AMEE Conference 2011

The Association for Medical Education (AMEE) annual conference is now established as the key meeting for all involved in medical and healthcare professions education. The conference provides an opportunity to network with others with similar interests, to hear and discuss the views of acknowledged experts, to take part in workshops and courses and to present your own work through a short communication or poster. This year's conference was held in Vienna, Austria.


amee2011audienceTarget audience: Teachers, educationists, researchers, administrators and students.

Delegates: 2900

Countries represented: >80

Exhibitors: 43 (commercial and non profit organizations)


Overall impressions

- New teaching approaches are welcomed


- A strong involvment from students and young doctors (The Google and Facebook generation) implies a profound reform in terms of applying new teaching methods


- An increase in number of papers related to simulation and new technologies


- Frequently voiced: The lack of human and financial resources


- Gaining stronger focus:

- Teamwork and involvement from nurses (care and education)

- Medical and professional insurance against malpractice 

Key words and take home messages


1. International perspectives

a. Accreditations and standards for schools and International Medical Graduates (IMGs).

b. Curriculum and global health experience

- Electives/Mobility

- Embedding global health within the curriculum

- Shared reseources/International collaboration

c. Sustainablility, evaluation

d. Social accountability

- “No intervention is benign…”

- Global versus international health: what is the difference? Global health relates to health issues, while international health relates more to health practice. 


2. Research in medical education

-          Selection of students (Admission, selection)

-          Curriculum of the future (international standards and  partner


-          Patient as teachers

-          Continuous educational

-          E-learning is here to stay

-          Advising and mentoring (for students and faculty)

-          Students as teachers

-          Effective clinical teaching (++ peer evaluation)

amee2011_MamaNatalie being demontrated

A Laerdal representative demonstrates

MamaNatalie, a new low cost birthing simulator.



3. Social responsibility of medical schools

-          Gaining recognition

-          Clarify implications (responsibility, responsiveness, accountability)

-          The challenge of transparency (key stakeholders in healthcare)

-          Globalization and accreditation



4. Who should do the teaching?

21st century medical learning is multi faceted and diverse. It still evolves around the Medical Teachers, but other roles are equally important. Each component of the faculty has a well defined and complementary task:

  • Expert teachers: education of scholarship, faculty development, medical leadership
  • Faculty clinical Teachers: clinical skills and communication
  • Junior Doctors: professional tutoring
  • Medical Students: peer to peer approach
  • Patient Educators: behavioral approaches, practical knowledge of diseases and their daily management
  • Simulated patients: crisis resources management, competency management, protocol training


5. Interprofessional education

-          Core competencies for interprofessional collaboration practice

-          The 3 components: learning with, from, and about

-          Teamwork: importance of trust within teams and simulation

6. A student viewpoint on the teacher as a role model

-          professionalism

-          integrity

-          democratization of teaching



7. A junior doctor’s viewpoint on the challenges for students and junior doctors

  • Academic/behavioral, transition periods, burnout versus well being, sharing information, prevention and    remediation, international graduates
  • The new role of the junior doctor
  • Teacher, leader, manager, academic…
  • Interprofessional/team work
  • Simulation and virtual patients