Without Borders
(7 - 9 April 2017)



(Friday, 7 April 2017)

08:00 – 09:00 Registration (Workshop 1 – 4)
09:00 – 12:00

Workshop 1 – Preceptor Training : Optimising the Learning Experience of Health Professionals During Experiential Placement
Wong Pei Se & Jamilah Abd Jamil, Malaysia

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Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience, and is more specifically defined as "learning through reflection on doing". Preceptors have tremendous power to guide and facilitate the development of learners through the experience. Preceptors also have a responsibility to act as role models, and to lead others into the profession by preparing learner to succeed. Being an exemplary preceptor can be as rewarding but at the same time challenging. In this session, we will discuss the theoretical foundations of effective precepting, and presents strategies for becoming and being a successful preceptor.

Workshop 2 – English Proficiency Tools for Selection and Admission of Second Language Users in Health Professions Education
Ganakumaran Subramaniam & Sheba DMani, Malaysia

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Proficiency in English is an important consideration for entry into health professions programmes in many countries.  While this is crucial for programmes conducted in English and involving communication with patients in English speaking countries, its criticality and practicality remain controversial in other parts of the world where English is second language.  As many literatures in health professions education are in English, minimum entry requirement for English is practiced in many Higher Education Institutions.  In this workshop, the various tools for assessing English proficiency, the strengths and weaknesses of the tools, considerations for benchmarking, student admission, and strategies to enhance their proficiency are discussed.

Workshop 3 – Designing for Online Learning: Begin with the End in Mind
Zoraini Wati Abas, Malaysia

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Designing for online learning can be both fun and exciting with some degree of challenge. We usually start with questions such as: How do we design an effective online course? How do we support students so as to produce the learning? What does it take to engage students in the online learning environment? What do we need to get started? How do we successfully deliver an online course? The workshop aims to answer these questions and more. We will learn what to consider when designing our courses, how to the transform courses that have been previously delivered via face-to-face or blended learning to one that is delivered online.

Workshop 4 – Trends, Innovations and Practicalities in HPE Postgraduate Training
Toh Chooi Gait, Malaysia

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To prepare future leaders and healthcare professionals to meet the fast-paced changes and future challenges, new innovative postgraduate programmes need to be designed that provides interdisciplinary learning and research, professional development activities and technology enhanced learning. Current trends in HPE Postgraduate Training is outcome based education focussed on the educational needs of the trainee. In outcome based education, the learning outcomes are clearly specified and the educational strategies to be adopted, the teaching methods, the assessment procedures, and the educational environment are made in the context of the stated learning outcomes. The rapidly expanding new learning technologies that include e-learning and simulation in a virtual clinical environment with the use of sophisticated haptic devices that simulate the touch and feel of a procedure or examination are being increasingly used. This workshop will review current trends in professional learning and performance and explore approaches in HPE postgraduate training incorporating innovative features for improved professional learning and performance.

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
13:00 – 14:00 Registration (Workshop 5 – Workshop 8)
14:00 – 17:00

Workshop 5 – AMEE ASPIRE Standards
Trudie Roberts, United Kingdom; Mrs. Kew Siang Tong, Malaysia & Gnanajothy Ponnudurai, Malaysia

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The AMEE ASPIRE initiative allows medical, dental and veterinary schools to be recognised internationally for their excellence in medical education. It is a form of quality assurance that rightly falls outside the formal accreditation process, and is the remit of professional education bodies. This workshop will cover two of the five areas, that is, excellence in student engagement and excellence in assessment of students. As winner of the ASPIRE awards, we will share with you our experience in achieving excellence in these areas. During this workshop, we will introduce to you the AMEE ASPIRE programme and help develop awareness on the standards, best practices and key ingredients for success in achieving excellence. We will engage participants in reflecting on the preparedness of their school for submission by identifying areas of strength, and areas for improvement. Participants will also develop skills in writing AMEE-ASPIRE submission in clear and concise manner, supported by evidence of excellence.

