Professor Randah Hamadeh, Vice Dean for Graduate Studies and Research at the College of Medicine and Medical Sciences at the Arabian Gulf University (AGU) and the chairperson of the Organizing Committee of the 9th GCC Medical Education Conference under the theme of “Medical Education in the GCC Countries: Needs, Challenges & Opportunities” has the pleasure to announce the It will be held at (AGU) premises in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain from 23 to 25 November 2013. This conference is in accordance to AGU’s mission to serve the GCC community and its role as a medical education institute that encompasses WHO Collaborating Center for Medical Education and Training.
The conference is privileged to be under the patronage of his Excellency the Minister of Education, Dr. Majid Al-Noaimi, and is recognized by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties with 17 CME /PD accredited hours. The conference is the result of a collaborative endeavor between AGU, GCC Medical Educational Institutions, and local partners including RCSI Bahrain, College of Health Sciences (CHS) – University of Bahrain, Ministry of Health, Bahrain Defense Force Medical Services, and sponsorship from King Hamad University Hospital, Medal Cables, ALBA and ADInstruments.
Prof. Hamadeh said that the conference is a credit to Bahrain as it presents collaboration at its best between medical education and health sectors. Further, it is gratifying that around 300 participants from GCC countries including deans of medical schools, eminent international experts in the field of Medical Education, academics, health professionals and students will be attending the conference. She added that the speakers are renowned medical educators from Bahrain, KSA, Oman, UAE, Canada, USA, France, Ireland, Italy, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. Moreover, there are about 50 presentations by faculty members and students. Prof Hamadeh added that the conference is a testimony for AGU’s vision of partnership in medical education between institutions, community and other stakeholders. At this conference, students for the first time will take lead in organizing and implementing workshops, which would hopefully develop their future leadership skills.
The conference is for two days (Sunday 24th – Monday 25th, November, 2013) preceded by seven Pre‐Conference Workshops on Saturday, 23rd November and one post conference workshop on Saturday, 23rd. The main program in the first day of the conference will start with an opening ceremony followed by a keynote presentations on “Medical Education in the GCC Countries: Current and Future”, “International Standards in Medical Education in Relation to Regional and National Priorities”, “Quality Management in Medical Education – beyond the standards”, and “Medical Education Reforms and Quality Assurance in Saudi Arabia”, three parallel sessions of presentations on various medical education topics presented by researchers from GCC countries, and a “Think Tank” session. A debate session on “Social media and students learning” is organized and conducted by students from AGU, RCSI Bahrain and CHS, University of Bahrain.
The Second day sessions will include a morning session on “Faculty development issues in innovative curricula”, and “Teaching and assessing professionalism” followed by three sessions of brief communications. The afternoon session will include panel sessions on “Promoting social accountability of medical schools”, “Cooperation and networking in assessment” and “Self-regulated learning: theory and practical applications”, “Development of clinical reasoning: from theory to practice”, “Medical education and genome research: the possible role of GCC countries”. In addition, parallel student workshops will be held the same afternoon.
All health professionals in the region are invited to seize this educational opportunity and attend this important conference close to home that addresses the main aspects of medical education in the region with an international perspective in an era of globalization.
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