Wednesday, November 4, 2015

IAMSE Call for Board of Director Nominations

It's time once again to begin thinking about selection of those to serve on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE). Please note that this call is different from the call related to the officer positions (president, etc.) sent out on October 20.

IAMSE is looking for nominations and self-nominations of candidates from across the membership. International members are particularly invited.

This is the governing body that determines the direction of IAMSE and all our various programs and activities.

This Spring, three of the Director positions become subject to election and the formal "job descriptions" for IAMSE Director are posted here.

What is the role of a Board Member? The Board Member is expected to be an advocate for the organization and to bring fresh ideas to IAMSE. In addition, each Director will be in charge of an IAMSE-sponsored project.

What is the time commitment for the Board Member? The term is for three years, renewable once. Board meetings are held via conference call every two months, with additional business conducted through e-mail.

If this opportunity to expand your influence in medical education while advancing the work of IAMSE fits your personal career goals, then the Nomination Committee invites you to submit your nomination for "Board of Director.”

To submit your nomination or self-nomination by November 20, 5 PM PT, please click here!

We look forward to hearing from the IAMSE membership and thank you for your continued commitment to the IAMSE mission.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

IAMSE Call for Poster and Oral Abstracts

The International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE) is pleased to announce the call for abstracts for Oral and Poster presentations for the 20th Annual IAMSE Conference to be held in Leiden, The Netherlands from June 4-7, 2016. The IAMSE meeting offers opportunities for faculty development and networking, bringing together medical science educators from many professional disciplines and spanning the continuum of health care education.

All abstracts for Oral and Poster presentations must be submitted in the format requested through the online abstract submission site.

Please click here to submit your abstract.

Please note: The first time you enter the site, if you have not already done so previously, you will be required to create a user profile.

Submission deadline is December 15, 2015. Authors will be notified with a decision regarding their abstract submission by March 1.

Friday, October 30, 2015

Visit the IAMSE Booth at The Generalists, AAMC, and NVMO Meetings

In November, three leading conferences on Medical Education will take place that may be of interest to you. First, The Generalists in Medical Education will be holding their 2015 conference on November 8-9 in Baltimore, Maryland. Information on this conference can be found through the website Also in Baltimore, the 2015 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Medical Education Meeting with a special focus on education will be taking place from November 10-12.  For more information, please visit Finally, the IAMSE booth will also be exhibiting at the annual meeting of the Netherlands Association for Medical Education (NVMO) in Rotterdam, The Netherlands on November 12 and 13. Information on the 2015 NVMO meeting can be found at

The IAMSE booth will be present at these conferences to exhibit and to promote the work and services of IAMSE, so if you plan on attending these meetings, please don't forget to swing by and say hello! We look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Save the Date! IAMSE Winter Web Series Seminar: Research in Health Sciences Education

IAMSE is pleased to announce the Winter 2016 Web Seminar!

Research in Health Sciences Education

As health scientists and clinicians, we approach bench and bedside research in logical steps: define questions, plan approaches, fund projects, gather and analyze data, and publish results. As health science educators, our responsibility to our students is to be as efficient and effective as we can be in our educational approaches. We need to follow these same logical steps of scholarly activity to determine the best practices for our teaching and to promulgate results to our colleagues. But few of us are formally trained in education research. How do we translate our skills into this new arena?

This series of six sessions brings together some of the world's experts in health sciences education research. Dr. Geoff Norman will provide an overview of current and future directions, and Dr. Grace Brannan will get us started with defining research questions and developing approaches. Dr. David Yens will pick up on this foundation with more specifics on how to conduct health science education research. Dr. Jane Dumsha will discuss the important topic of finding funds for your research, and Dr. Peter de Jong will talk about publishing your results. Our final session will provide the unique opportunity of a panel discussion with Editors of five top journals in health sciences education. Their tips for success will provide invaluable help in getting your research published and read by your target audience.

January 7 - Overview of the Status and Future Direction - Presented by Geoff Norman

January 14 - How to Get Started - Presented by Grace Brannan

January 21 - How to do Educational Research - Presented by David Yens

January 28 - How to Find Funding - Presented by Jane Dumsha

February 4 - How to Publish Your Results - Presented by Peter de Jong

February 11 - Panel Discussion: Current publication tips for success with the Editor-in-Chiefs of Medical Science Educator, Medical Teacher, Teaching and Learning in Medicine, Advances in Health Sciences Education, and Medical Education Online - Presented by Peter de Jong, Ronald Harden, Anna Cianciolo, Geoff Norman, and Scott Cottrell

Registration will open early November. Please visit for more information.

Friday, October 16, 2015

IAMSE Call for Volunteers

Dear IAMSE Members,

Within our association, several committees are operating to help move the organization forward and achieve the strategic goals set by the Board of Directors. The contribution of our members to these committees is crucial and highly appreciated. At the moment, we are seeking a broad representation of professional educators, basic scientists, clinical scientists, and instructional technologists from around the world as volunteers for the following committees:

Educational Scholarship Committee: Responsible for awarding educational scholarships to members on behalf of IAMSE.

Finance Committee: Assists the treasurer with the financial health of IAMSE, including preparation of the annual budget. The Finance Committee is chaired by the treasurer.

Membership Committee: Responsible for evaluating the needs of IAMSE’s membership and recommends appropriate ways to meet those needs. The Membership Committee will also develop methods and programs for active membership recruitment and retention.

Organizational Development Committee: Responsible for pursuing federal, foundation, corporate, and private funding on behalf of IAMSE. This committee also oversees the marketing outreach of IAMSE.

Publications Committee: Responsible for oversight and management of all publications on behalf of IAMSE. The Publications committee will work together with the Editorial Board of the journal.

Webcast Audio Seminar Committee: Responsible for scheduling, finding speakers and content for, and promoting the Web Seminars.

In general, we expect members of the committees to be available for a one hour monthly phone meeting and accessibility by email. If you would like to be considered for a position on any of these committees, please send a brief statement of your interest and qualifications to by November 15.

We hope that you will consider becoming involved in this important and collegiate work.

For additional information or questions please contact