The 2016 Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC) will be taking place in Singapore from January 13-17th. IAMSE will again be offering the successful workshop on getting your manuscripts published, and will be delivering for the first time an IAMSE sponsored symposium on the topic of Teaching the Sciences in Health Profession Education. Also, the IAMSE booth will be present at the conference to exhibit, so if you plan on attending this meeting, do not forget to swing by and say hello!

For more information on the APMEC Meeting, please click here.

IAMSE Web Audio Seminar “How to Publish Your Results”

How to Publish Your Results
Presenter: Peter de Jong
February 4, 12 PM ET

In publishing scholarly work, there are several opportunities available to present your results to a specific audience. One way of sharing your results is presenting at conferences on medical education. These conferences can be found at a national as well as an international level. The most common types of conference contributions are the oral and poster presentations. Presenting at a conference can be a good and maybe even the most appropriate way to publish your work. Another option is publication in a (scientific) medical education journal. For publishing in a journal, not only the writing skills of the author are important. At least as important is choosing the right strategy in submitting the work to the most appropriate journal. It is also useful to know how the Editorial Office and Editorial Board of a journal handle the manuscripts received. Knowledge of these last two aspects can significantly increase the chances for acceptance of the manuscript. The session will give the attendees more insight in the editorial processes of a journal and several concrete strategies to increase the chances of acceptance of their work. The presenter will showcase the internal procedures of IAMSE’s journal Medical Science Educator to explain the attendees what is happening behind the scenes of a journal. Some general advice will be given in order to make the process of submission as successful as possible. At the end of the session the participants will have a better understanding of ways to publish their results.

For more information or to register for the Winter Audio Seminar, please click here.

How to Connect with the IAMSE Team

The IAMSE Admin team has grown. To better support your membership needs, it may be helpful to know our members and what they do for IAMSE.

Julie K. Hewett, CMP
Association Manager

Julie has been supporting IAMSE for over 17 years in many different ways. Currently, she is responsible for Board and Committee support and conference management. Julie will continue to oversee the rest of the management team to support the overall needs of the Association.

Brandi Hinkle
Account Manager, Membership Support

Brandi’s role with IAMSE will be as the first point of member contact whether by phone or email. She will be helping to manage the day-to-day operations of the Association and will be available to answer questions regarding memberships, web audio seminars and upcoming Association activities.

Alexia Canady
Financial Manager

Alexia is currently responsible for payment processing for IAMSE. She handles all follow-up associated with membership dues collection, conference registrations, and any other fee processing that may be needed.

Amoritia Strogen-Hewett
MSE Editorial Assistant, Conference Logistics

Amoritia currently serves as the Editorial Assistant for Medical Science Educator. She will also play a major role in abstract management for the conference as well as on-site logistics.

Kyle Hewett
IT Manager, Conference Logistics

Kyle will be providing IAMSE with his technical expertise in server and website maintenance. He will be working behind the scenes with the Website Committee to evaluate the current website as well as work to improve the services it provides.

Ashleigh Adkins
Graphic Designer

Ashleigh creates graphics for the association while also handling any of the marketing needs that may arise.

Danielle Inscoe-Lively
Communications and Website Manager

Danielle manages the social media aspect of IAMSE. She helps create posts to get the word out about what goes on within the organization. She also ensures the website for IAMSE is always up to date while also helping get new content posted as it becomes available.

How to Connect with the Team:

c/o JulNet Solutions, LLC
1404 1/2 Adams Avenue
Huntington, WV 25704
Phone: 304 522 1270
Fax: 304 523 9701

Julie Hewett:
Brandi Hinkle:
Alexia Canady:
Amoritia Strogen-Hewett:
Kyle Hewett:
Ashleigh Adkins:
Danielle Inscoe-Lively:


IAMSE Web Audio Seminar “How to Find Funding for your Educational Research”

How to Find Funding
Presenter: Jane Dumsha
January 28, 12 PM ET

One barrier to research is the attainment of funding resources to launch and continue quality studies. This session will outline resources for the early stages of research and provide guidance for grant proposal preparation, if it is determined that external funding is needed. Free and low-cost resources for obtaining preliminary data and sources of external funds will be described. An overview of grant writing and information on where to obtain training will be presented. Information on proposal writing basics, tips to increase the chances of success, the grant application process, and basic proposal and budget requirements will be provided. Potential funding sources appropriate for beginning investigators will also be listed. Suggestions will be offered for revising and resubmitting unsuccessful proposals.

For more information or to register for the Winter Audio Seminar, please click here.

IAMSE Office will be Closed for the Holidays

The IAMSE Administrative Office will be closed December 24 and 25 in observance of the Christmas Holiday. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, December 28.

We would also like to wish you and your families a happy holiday season. We are excited for what 2016 has in store!

IAMSE Winter Audio Seminar “How to do Educational Research”

How to do Educational Research
Presenter: David Yens
January 21, 12 PM ET

What is educational research in medical and health professions education? What types of research are conducted? What methods are used? These will be illustrated with examples from the literature. Following a brief review of these topics, an example of the educational research process will be provided that examines the choices at each stage of the process.

For more information or to register for the Winter Audio Seminar, please click here.

IAMSE Educational Scholarship Grant Reminder

The deadline for the Educational Grant Scholarship is quickly drawing to a close! As a reminder, the deadline for submitting applications is January 16, 2016. Applications are to be submitted to Brandi via email ( before the deadline. Instructions for grant proposals may be found here.

