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About Us

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The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) is a worldwide organisation with members in 90 countries on five continents. Members include teachers, educators, researchers, administrators, curriculum developers, deans, assessors, students and trainees in medicine and the healthcare professions.

AMEE promotes international excellence in education in the healthcare professions across the continuum of undergraduate, postgraduate and continuing education.  AMEE, working with other organisations, supports teachers and institutions in their current educational activities and in the development of new approaches to curriculum planning, teaching and learning methods, assessment techniques and educational management, in response to advances in medicine, changes in healthcare delivery and patient demands and new educational thinking and techniques.

AMEE promotes excellence in medical education internationally by:

  • Promoting the sharing of information through networking, conferences, publications and online activities
  • Identifying improvements in traditional approaches and supporting innovation in curriculum planning, teaching and learning, assessment and education management
  • Encouraging research in the field of healthcare professions education
  • Promoting the use of evidence-informed education
  • Setting standards for excellence in healthcare professions education
  • Acknowledging achievement both at an individual and an institutional level
  • Recognising the global nature of healthcare professions education
  • Influencing the continuing development of healthcare professions education through collaboration with relevant national, regional and international bodies.

History

AMEE was founded in 1972 in Copenhagen, to foster communication among medical educators and to help promote national associations for medical education throughout Europe. AMEE is the European regional association of the World Federation for Medical Education and a member of the WFME Executive Council. Several European national medical education associations are corporate members of AMEE. Over the past decade AMEE has developed steadily both in size and in the sphere of its activities and is now a worldwide association with members and contacts in over 90 countries.

In 2000, AMEE became recognised as a Scottish Charity – SC031618.

For more detail on AMEE’s history and development, see the informative paper by Andrzej Wojtczak, a Past President of AMEE: Occasional Paper 5: The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE): its conception and development (2010)

What does AMEE do?

AMEE is a membership organisation that helps teachers, doctors, researchers, administrators, curriculum developers, assessors and students keep up to date with developments in the rapidly changing world of healthcare professions education. AMEE's activities include:


For more information on AMEE activities see our Annual Reports:

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Governance

AMEE is governed by an Executive Committee consisting of a President, General Secretary/Treasurer, six committee members, one Junior Doctor Representative, one student member nominated by IFMSA and one student member nominated by EMSA.  The President of the World Federation of Medical Education and the immediate Past President are ex officio members.  Additional members may be co-opted to the Committee as the need arises.

A Nominations Committee is charged with reviewing nominations from AMEE members and bringing forward to the General Assembly appropriate nominations to fill vacancies on the Executive Committee.

The General Assembly is held in August/September, during the annual conference. The agenda papers are circulated to AMEE members in May/June, and include an invitation to nominate committee members to fill the vacant places on the Executive Committee. Committee members are elected by the membership at the General Assembly.

Current Membership of the AMEE Executive Committee

President: Professor Trevor Gibbs, UK
General Secretary/Treasurer: Professor Ronald M Harden, Dundee, UK

Committee Members:

Until 2023:

Dr Rashmi Kusurkar, the Netherlands
Dr Richard Fuller, UK

Until 2022:
Dr Subha Ramani, Boston, USA
Professor Tim Wilkinson, Christchurch, New Zealand

Until 2021:
Dr Janusz Janczukowicz, Lodz, Poland
Professor Jennifer Cleland, UK

Ex officio members:
AMEE Past-President: Professor Trudie Roberts, Leeds, UK
AMSE President:  Professor Harm Peters, Germany
WFME President:  Professor David Gordon, UK

Student Representatives:
Mr Abdullah Al-Khafajy, IFMSA Representative
Ms Philippa Lantwin, EMSA Representative

Junior Doctor Representative:
Dr Evangelos Papageorgiou, European Junior Doctors Permanent Working Group

Strategic Objectives

  1. To be the foremost global community of health education stakeholders
  1. Encourage a diverse, inclusive and collaborative global community that fosters curiosity and collaboration across all healthcare professions education (HPE)
  2. Develop strategies for the international engagement of all stakeholders, including engagement of individuals, institutions and regulators
  3. Create and encourage communities of practice which engage with specialist and regional challenges in HPE
  4. Develop AMEE conferences as the primary vehicle for networking and knowledge sharing in HPE
 
  1. To set the standard in professional development while being responsive to the changing world in health professions education delivery
  1. Define the competencies expected of a health professions educator and use it to inform curriculum development
  2. Set high standards of medical education globally whilst considering local and regional requirements
  3. Be a significant influencer of global policy and practice in health professions education
 
  1. To promote scholarship in healthcare education to support better healthcare delivery
  1. Lead by example in developing a positive culture of learning and scholarship
  2. Provide resources to encourage scholarship
  3. Develop effective collaborations with appropriate partners to cultivate scholarship
  4. Create a program in which schools and educators are recognised and rewarded for scholarship
 
  1. To be a leader in driving innovation in healthcare educational development worldwide
  1. Develop an organisational culture that encourages and nurtures innovation in education among all its stakeholders
  2. Provide a forum for the exchange of ideas from around the world
  3. Integrate innovation into forward planning and strategic thinking
  4. Engage with other sectors to develop innovation in HPE
 
 

Policies

AMEE External Funding Policy


Principles
To mitigate the risk inherent in obtaining external funding in pursuit of AMEE vision, the following principles will guide AMEE’s funding arrangements.

Mission and public benefit
AMEE raises funds for the fulfilment of its charitable and strategic objectives. AMEE’s mission is to promote international excellence in education in the healthcare professions across the continuum of undergraduate, postgraduate, and continuing education.  AMEE, working with other organisations, supports teachers and institutions in their current educational activities and in the development of new approaches to curriculum planning, teaching and learning methods, assessment techniques and educational management, in response to advances in medicine, changes in healthcare delivery and patient demands and new educational thinking and techniques.

Integrity
AMEE aims to avoid any financial obligation which would undermine or contravene the pursuit of its mission and the principles laid out in this document. Sponsorship or financial support of educational initiatives or events is not an indication of an endorsement of the past or present activities of the source of funding.

Independence and objectivity
AMEE retains independent control over its educational outputs and events, irrespective of the source of funding.

Openness and accountability
AMEE applies a culture of openness regarding sources of independent funding.

Protection of vulnerable groups
AMEE will make explicit where the benefits are not afforded to the same groups who carry the risks.

AMEE Executive
15 February 2021

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