May 2015

U21 Health Sciences Annual Meeting in Santiago

Keynote Speakers

Keynote speakers have been announced for the U21 HSG annual meeting in Santiago on 21-25 September 2015. On Wednesday 23 September, Dr Gonzalo Valdivia, Head of the Public Health and Family Medicine Division at Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile will give a keynote presentation on 'The Challenge of Integrating Public Health in Health Science Teaching and Clinical Practice'. On Thursday 24 September, Professor Linda Snell from the Centre for Medical Education at McGill University, will deliver a keynote address on 'Teaching and Assessing Professionalism and Forming a Professional Identity - State of the Art'. Professor Snell will also run an interdisciplinary workshop on Thursday 24 September in the afternoon. Please visit to see the preliminary program of the meeting.

Seeking Speakers on Professionalism

We are currently seeking faculty members in U21 HS member universities who would be interested in presenting at the meeting in Santiago on the topic of professionalism. It is of particular interest to us to include presentations on how professionalism is being taught to health sciences students around the world, especially if teaching takes place in an interdisciplinary setting. Presentations will take place on Thursday 24 September and Friday 25 September in the mornings. Please contactCaroline if you're interested in this call. 

Doctoral Student Forum

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile is delighted to host the 2015 U21 Health Sciences Doctoral Forum on Monday 21 September. The forum will focus on the theme  'A paper is more than great results'. Doctoral students in health sciences disciplines who are advanced in their studies, are invited to present their work at the forum and should submit an abstract before 26 June. For more information, please visit

Registration, Accommodation and Optional Tours

Registration is now open for the U21 HSG meeting in Santiago, and information about accommodation and optional tours has also been posted on the website. Colleagues at PUC have negotiated preferential rates at four hotels and have organized optional tours and events for Thursday 24 September in the evening, Friday 25 September in the afternoon and Saturday 26 September all day. Please visit for more details.

U21 Health Sciences Teaching Excellence Award

On May 1st, we were pleased to announce the creation of a U21 Health Sciences Teaching Excellence Award. This award was created as an appreciation of the need to better recognize and value educational scholarship in the academic university setting, particularly amongst research-intensive universities. The award is targeted towards junior health sciences faculty and is open to the 16 universities that are currently members of the U21 HSG. Only one candidate from each institution can be nominated for the award by 24 July. The award will be given to two nominees from different institutions who will be asked to work together on a workshop to be presented at the U21 HSG annual meeting in September 2016. Winners will be announced at the U21 HSG annual meeting in Chile in September 2015. For more details, please visit

U21 Health Sciences Global Learning Partnership postponed

It’s extremely saddening for all of us to witness the tragedy that hit Nepal on 25 April, and our thoughts are with the thousands of people affected by the earthquake. The U21 Health Sciences Global Learning Partnership was scheduled to take place in Nepal from May 9 to June 6. Given the considerable damages in the Kathmandu Valley, the U21 GLP working group made the decision to postpone the program. It was felt the project couldn't be carried out in the way it was intended to and that colleagues at the University of Kathmandu couldn't be distracted from their efforts to manage their students and the situation. The U21 GLP working group is currently discussing options for new dates with colleagues in Kathmandu.

Proposals to host U21 HS Summer Schools in 2016 and 2017

We remind colleagues that the call for proposals to find host universities for the U21 Health Sciences Summer School in 2016 and 2017 is still open. The deadline to receive submissions is 5 June and more details about the call can be found at