AMEE Executive Committee member, Madalena Patricio, reflects on reflecting and the standard of submissions received for AMEE 2015
As a member of the AMEE Executive Committee one of my responsibilities is to regularly contribute to MedEdWorld so, every month I receive an email from Ricky Shek (MedEdWorld Administrator) reminding me that my reflection is due.
So far everything has served as an excuse to postpone my duty… I am too busy… my English is poor… what can I write of interest after the fantastic contributions of Ron and others’….
Today I decided to act and get out of my inertia…. and to share how impressed and enthusiastic I am after being involved, once more this year, as a reviewer of different kinds of submissions for the AMEE Conference in Glasgow namely; the abstracts for the 2015 Conference, the submissions for the ASPIRE-to-Excellence Award in the area of students’ engagement, the submissions for the 2015 Miriam Friedman Ben-David Award as well as some manuscripts submitted to BEME (Best Evidence Medical Education) Collaboration and to Medical Teacher.
The most striking feature of all of these submissions is how much they have improved in quality over the last 3-5 years. I was also greatly impressed by the level of creativity and innovation within the submissions from all over the world. Moreover, let me say that my views were confirmed by the members of the Committee in charge of judging the posters for the Poster Prize last year in Milan. The change is just amazing…
Trying to understand the underlying reasons and impact for this evolution is tricky. I think that that the reason for the improved quality is twofold; on the one hand those excellent and innovative contributions are responsible for a large share of AMEE’ success – undoubtedly the most important association of medical education in the world – but on the other, the fact that AMEE is offering the medical education community so much, namely the Annual Conferences, AMEE Courses, AMEE Guides, Medical Teacher, BEME Guides, MedEdWorld and ASPIRE just to name a few initiatives - contributes to medical educators’ development. There can be no doubt that AMEE is successful because of its individual and affiliated members’ wonderful contributions, it’s also true that AMEE members (as well as others involved in AMEE activities) are improving their medical or health profession educator capacities because of AMEE initiatives and support.
Having written this I suddenly realise that it has not been difficult to share my views (unfortunately, probably also not that interesting…) For those who like me are hesitating please consider sharing your own MedEdWorld reflection.