The following is a letter from Dr Poh-Sun Goh on his past involvement with AMEE prior to applying to become a Fellow and the benefits he has experienced in collaborating through AMEE.
The decision to apply for the FAMEE was an easy one. This was part of a journey which included participating in 15 consecutive AMEE conferences, initially presenting Short Communications and Posters, through participation in, and then presenting workshops and symposia, progressively and cumulatively in eLearning or Technology Enhanced Learning themes and topics, posting short reflections on MedEdWorld, then publishing in Medical Teacher and MedEdPublish, while picking up a MHPE (Maastricht) in 2012 and being admitted as a FAMEE in 2017.
It is not the destination, but the transformative effect of a journey which is most value. Not just where one ends up, but who one becomes, and is, which ultimately is most important.
AMEE is my home, a welcoming community of fellow passionate and committed educators. Engaging actively in the whole spectrum of AMEE activities (initially as participant, then as co-faculty) is a constant highlight of my day, week and year; and always something to look forward to. Listening to a plenary session at AMEE 2008 in Prague was instrumental in inspiring me to take up a very rigorous MHPE program at Maastricht, to embark on the journey to further professionalise my practice as a medical educator and educational scholar. The opportunity to peer review submissions (for both AMEE, Medical Teacher and MedEdPublish); help organise, present and chair sessions; give presentations; and generally engage with both the field, and fellow practitioners has been transformative in my journey as a medical educator.
Contributing, and participating enthusiastically in the full spectrum of AMEE activities has been, and is, most meaningful and enjoyable. I am looking forward to further and deeper engagement with AMEE as a member of the AMEE TEL committee, peer reviewer of Medical Teacher and MedEdPublish, co-facilitator at the ESME course (held in conjunction with the APMEC conference), and by contributing writing to MedEdWorld, MedEdPublish and Medical Teacher. ‘See, Do and Tech’. It is a privilege, honour and highlight of my day to work with fellow AMEE members, and the next generation of educational practitioners and scholars.