Key Undertakings

KOREAN ASSOCIATION OF MEDICAL COLLEGES

1. Holding a forum on medical education policies

The forum is attended mostly by deans of medical colleges and medical schools, and medical professors.

It is held three or four times annually, focusing the scope of discussion on nurturing and producing medical doctors, evaluating and accrediting medical colleges and medical schools, government policies on medical education, improving the quality of medical education and directions in which the Association can develop.

2. Leadership Workshop

The leadership workshop is attended by deans of medical colleges and medical schools and medical professors assuming administrative duties.

It has been held annually since 2005, aimed at enabling those in charge of the administration of medical colleges and medical schools including deans and vice deans of medical colleges and medical schools to grasp and analyze the organizational structure and operational responsibilities of their institutions in a systematic way and formulate goals and strategies for the academic bodies they lead.

3. Deans' School

The Deans' School is scheduled to be launched in the latter half of 2010, coming with detailed programs through which deans of medical colleges and medical schools develop skills to manage the human resources and finance of their institutions.

4. Activities related to government policies on medical education

The Association has been engaged in diverse activities related to the government policies on medical education such as participating in Committee on Improvement of Medical and Dental School Education System, making policy recommendations on medical education to the government and taking part in related hearings in a bid to help the nation's medical education system stand on firm grounds. As a result, relevant government policies are expected to be devised and implemented to ensure that universities have as much self-regulating rights as possible.

5. Developing guidelines for the Practice part of the National Examination for Medical Practitioners

The Association developed the OSCE and CPX guideline on the Practice part of the National Examination for Medical Practitioners and distributed it to universities. The Practice part is incorporated into the 2010 Examination. The guideline will be updated, published and distributed as necessary.

6. Publishing academic goals for medical colleges and medical schools

The Association will revise and update the academic goals published in 2006 and publish the new goals in the latter half of 2010.

The Association will push for the development of long-term academic goals which cover an integrated education curriculum and a clinical training program encompassing the Knowledge, the Manual Skill and the Attitude sections.

7. Publishing a textbook for medical treatment communications

Korean Academy on Communication in Healthcare and the Association will jointly form a team of authors to develop and distribute a textbook for medical treatment communications which medical colleges and medical schools can use. The textbook is scheduled to be published in the latter half of 2010.

8. Program for comprehensive evaluation of basic medicine education

The program is aimed at improving and, in particular, evaluating the quality of basic medicine education of participating universities.

Participating universities jointly develop a comprehensive evaluation questionnaire and forms a consortium to support each participating university's implementation of the program in a bid to alleviate difficulties which may arise if each university should implement a type of comprehensive evaluation program for basic medicine education.

The consortium is to be operated, financed by membership dues collected from participating universities. The chairman of the executive committee, who is currently a member of Korea University, will lead the endeavor to carry out projects.

9. Publishing a report on the status of education of medical colleges and medical schools

A report on the status of medical education, which is put together based on the data entered by each university into KOMSIS, a medical education database, will be published in the latter half of 2010.

10. Publishing a list of KAMC members

The Association will publish a list of the members who have joined the Association since its inception.

11. Holding academic conferences on medical education

KAMC holds an academic conference annually, along with the Korean Society of Medical Education and the Korean Academy of Medical Sciences, in a bid to advance medical education and improve its quality.

The past conferences covered diverse subjects such as professionalism, post-graduation medical education, Problem-Based Learning (PBL), communication education, e-learning, etc. The 2010 conference will be held June 17 through June 19 for three days on the subject "The Harmony of Medical Sciences and Humanities".

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