International group working on Sustainable Healthcare Education - Next meeting outline

Next meeting

Date: TBC, end of June

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- Planning for fringe workshop at AMEE on motivating students

- Assessment for sustainable healthcare education

- Planetary health alliance work on education - can we collaborate

- IFMSA collaboration

- GLobal Consortium on Climate and Health Education - collaboration



Past Meeting

Date: May 17th 9pm BST

Chair: SanYuMayTun, London

Scribe and Host: Maryam Omar, London

Present: SanYuMay Tun, Evans Tembo, Natasha Askaroff, Bob Woollard, Perry Sheffield


1. Planning for fringe workshop at AMEE

2. Assessment for SHE

3. Local updates on progress


Introductions and local updates

1. IFSMA connection

Discussion regarding the mechanism of student engagement. Suggested to initiate a connection between IFSMA (International Federation of Medical Students' Associations) and SHE network. Particularly to develop the resources in engaging and surveying medical students regarding health effects of climate change. Bob is to facilitate this between Sarah Walpole, Matthew Mueller, SanYuMay Tun and Maryam Omar as a start. If any would like to be connected with this, please place your name forward. 

2. Student Survey

Update on the progress of the student survey was provided by Natasha. It is now in the final stages on completion, and is currently being cognitive tested in Brazil, for refinements and engagement. The team feel that it can potentially be trialled in institutions soon. 

3. Assessment

Still an early working group looking at the challenge of devising appropriate assessments and looking at practical examples. 

Current ideas in progress are to co-write a blog to encourage discussion within the SHE network. Idea is to work this up with forming actual assessments whether in form of bank of questions or other methodologies.

4. Brainstorming of ideas

Following discussion of incorporating new ideas within the SHE platform, the team suggested if possible to find out the topics being discussed within the International working group paper, so as not to duplicate work in going forward. This information may not be able to be posted on the open wiki. 

5. Fringe Workshop

Unfortunately no members presenting at the Fringe workshop were present in this call, hence the discussion has been moved to the next meeting. 

<<Past meetings>>

Date: Thursday (27th April) at 8pm BST – that is 7pm GMT (4pm in Brazil, etc..)

Chair: SanYuMay Tun, London, UK

Scribe: Sarah Walpole, currently at UNESP, Brazil

Present: SanYuMay Tun UK, Bob Woollard Canada, Maryam Omar UK, Matthew Muller USA, Emily Farrow UK, Karina Pavao Brazil, Sarah Walpole UK

Apologies: Caroline Welbury, Georgetown University, Peter Musaeus, Aarhus University, Kathleen Leedham-Green Kings London (listening but not speaking as on the train), Stefi Barna Bangalore India, Aditya Vyas Australia, Linda East (going to Boston PH conference), Andrea Rother South Africa Cape Town, Arianne Teherani UoCalifornia



During the meeting we all agreed and reaffirmed commitment to keeping this group open and accessible to new members – to achieve that we discussed an open invitation to contribute to case study collection, an open meeting at AMEE and we can also try to use the SHE website in that way – hence the wiki with open minutes and next meeting plans.

Skype seemed to work well as a platform for the meeting today.  


Introductions and brief updates on local progress

- Discussion of cases at Georgetown University - new 8 week student selected module and new 90 minute core teaching for medical students, already implemented, hopefully LO1 being implemented in phase one at Hull York Medical School via adaptations to two existing PBL cases and a new workshop, one new module in Brazil - student selected 16 hour module covering LOs 1 and 2

- It would be useful to share case studies that include information about how space was negotiated in the curriculum. Maryam is working on collation of case studies and will explore including this aspect of curriculum development. It would also be useful to publish discussion about good practice in and approaches to negotiating space in the curriculum.

- Discussed putting an invitation on the website to anyone doing sustainability teaching to provide case studies - this may generate more case studies and may also generate many interest in the SHE network

- When the case studies are published this time, it might be useful if (different to the previous publication in 2012) it becomes a collection that is searchable and that we could add to


Update on international survey of medical student education

- Final survey design still in development, to be discussed in the small group led by Natasha

- Once survey complete, we can invite other medical schools to take part in disseminating the survey. Bob offered to share this with those at the world summit on social accountability


AMEE abstracts accepted - plan going forward

- Motivation abstract at fringe, as below, to be planned. Will be presented by Peter and Caroline, with help from Bob and Sarah. Matt and Karina are involved in planning.

- An short presentation about UK medical schools project implementing SHE, Sarah from HYMS or/and Ellie from Dundee will present

- Discussed having an open meeting about Sustainable Healthcare Education at AMEE where we can invite others and generate new activity and partnerships. Bob has offered to discuss with AMEE the possibility of having an official networking meeting that is open to anyone to attend


Assessment for sustainable healthcare education - potential workstream

- Possibility of developing a discourse and/or evaluation/research

- Could we have a confidential platform for sharing a bank of questions (multiple choice)? We could then try to get it into national medical assessments potentially. There is quite a long process to get questions into national medical banks - validation, etc.

- Discussed that there is a lot of specificity between countries, and there are different confidentiality processes in different locations

- Could we use the assessment system as a fulcrum to ensure presence of sustainability on the curriculum?

- Also good to think beyond the MCQs to other models of assessment.

- Plan to create a separate email group to discuss further - Sarah to email SHE group to invite members




Stefi Barna's picture



Apologies for not making it on Thursday Night

Peter Musaeus's picture

AMEE 2017 Abstract Acceptance

Thank you for submitting your abstract for AMEE 2017 in Helsinki (26-30 August).  If you have submitted more than one abstract, you will receive a separate email relating to each one.


We are very pleased to accept the following abstract in the presentation type indicated below:

Submission ID:


Abstract Title:

How can we become agents for change toward a better, greener world?

Abstract Author(s):

Peter Musaeus, Aarhus University, Center for Health Sciences Education, Aarhus, Denmark

Elizabeth Crossley, Hull York Medical School, York, UK

Matthew Mueller, Des Moines University, Des Moines, IA, USA.

Caroline Wellbery, Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington DC, USA

Karina Pavão Patrício, Botucatu Medical School, UNESP, Botucatu, São Paulo, Brazil.

Abstract Presenter(s):

Peter Musaeus

Presentation Type:

AMEE Fringe



Linda East's picture

This abstract title sounds really interesting Peter.  Are you able to share it? 


Short abstract...the challenge is to come up with cool activity

Peter Musaeus's picture

How can we become agents for change toward a better, greener world?


In spite of the increasing global urgency of social and environmental impacts on health, medical students and other health professionals do not necessarily appreciate their potential role in becoming agents for social change. Research demonstrates a variety of barriers exist which prevent us from driving the conversations about climate and health. Whether perceived or actual, these barriers can be overcome by providing the tools necessary for us to be confident public health advocates. Using imagery and metaphor we will identify obstacles between medical students and social action, and present a means for encouraging students and others to be green social change agents.


Apologies from me, too

Linda East's picture

Hi everyone - I will be travelling to Boston tomorrow for the inaugural Planetary Health Alliance meeting.  There is an education working group meeting, where the aim is to draw up six key principles for planetary health education.  I will talk about the SHE network while I am in Boston, and post a report here when I return.



Andrea Rother's picture

My apologies; I am unable to attend.


Sorry to miss. Have another

Arianne Teherani's picture

Sorry to miss. Have another meeting at this time.


Sorry folks, I'm also an

Adi Vyas's picture
Sorry folks, I'm also an apology.