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New blog for medical educators unveiled at the 15th Ottawa Conference

Mar 12, 2012

Unveiled at the 15th Ottawa Conference in Kuala Lumpur, "Conversations with Medical Education: a blog for medical educators" will provide a forum for medical educators to converse in near-real-time with the authors and readers of the articles in the journal, Medical Education. There is a post for each article in the latest issue. Feel free to comment about any related topic and start some interesting online discussions!

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International team launch new journal

Mar 12, 2012

Faculty members at Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar (WCMC-Q) have partnered with an international team of leading medical and healthcare practitioners, educators, and policy planners to launch the Journal of Local and Global Health Perspectives. WCMC-Q Dietrich Büsselberg and Ravinder Mamtani, partnered with David Carpenter of the University at Albany, New York, and Albert Lowenfels of the New York Medical College, to form the Journal’s chief editorial panel.

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Study presents new methodology for testing examiner bias where examiners are required to mark over multiple dimensions

Mar 10, 2012

In medical education settings, among others, assessment scenarios can arise where an examiner with prior knowledge of examinee performance in one dimension is required to rate the same examinee(s) over a different dimension. Concerns ought to arise in these settings concerning examiner bias and as a means of enhancing assessment quality, these concerns ought to be addressed by a statistical test for such bias which suits the assessment design.

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The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada offer free samples of several CanMEDS Publications

Mar 09, 2012

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada are offering free samples of the below publications. Many of the samples include the table of contents. CanMEDS Educational Design The CanMEDS Educational Design manual provides the basic theory and essential concepts for medical educators to create and redesign curricula. The Research Guide The Research Guide is a step-by-step guide for novice researchers and their supervisors. The guide can be used as a stand-alone or modular curriculum.

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University of Antwerp offers 3 Master’s degree programmes in English

Mar 07, 2012

From September 2012 the Faculty of Pharmaceutical, Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Antwerp will offer 3 Master’s degree programmes in English. The Master’s programme in Biomedical sciences: Infectious and tropical diseases The Master’s programme in Biomedical sciences: Molecular Imaging The Master’s programme in Biomedical sciences: Neurosciences

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Medical Teacher offers several articles that highlight the challenges facing assessment as free downloads

Mar 05, 2012

Assessment of students and healthcare professionals is the subject of the 15th Ottawa Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 9th – 13th March. The March 2012 issue of Medical Teacher includes a commentary and a series of articles that highlight challenging ideas for the future of assessment. The below articles are available as free downloads in the hope that they will help to stimulate discussion both at the Conference and further afield. A model for programmatic assessment fit for purpose Van der Vleuten et al, p205-214

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Professor appointed to Chair independent review on the Shape of Medical Training in the UK

Mar 05, 2012

Professor David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of Nottingham University, has been appointed to lead a major independent review of UK postgraduate medical education and training. The Shape of Medical Training is an independent review that will shape the way doctors are trained in the UK to ensure they are equipped to meet the changing needs of patients, society and health services.

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Generous grant allows University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine to offer free online, environmental medicine course.

Mar 02, 2012

A generous grant from the Blackstone Ranch Institute has allowed The University of Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine to develop, deliver, and evaluate a new, online, interactive course on environmental medicine, a topic rarely covered in medical school.

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