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The Second ASEAN Deans’ Summit: Connecting ASEAN Medical Schools towards One Community


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     On December 1, 2013, Clinical Professor Udom Kachintorn, Dean of Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital together with Professor Dr. Prasit Watanapa, Deputy Dean and Director of Siriraj Medical School, Professor Suwannee Suraseraneewong, Deputy Dean for Postgraduate medical education, Professor Dr. Chirayu Auewarakul, Deputy Dean for International Relations and Sith Sathornsumetee, Assistant Dean for International Relations attended the 2nd ASEAN Medical Deans’ Summit at Faculty of Medicine University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. They were welcomed with a warm hospitality by faculty administrative from University of Malaya led by Professor Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Dean of Faculty of Medicine. This summit was the second after the successful first ASEAN Medical Deans’ Summit in 2012 hosted by the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. The inaugural members of the ASEAN Medical Schools Network are 12 elite medical schools from 10 countries in the ASEAN region. Dean or a representative from each founding medical school member will serve as a board of committee for the ASEAN Medical Schools Network. Clinical Professor Udom Kachintorn was unanimously elected by members to become the first chairman of the board of committee and the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital will serve as a secretariat for the network during the next two years.

     After a welcome speech and introduction by Professor Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Clinical Professor Udom Kachintorn granted a keynote address and led an interactive discussion on “Establishment of the ASEAN Deans’ Network”. The main objectives for ASEAN Medical Schools Network are: to promote collaboration among leading medical schools in ASEAN; to leverage medical education and health systems towards international excellence; to share human resources and provide capacity building for medical education and research and health systems in ASEAN countries; and to be prepared to work as one community under the AEC by 2015. The structure of the ASEAN Medical Schools Network consists of four main divisions including: 1). Education led by University of Malaya; 2). Research led by National University of Singapore; 3). Student Exchange led by University of Indonesia; and 4). Quality Assurance and Accreditation led by Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital. Each division will establish the goal, strategies and plans during the 2-year term. Collaborative activities can be organized by each division with assistance from the secretariat office. Professor Prasit Watanapa also delivered a presentation on “ASEAN Medical School Accreditation”, which represents a key to harmonize and improve medical education in the ASEAN region. After a fruitful discussion, the conclusion from the summit is to establish the ASEAN Medical School Accreditation Center, which will be led by Professor Prasit Watanapa and Clinical Professor Udom Kachintorn from Siriraj. In the afternoon, Professor Dr. Tunku Kamarul Zaman from University of Malaya reported the progress from the ASEAN Deans’ Research Meeting that was organized in September 2013 by Professor Dr. Ruengpung Sutthent, Deputy Dean for Research at the Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand.

     The Summit was adjourned by 4 pm. The next (third) ASEAN Medical Deans’ Summit and the ASEAN Deans’ Research Meeting will be held in Singapore in 2014.

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