The Purpose of Establishment and History

1. The Purpose of Establishment

Korea Association of Medical Colleges (thereinafter referred to as ^KAMC ̄)
was established on June 26, 2008 to carry out the following undertakings:

promoting exchange and cooperation among medical colleges and medical schools;

identifying and recommending ways to advance the nation's medical education
system and contributing to the improvement of medical education through
sharing materials on medical education; and

fostering international exchange on medical education.

2. History

KAMC was officially launched as a corporation on August 26, 2008. However,
prior to its establishment, it had been engaged in diverse undertakings.

In retrospect, "the Association of Deans of Medical Colleges" that had been around since the early 1960s played a central role in forming "the Korean Association of Medical Education" in 1971. "The Korean Association of Medical Education" was launched with a total of 42 members, who consisted of 14 deans of medical colleges and the rest recommended by the deans, each of whom nominated two persons!associate professors, professors, or a combination!and organized a seminar or a workshop on medical education each year. "The Korean Association of Medical Education" officially changed its name to "The Korean League of Medical Education" and opened its membership to a larger audience by softening the eligibility of membership to any medical professor assuming the post of assistant professorship or above. Ironically, the broader membership of "the Korean League of Medical Education" caused troubles in the decision-making process and highlighted the need to form a separate organization, whose membership is made up of deans of medical colleges only, dedicated to guiding medical education, administrating medical colleges and making policy recommendations to the government. Against the backdrop, The Articles of "the Korean League of Medical Education" was altered to frame the organization in a way that it focuses on discussing the operation of medical colleges, providing consultation on medical education and promoting information exchange among medical colleges, and as a result, a new entity called the Korean League of Deans of Medical Colleges (thereinafter referred to as "KLDMC") was launched in 1984.

KLDMC, the de facto predecessor to KAMC, has since focused on managing medical college curriculum, administrating academic affairs of medical colleges and exchanging information among medical colleges. As part of the efforts to implement successful operations, KLDMC has been publishing "The Current Status of Education of Medical Colleges". However, as it saw a dramatic increase in its membership in the '80's and '90's, KLDMC faced difficulties in making decisions with all its members taking part in key meetings. Against the backdrop, it decided to carry out key operations by forming a steering committee!consisting of 15 deans of medical colleges and taking on tasks such as discussing key undertakings and planning!and a committee of technical expertise, which is basically a group of medical professors in charge of putting into practice decisions made by the steering committee. As KLDMC took on more works in the '90's, realizing the necessity of making its operation more efficient, the academic bureau of Korean Medical Association came to provide administrative support to KLDMC.

KLDMC has since been promoting the improvement of medical education by holding academic conferences on medical education, setting academic goals for medical colleges and developing a curriculum for teaching medicine in association with humanities and social sciences. KLDMC played a leading role in the field of medical education, making policy recommendations on medical education!specifically, making propositions on educational systems for nurturing and producing medical doctors and ways to cultivate R&D personnel in medical and life sciences.

However, in the early 2000's, changes and challenges swept across the medical field with the measure to separate prescribing and dispensing drugs taken, which also greatly affected the field of medical education. In addition, other major events occurred. For one, the introduction of the medical school system in its transitional form caused frictions between the medical education circles and the government. For another, an initiative to incorporate the Practice part into the National Examination for Medical Practitioners went under way. What's more, a move was made to strengthen the system of accrediting and evaluating medical colleges. In a bid to keep up with all the changes, KLDMC has expanded its operations into a wider spectrum of business and research areas since the mid 2000s.

For example, KLDMC started to hold leadership seminars for those responsible for administrating medical colleges and medical schools such as deans and vice deans; it led universities to form a consortium to implement a program designed to evaluate basic medicine education; what's more, it has administrated a series of bimonthly forums on medical education policies since 2007, which were attended by the director of the National Examination for Medical Practitioners program, high-ranking officials from the Ministry of Education, the director of the center for accreditation and evaluation of medical colleges, etc, introducing participants to medical education policies and promoting information exchange and communication; additionally, it also organized events for medical students where they present English academic papers and exhibitions to provide information to students!interested in preparing for admission into medical colleges and medical schools!and their parents. As its operations became more diverse, KLDMC found it necessary to be more systematic, pushing for incorporating itself.

