AMEE and AMSE discussed about a closer collaboration in the future and prepared a draft version which will be discussed in the AMSE Executive meeting in Berlin in February 2019.

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Berlin, 14 February 2019

AMSE participates in a European Project of Teacher Training in Health
Sciences

AMSE participates as a partner of the Erasmus+ project 'Development of innovative training solutions in the field of functional evaluation aimed at updating the curricula of health sciences schools: Project TEACH. The initiative responds to the contemporary challenges of medical care, derived from aging and the problems associated with the increasing long-term functional limitations (physical, mental and social).

Researchers from three countries - Poland, Spain and Germany - will develop a specialised training program for medical higher education institutions, taking into account a wide range of requirements of teachers who deal with health sciences across Europe and related to the health policy of the European Union in this field of Functional Evaluation.

In this context, the strategic result will be the development of mechanisms to improve the health indicators of European society, which should begin with the adequate teaching of medical students. In addition, TEACH will stimulate the creation of professional opportunities for teachers, as it will improve links and communication between universities, the innovation sector and health professionals. TEACH also aims to standardise the best practices among European healthcare professionals. This will mitigate the differences among member countries and help them share common knowledge and methodologies to face common challenges.

The TEACH consortium is made up of four organisations:

  • two academic organisations: the University of Valencia and the Silesia University of Technology (SUT, Poland);
  • a research centre: Institute of Biomechanics of Valencia (IBV, Spain);
  • an association: the Association of Medical Schools of Medicine in Europe (AMSE, Germany).

TEACH has three main substantive activities associated, all of which are accessible free of charge to the target users and also to the general public interested in them. It will be an electronic document available in the public area of the project website. Also an online course integrated in the online platform (pilot version). This output will include a set of different electronic documents that will be available on the project website, on the websites of the project partners and on the Erasmus+ website. The course will be an open access action that, once the project is completed, will be available as part of the training of the project partners.

The project has been funded with the support of the European Commission under the Erasmus+ program with a duration of 24 months from November 1, 2018 to October 31, 2020.

Read more about TEACH on the project website: www.teacherasmusplus.eu  

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Berlin, 5 February 2019

AMSE at the Health Professionals Crossing Border Conference, 4 February 2019, Dublin / Ireland

The conference brought together European healthcare professional regulators, professional bodies, and national government representatives. The agenda focussed on the future of the professional qualifications framework, eHealth and trends and expectations in healthcare mobility.

Main topics were:

  • Impact of Brexit on professional mobility
  • Brexit and the future of EEA doctors working in the UK
  • Recognition of professional qualifications across Europe: Looking ahead to the future
  • The future of the professional qualifications framework
  • Trends and future expectations of health professionals' cross-border mobility
  • Taking eHealth into the 21st Century
  • Future regulatory challenges in eHealth

Read more about the conference on the HPCB website: https://www.hpcb.eu/index.aspx

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Berlin, 30 January 2019

AMSE was invited by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research to the Hearing on the recommendations of the Expert Commission for the "Master Plan for Medical Studies 2020", 29 January 2019, Berlin /Germany

The Master Plan for Medical Studies 2020 is an important step towards modern medical studies in Germany, which prepares physicians for the future challenges and ensures good patient care throughout Germany in the future as well. 37 measures are included in the Master Plan, more practical relevance in studies and a strengthening of general medicine are of great importance, especially with regard to the good provision in rural areas. At the same time, the ability to work scientifically is strengthened. The recommendations of the Expert Commission included 6 of the 37 measures, such as:

  • Interprofessional courses
  • Checking the number of credits for subjects and cross-sectional areas as well as the compulsory grading
  • Introduction of a certificate of achievement for the structured communication of scientific competences
  • Linking clinical and theoretical content from the first semester to at the end of the training.

Unfortunately international collaborations and aspects are not mentioned in the Master Plan or in the recommendations of the Expert Commission.

The discussion of the individual topics was fundamentally constructive, only the question of the financing the project was poorly mentioned. At the end there was little content positioning by the by representatives of the Ministry.

 

Berlin, 24 April 2019

AMSE at the 2019 World Federation for Medical Education World Conference, 7 - 10 April 2019, Seoul / South Korea

WFME invited AMSE President Peter Dieter to talk about the AMSE/ASIIN Quality Assurance Pilot Project. His talk was very well received and aroused great interest, especially from European Medical Schools and Accreditation Agencies, who wanted to learn more about this pilot project.

The World Conference in Seoul focussed on the following questions and topics:

  • What is happening in the WFME Recognition of Accreditation programme, and how should an accrediting agency prepare for it?
  • Are your practices in accreditation the right ones?
  • How should you develop standards for education that are right for the context of your medical school, your country or your region?
  • How can we help to make the transition from medical school, to postgraduate education, and on to a fully-established medical career while maintaining a lifetime of learning and quality improvement? What are the questions to be answered in developing accreditation of postgraduate medical education?

Speakers from all parts of the world included WFME advisors and assessors from the WFME Recognition of Accreditation programme, accreditation experts, specialists in the development of WFME Standards for Basic Medical Education, authorities on accreditation and many more.

About WFME and its main issues:

1.    WFME publishes international best practice Global Standards for Quality Improvement of Medical Education, covering Basic (Undergraduate) Medical Education (BME); Postgraduate Medical Education (PME); and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) of Medical Doctor

2.    The WFME Recognition Programme evaluates agencies against internationally accepted criteria for accreditation. Recognition Status is the quality measure which confers the understanding that the quality of medical education in accredited schools is to an appropriate and rigorous standarda lively and active organisation working to improve the quality of medical education in all parts of the world

3.    The World Directory is a freely accessible directory of the world's undergraduate (basic) medical education programs. It contains information for over 2,900 schools, both operational and historical, including curriculum and enrolment details.

Read more about the conference on the website: http://www.wfme2019.org/