The AAHCI Student Leadership Initiative (ASLI) invites students of academic health centers to submit proposals sharing new ideas or innovative programs tackling key topics in health professions education.

In partnership with the AAHCI Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Regional Office host, University of Sao Paulo Medical School (FMUSP), AAHCI supports this Initiative in the LAC region.

2022 ASLI: The Convergence of Climate Change and Health Professions Education

The goal of ASLI 2022 is to evaluate student innovations as a result of the convergence of climate change, healthcare, and health professions education. Specifically, students will be invited to share proposals that highlight new ideas or existing innovative programs or studies that achieve at least one of the following:

  1. Inspires research and innovation in healthcare in response to the impact of climate change on the environment (e.g., tropical diseases)
  2. Addresses the health effects of climate change as it relates to patient care
  3. Encourages academic health centers to reduce their environmental impact

The submissions below have received top marks, and the student authors will present their concepts at the 2022 AAHCI LAC Regional Meeting:

  • Faculdade das Américas: Using a Database to Measure and Understand the Influence of Climate Change on Disease Statistics in Brazil
  • Pontificia Universidad Javeriana: Building Latina America’s Future Healthcare Workforce: Climate and Health Integration into a Medical Competency-Based Curriculum
  • TecSalud Monterrey: Policymaking Experience to Address Health Effects of Climate Change

To learn more about eligibility and the selection process for ASLI, please contact AAHCI.

2021 ASLI: Virtual Medical Education

AAHCI, in partnership with the AAHCI Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) Regional Office host, University of Sao Paulo Medical School (FMUSP), is supporting this initiative in the LAC region - the first region to launch the initiative - and invited medical students from member institutions in the LAC region to submit proposals sharing innovative ideas on virtual medical education.

The AAHCI LAC Regional Office announced the first call for proposals on Virtual Medical Education in the LAC region in November 2020. The participating AAHCI institutions in the LAC region include:

  • Clínica Universidad de La Sabana (Colombia)
  • Faculdade de Medicina de Botucatu – Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) (Brazil)
  • TecSalud, Tecnologico de Monterrey (Mexico)
  • Universidad del Rosario (Colombia)
  • University of Sao Paulo Medical School (FMUSP) (Brazil)

The following student submissions received top remarks and were selected to present their ideas at the AAHC 2021 Global Innvoation Forum (GIF):

  • TecSalud Monterrey: Submission on Frontiers in Global Health
  • Universidad de la Sabana: Submission on How COVID 19 helped us Discover New Resources in Medical Education
  • University of Sao Paulo: Submission on MEDnasNUVENS - Optimized Medical Education Model
  • University of Sao Paulo: Submission on Bringing Teachers and Students Together in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Finalists were announced in a press release here and a compendium with all abstracts submitted by participating institutions is being published.