South East Asia has a unique position in the world, having a large population of almost 1.8 billion and complex problems in health and social economic development. South East Asia Region has 12 countries according to WHO regionalization, namely India, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Myanmar, Indonesia, Maldives, Thailand, Timor Leste, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. These countries are facing great challenges in achieving Millennium Development Goals due to their fragmented health care system and unequal access to competence, skilled and professional human resources in health.
Having around 600 medical schools, medical education in South East Asia is shifting from old to new paradigms. Majority of medical schools have undertaken educational innovation in various forms and methods. Medical educational practices in Europe and North America have been adapted by most medical education institutions in South East Asia. There are many curriculum models, learning strategies and assessment methods and other educational approaches offered by European and North American experts. Not all of them are transferrable, adaptable and feasible to be applied in South East Asian medical schools.
SEARAME as a regional organization for medical education in South East Asia has realized this condition. In order to provide a forum for medical schools in South East Asia to share best practices, experiences, obstacles and achievement in educating future medical doctors SEARAME will conduct the first international conference in medical education. This conference which will be conducted regularly can also become leverage for medical education experts to develop theories inductively developed based on local wisdoms and indigenous practices as South East Asia region are rich in cultures and traditions.
Indonesia will be hosting this 1st SEARAME International Conference in conjunction with 5th Indonesian Scientific Medical Education Expo and Meeting. Being the second largest country in South East Asia and having 69 medical schools, Indonesian Government has put serious efforts to improve medical education system. Indonesian Medical Council has issued Standards of Medical Education adopting the WFME Global standards, as well as the Ministry of National Education has endorsed the implementation of competence-based curriculum at all medical schools. National wide medical education projects since 2003 have facilitated the adoption of best practices in medical education.
Indonesian Association of Medical Schools (AIPKI) has been a strong supporter to implement best practices and innovation in medical education and has worked very closely with the Directorate General of Ministry of National Education in this endeavor. AIPKI has annual scientific medical education expo and meeting. For this year this event will be conducted together with 1st SEARAME International Conference.
The Indonesian Government through Directorate General of Higher Education, Ministry of National Education has put a lot of attention and effort to improve the quality of medical graduates and other health profession education, dentists, midwives and nurses through Health Profession Education Quality Project and has intended to join this international conference to share best practices with other medical and health professions educators in South East Asia.
- To provide a forum for medical and health profession practitioners in South East Asia countries to share best practices, experiences, obstacles and achievement in educating future medical doctors and health professionals
- Become leverages for change in medical and health profession education experts to develop theories and concepts inductively developed based on local wisdoms and indigenous practices.
"Best Practices in Medical and Health Profession Education in South East Asia"
Place and Date
Yogyakarta, 19-22 November 2010, hosted by Indonesian Association of Medical Education Regional IV in collaboration with Directorate General of Higher Education, Ministry of National Education and WHO SEARO.
Medical educators, nursing educators, midwifery educators, policy makers and experts in medical education, nursing education and midwifery education in South East Asia countries and those interested parties from various government and non government agencies, medical schools, higher education institutions, nursing colleges, midwifery collegexs, medical education units, research institutes, etc.
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