13TH INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE - From Personalised Learning to Mastery of Competencies: Impact of Technology and Simulation on Health Professionals
(13 - 15 April 2018)


The IMU-Ron Harden Innovation in Medical Education Award

The IMU-Ron Harden Innovation in Medical Education (IMU-RHIME) Award was first introduced for the International Medical Education Conference, 2008 to fulfil two objectives:

  • to encourage innovations in medical and health professions education
  • to recognise innovations by academics which otherwise might go unnoticed

The award honours Professor Ronald Harden who played a crucial role in the inception of the International Medical University (IMU) is a prestigious award because Ron is widely accepted as a "guru" in medical education worldwide.

You are invited to submit innovations for the 12th International Medical Education Conference (IMEC 2017) held on 7-9 April 2017. 

The criteria for submitting innovations to be considered for the IMU-RHIME Award are as follows:

The scope of the innovation should follow the main theme and categories for oral and poster presentations of the conference: Health Professions Education Without Borders


  • Teaching and learning methods (e.g., simulations of clinical learning)
  • Assessment
  • Faculty development
  • Work-place learning (including community practice)
  • Communication skills
  • Student selection
  • Curriculum development
  • Professionalism and ethics
  • Cultural competence
  • Globalisation in HPE and practices
  • Training and development (faculty, support staff)

  • There is NO LIMIT to the number of innovations submitted.
  • At least ONE (1) author of each innovation MUST register for the Conference.
  • Two abstracts are to be submitted for each innovation by 30 Nov 2016.
    i. one regular abstract (maximum 300 words)
    ii. one extended abstract (maximum 500 words)

  • The extended abstract should contain:
    i. The introduction/ background of why this innovation is necessary
    ii. Description of the innovation
    iii.Results of evaluation (if already done)
    iv. Discussion
    v. References

  • Please use single spacing and Arial, font size 11.
  • Tested innovations will be at an advantage. However, innovative ideas will also be considered and weighed on their merits.

The secretariat accepts online submissions at the IMEC website before 30 Nov 2016.

Four innovations will be short-listed by a panel of international judges. The authors of the short-listed innovations will be informed by e-mail. The authors of short-listed innovations are offered to present during a plenary session at the IMEC to the audience and a panel of appointed judges. The innovation that is considered as best by the panel will be presented with the IMU-RHIME Award certificate, and awarded a cash prize of Ringgit Malaysia (RM) Two Thousand (RM2,000). The name of the first author will be engraved on the rolling trophy. Innovators whose abstracts are not short-listed for the IMU RHIME Award will be invited to present their paper during the Free Paper sessions.