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International Students Conference

 in Conjunction with 5th SEARAME International Student Conference, WFME Meeting, 2nd JIT Seminars and 5th IASHE International Conference

Yogyakarta, 5-8 Mei 2018




“Improving the quality of health professions education for the better future of health services”



Currently, the word is facing a serious shortage of healthcare workers, which is identified as one of the most critical constrains to the achievement of health and development goals. New and innovative initiatives are urgently needed to increase the numbers of trained health workers.

Health systems needs healthcare workers as the cornerstone and drivers. The World Health Report 2006 ‘Working Together for Health’ said that around 57 countries in the world might experience a critical deficit of healthcare workers which was approximately equivalent to 2.4 million doctors, nurses and midwives globally. The healthcare workers deficit will definitely threatens million of people worldwide. However, providing suboptimal training and graduating health professionals incautiously for the sake of the quantity is not the appropriate answer to this distressing issue. Comprehensive and immediate efforts to transform and scale up health professionals’ education are required to attain the favorable combination of health professionals’ skills and competencies in order to cope with the continously changing and evolving needs of the global populations.

Futhermore, in 2013, WHO issued the Guidline on Transforming and scaling up health professionals’ education and training. The guideline defines ‘transforming and scaling up health professionals’ education’ as the sustainable expansion and reform of health professionals’ education and training to increase the quantity, quality and relevance of health professionals, and in so doing strengthen the country health systems and improve population health outcomes. The guidelines’ primary objective is to encourage educational and training institutions to foster and enchance their relational activity and the interaction and planning between education, health, and other sector. The guideline provides recommendations which support and advocate efforts in implementing community involvement and collective transformational change of the health professionals’ education within each country.

From the recommendations, there are some points that can be und8erlined, about faculty development, curriculum development, simulation method, streamlined educational pathways and ladder programmes, also interprofessional education. Students, as the object of this ‘programs’, may contribute in the development of this. With a fresh and up to date ideas it will help the world to find the best solution in facing the serious shortage of healthcare workers.

The South-East Asia Regional Association of Medical Education (SEARAME) in conjuction with the Indonesian Association for the Study of Health Profession Education (IASHE) and the Faculty of Medicine Universitas Gadjah Mada is organizing an international students’ conference to address the above-mentioned recommendations, with the following theme: Improving the quality of health professions education for the better future of health services.


Target Audiences

Global Interprofessional Healthcare Undergraduate Students


Schedule (Tentative)

Day 1—Saturday, 5th May 2018

12.00-17.00 Open registration

Day 2—Sunday, 6th May 2018

09.00-15.00 Pre-conference workshop

Morning (09.00-12.00)

  1. Curricula innovation in medical and health professional education to accomodate the disruptive era
  2. Community-based education innovation to improve social accountability
  3. The use of technology for improving student-assessment’s quality
  4. Improving faculty training system as a measure in upgrading the quality of education
  5. Designing programs for improving students’ professionalism

Afternoon (13.00-16.00)

  1. Designing and evaluating CPD programs for the better future health services
  2. Improving CPD using technology for the better future health services
  3. Clinical teaching management
  4. The role of National examination’s feedback in improving teaching-learning process



Social activity (optional)

Primary Healthcare (PUSKESMAS) ___

Desa binaan KMFK, Hospital (nearby), Tours in Closest Destination

19.00- 21.00 Welcome Dinner and Cultural Night

Day 3—Monday, 7th May 2018

08.00-09.00 Registration
09.00-10.00 Opening Ceremony
10.00-11.00 Keynote Speech

Minister of Research, Technology, and Higher Education of Republic of Indonesia

“Improving the quality of health profession education for the better future health services: Indonesia’s perspectives”

President of WFME

“Improving the quality of health profession education for the better future health services: global perspectives”

11.00-12.00 Plenary Session:


WHO Indonesia (tbc)

“Current and emerging international health problems to be solved through education for better future health services”

World Medical Association (tbc)

“Improving international health organization collaboration for the better future health services”

12.00-13.00 Lunch Break and Pray
13.00-15.00 Plenary Sessions

“Improving the quality of health professions education for better future health services: challenges and solutions from each region”

15.00-15.30 Break
15.30-end Student’s Session

Presentation of Scientific Paper and Essay Competition

Day 4—Tuesday, 8th May 2018

08.00-10.00 Plenary Session: International Licensing Examination
10.00-10.30 Break
10.30-12.00 Student’s Symposia 1 (tentative)
12.00-13.00 Lunch Break and Prayer
13.00-15.30 Student’s Symposia 2 (tentative)
15.30-16.30 Closing Ceremony
16.30 Finish


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