Summary: Professor Harden’s latest blog discusses his latest trip to Malaysia for events and activities including the 2015 International Medical Education Conference. He also provides an update on the arrangements for the 2016 Ottawa Conference from his trip to Australia after Malaysia. Description: I returned last week from visits to Malaysia and Australia.  In Malaysia I participated in the meeting of the International Medical University Academic Council and the 10th International Medical Education Conference.  In recent years longitudinal integrated clerkships have featured in medical curricula.  Ian Wilson described in a conference plenary the Longitudinal Integrated Community Based Curricula at the University of Wollongong in Australia.  In the 42 weeks Longitudinal Integrated Clerkships students spend two days a week in general practice looking at the comprehensive care of patients over time, two days a week in the local hospital following up patients seen in practice and in emergency medicine, and one day a week on educational activities including locally run tutorials and activities and video conferenced workshops from the University of Wollongong.  He produced figures to show that compared to graduates from other medical schools, interns from UOW are more satisfied with their internship, more likely to practice in rural areas and feel better prepared for their internship.  He cautioned, however, that the data was based on self-report of competence.  Joe Gonnella former Dean at Jefferson Medical School, USA has been appointed as the Ronald Harden Visiting Professor at the International Medical University in Kuala Lumpur and talked at the conference about the Jefferson Longitudinal Study of Medical Education Outcomes.  He argued that medical schools have an obligation to monitor their educational outcomes but many do not do so.  They have tracked medical students at Jefferson since 1964 and followed 11,661 individuals from 51 medical school classes.  In response to the need to assess professionalism, instruments were developed at Jefferson to measure important aspects of professionalism in medical education in practice, such as orientation toward empathic engagement in patient care (Jefferson Scale of Empathy), interprofessional collaboration and teamwork (Jefferson Scale of Attitudes Toward Physician-Nurse Collaboration, Jefferson Scale of Attitudes Toward Physician-Pharmacist Collaboration and Jefferson Scale of Attitudes Toward Interprofessional Collaboration), and orientation toward lifelong learning (Jefferson Scale of Physician Lifelong Learning).  My own opening keynote address at the conference was on the theme ‘Authentic Learning – from Ivory Tower to the Real World.’

Two presentations at the meeting evaluated the use of the flipped classroom.  One reported positively, the other came to negative conclusions.  I was interested to see that the positive experience of flipping the pharmacology classroom reported from MAHSA University, Kuala Lumpur used as a reference source the 2014 Medical Teacher 12 tips paper by Jennifer Moffett.

From Malaysia I went on to Perth, Australia along with Pat Lilley to progress the arrangements for the Ottawa 2016 Conference to be held in Perth 19th – 23rd March 2016.  The Convention Centre there is an ideal location for the meeting which will be held in conjunction with ANZAPHE.  Because of local holidays we had a free day and went on a river cruise to a great local vineyard.  Very much to be recommended!  At the Miami Ottawa Conference we looked at consensus statements addressing six assessment themes.  In addition to a programme that will address some of the important areas on today’s agenda in assessment, we will be looking in Perth at developing consensus statements in four areas – programmatic assessment, work-based assessment, selection and assessment of interprofessional education and teamwork.

We had an examiners meeting this morning for our recently completed ESME Student Online course.  Seventy one students from 17 different countries participated in the 12 weeks course.  Of these I was very impressed that 63 of the 71 students satisfactorily completed the six assignments and participated in the six module online discussion forums.  They now receive the AMEE ESME Certificate in Medical Education.  It will be interesting to see if they continue their interest in medical education.  If they are unable to participate in the AMEE 2015 meeting in Glasgow, we are offering them an opportunity to do so by participating in AMEE Live Online from their own location.  Feedback from the course participants was very positive, as it was from the course facilitators, Richard Hays from Australia, John Dent and Cate Kennedy in Dundee.  I led some of the webinars and John has overall responsibility for the programme.  We are offering the programme again in January 2016.

I have been searching for years for a programme to index and retrieve my PowerPoint slides.  The answer appears to be Slideboxx.  I have now uploaded my 192,640 slides onto Slideboxx and am playing about with its potential.