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Addressing Equity, Inclusivity, and Diversity at IMEC 2022, IMU’s First Hybrid International Medical Education Conference

08 Nov 2022

15th International Medical Education Conference (IMEC) 2022 held from 14 to 16 October 2022 at the International Medical University (IMU) campus at Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, provided a yearly opportunity for health professionals, health professions educators, managers, policy makers and students to convene and converge intellectual discourses on the conference with the theme “Reshaping Health Professions Education for Equity, Inclusivity and Diversity”.


IMEC 2022 aimed to address the core values of equity, inclusivity, and diversity (EID) for learners and educators to achieve high-quality patient care, effective learning, and pioneer discovery. The goal is to connect healthcare professionals, educators, and learners to rethink and reshape current beliefs in EID, ultimately to develop culturally competent healthcare providers. The conference was also inaugurally organised in hybrid mode after the full virtual conference mode in 2021.


The three-day conference which included pre-conference workshops, main conference sessions (plenaries, symposia, panel discussions and oral/e-poster presentations) and post-conference workshops was attended by 350 delegates from 25 countries (Malaysia, Singapore, USA, UK, Canada, Cambodia, Qatar, UAE, Indonesia, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, India, Taiwan, Netherlands, Sri Lanka, Japan, Germany, Australia, Fiji, Barbados  and others), joining onsite and online across different continents and time zones.

15th International Medical Education Conference (IMEC) 2022
14 to 16 October 2022 IMU campus at Bukit Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
“Reshaping Health Professions Education for Equity, Inclusivity and Diversity”
350 delegates from 25 countries

The conference kick started with eight online pre-conference workshops facilitated by 25 international and local health professions academics of repute on the first day. The workshops ranged on a continuum of equity, inclusivity and diversity from contextualizing reflective competence framework into the curriculum and assessment, deconstructing the journey of successful mentoring relationships, building EID into the medical sciences curriculum, exploring EID through paintings and image theatre, ensuring EID in classroom and teaching observation practices and designing assessments for inclusivity.


Asia Pacific Medical Education Network (APMENet)/15th Niigata Meeting was also organised in conjunction with IMEC 2022. The meeting which provides a scholarly platform for medical/health profession educators in the Asia Pacific region to initiate, facilitate, and conduct collaborative work in medical/health profession education was attended by 15 members with four research projects presented for feedback.


The main conference which took place on the second and third day saw a keynote address, two plenaries, seven symposia, two panel discussions and a closing address delivered by health professions education gurus and experts which drew onsite and online crowds joining the sessions.


The keynote address entitled “Reflections in the Mirror: Why Organisations Need to Practise EID” was delivered by Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir (in the photo above), a socio-political activist who shared her experiences and journey as a non-professional advocate for HIV/AIDS patients, leading to her recognition of the importance of EID in healthcare and education.

It was subsequently followed by the following plenaries, symposia and panel discussions:
Plenaries EID for Health Professionals and Education & More than Skin Deep: Inclusion and Faculty Development
Symposia Enhancing Equity, Inclusivity and Diversity by Instilling Values in Medical Students and Educators across the Medical Education Curriculum

Technology and EID in Education; Being Positive on Disability and Mental Health in Medical Education

Strengthening Early Career as Health Profession Educators for EID

EID in Simulation-Based Education; Students-as-Partners (SaP) in Medical Education

Is it a Myth in the Asian Context & A University of Wollongong Case Study on How Restructuring the Research and Critical Analysis Curriculum Can Be Used to Build Research Capacity of Medical Students

Panel Discussions Bridging the Generation Gap in Health Professions Education & EID in Different Healthcare Professions

The closing address was delivered by Emeritus Professor Ronald Harden on “Equality, Diversity and Inclusion: No Student Left Behind “, emphasising on the importance of reshaping EID for health professions education.

IMEC 2022 received submissions of abstracts for oral and e-poster presentations and IMU-Ron Harden Innovation in Medical Education (IMU-RHIME) Award. The presentations were judged and resulted in three top winners for oral presentations and threes top winners for e-poster presentations.

Top 3 Winners for Oral Presentation
The Impact of Entrepreneurial Attitude on Nascent Entrepreneurial Behaviour of Medical Students: The Mediating Role of Entrepreneurial Intention Kavitha Ashok Kumar
The ‘Octopus’ Skills’ Model of a Medical Professional:  A Focus Group Discussion involving Creative Pedagogy Muhammad Arslan
Samina Malik
A Qualitative Exploration of The Impact of Racial Microaggressions Experienced By UK Medical Students Olanrewaju Sorinola
Nariell Morrison
Georgia Webster
Tabbasum Zaman
Clare Blackburn

Top 3 Winners for e-Poster Presentation
Development of the Confidence and Readiness to Work as a House Officer Questionnaire to Assess Medical Graduates Aneesa Abdul Rashid,
Sazlina Shariff Ghazali,
Wan Zul Haikal Hafiz Bin Wan Zukiman
Norhafizah Mohtaruddin
Effectiveness of Online Peer-Assisted-Learning Session in Fostering the knowledge on Breast Cancer and Breast Self-Examination Rajani Ranganath
Miriam Simon
Yusra Abid Shah
Fatma Ibrahim AlAbduwani
Hakeema Al Mubarak
Fatma Abdulla Issa Al-Shamsi
Use Of Flipped Learning and Immersive Simulation to Enhance the Competence of Undergraduate Medical Students in Providing Non-Invasive Oxygen Therapy Ayesha Azhar
Shaima Elgenaid
Erum Khan
Vasudeva Rao Avupati
Mallikarjuna Rao Pichika
Mohd Zulkefeli
Lee Choy Sin
Zabibah binti Ibrahim
Hasnain Zafar Baloch
Innovation in “Using Simulation Software as an Educational Tool to Develop Students’ Computer-Aided Drug Design (CADD) Skills”.

IMEC 2022 concluded with four online post-conference workshops facilitated by 11 subject content experts from diverse field.

It continued to leverage on EID with developing community learning partnerships, training faculty on formation of personal and professional identity to promote equity, inclusivity and diversity in workplace, supporting struggling trainees and promoting collaboration, wellbeing and inclusivity via virtual student engagement.

The conference was supported by Association of Medical Education Europe (AMEE), International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE), Asia-Pacific Biomedical Science Educators Association (APBSEA), Malaysian Association of Education in Medical & Health Sciences (MAEHMS) and Malaysian Convention & Exhibition Bureau (MyCEB). The sponsors included AMBOSS GmbH, Dell Technologies Malaysia, Elsevier (Singapore) Pte. Ltd., IDEAL Consortium, Indizium Sdn Bhd, Lecturio GmbH, Lenovo Technology Sdn Bhd, Med2Lab Modiezham Sdn Bhd, MSIG Insurance (Malaysia) Bhd and WeAnsa Solutions.


The conference was hailed as successfully highlighted EID as the values to be reshaped in health professions education through various sessions of discourses.

Feedback from Conference Delegates
Five stars for the selection of speakers in line with the conference theme.
Gained better understanding of equity, inclusivity and diversity (EID) in health professions education
Rethinking EID in own practices and how to improve
Learned about diversity and using creative interventions in teaching and learning

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