Delegates from 10 countries gathered at NUS for the 3rd ASEAN Medical Deans’ Summit, held in conjunction with the ASEAN Medical Research Network Meeting, from 11 to 13 September.
The ASEAN Medical Research Network was established to promote collaboration among leading medical schools in the region and to advance the medical education and health systems as a community by 2015. The annual Summit has previously been held at Mahidol University in Thailand and University of Malaya in Malaysia.
This year, a total of 33 participants comprising Presidents, Deans and representatives from 12 ASEAN medical schools attended the Summit hosted by Associate Professor Yeoh Khay Guan, Dean of the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. They discussed progress and updates on the ASEAN Medical Research Network, accreditation planning, medical education curriculum and medical electives exchanges.
Challenges facing the region—communicable diseases (such as HIV, dengue haemorrhagic fever, tuberculosis and malaria) and non-communicable diseases (such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and ageing)—were also examined, as well as medical education and research.
The delegates visited the Centre for Healthcare Simulation in the Centre for Translational Medicine building at the School of Medicine to understand the immersive simulation-based learning environment used in training NUS students.
The next Summit will be hosted by the College of Medicine at the University of the Philippines.