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Sustainability A SIG to address both health professions education around sustainability as well as within health care itself. This SIG is open to all users with an interest in the topic.
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Michelle McLean - 11/10/2019 02:38:23
   
Welcome: Sustainability SIG
Welcome to this SIG on all things involving sustainability in HPE.

The SIG was prompted by the special theme at 2020 AMEE in Glasgow: Sustainable health care in health professions education.

Glasgow is one of the UK's most sustainable cities and two months after AMEE, about 30 000 folk descend on the city for COP26. COP21 was the Paris Accord where most nations agreed to reduce their carbon footprint in an effort to prevent the rise in global temperatures. Some have or are on track to meet their required reductions, but others are not, even withdrawing from the Agreement.

As I write this email, the first week of the Extinction Rebellion protests around the globe have taken place. These protests closely follow the School climate strikes in late Sept, which were started about a year ago by a then 15 yo Greta Thunberg, who has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and is the favourite to win. Her empassioned speech at the UN Climate meeting in NY about two weeks ago is testament of the anguish that some of our children are feeling about the future of Planet A (as there is no Planet B).

Back to AMEE 2020. I was asked to chair a Working Group (WG) for the sustainable health profession education theme. The WG has been constituted and includes a junior doctor and an IFMSA representative.

We would love to hear from you across the world in terms of what you might be doing at your university or your college around sustainability, both in terms of integrating principles of sustainable health care into the curriculum but also in terms of environmental accountability by taking steps to reduce your environmental footprint (i.e. mitigation measures). We also hope that you will submit an abstract for the 2020 AMEE conference in this theme.

Please start a new thread if the point you wish to make is a different topic. This makes it easier to track the various discussions.

Michelle McLean (SIG Moderator)

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Trevor Gibbs - 11/10/2019 14:42:53
   
RE:Welcome: Sustainability SIG
Thanks Michelle

Great to see the start of this SIG, covering a very important topic, one that affects and will continue to affect us all - thank you for getting the ball rolling.

I am proud that AMEE has given conference space to Sustainability and there will be lots of opportunities at Glasgow 2020 for folks to formally address the issue and how it affects health professions education, through academic presentations, whilst also promoting healthy discussion outside of the formal activities.

I am looking forwards to reading others' opinions and ideas and hopefully seeing many interested parties at the annual conference

Trevor Gibbs (AMEE President)

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Michelle McLean - 12/10/2019 01:38:42
   
RE:Welcome: Sustainability SIG
Thanks, Trevor,

It is certainly worth looking at the current criteria for environmental accountability in the AMEE ASPIRE criteria for Excellence in Social Accountability.

Link: https://www.aspire-to-excellence.org/Areas+of+Excellence/

Regards
Michelle

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Trevor Gibbs - 13/10/2019 21:24:57
   
RE:Welcome: Sustainability SIG
Hi yes, I was involved in adding the section 2.2.7. What is your opinon, do we need to suggest modifications ?

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