Workshop 6 – Research Networking sans Borders in Health Professions Education
Gominda Ponnamperuma, Sri Lanka

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Research in Health Professions Education should aim to cross boundaries through formation of learning communities and networks. The aim of this workshop will be to discuss the practical impact of peer-to-peer interaction in order to forge research partnerships across cultures and boundaries. We will also explore the impact of social networking between health professions education researchers. Concept of medical education practice-based research networks and their impact in fostering research will also be discussed. Participants will be able to appreciate the general philosophy and principles of education research and how it has a unique universal appeal.

Workshop 7 – Mobile Learning in Health Professions Education
Richard Fuller & Viktoria Joynes , United Kingdom

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The past decade has seen a rapid growth in mobile learning and assessment applications across public, private and professional spheres, presenting real opportunities for innovating curricula, learning and teaching. However, a complex network of applications, software and devices can leave educational developers focused on 'tools' rather than achieving a broader philosophy about the strategic value, application and impact of using Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) resources in educational programmes.

This highly interactive workshop begins with an assessment of educational and environmental readiness for the introduction of mobile technology. Round table exercises and discussion will allow participants to explore whether such technology should enhance or replace existing resources, whilst creating new opportunities for innovation in learning, assessment and feedback. In doing so, participants will begin to identify a framework for a more programmatic 'mobile curriculum' that includes within its development a blueprint for meaningful evaluation of 'pathways to impact', learner gain, and cost.

Workshop 8 – Entrustable Professional Activities
Dujeepa D. Samarasekera, Singapore

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An outcome-based education model is strongly advocated for the design and delivery of 21st century health professional curriculum. The professional competencies required for future practice are defined in terms of the intended learning outcomes (i.e. the knowledge, skills, attitudes) formulated from and aligned to the end-product capability (i.e. the desired attributes of the end-product) identified. However, in the clinical work environment, it is recommended that learners need to show evidence that they have acquired desired professional competencies by independently performing a given set of professional tasks, after a period of learning under supervision. Such ‘professional tasks’ performed by the learner independently are referred to as the ‘Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs).

This workshop will:
● discuss the key features of EPAs
● provide participants with hands-on experience on how to formulate EPAs in their respective disciplines
● discuss the advantages and some limitations of using EPAs

* Registration Desk will be open for the Main Conference from 2 pm onwards on Friday, 7 April 2017
* Posters to be up by 4.30pm on 7 April 2017



Day 2 (Saturday, 8 April 2017)

8:00 – 8:30 Registration
8:30 Participants and Guests to be Seated
8:30 – 8:35

Welcome by the Organising Chair
Kang Yew Beng, Malaysia

8:35 – 8:45

Welcome Address by the Vice Chancellor of IMU
Abdul Aziz Baba, Malaysia

8:45 – 9:15

Opening Address by the Deputy Minister of Higher Education Malaysia
YB Datuk Dr. Mary Yap Kain Ching, Malaysia

9:15 – 9:45

Keynote Address

Unsustainable, Impractical, Ineffective and Unacceptable – criticism of the current state of medical education or of plans for a radical future change?
Ronald Harden, United Kingdom

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The philosopher Bruno Latour has described "two bubbles of unrealism," one clinging to an imagined future of globalisation and the other retreating to the imagined "old countries of the past,". There have been significant developments in medical education over the past two decades but the utopia of the past (or the present) has dominated the concept of globalisation in medical education. Looking to the future, we should not be confined to traditional concepts of the medical school as determined by traditional borders defined by national, organisational or sector boundaries, time and space. "Unbundling" the education programme represents an exciting and acceptable way ahead, raising the quality, lowering the cost, and training the “master adaptive learner” equipped for life-long learning.

9:45 – 10:15

Refreshment & Networking

10:15 – 11:00

Plenary 1 The IMU Journey
Mei Ling Young, Malaysia

11:00 – 12:00

Interactive Forum 1Viable Partnerships for Innovation in Health Professions Education
Lindsay Richards, Australia; Rona Patey, United Kingdom & Gerard Flaherty, Ireland

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Partnership is formed among organisations of shared interest, and the elements to an effective partnership involves communication, cooperation and coordination. A successful HPE partnership entails sharing of strengths, expertise and resources. The process creates opportunity for a collaborative effort that leads to innovation in HPE. In this forum, the speakers will give their insights and reflection on the challenges and opportunities about this topic.

