Summary: Professor Harden reports on his visit to the AAMC education meeting in Baltimore and revisits the concepts of curriculum mapping, greater collaboration in medical education and the MedEdWorld webinars. Description: AAMC education group meeting, Baltimore
I participated, as I reported last week, in the AAMC education meeting in Baltimore. The education group meeting took place over two days and is now separate from the AAMC meeting.  When I arrived at the hotel on the Tuesday evening I met a number of Deans and other colleagues who were leaving and not staying on for the education meeting which is a pity.
 
As I reported in the last blog I presented at the meeting a session on Hot Topics from AMEE 2015 in Glasgow.  This was well attended.  Introducing briefly the 54 topics discussed in Glasgow and then highlighting five take-home topics for further consideration, each illustrated with short clips from the presentations in Glasgow, worked well.  The slides from my presentation are on the MedEdWorld website (Resources area).  Several participants spoke to me afterwards and said they liked my idea of linking together the concepts of curriculum mapping, learning analytics, adaptive learning, competency-based education, entrustable professional activities and a personal learning record (as described by Stephen Downes in the Glasgow eLearning symposium).  I hope that we will see further developments in this field over the next year, perhaps presented at AMEE 2016 in Barcelona.    Sue Milward as reported in the Times Higher Education supplement, 26 October 2015 links two of the areas - learning analytics and adaptive learning “We want to make sure all students have an equal opportunity to succeed to the best of their ability.  Our education strategy commits us to using learner analytics to do just that.” 
 
You may wish to look at and contribute to the Special Interest Group (SIG) on curriculum mapping in MedEdWorld led by Mark Quirk.
 
We had an AMEE stand at the meeting, assisted by Steve Durning, which attracted a lot of attention.  Our eight roles of the teacher new gizmo attracted the attention of participants.  After a number of attempts I mastered how to expertly reveal the different roles as the cube opened up in different ways!  Pat took a photograph of the AMEE exhibit stand.  Elsevier also had a stand and there was a lot of interest in Essential Skills for a Medical Teacher and The Definitive Guide to the OSCE.  One participant bought three signed copies of Essential Skills as Christmas presents!  I understand from another that it is now the recommended text for their medical education course. 
 
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Next year the education meeting will be held at a separate time from the AAMC meeting.  Unfortunately this has been scheduled immediately after the AMEE meeting in Barcelona.
 
Collaboration in medical education
I have referred in various meetings to the concept of collaboration in medical education and as I highlighted at the ICME meeting in Istanbul last month to ‘the medical school without boundaries.’  The Daily Texan featured on the 28 September an article ‘Medical schools without borders.’  The Dell Medical School will highlight in the curriculum interdisciplinary education and collaboration as key features.  The school is completely changing how interviews for admission are conducted with rather than applicants assessed individually, they work as a team to try to solve an unsolvable problem.  How they tackle the issue is how they are evaluated. 
 
Collaboration can be international and I note that the University of Aberdeen and Curtin University in Perth, Australia have agreed to explore joint degrees.  Sir Ian Diamond, Aberdeen’s Principal is quoted as saying this is “yet another step forward in the internationalisation of our activities.”  In an interesting article in Times Higher Education (30 July, 2015) if you want to see the cites, get moving.  It is reported that international collaboration has a significant positive effect on the quality of research.  Forty six per cent of UK academics who published with overseas collaborators gathered twice as many citations for their papers as those who collaborated only within their institution.  They also had forty per cent more citations than those who collaborated with academics and other institutions in the UK.  It continues to impress me the increasing number of short communications submitted for the AMEE conferences with international authors.
 
Recent webinars
We have had some excellent recent medical education webinars on MedEdWorld by Alice Fornari on the OSTE (Objective Structured Teaching Encounters), by Rachel Ellaway on communities and community relationships in medical education and by Diana Dolmans on problem based learning.  Archives are available on the MedEdWorld website.  Diana reported a recent study which showed that PBL had an effect on increasing deep learning, particularly if used curriculum wide.  She also described the use of problem based learning following contact with real patients.
 
I leave on Friday for a short visit to Saudi Arabia where I am visiting Rabigh Medical School, a new school in Jeddah.  I am impressed by the Dean, Tawfik Gabrah’s approach to medical education.