AMEE 2009 Conference


The 2009 Conference of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) will take place in Malaga, Spain, from August 29th to September 2nd. This conference will be held together to the XIX  meeting of the Spanish Association for Medical Education (SEDEM). 

Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Malaga

Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Malaga


I received a few days ago the Provisional Program of the AMEE 2009 conference.  Besides the sessions in English, the conference will include also some sessions in Spanish and one workshop organized by students and for students.  Following, a general description of this scientific meeting. 


The program includes the following courses:

– Essential Skills in Medical Education

– Essential Skill in Medical Education Assessment

– Research Essential Skills in Medical Education

– Essential Skills in Technology Enhanced Medical Education


The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) and the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) will offer the course “Fundamentals of Assessment in Medical Education”


Preconference workshops, with emphasis in clinical simulation will be held in August 29 and 30. On Sunday 30 of August, wil be held workshops in Spanish and also preconference workshops organized by students for students and junior doctors.


The Conference will begin with an open plenary on Monday August 31 with the lectures  “Evidence based view on global health”, by Dr. Hans Rosting, professor of Karolinska Institute, Sweden, and “Rethinking Medical Education”, by Dr. Hillard Jason, from the University of Colorado. These lectures will be followed by symposia, large group sessions, workshops and master class sessions, presentation of posters and exhibits, etc.


The closing plenary will be held on September 2nd with the lecture “Learning, assessment, technology: in that order”, by Dr. Dylan Wiliam, Deputy Director of the Institute of Education, London.


The submission deadline for the abstracts for short communications, posters, fringe presentations, conference workshops and  Secrets of Success is  13 March.


For more information and for registration, you can access to




USMLE Step I, 2009: Important links


Step I Content description on line


Pdf version of Step I content description and sample material 2009


Overview of Step I content in the USMLE Bulletin of Information-2009


2009 Orientation Materials

– Multiple choice tutorial and Practice Test items Version FredV1 (current test delivery software)

– Multiple choice tutorial and Practice Test items Versions FredV2 (test delivery software for 2009)



And of course, review frequently the main link:


List of sites with official USMLE Step I Sample Test material since 2003


I think that this list might be of interest for those medical students and International Medical Graduates that are studying for the USMLE Step I.


If you have any doubt about the answer to questions about Biochemistry topics, please, do not hesitate to write a comment asking about it. Please recall that the questions can not be reproduced because of copyright issues, so you should refer to them as the Question No. X of 200Y material.


USMLE Content test description and sample test materials 2003 Step I


USMLE Content test description and sample test materials 2004 Step I


USMLE Content test description and sample test materials 2005 Step I


USMLE Content test description and sample test materials 2007 Step I


USMLE Step I Content Description and General information 2008




MedEdPORTAL announces Web Conferences for July and August


MedEdPORTAL, a program of the Association of American Medical Colleges, has announced the schedule of the free online training workshops for July and August.  


Since I had already a positive experience participating in a recent MedEdPORTAL web workshop, I would like to share this information with you:


“The web conference is free to US and Canadian participants (international participants will be provided with a toll-free number and a toll number and may use either number to connect to the audio portion of the workshop).

The training will consist of an overview of the MedEdPORTAL system and provide examples of the various types of materials published and available for free to educators and students around the globe.  

Participants will learn about the submission and peer review processes as well as the criteria used to evaluate the scholarship of published resources.

The seminar will also address issues associated with intellectual property and explain how MedEdPORTAL staff helps potential authors address those issues.  Participant interactivity is encouraged by providing the ability to ask questions using a chat mechanism and embedded live polling throughout the entirety of the presentation. Questions will be answered live at the conclusion in the order of which they were received.

The 2008 MedEdPORTAL online training workshops are scheduled to take place on:

·         July 11, 2008 at 3:00 PM North American Eastern Daylight Time (EDT): Registration Open

·         July 14, 2008 at 4:00 PM North American Eastern Daylight Time (EDT): Registration Open

·         August 4, 2008 at 3:00 PM North American Eastern Daylight Time (EDT): Registration will open in July/August

·         August 14, 2008 at 1:00 PM North American Eastern Daylight Time (EDT): Registration will open in August




More information about these workshops can be found at:



A summary of USMLE announcements for Step I during the first semester of 2008


A summary of official announcements about USMLE Step I posted at the USMLE website during the first semester of 2008



April 14th: About the inclusion of media files in the Step I exam


A small number of multiple choice questions will include audio or video clips


May 09: About number of items in Step I


The number of items on Step I will change from 350 to 336, divided into seven blocks with 48 questions each (the time for each block remains the same: 60 minutes)


June 10th: About the Comprehensive Review of USMLE.