The 2016 Educational Scholarship Grant program will award one research grant in the amount of $3,000 for a 2 year grant period. All IAMSE members are eligible to submit a grant proposal. Preference will be given to new projects, and must be relevant to the mission of IAMSE. The results of funded projects must be presented at a future IAMSE meeting. The initial funding award will be announced via email, and at the 2016 IAMSE meeting.

All information regarding the IAMSE Educational Scholarship Grant, including the application process, eligibility, proposal format, and evaluation criteria can be found on the IAMSE website (

IAMSE Winter Audio Seminar “How to Get Started in Educational Research”

How to Get Started
Presenter: Grace Brannan
January 14, 12 PM ET

This session will introduce the audience to the basics of medical education research and scholarly work. We will discuss topics that can be studied or reported, best practices and challenges, and things to consider before engaging in medical education research. We will illustrate the steps through a few case studies.

For more information or to register for the Winter Audio Seminar, please click here.

IAMSE Call for Posters – Deadline Reminder

The deadline for poster abstract submission is quickly drawing to a close. The deadline for submission is December 15, 2015! Authors will be notified with a decision regarding their abstract submission by March 1.

Oral and Poster abstract presentations will be presented at the 20th Annual IAMSE Conference to be held in Leiden, The Netherlands from June 4-7, 2016. The IAMSE meeting offers opportunities for faculty development and networking, bringing together medical science educators from many professional disciplines and spanning the continuum of health care education.

All abstracts for Oral and Poster presentations must be submitted in the format requested through the online abstract submission site.

Please click here to submit your abstract
Please note: The first time you enter the site, if you have not already done so previously, you will be required to create a user profile.

IAMSE Web Seminar “Overview of the Status and Future Direction”

Overview of the Status and Future Direction
Presenter: Geoff Norman
January 7, 12 PM ET

Medical education research is a relatively new field, which can trace its origins precisely to a group in Buffalo, NY, led by George Miller in the 1950s. These individuals came from diverse backgrounds, with virtually no relevant prior academic achievement. However through the collaborations engendered by the collaboration between medical teachers and academics, the field rapidly evolved. A major stimulus for the field was the development of the new problem-based schools at McMaster and Maastricht in the 1970s, with both schools committing resources to fund major research programs to evaluate the success of these innovations. Finally, another parallel development was the efforts by the American licensing and certifying bodies, primarily the National Board of Medical Examiners and the American Board of Internal Medicine, as well as the Medical Council of Canada, to improve student evaluation methods.

All of these developments set the stage for the field as we see it today, where a large number of researchers from many different social and behavioral sciences, from policy analysis to kinesiology, use a potpourri of research methods to address diverse questions related to health professions education. While this diversity is an enormous strength and a defining characteristic of the field, it does bring into focus some fundamental questions about what are the common threads. In particular, as the field matures standards for research have evolved. No longer is the focus solely or even primarily on the design of solutions for local problems; instead many journals demand evidence that research has theoretical underpinnings and generalizable application.

In this session, I will attempt to engage you in exploring some of these questions. We will explore, in a general way, what, if any, are the commonalities of all our research enterprises, and indeed what is the demarcation between scientific inquiry and other academic pursuits. In the course of the talk, we should be able to better understand what are the ingredients of successful research in health sciences education.

Registration Now Open for the 2016 Winter Audio Seminar Series

Registration is now open for Winter 2016 Audio Seminar Series! Sessions start on Thursday, January 7, 2016.

Research in Health Sciences Education
As health scientists and clinicians, we approach bench and bedside research in logical steps: define questions, plan approaches, fund projects, gather and analyze data, and publish results. As health science educators, our responsibility to our students is to be as efficient and effective as we can be in our educational approaches. We need to follow these same logical steps of scholarly activity to determine the best practices for our teaching and to promulgate results to our colleagues. But few of us are formally trained in education research. How do we translate our skills into this new arena?

This series of six sessions brings together some of the world’s experts in health sciences education research. Dr. Geoff Norman will provide an overview of current and future directions, and Dr. Grace Brannan will get us started with defining research questions and developing approaches. Dr. David Yens will pick up on this foundation with more specifics on how to conduct health science education research. Dr. Jane Dumsha will discuss the important topic of finding funds for your research, and Dr. Peter de Jong will talk about publishing your results. Our final session will provide the unique opportunity of a panel discussion with Editors of five top journals in health sciences education. Their tips for success will provide invaluable help in getting your research published and read by your target audience.

January 7 – Overview of the Status and Future Direction – Presented by Geoff Norman

January 14 – How to Get Started – Presented by Grace Brannan

January 21 – How to do Educational Research – Presented by David Yens

January 28 – How to Find Funding – Presented by Jane Dumsha

February 4 – How to Publish Your Results – Presented by Peter de Jong

February 11 – Panel Discussion: Current publication tips for success with the Editor-in-Chiefs of Medical Science Educator, Medical Teacher, Teaching and Learning in Medicine, Advances in Health Sciences Education, and Medical Education Online – Presented by Peter de Jong, Ronald Harden, Anna Cianciolo, Geoff Norman, and Scott Cottrell

Click here to register or for more information on the Winter 2016 Audio Seminar.


IAMSE Administrative Office Closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday

As those of us in the United States prepare for Thanksgiving, we would like to extend a sincere THANK YOU for being a part of our success and daily lives.

The IAMSE Administrative Office will be closed on November 26-27, 2015 for Thanksgiving. We will resume normal business hours November 30, 2015.

We are truly grateful for the support you have provided to us at IAMSE and look forward to any new opportunities 2016 may bring.