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IMU hosting the first ever Ottawa Conference in Asia

Held at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre from March 9 – 13, 2012, the biennial conference is being hosted by the International Medical University of Malaysia (IMU), in conjunction with its 20th anniversary celebrations.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai declared open, an international conference that provides a global forum for medical and other healthcare educators to network and share ideas on developments and innovations in medical education.  This is the first time that this world-renowned conference is being held in Asia.

The Ottawa Conference includes talks, forums and discussions on all aspects of the assessment of competence in both clinical and non-clinical areas, throughout the continuum of education. It is being attended by approximately 1,200 medical educationists from around the world.

Commenting at the event, IMU President Tan Sri Dato’ Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman said, “IMU is very proud to be given the opportunity to host the event, and even more so as this is the first time it is being held in Asia.

“At 20 years, IMU is very young compared to some of the world’s renowned medical schools, and yet we and our colleagues in the medical and healthcare professions in Malaysia have the rare opportunity to welcome these global educationists to Malaysia, and to enjoy robust and insightful discussions with them.  It is not a privilege that we take lightly.

“The focus at IMU is innovation, and the Ottawa Conference gives us a first-hand and very rare opportunity to learn about the latest and best innovations in medical education.”

Among the distinguished names at the conference is Professor Ronald Harden, a world leader in medical education, who together with Professor Ian Hart, Professor of Medical Education at the University of Ottawa, established the Ottawa Conference in 1985. Coincidentally both Prof Harden and Prof Hart played key roles in the establishment of the International Medical University.

Prof Harden said, “The pace of development in Asia has been nothing less than phenomenal, and we felt the time was right for the Ottawa Conference to be held here in Asia.  There is so much that Asia can contribute, and is contributing, to medical education.

“We are especially proud to have IMU host the event.  IMU itself is a great example of innovation in medical education – its Partner Medical Schools (PMS) model is a world’s first, and has made high quality medical education accessible to more Malaysians, and increasingly, to international students from the region.”

The Organising Committee comprising staff from IMU and AMEE worked tireless over a period of two years to put up this important international event. IMU students also participated not only by being members of the conference crew but also staged a magnificent cultural show that greatly impressed the international audience. Overall delegates gave very positive comments about both the scientific content and the organisation of the conference.