On June 2, it was informed that the Composite Committee, which establishes policy for the US Medical Licensing Examination, concurred with the Committee to evaluate the USMLE Program (CEUP), in the following recommendations:


 1.- The design of assessments to support decisions about a physician readiness to provide patient care:

a)     at the interface between undergraduate and graduate medical education

b)     at the beginning of independent practice.


 2.- USMLE should work in the design of an schema for measuring the general competencies important to medical practice and licensure


3.- The recommendation that the USMLE emphasize the importance of the scientific foundations of medicine in all components of the assessment process. The assessment of these foundations should occur within a clinical context or framework, to the greatest extent possible.


The report emphasize that the process will be evolutionary and that the entire process will take a minimum of four years before it will impact any test-takers.


(An official summary of the  report here)



For reading all the announcements in detail, please click




About the ASME 2008 Scientific Meeting “New Horizons in Medical Education”


I received yesterday the Registration form and program of the Annual Scientific Meeting for the Study of Medical Education, organized by the ASME (Association for the Study of Medical Education).


Let me share with you some features of this meeting:


It will be held from September 10 to September 12 in the Charles Wilson Building,  University of Leicester, Leicester, UK.


                                           Charles Wilson Building, photo by stevecadman, flickr



 The program includes posters and papers presentations, lectures, meetings, workshops and commercial and academic exhibitions.


Some of the Workshops that will be developed are the following:


– Sharing Resources and good practice in medical and healthcare education development.

– Producing an electronic curriculum map

– Detecting and supporting undergraduate students in difficulty

– Developing high quality multiple choice items to assess application of knowledge using patient


– The uses of arts in medical training.

– Moving from paper and pen to e-assessment in medical education.

– Working with bilingual simulated patients in healthcare

– Good Medical Practice: Fact or Fiction?


The Lord Cohen Lecture will be on models of self-regulation within the health profession.


Professor Gilly Salmon, professor of e-learning and learning technologies at the University of Leicester, will conduct a session about “Learning futures: evidences and options.”


Different Meetings will be held during the conference days including:


          ASME Annual General Meeting

          The Extended Education Research Group Meeting

          ASME Council Meeting

          Understanding Medical Education Advisory Board Meeting


There will be specific sessions for students:



          The Future of Medical Education

          Global Medical Education

          Identifying your learning style


For more detailed information about this meeting, you may visit


Or contact the ASME office:



The development of 2008 MedEdPORTAL Online Training Workshop



Today I had the pleasure of participating as an online attendee in the Online Training Workshop organized by MedEdPORTAL  team of the Association of American Medical Colleges.


“MedEdPORTAL is a free online publication service launched by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) that offers peer reviewed dissemination of high quality medical education teaching resources, while also providing a valuable venue for medical educators and faculty to publish educational resources which have undergone the rigors of a scholarly peer-review. Examples of MedEdPORTAL publications include tutorials, virtual patients, cases, lab manuals, assessment instruments, faculty development materials, etc.  MedEdPORTAL published resources are available for free to educators, administrators, students, and the general public around the globe.


MedEdPORTAL is being utilized by all 143 US and Canadian AAMC member medical schools and over 1,000 teaching hospitals, international schools, and other health education institutions in over 20 different countries.  MedEdPORTAL is receiving on average 1-2 new submissions per day and has received over 1,000 submissions thus far.” (MedEdPortal site)



Today seminar had around 60 participants on line.



The seminar had a preparatory phase, in which the organizers sent through email a Training Booklet with information about MedEdPortal, including the main topics that were going to be discussed in the workshop. We received also technical information about how to participate in the workshop.



The Workshop had a Web Portion, that required that we download Microsoft Office Live meeting (in fact, it was possible to use a Web-based program, so it was necessary to download it if you don’t want) and an Audio Portion, that was met through a phone call to a toll free number (it used Premier Global Teleconferencing).



The main topics discussed in the workshop included:



– Educational Scholarship


– Intellectual property






The use of Creative Common licenses


– Peer Review Process:


analysis of the process of submitting papers 


role of the reviewers.



After the presentation, there was a session of questions and answers.


In general, the Workshop was very organized, the technical part was easy to handle even for person with limited computer abilities (like myself), and the content was relevant to all of us who are interested in using this resource.



  For more information about MedEdPORTAL please visit