October 2017

U21 HSG Annual Meeting 2017 - University of Johannesburg

We would like to extend our warmest thanks to the University of Johannesburg for hosting the 2017 U21 Health Sciences Group Annual Meeting. 115 delegates from 17 institutions attended this year's event that focused on Global Health: Challenges, Constraints and Implementation Models. Please visit our website to see the final program of the meeting and the list of participants. Additional reports and presentations from the meeting will be posted on the website in the coming weeks. Once again, thank you UJ for your hospitality and for hosting such a successful Annual Meeting! Next year's Annual Meeting will be hosted by the University of Melbourne on 10-14 September 2018.


2018 Global Learning Partnership

After a very successful pilot in 2016, the U21 HS Global Learning Partnership will return in 2018. The program will take place from 11 March to 6 April 2018. The 4-week program is a partnership between the Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences (KUSMS) and the U21 Health Sciences Group. Applications are now closed. The deadline for students to apply was November 15th, 2017.


2018 Summer School - Lund University

We are thrilled to announce that Lund University will host the U21 Health Sciences Summer School from 2-13 July 2018. The 2-week event will focus on Climate Change and Global Health and will be designed through a collaboration between Lund University's Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Engineering and the Swedish University of Agricultural Science. An overview of the Summer School can be found on our website. Applications for this program will open in November or December 2017.


2019 Summer School

We are currently looking for expressions of interest from institutions interested in hosting the U21 HS Summer School in 2019. Please read the call for proposals for more information. The deadline to receive expressions of interest is 28 February 2018.


2017 Teaching Excellence Award Recipients announced

On 20th September at the University of Johannesburg, Dr Luis Ibanez, Chair of the U21 HSG Executive Committee, announced the two recipients of the 2017 U21 HS Teaching Excellence Award. Many congratulations to Mary Codd (UCD) and Zoë Soon (UBC-Okanagan). Mary and Zoë will work together to deliver a workshop at the 2018 U21 HSG Annual Meeting in Melbourne


A guide for the assessment of clinical competence using simulation

We're delighted to announce the publication of A guide for the assessment of clinical competence using simulation. The idea behind the creation of this guide emanated from workshops and collegial discussions between health science educators within the U21 Health Sciences Group. The Editors of this guide, Craig Vincent-Lambert (UJ) and Fiona Bogossian (UQ), invited U21 colleagues from all regions to contribute.

The guide begins with a clarification of selected terms and concepts applicable to clinical simulation before moving on to present options and advice on the design, construction and conduct of clinical simulations. The guide also provides suggestions regarding how one may make use of clinical simulation to gauge clinical competence and to conduct research in the simulated environment.

We invite all U21 HS members to download this excellent guide and distribute it among their institutions. Congratulations to all the members who made this work possible.


Paper published by U21 Social Media for Education in Health group

We are very pleased to report that the article 'Attitudes of Health Professional Educators Toward the Use of Social Media as a Teaching Tool: Global Cross-Sectional Study' was published by JMIR Medical Education in August 2017. This is the third published article resulting from the work of the U21 Social Media for Education in Health group. The objective of this paper was to assess attitudes of health educators toward social media use in education, examine differences between faculty members who do and do not use social media in teaching practice, and determine contributing factors for an increase in the uptake of social media. Congratulations to the U21 Social Media Group for their third publication!


New contact information for U21 HSG Secretariat

Caroline Voisine is stepping down as U21 HSG Executive Officer on 30 September 2017. The University of Birmingham will announce the name of the new Executive Officer shortly, however this person will not be able to take office until December 2017 or January 2018.

In the interim, we kindly ask U21 HSG members to direct any urgent queries related to the U21 HSG to u21health@gmail.com. This email address will be monitored regularly by Robbie Roberts at the University of Birmingham.

We appreciate your patience during the next few months. We are doing our best to ensure a smooth and efficient transition.


A message from Caroline Voisine to the U21 HSG Community

Dear All,

It has been a privilege to work as Executive Officer for this group for the past 7 years. As I wrap up my time with the U21 HS community, I think about all the wonderful people I have had the chance to know, work with and learn from as part of this job. It has been quite a journey and such a rich human experience. I would like to thank each and every one of you for your trust, your kindness and your encouragement. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to meet and work with so many talented and generous individuals.

The U21 Health Sciences Group has a bright future. I am confident it will continue to generate meaningful and impactful outputs and provide unique international and inter-professional learning and collaboration opportunities to students and faculty members. I am delighted that the University of Birmingham has agreed to host the Secretariat starting next month and I have no doubt their leadership will take the group to the next level. Next week, I’ll be starting a full-time position as Project Coordinator for the Office of UBC Health, and I am sure there will be opportunities for me to connect with the group in the future as part of this new role. I can still be contacted at caroline.voisine@ubc.ca.

From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much and I wish you all the very best.



U21@21 21st Anniversary Funding

Universitas 21 was founded at the University of Melbourne in 1997 and so will celebrate its 21st anniversary in 2018. We want to use this opportunity to celebrate the success of the network and increase U21’s profile within our member institutions and the wider international Higher Education community as a whole. Therefore, we invite our members to submit proposals for projects, initiatives and events, to be held in 2018, which will help to celebrate this milestone and demonstrate the value of Universitas 21 to students, staff, academics and broader external audiences. For more information, please visit our website.