Dear CME Colleagues,
As we move into 2017, I
thought my providing a quick update on some of the GAME activities during 2016 and 2017 would show you all how busy your Board has and continues
in 2016 and 2017:
India and South America both had very
successful regional conferences in February and March respectively while we
also hosted our North American Regional Conference just prior to the World
Congress of CPD in San Diego. In
addition, GAME hosted another annual conference together with AMEE at the
Barcelona AMEE conference in August. We were also successful in hosting two
pre-conference workshops with AMEE, one on patient engagement, organised by our
very active Patient Engagement SIG Chair, Laura Muttini, with the second
workshop being run by myself, focusing on the challenges of organising and
deploying a US Grant based IME programme outside of the US.
The European CME Forum recently held in
Amsterdam was once again an excellent conference and GAME was fortunate to also
host a 90 minute workshop session with India, South America and Asia CME/CPD
issues as the topics covered.
2017 is shaping up to be a very big year
for GAME. Our first big conference is being held in conjunction with the Asia
Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC), where GAME will run a 4 hour
workshop on Wednesday 11th January in Singapore. This will be our
first opportunity with this high profile conference so we are hoping to be able
to utilise this to increase our membership across Asia.
GAME will be hosting two different sessions
as part of ACEhp in 2017, with the Global CME Awards ceremony on Friday night, January 27th and our GAME education session on Sunday morning, January 29th.
Hope to see many of you attending both these sessions.
Our Indian colleagues are hosting the 3rd
India Regional Conference on March 4th 2017 in Mumbai. The goal of
this conference is to produce and submit submitted recommendations to the India
government in an attempt to secure nationwide and mandatory accreditation for physicians.
Vaibhav Srivastava, the Program Chair for this 3rd conference is
optimistic that being able to bring the entire Indian ecosystem of CME together
with this ‘standard’ goal will be quite influential with the decision makers in
Although the plan in 2017 was to host a half day
Conference as part of the SACME congress on May 16, in Arizona, we have decided to focus on key initiatives and forego having this regional meeting.
AMEE 2017 will be held in Helsinki and GAME
has decided not to host our annual meeting aligned to AMEE this year but to
rather focus on a 90 minute symposium within the main AMEE program. We are also fortunate that AMEE is extending
use of their webinar system for GAME to be able to provide our members with
interesting topics and issues through this system. Watch the website for more
details on activities around AMEE 2017.
We elected three new Board members this
year with Dr Zhimin Jia (China), Dr Thomas Kellner, (Germany) and Pam McFadden
(USA) with Pam also joining the GAME Executive as our new Membership Chair. The
GAME Board also saw the resignation of immediate past president, Maureen
Doyle-Scharff who I believe everyone knows has worked tirelessly for our Board
and organisation now for many years. Don Moore, also chose to step down from
the Board due to an overload of commitments.
We do though have a new President Elect in Dale Kummerle, who I know will bring
a wealth of experience and knowledge to the role of President when he replaces
me in August 2017.
- COMMITTEE MEMBERS
We urgently need GAME members to step up to
the plate and offer to be part of our Committees. In the first instance we need
members of the Program Committee to work closely with Alvaro Margolis who will
take on the Chair of this committee from January 2017. Conferences have in the
past been the lifeblood of GAME and to continue to offer topics and speakers
that are of interest and stretch our own learning, we need you to help to
organise, invite and participate in these activities.
If you don’t want to be part of the Program
Committee, I hope you will at least consider writing to me to provide your
ideas for conference topics and speakers…you cannot complain about our program
content if you are not prepared to help with ideas.
I can always be reached at email@example.com
So in closing, allow me to wish you all a
happy and restful Christmas and New Year and if you are travelling I wish you
safe and fruitful journeys and look forward to working with you all in 2017 and