Summary: The MedEdWorld Administrator, Ricky Shek, discusses his experiences as a first time attendee at an AMEE Conference and the activities of MedEdWorld at AMEE 2014 in Milan. Description: Having joined the AMEE team as the new MedEdWorld Administrator not long ago, I had a lot to learn about the annual conference. Though thoroughly briefed, nothing could have prepared me for the sheer scale of the event, and the excitement, friendliness and dedication of everyone who attended. This was truly an eye opener for someone who has never attended an AMEE Conference, and many first time delegates agreed when I referred to this big event as a place buzzing with activity and friendly colleagues from across the globe.

MedEdWorld sparked a lot of interest at Milan amongst medical educators who were unaware of its potential for their teaching. During my time on the AMEE exhibition stand, delegates were very interested in our MedEdWorld Update flyers which highlight useful and easily accessible sources of information on key and important topics in medical education. After explaining resources within these Updates were available on MedEdWorld, questions soon followed on what other features were available to them. Twice I gave quick live demonstrations which proved invaluable to the delegates.

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After last year’s successful MedEdWorld workshop, this year at AMEE 2014 we ran three workshops focusing on different aspects of MedEdWorld: an introduction to MedEdWorld; MedEd Publish; and one on how institutions can use MedEdWorld to promote themselves and integrate the resources within their faculty development programmes. With help from my colleagues Catherine Kennedy and Trevor Gibbs, we were able to run the workshops using the live website, taking attendees through the features available to them. This live element was well received as attendees were able to follow the live demonstration on their own devices and ask questions about the features covered. It was also a learning opportunity for the team as we were able to address issues the attendees raised during the workshops and takeaway some useful suggestions to further improve MedEdWorld for our users. As always, we welcome any feedback and suggestions from our users in order for MedEdWorld to reach its full potential.

As we all return to our HQ in Dundee, I will miss the buzz and excitement of the conference activities and delegates. Only another 360 days until AMEE 2015 which I am sure will be just as exciting as it will be on familiar grounds of Glasgow, UK. I will be readying my kilt for the occasion!