The Association of Medical Educators of Europe (AMEE) is amongst the largest medical education meetings in the world and although it is based in Europe, it attracts a varied audience of over 2000 delegates from over 80 different countries. In addition to the Annual Meeting, AMEE offers 8 Essential Skills courses which are accredited and offer certificates of completion.
In 2012 members of CPD Toronto put forward a proposal to deliver an Essential Skills in Medical Education course in Continuing Professional Development (ESCPD). The CPD team believed there was a real need and interest within the AMEE membership to further expand its role in bringing new knowledge and cultural context to the field of continuing education. We wanted to share our own knowledge and expertise with other professionals internationally in order to create a powerful base for further development within the continuing education field. The proposal was accepted.
2014 marked the second year of offering the ESCPD at AMEE in Milan, Italy. The course consisted of two days of training with topics ranging from the international CPD perspective to the influence of learning theory on CPD and individual to systems based CPD. Twelve internationally known educators volunteered their time representing Scotland, Canada, the US, South Africa, Brazil, the UK and the Middle East. Twenty-one people participated in the course representing the US, UK, Pakistan, Malaysia, Singapore, Brazil, Korea and Taiwan.
Training others on the effective methods of creating and delivering CPD courses at AMEE demonstrates the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine’s position as a leader in this field.