Structure of the International Association of Medical Science
The Board of Directors
The Board of Directors (Board) provides direction and
leadership to IAMSE. The Board maintains contacts on existing
alliances and develops new strategic alliances with other
associations for Medical Education and Medical Disciplines around
the world. Members are nominated by the Nominating Committee and are
elected by IAMSE membership. Members serve a three year term and may
be reelected one time. The members of the Board elect the officers
from their members annually. The officers are the President, Vice
President, Secretary and the Treasurer.
The Standing Committees
Standing Committees work on behalf of the Board. These
committees focus on IAMSE policy and strategic planning
recommendations to be discussed and approved by the Board. Once
approved the strategies are added to the Strategic Plan. The
committee titles and responsibilities are stated in the Bylaws and
can only be removed from the Association's structure by majority
vote of the Membership.
With the exception of the Executive Committee, Chairs of Standing
Committees are nominated by the President and approved by the Board.
They serve for three years and may be reappointed. Members of
Standing Committees, except Professional Development and Nominating,
are appointed by the Committee Chair, who will notify the Board of
all committee membership changes. In general, each Standing
Committee (except Finance) should have at least five active members,
but may be as large as needed to perform its function well.
Executive Committee: This is a subset of the Board and meets
more often than the full Board to prepare the agenda for full Board
meetings and to handle ongoing business. It is chaired by the IAMSE
President. Its members are the current Officers plus the immediate
Professional Development Committee (formerly Planning): This
committee oversees the core mission of the Association to provide
faculty development activities for medical science educators. This
committee develops an integrated strategy for educational activities
of professional development of members. The committee advises the
Board on which activities should be pursued (e.g. annual Faculty
Development Courses, Web Audio Seminars, the Annual Conference,
fellowship programs). It also discusses and recommends which
topics/tools in medical education will be important in the near
future, setting the agenda for these activities, which are then
carried out by the relevant committees. The Professional Development
Committee reports to the Board.
This committee will preferably be chaired by a past IAMSE president
in order to ensure experienced leadership in administering its
duties. Members will include the current IAMSE president and vice
president, the chair of the Publications Committee, and the chairs
of other committees key to professional development, as determined
by the Board. As of January 2009 these would be the chairs of the
current, past, and future Annual Program Committees, Educational
Scholarship Committee, and Webcast Audio Seminar Committee. A
technology-oriented member should be included. Additional members
may be named by the IAMSE president or the Professional Development
Committee chair as needed.
Nominating Committee: This committee performs an annual
independent procedure for recruiting a suitable slate of nominees
for electing members of the Board. It shall consist of five members
who are neither current members of the Board, current Chairs of
IAMSE committees, nor current candidates for the Board. The
President shall appoint a Chair plus two members with the approval
of the Board of Directors. Two members shall be nominated and
elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting.
Membership Committee: Members are the core of the
Association. Therefore maintaining the membership is important. This
committee develops strategies on increasing and retaining
membership, and evaluates the needs of the members.
Organizational Development Committee: This committee develops
strategies for finding financial support for the association and
assists the Board on grant applications. The committee investigates
the possibilities for sponsorship and makes contacts with possible
sponsors. Actual grant applications and specific actions are then
performed by the Association's Manager Office.
Publications Committee: The committee oversees and develops
strategies for all materials that are published in the name of the
Association and oversees the quality of what is actually published.
This includes the online journal MSE but also any other
products that can be considered to be publications, such as the
Public Affairs distributions, promotional materials for IAMSE
products, IAMSE-HEAL and the annual conference proceedings and
program. The Committee advises the Board about the appointment for
MSE Editor-in-Chief and Production Editor.
Finance Committee: This Committee advises the Board on
financial issues of the Association, including the annual budget and
investment strategies. It is chaired by the Treasurer and should
have at least 3 members.
Committees not specified in the Bylaws
The below committees, while performing essential IAMSE functions,
are not codified in the Bylaws. They are created and charged by the
Board to serve specific functions which may be altered by a majority
vote of the Board. This allows them to pursue more flexible missions
centered on IAMSE's immediate needs.
Chairs of these committees are nominated by the President and
approved by the Board. They serve for three years and may be
reappointed. Members of committees are appointed by the committee
chair, who will notify the Board of all committee membership
changes. The committees report to a specific Standing Committee or
to the Board directly.
As of September 2009 these committees are:
Annual Program Committees: These committees develop the
scientific programs of the Annual Conferences, each for a specific
year. The members of the Committee are only appointed to plan one
specific meeting. The Chair serves on the Program Committee a year
before and a year after their meeting to enhance continuity between
Program Committees. The Chairs of these committees are members of
and report to the Professional Development Standing Committee.
The Program Committee may decide to be assisted by a Review
Committee to review the submitted abstracts for a specific
Annual Conference. If so, the Review Committee Chair is a member of
and reports to the Program Committee.
Educational Scholarship (formerly Professional Development):
This committee administers the IAMSE Medical Educator Fellowship,
the annual IAMSE Awards, and additional faculty development courses
or opportunities as designed by the Professional Development
Standing Committee. It works with the Program Chairs of the Annual
Conferences to oversee and create a high quality faculty development
program that interfaces with other faculty development courses. The
chair serves on and reports to the Professional Development Standing
MSE Editorial Board: This committee publishes
MSE, including recruiting manuscripts, reviewing them and
performing the desktop publishing of the journal. The themes/topics
to be covered in the Journal are determined on the basis of
submitted articles, but also in collaboration with the Publications
and Professional Development standing committees. The committee is
supported by the Association Manager's Office and the Production
Editor in publishing the Journal. The Editor-in-Chief is the
committee chair of the Editorial Board, and is an ex officio
member of and reports to the Publications Standing Committee.
Public Affairs: This committee identifies and monitors the
latest developments in medical education around the world and
provides these to the membership in regular updates. The Committee
is supported by the Association Manager's Office. The Chair is a
member of and reports to the Publications Standing Committee.
Site Selection Committee: This committee investigates
possible site locations for the Annual Conference on a direct
request from the Board. It does not make a final choice; it only
delivers a report with facts and recommendations. The Committee is
chaired by the IAMSE Vice President and reports directly to the
Web Audio Seminar (WAS): The committee organizes the Web Audio Seminar series by developing series themes and descriptions, recruiting speakers and moderators providing them with instructions and orientation and sending out call to participants. The topics for the seminars are determined in collaboration with the Professional Development Standing Committee. The WAS Committee is supported by the Association Manager’s Office for the seminars operational management, follow ups and technical support, public relations of the series, registration of participants, and collecting fees. The Chair reports to the Board and is a member of the Professional Development Committee.
For additional information regarding
a Committee please contact the following Chairs:
Professional Development Committee - Carol Nichols,
Nominating Committee -Stephanie Wragg,
Membership Committee - India Lane,
Organizational Development Committee - Peter de Jong & Julie Tebo,
Publications Committee - Dani McBeth,
Finance Committee - Veronica Michaelsen,
Educational Scholarship - Joseph Stein,
MSE Editorial Board - Peter De Jong,
Public Affairs - Gary Rosenfeld,
Site Selection Committee - Bruce Newton,
Web Audio Seminar - Richard Vari,
2014 Annual Program Committee - Greg Smith,
2015 Annual Pogram Committee - Jonathan Wisco
2015 Annual Pogram Committee - Luke Mortenson firstname.lastname@example.org
IAMSE Organizational Structure