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Three third-year female students from KSU’s College of Medicine presented their cardiac research in the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference held in August of 2012 in Lyon, France entitled, 'The Continuum of Education in the Healthcare Professions'.

The research of Sarah M. Al Eshaiwi, Rana A. Al Khelaif and Hala A. Al Grain has also been featured in the Bioorganic and Medical Chemistry Journal (BMC), one of the most important medical educational journals, according to the ISI Thompson Ranking. The journal is published by Elsevier, an international inveterate scientific publishing house founded in 1880 with bases in Amsterdam, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Dr. Sami A. Alnassar, chairman of the College’s Department of Medical education, introduced the three distinguished students whose research was supervised by Dr. Samy A. Azer, director of the curricular development in the KSU Department of Medical Education. In tribute to the trio’s research, a research clinic devoted to student and educational research has been founded.

“This latest achievement is confirmation that our students are capable of achieving distinguished results provided they are appropriately guided and encouraged, and they can reach their objectives in the most difficult scientific and medieval domains,” Dr. Azer said. “They have proved themselves excellent and according to the most stringent international standards. We should continue to encourage them to keep them on the track of excellence and success”.

Dr. Alnassar added that the department firmly believes in the ability and skills of all students and of their readiness to break new ground and achieve what has not been achieved before.

“This is why the Department is embarking on a comprehensive plan to upgrade the standards of the research production and to fulfill its objectives,” Dr. Alnassar said, “and these include guaranteeing the standards of education to students and graduates alike, transferring technology and achieving creativity in educational medical research.

Major topics of the winning research of the three students include:

  • YouTube videos as a learning resource for nervous system clinical examination. A total of 1,242 videos were screened and108 were found to be relevant. Analysis showed that 48 (44.4 percent) of the videos provided useful information on the nervous system examination.
  • Cardio-respiratory examination on YouTube. A total of 1,920 videos were screened and only 72 and 74 were found to be relevant to the CV and RS examinations, respectively.

Dr. Azer directed a workshop entitled “Creating problem-based learning cases: hands-on training,” during the conference.

The Association of Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) was founded in 1972 in Copenhagen. The AMEE’s objective was to foster communication among medical educators and to help promote national associations for medical education throughout Europe. AMEE is the European regional association of the World Federation for Medical Education and a member of the WFME executive council. Several European national medical education associations are corporate members of AMEE. In the past decade AMEE has developed steadily both in size and in the sphere of its activities and is now a worldwide association with members and contacts in more than 90 countries.

The AMEE conference is considered the best medical education conference in the world.

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