IAMSE Fall Web Seminar Series – “Challenges and Opportunities for (New) Medical Schools in Africa”

Challenges and Opportunities for (New) Medical Schools in Africa
Presenter: Quentin Eichbaum
September 28, 12 PM ET

Over 100 new medical schools are projected to open in Africa over the next decade. These new schools face daunting challenges but are also presented with unique opportunities. This talk will focus on these challenges and opportunities including: the development of context-specific curricula; development of equitable admissions policies; establishment of postgraduate training programs with contextualized accreditation standards; development of sustainable research programs; development inter-and transprofessional programs; and establishment of viable faculty and health worker recruitment and retention policies. The talk will discuss initiatives of consortia such as the former Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and the Consortium of New Sub Sahara African Medical Schools (CONSAMS) as models for promoting health professional education in Africa.

For more information and to register for the Fall 2017 Audio Seminar Series, please click here.

Featured Member: Bonny Dickinson, Board of Directors

I became an IAMSE member in 2013 shortly after beginning a new position as one of the inaugural faculty of Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine. As a basic science faculty member and researcher, I had numerous contacts in the realm of basic science research. But as my career transitioned to focus on medical education, I initially felt adrift until I was welcomed by the IAMSE community. IAMSE has had an enormous impact on my career as a medical science educator. I distinctly recall my first IAMSE meeting in 2015 where, for the first-time, I presented work related to innovation in medical education. I came away from the conference feeling inspired by the other presenters and conference attendees, and I knew that I had found a home. It was also at this conference that a conversation with Amy Wilson-Delfosse, the IAMSE president at that time, sparked the formation of CAMSE, a subcommittee of the IAMSE Professional Development Committee. CAMSE’s charge is to create an IAMSE-recommended resource that provides guidance to medical schools developing or revising promotion and tenure requirements for their medical educators. To address this need, we recently surveyed the IAMSE membership to assess their perceptions and understandings of institutional promotion and tenure practices for medical science educators. We look forward to sharing the results of this survey with the members of IAMSE, and ask IAMSE members from schools outside of the U.S. to join our committee so that we are more fully representative of the international membership of IAMSE. In closing, I look forward to contributing to the mission of IAMSE as a newly elected member of the Board of Directors, and enthusiastically await what lies ahead in my journey as a member of IAMSE.

#IAMSE18 – Last Chance to Submit A Focus Session – Due September 15!

The deadline for the 2018 Call for Focus Sessions is quickly drawing near. As a reminder, proposals are to be submitted in the format requested through the online abstract submission site found here.

Submission deadline is September 15, 2017. Session proposal acceptance notifications will be returned by November 15.

Please note that the call for poster/oral abstracts will be sent in the coming weeks. Please contact Brandi Hinkle at for any questions about submission.

IAMSE Fall 2017 WAS Session 1 Highlights

In case you missed yesterday’s Webcast Audio Seminar (WAS) Session, here are the highlights of this session:

The Rising Tide of Competency-Based Medical Education: A Global View
Presenter: Jason Frank
September 7, 12 PM EST


  • Health Professions Education (HPE)
    • Several Challenges of HPE
    • Time spent does not equal ability achieved
    • Trainees are not fully trained when arriving at clinical sites
    • Assessment issues
  • Competency Based Medical Education (CMBE)
  • Principles based on
    • Focuses on outcomes; graduate ability – not knowledge
    • Ensures progression of competence
    • Time is a resource not a framework
    • Promotes learner centeredness
    • Greater transparency to utility
  • Spectrum of skills acquisition
    • Novice > Advance Beginner > Competence > Proficiency > Expertise
  • CBME definition of Competency is an observable ability of a health professional
  • Van Melle’s Core Components of CBME (Five elements of a CBME Curriculum)
    • Outcomes competency framework
    • Sequence progression of competency
    • Tailored learning experiences
    • Tailored bedside coaching and observation
    • Programmatic assessment
  • Bottom line: Is your program a competency based?
  • CBME is about a better way to train health professionals.

For more information on the next session or to register, please click here.

IAMSE Fall Web Seminar Series – “Global Healthcare Overview of European Model”

Global Healthcare Overview of European Model
Presenters: Jen Cleland and Meabh Ni Bhuinneain
September 21, 12 PM ET

“Recruitment and retention in junior doctors: global issues, local solutions?”

Medical education and training systems in the most countries allow doctors in training considerable individual choice about which specialty they select and where they wish to train. This flexibility is desirable to the individual, but not necessarily for the country’s health service: many countries cannot recruit doctors into certain specialties and/or to particular geographical areas. Many studies have identified a number of factors which influence medical and other healthcare careers decision making. However, only relatively recently have methodologies been adopted which examine which are the most important “push-pull” factors in healthcare professional career decision making. In this talk I will give an overview of the global issues, then discuss my own work and that of others in relation to the labour-market choices of healthcare professionals. I will conclude by discussing ways in which we can best select and support the healthcare workforce in order to start to address workforce shortages.

