Monday, 13 January 2014

11th APMEC: Welcome address, Opening Ceremony 11th APMEC, Friday, January 17, 2014

Associate Professor Benjamin Ong, Director of Medical Services, MOH

Professor John Wong, Chief Executive, NUHS

Associate Professor Yeoh Khay Guan, , Deputy Chief Executive, NUHS and Dean, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

Associate Professor Chong Yap Seng, Head, Medical Education Unit

Distinguished Speakers, Delegates, Colleagues and Friends,

Good morning and welcome to the 11th APMEC.

This is a very nostalgic moment for me, as I began my journey as a "hard-core" medical educator 11 years ago in 2003, at the first APMEC meeting, by presenting my first medical education conference short communication on a pilot project in technology enhanced learning in undergraduate medical education. This was followed by attendance, paper, poster and symposia presentations at subsequent APMEC meetings every year, and later as a member of the organising and working committees of APMEC.

The APMEC meeting has grown greatly over the last 11 years,

and has become a regular forum for passionate and committed health profession educators to meet, exchange ideas, and form collaborations; which is the theme of this year's conference - "Optimising collaboration in medical education: Building bridges, connecting minds".

I thank my team members at the MEU, YLL SOM for their hard work and commitment to the APMEC meeting; my many colleagues at NUHS, and the other teaching hospitals for working with us; and our many international colleagues, and friends for helping make the APMEC not only a success, but continue to grow every year.

May I wish all of you a very successful APMEC meeting.

Goh Poh Sun
MB,BS(Melb), FRCR, FAMS, MHPE(Maastricht)
Chairman, Organising Committee 11th APMEC 2014
Associate Professor, Department of Diagnostic Radiology
Associate Member, Medical Education Unit (MEU)
Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine
National University of Singapore
National University Health System

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