Professor Olle ten Cate gives a brief summary of his long-running interest in education even before entering medicine and a few key points in his career prior to collaborating with AMEE, later going on to a position as a member of the AMEE Executive and chair the AMEE Fellowship Committee.
How became a Fellow of AMEE
Olle ten Cate, the Netherlands
In medical school I was interested in education, at least as much as in medicine. The first evaluation report in my school ever about the quality of education, with data gathered among 4th year medical students, I had initiated with my peers. A few years later I had the (paid!) opportunity to assist in shaping a new curriculum, with integrated modules and objectives for learning. Subsequently I convinced the faculty board to allow me spending time learning to do (medical) education research and developing a program of research ending in a PhD thesis. Around that time I learned about AMEE, attending its conference in the Netherlands, with about 150 participants in a lecture hall in Nijmegen medical school. The conference was dominated by talks of president Henri Walton and his friends. Small, not very scientific, and still, I liked it. AMEE provided an international outlook on medical education.
Only when I relocated from the University of Amsterdam to Utrecht University in 1999 I started attending AMEE conferences every year and became an active core member of the association, and a member of AMEE's Executive Committee in 2012 (until 2017). As I chaired AMEE's Fellowship committee, I became and inaugural Fellow (now a regular Fellow) of AMEE: FAMEE.