Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
The Ottawa Conference on the Assessment of Competence in Medicine and the Healthcare Professions were set up by Professor Ian Hart (Ottawa, Canada) and Professor Ronald Harden (Dundee, UK) in 1985.
Held Biennially they provide a forum for medical and other health care profession educationalists to network and share ideas on all aspects of the assessment of competence in both clinical and non-clinical domains, throughout the continuum of education. Participants include both those new to the area of assessment and those with many year’s experience to share. Ottawa Conferences are committed to encourage developments in assessment with a view to improving health care and health care delivery around the world. Ottawa Conferences are now jointly organized by AMEE (www.amee.org) and a Local Organizing Committee.
International Conference on Medical Education (ICME) was launched by Riphah International University in 2009 to provide a credible platform for interaction of world renowned experts in Health Profession Education and those from developing countries aspiring to reform Health Profession Education in their countries to bring it at par with international standards. The first conference was held in Pakistan which resulted in recognition of Health Profession Education as a specialty in Medical Sciences and the compulsory establishment of Department of Medical Education in all medical colleges. Encouraged by the response ICME was then organized in other countries undergoing or planning for reforms in Health Profession Education. ICME has so far been organized biennially in Abu Dhabi, Mauritius and Istanbul (Turkey).