CME for CEs by CEs – A sneak peek at ICENet Summit 2014: Milan

As I hope you’ve heard, the second ICENet Summit is rapidly approaching and will take place in Milan, Italy on August 29th (just prior to AMEE). Let me introduce you to four world-class provocateurs who will lead the day. Yes, we call them provocateurs! (Provocateur: a person who provokes trouble, causes dissension, or the like; agitator) Unlike a typical presentation, these four Clinician Educators open their session with a controversial statement and argue their point of view, leading to an animated and intimate discussion on the topic with all those in attendance.  Imagine sitting with a small group of CEs from around the world and debating cutting edge issues in health professions education.

Let’s get to know them better and take a sneak peek at their sessions below!

Fri post_Jamiu Busari (chair)Chairing the event is Jamiu O. Busari, MB ChB, MD, PhD, MHPE, (@jobusar) an ICE steering committee member and frequent contributor to the “A day in the life” section of our blog.  Jamiu is a consultant pediatrician and associate professor of medical education at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. He is the clinical director of the pediatric residency program, as well as Head of Department of Pediatrics at Atrium Medical Center Heerlen. Jamiu is actively involved in several collaborative initiatives aimed at improving medical education and health care delivery both nationally and internationally.

Steven A. Lieberman, MD, FACP, will be opening the day with his statement “Medical education accreditation bodies should forbid all clinical ‘block’ rotations lasting less than one year”. Steve is Senior Dean for Administration at the University of Texas Medical Fri post_Steve LiebermanBranch (UTMB) in Galveston, Texas in the United States and holder of the John P. McGovern Distinguished Chair in Oslerian Medicine.  He also serves as Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism. Hereceived his B.S. in biology in 1981 from Stanford University and his M.D. in 1985 from UT Southwestern Medical School in Dallas.  He completed his training in internal medicine at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose, CA followed by a clinical and research fellowship in endocrinology at Stanford University Medical Center. Steven was a member of the faculty at the George Washington University School of Medicine in Washington, DC for one year before joining UTMB in 1994. He continues to see general endocrinology patients and has a special interest in pituitary disorders.

Fri post_Abeer ArabClosing out the morning is another ICE steering committee member, Abeer Arab, MD, (@draaarab) with her session “Training to be a CE is a myth”. Abeer is an anesthesiologist and CE at the King Abdulaziz University (KAU) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.  She was profiled in the “A day in the life” feature of the blog back in March. Abeer coordinates the national implementation and evaluation of simulation in postgraduate anesthesia training. Abeer’s area of expertise is in debriefing teams and crisis resource management in Anesthesia and Critical Care.

Starting off the afternoon is Fremen Chihchen Chou, MD, PhD (candidate), provoking the audience with his session “Education theories pose a dilemma for Clinician Fri post_Fremen ChouEducators.” Fremen is physician educator, Department of Education, China Medical University Hospital and clinical assistant professor of emergency medicine (EM), China Medical University (CMU) in Taichung, Taiwan. He is also the recipient of the “2009 Award for Excellence in Medical Education” at CMU and the “2012 Award for Excellence of Teaching” in the affiliated hospital. Dr. Chou also serves as Chair of Taiwan EM Model and Milestones Task Force, Taiwan Society of Emergency Medicine. He has devoted himself to faculty development in interprofessional education, medical simulation, e-Learning and competency-based medical education holding more than 50 workshops among institutes in Taiwan and international conferences in the past three years.

Finishing the day is Professor Dame Lesley Southgate, who argues: “Clinician Educators and medical educationalists are divided by language and may never understand each other”. Lesley is Professor of Medical Education at St George’s Hospital Medical Fri post_Lesley SouthgateSchool, in London, UK. She is a family doctor and was active in patient care until she became President of the RCGP in 2000. She is the principal author of the Board’s paper on principles for assessment, now a requirement for all postgraduate assessment programmes in the UK.  She is known internationally and nationally for her work on the assessment of competence and performance of physicians and in 2008 was awarded the prestigious Hubbard award by the US National Board of Medical Examiners for outstanding contribution to assessment of competence and performance of doctors in the international arena. Her international work includes a connection with the Medical Academy of St Petersburg where she is a distinguished international professor and support for the Egyptian Board of Medical Specialties in the development of the certifying examinations for family medicine. Lesley is also a member of the International CBME Collaborators group in Canada, and her present preoccupation is to give back to clinicians their natural language for use in assessment. Specifically, to restore meaning to checklists used in the assessment of clinical competence.

As you can see, the globe is covered by this range of CEs! Intrigued by the provocateurs and their topics? Want to join us? Register now at!