AAHCI Southeast Asia Regional Office Update
March 15, 2017 - By Crystal Heng, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore; Regional Administrator, AAHCI Southeast Asia Regional Office
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore is honored to host the Association of Academic Health Centers International (AAHCI) Southeast Asia Regional Office for a second term. Membership in AAHCI has steadily grown, and we are pleased to welcome The University of the Philippines College of Medicine and the University of Health Sciences-Cambodia as our newest members in Southeast Asia.
Early last year, the AAHCI Southeast Asia Regional Meeting was held at NUS Medicine on February 14, with more than 60 participants from 14 countries attending the meeting. Under the theme of “Integrating Medical Education and Research with Clinical Care in an emerging Academic Health System”, the full day program engaged various local and international experts and professionals in healthcare and academia, facilitating the exchange of knowledge and experiences.
Members of the Regional Advisory Group, Professor Adeeba Kamarulzaman, dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Malaya, Dr. Ponco Birowo, vice-dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Indonesia, along with one of our Southeast Asia Regional Office Ambassadors, Associate Professor Yeoh Khay Guan, dean of NUS Medicine, convened over a teleconference call later in the year. It was a fruitful discussion, reviewing the year and suggesting how the regional office could further improve on current programs, and reach out to other institutions in the region that are not members yet.
As part of the regional office’s initiatives to facilitate discussion and sharing within the region, we have planned for a series of webinars to take place this year. The first webinar -will occur on March 27, 2017 and will be presented by Professor Kamarulzaman on the topic of faculty recruitment, development, and retention in academic health systems. There will also be a panel discussion including Professor Prasit Watanapa, dean of the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital at Mahidol University, Professor James Best, dean of the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, and Associate Professor Yeoh, dean of NUS Medicine, as the chair and moderator of the session. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions during the Q&A session. As the first regional webinar, we hope that such a format is interactive for facilitating discussion from different countries.
If you are interested in learning more about Southeast Asia regional activities, or membership please contact us.