Unlike in the '80's, when KLDMC was launched, a variety of organizations!such as the Association of National Medical Colleges, the Association of Private Medical Colleges, the League of Graduate Schools of Medicine, Korean Institute of Evaluation of Medical Education and The Korean Society of Medical Education!have been founded and are in operation to serve their own purposes and interests. With its status of a mere social gathering, KLDMS did not have the strength to play a leading role in proposing directions in which basic medicine education develops and negotiating policies with the government and medical education-related organizations.

Although the Chairman, the Vice Chairman, the Steering Committee and the Committee of Technical Expertise were in service, KLDMC experienced difficulties in its operations, caused by frequent replacements of deans of medical colleges and medical schools and absence of the office of secretariat. KLDMC was an organization whose members!deans or professors!could not dedicate themselves to its operations on a full-time basis. In the past, its operations were manageable with the support of KMA's academic bureau; however, as its operations diversified, establishing itself as a corporation having a systematic organizational structure was imperative. Given the situation, KLDMC was launched as Korean Association of Medical Colleges, an incorporated body, on August 26th, 2008.

3. List of founding members

Bum-Gu Lee, School of Medicine, Gacheon University of Medicine and Science; Myung-Hun Chun, School of Medicine, the Catholic University of Korea; Sung-Jun Lee, School of Medicine, Kangwon National University; Hyung-Suk Park, School of Medicine, KonKuk University; Young-Il Ha, College of Medical Science, Konyang University; Sang-Bum Lee, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University; Kyung-Je Cho, School of Medicine, Geongsang National University; Jin-Woo Kim, School of Medicine, Kung Hee University; Hyun-Chul Kim, College of Medicine, Keimyung University; Hung-Sik Na, College of Medicine, Korea University; Hyun-Yul Ryu, College of Medicine, Kosin University, Dong-Soo Yun, College of Medicine, Kwandong University; Tae-Sung Lee, College of Medicine, Catholic University of Daegu; Sun-Kun Park, College of Medicine, Dankook University; Kyu-Chun Lee, College of Medicine, Dongguk University; Duk-Jun Seo, College of Medicine, Dong-A University; Mun-Ki Jung, School of Medicine, Pusan National University; Jong-Chun Park, College of Medicine, Seonam University; Jung-Ki Im, College of Medicine, Seoul National University; Hwan-Eo, College of Medicine, Sungkyunkwan University; Yun-Hyung Park, College of Medicine, Soonchunhyang University; In-Kyung Im, College of Medicine, University of Ajou; Il Seo, College of Medicine, Yonsei University; Jong-Ku Park, College of Medicine, Yonsei University in Wonju; Jung-Ok Ha, College of Medicine, Yeungnam University; Jae-Dam Lee, College of Medicine, University of Ulsan; Yun-Kyun Oh, College of Medicine, Wonkwang University; Tae-Kyung Paik, College of Medicine, Eulji University; Sun-Nam Lee, School of Medicine, Ewha Womans University; Ki-Yong Kim, College of Medicine, Inje University; Byung-Kwan Sohn, School of Medicine, Inha University; Baek-Yun Kim, College of Medicine, Chonnam National University; Jung-Soo Kim, School of Medicine, Chonbuk National University; Chang-Hyun Lee, School of Medicine, Jeju National University; Hyuk Jung, School of Medicine, Chosun University; Sung-Jun Park, College of Medicine, Chung-Ang University; Jung-Eun Lee, School of Medicine, Chungnam National University; Jae-Woon Choi, College of Medicine, Chungbuk National University; Yong-Sun Kim, College of Medicine, Hallym University; Hun-Kil Im, College of Medicine, Hanyang University; Byung-Soo Kim, College of Medicine, Cha University

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