12:00 – 13:30

Lunch & Networking / Visit Exhibition booths

13:00 – 14:00

Poster Viewing / E-Poster Viewing

14:00 - 14:45

Plenary 2 Higher Education Without Borders
Asma Ismail, Malaysia

14:45 – 15:45

Free Paper Session1

15:45 – 16:45

Free Paper Session 2

16:45 - 17:30

Plenary 3MOOC: Removing Borders through Technology
Mohamed Amin Embi, Malaysia

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Whether we like it or not, Massive Open Online Course or MOOC is slowly transforming the landscape of higher education. Although some are seeing it as a disruptive phenomenon, others are capitilizing it for branding and marketing purposes. In this plenary, the speaker will share his experience on how MOOC has been used to remove borders in order to make students’ learning more global and authentic.

17:30 - 19:00

Welcome Reception & Students’ Performance


Day 3
(Sunday, 9 April 2017)

08:15 – 09:00

Plenary 4 – Migration of health professionals – some issues and consequences
Jim McKillop, United Kingdom

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Migration of health professionals has led to global workforce issues, such as shortage of human resources for healthcare in already weak health systems which can contribute to widening of health inequalities. Immigration of health professionals is regulated through registration and ethical guidelines, but difficulties remain both for the emigrating professional and the recipient health system.

From the context of a recently retired member of the GMC Council and using physicians as an exemplar, the speaker will discuss the extent and ethics of health professional emigration, potential difficulties that may arise and some measures undertaken by recipient countries to mitigate potential problems arising from this immigration.

09:00 – 10:00

IMU-Ron Harden Innovation in Medical Education (IMU-RHIME) presentations

10:00 – 10:30

Refreshment & Networking

10:30 – 11:30

Interactive Forum 2 Challenges and Opportunities in Health Professions Education Without Borders
Vikram Jha, United Kingdom & Diantha Soemantri, Indonesia and Annemarie Hennessy, Australia

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Technological advances in affordable communication and the availability of the Internet has rendered the world into one global village where technology-enhanced education can be delivered without borders to health professionals. Opportunities abound for the expansion of health professional education to areas of need and remote communities. Curriculum, assessment, teaching contents and even teachers can be shared in the virtual University. Challenges must take into account the different technological penetration, epidemiology of diseases, language, socio-cultural values, legislation, standards and recognition from governments and credentialing bodies.   This interactive forum will foster discussion and seek opinions from various involved stakeholders.

11:30 – 12:30

Symposium – Models of Health Professions Education Partnership
K Ramnarayan, India; Dujeepa D. Samarasekera, Singapore & Vishna Devi Nadarajah, Malaysia

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The liberalisation, internationalisation and massification of higher of education has led to various models of delivery. Health professions education (HPE) has embraced this trend not withstanding some challenges in stakeholder buy-in, socio-economic factors, contextual implementation and maintaining best practices and standards. This symposium offers an insight into the development, impact and sustainability of various models of HPE partnerships from the perspective of higher education institutions. Will these models evolve into borderless HPE and if so are healthcare systems ready to receive their graduates?

12:30 – 13:30

Lunch, Networking & Poster Viewing / E-Poster Viewing

13:30 – 14:30

IMU Faculty Versus Students’ Debate - Artificial Intelligence Can Replace Health Professionals

14:30 – 15:30

Plenary 5 Primum Non Nocere: A UK Perspective on Assuring Patient Safety and Professional Competence
Trudie Roberts, United Kingdom

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"In this presentation I will explore the issues around patient safety and the challenges for doctors of working in different cultures and health settings. I will also discuss the role of the General Medical Council (GMC) in the registration, regulation and education of doctors. Fitness to practice data and trends will be discussed and finally I will explain the GMCs response to ensuring continued profession competence and the experience so far of implementing this revalidation model."

15:30 – 16:00

Presentation of  Poster, Oral & IMU-Ron Harden Innovation in Medical Education (IMU-RHIME) Award & Closing

16:00 – 16:30

Refreshment & Networking