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Medical educators take global perspective on doctors’ training

ASME Annual Scientific Meeting to feature intercontinental perspectives on health education

Educating truly global doctors in challenging circumstances is the focus of the Annual Scientific Meeting of the Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME).

The three-day conference, held from 11 to 13 July at the Sage in Newcastle, will see speakers from different continents and backgrounds present innovative insights into the future of medical training.

Keynote speakers include Professor Philip Cotton, Vice Chancellor of the University of Rwanda and Professor of Learning and Teaching at the University of Glasgow.  Professor Cotton will be presented with The ASME Gold Medal at the event for his outstanding contribution to medical education. Professor Cotton is set to offer insights into medical education in sub-Saharan Africa. Professor Susan van Schalkyck from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, will also contribute to an African perspective on medical education.

Arizona-based Professors Deborah Helitzer and David Sklar will lead sessions on improving public health education and globalised health education, respectively. They will use past improvements in health education as the basis to highlight new challenges that globalisation has brought about. 

Junior doctors’ research and perspectives are also part of the conference programme with Doctor Abi Deivanayagam discussing what is needed to create a truly global doctor.

“We are excited to present speakers representing medical education institutions from three continents at our Annual Scientific Meeting”, says ASME Chair Professor Jen Cleland. “Medical education and healthcare are changing fast.  Challenges in areas such as workforce recruitment and retention, medical migration, and delivering care to rural and under-served areas, are not confined to one country or even continent alone.

“For that reason, and quoting Frenck et al in the Lancet, it’s crucial that medical professionals are trained to be both locally responsive and globally connected.  The ASM aims to stimulate thought and discussion about whether our current systems help or hinder us in the context of the globalization of medical education. ”

The Annual Scientific Meeting starts on 11 July and runs for three days at the iconic Sage Gateshead venue in Newcastle. For more information visithttps://www.asme.org.uk/asm2018#general-info-2.

ASME is a membership organisation which aims to promote excellence across the continuum of clinical education and training. ASME seeks to promote high-quality research into medical education and training via its grants, journals, conferences and meetings.

For further information contact Fiona Vernon at Niche Works by phone on 0131 669 0333 or by email at fiona@nicheworks.co.uk.

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Notes to editors

  • The Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) aims to promote excellence across the continuum of clinical education and training. ASME seeks to promote high-quality research into medical education and training via its grants, journals, conferences and meetings.
  • ASME provides professional development through awards, papers, recognition and networking. In addition, ASME provides CPD, leadership development, research knowledge, skills and networks to those with a commitment and interest in UK medical education and training.
  • ASME members include; those working in medical schools, postgraduate trainers, training programme directors, Deans, medical students and trainees and medical education researchers.
  • ASME was established in 1957 by the General Medical Council (GMC) to promote and conduct research into medical education.
  • ASME hosts regular events and workshops, including the flagship Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) and Researching Medical Education (RME).
  • ASME publishes the respected scientific journals – Medical Education and The Clinical Teacher.
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