“A European Case Study of Rural Health System Strengthening through Rural Medical Academy Development”

Facilitated Exchange on the Role of Medical Educators in Global Health System Strengthening with reference to rural health systems

  • Presentation of a Case Study on Rural Medical Academy Development in the West of Ireland
  • Dialogue on the human resource challenges in the provision of rural health professional coverage worldwide.
  • Discuss the transitioning requirements of the Medical Student moving to the rural health environment.
  • Consider the reciprocal benefits to the rural host institution and opportunities for academic advancement

For more information and to register for the Fall 2017 Audio Seminar Series, please click here.

IAMSE – Medical Science Educator Call for Announcements

In every issue of Medical Science Educator, we publish an announcements section. In this section we share information that is of interest to the readership of the journal. Individual IAMSE members wishing to post medical education related announcements in the Journal are invited to send their requests to the Editorial Assistant at Announcements may be IAMSE-related, announcements from other medical education organizations, medical education conference information or international issues affecting medical education. Announcements will be published at the Editors discretion.

Deadline for inclusion in the December issue: September 11, 2017

IAMSE Fall Web Seminar Series – “The Future of Family Medicine In China”

The Future of Family Medicine In China
Presenter: William Burke
September 14, 12 PM ET

This web seminar will focus on the work of the International Primary Care Educational Alliance (IPCEA) over the past 10 years in China. From the development of family medicine residencies to the retraining of former subspecialists who are now providing primary care services in Chinese Community Health Centers, the IPCEA has been working with local and provincial health and family planning commissions, medical universities and others to meet the goals of the triple aim: enhancing patient experience (access, enhanced quality of care), improving population health, and reducing the cost of the care delivered.

For more information and to register for the Fall 2017 Audio Seminar Series, please click here.

#IAMSE18 – Last Chance to Submit Pre-Conference Workshop Abstracts – Due September 1

The deadline for the 2018 Call for Pre-Conference Professional Development Workshops is quickly drawing near. Proposals are to be submitted in the format requested through the online proposal submission site.

Submission deadline is Friday, September 1, 2017.

Please contact Brandi Hinkle via email at for any questions about submitting your workshop.

IAMSE – Reminder Editor Search for Manuals – Deadline September 1

As a reminder, we are currently accepting applications for Editor-in-Chief for new IAMSE Manuals. The closing date for receipt of application materials is September 1, 2017.

The document linked here describes and outlines the requirements for the position.

Interested members should send a letter of application and CV in one file via e-mail to Brandi Hinkle in the IAMSE Administrative Office at Please write Manuals Editor-in-Chief in the subject line. The letter should indicate your interest in the position and why you feel you are qualified to take on this role.

IAMSE Fall Web Seminar Series – “The Rising Tide of Competency-Based Medical Education: A Global View”

The Rising Tide of Competency-Based Medical Education: A Global View
Presenter: Jason Frank
September 7, 12 PM ET

What is wrong with health professions education? Does it really need a “fix”? Why are so many schools and professions turning to competency-based medical education (CBME)? This session will provide a state-of-the-art overview of the CBME movement and its implications for all medical and health professions educators.

CBME has its origins in teacher education and the outcomes accountability movement in contemporary societies. The WHO called for all health professions programs to use a CBME approach in 1978. Only in recent years has this approach to training gained real momentum, with major standards bodies and whole systems converting.

In this webinar, we will review the origins, rationale, and elements of CBME design. We will provide a tour of the current landscape of competency-based changes around the world using a framework from the International CBME Collaborators. Finally, we will dive deeper into the fundamental redesign of Canadian medical education to illustrate just how different a competency-based world can be.

Learning objectives
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Define “CBME” and discuss its origins
  • Describe the van Melle framework of CBME Core Components
  • Describe some of the CBME innovations from around the world, and
  • Describe Canada’s Competence By Design CBME project, the biggest meded change in Canadian history

For more information and to register for the Fall 2017 Audio Seminar Series, please click here.

IAMSE – Fall 2016 WAS Archive Now Available

The International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) is pleased to announce that the archives for the 2016 Fall Series of the Webcast Audio Seminars, Times are Changing: Evolution and Revolution in Medical Education: Strategies for Assessment of Skills, Attitudes, and Behaviors across the Health Sciences, are now available online!

The Webcast Audio Seminar archives are located on the IAMSE website under the Events heading as Web Seminars. Here, you will be able to search the archives or browse by year and series. Every series is available publicly one year after the series originally began.

If you have any questions or problems accessing the archives, please just let us know at

How to Submit Your Ideas to the IAMSE Idea Box

Do you have an idea for the IAMSE website, a meeting, or anything else IAMSE related? Add it to the IAMSE idea box!

To access the idea box, log in to the IAMSE member site here. Once logged in, click “Manage Profile” at the top right of the page and then scroll to where it says, “Content and Features.” Under this heading, you will find the Idea Box.

If you have any questions or difficulties with the idea box, contact Brandi Hinkle at