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IAMRA hosts webinars on a regular basis.  Please check the homepage and Upcoming Events for announcements.  Recordings of the webinars are available to Members in the Members Only section of the website.  For more information on IAMRA or the webinars, please contact the IAMRA Secretariat.

Emerging COVID-19 Challenges for the Safety and Standards of Patient Care

December 10, 2020 

Beyond dealing with the immediate and pressing health system impacts, the COVID -19 pandemic and the resulting lockdowns are raising new, longer-term challenges for medical regulation globally.  In this webinar we explored these emerging impacts and the response of medical regulators in different countries.

Panelists included: Dr. Ruth Vine, Australian Deputy Chief Medical Officer for Mental Health and Committee Member, Medical Board of Australia; Mr. Harry Cayton, Professional Regulation and Governance Advisor and former CEO of the Professional Standards Authority, United Kingdom; Ms. Nicole Krishnaswami, JD, Executive Director, Oregon Medical Board, USA.

Closing comments were made by Dr. Kgosietsile Letlape, Chair of IAMRA.

The webinar was chaired by Mr. Martin Fletcher, CEO of the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and IAMRA Management Committee member.

Professional Conduct and Discipline in the Era of COVID-19
October 28, 2020

Many regulatory authorities are confronting ethical issues that  have arisen as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, such as licensed/registered doctors advocating against the use of face masks, or promoting cures, remedies and other treatments that are not backed by evidence.  This webinar explored how regulators might respond to such challenges.

This event was chaired by Dr. Humayun Chaudhry, CEO and President of the Federation of State Medical Boards (US) and IAMRA Secretary. 

Panelists included: Dr. Sherif Zaafran, President of the Texas Medical Board (US); Mr. Richard Ndovie, Registrar, Medical Council of Malawi; Mr. Martin Fletcher, CEO, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency; and Dr. Kgosi Letlape, President of the Health Professions Council of South Africa and IAMRA Chair.

A Guide to Conducting Video Hearings
October 2020

Dr. Alison Reid, Executive Director of IAMRA provides information and tips for conducting video hearings. 

Registration Assessments in a Pandemic Environment
September 28, 2020

This webinar focused on the key issues of assessment that are of interest from an international regulatory point of view (impact of the pandemic on registration assessments, interim arrangements for assessments during the pandemic, planning for the future, risk mitigation). 

The webinar was chaired by Mr. Paul Reynolds, Director, Strategic Communications and Engagement at the General Medical Council (UK) and a Member of the IAMRA Management Committee.  The lead speaker was Mr. Richard Hankins, Head of Assessments at the GMC.  Panelists were Mr. Philip Pigou, CEO of the Australian Medical Council; Mr. David Johnson, Chief Assessment Officer at the Federation of State Medical Boards; and Dr. Michael Barone, Vice President, Licensure Programs at the National Board of Medical Examiners (US).  

COVID-19 and the Acceleration of Virtual Care and Virtual Regulation - Lessons and Questions from Canada
August 26, 2020

This webinar focused on virtual governance and virtual performance accountability.

The webinar was presented by Dr. Heidi Oetter, Registrar and CEO of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia and IAMRA Chair-elect; Fleur-Ange Lefebvre, Executive Director and CEO of the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada (FMRAC); and Dr. Scott McLeod, Registrar of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.

The Medical Regulator's Role in Cultural Safety and Health Equity
August 6, 2020

This webinar was inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, which quickly grew into a global phenomenon.  Our speaker and panelists looked at the role of medical regulators in ensuring that people of all races and cultures have equal access to care and treatment, as well as examining subconscious biases that may be entrenched in regulatory processes.  

The webinar was chaired by Mrs. Joan Simeon, Chief Executive Officer of the Medical Council of New Zealand and a Member of the IAMRA Management Committee.  The lead speaker was Dr. Curtis Walker, Chair of the Medical Council of New Zealand.  The other Panelists were Dr. Bryant A. Murphy, President of the North Carolina Medical Board (US); Ms. Jayde Fuller, Program Manager, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Strategy, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency; and Dr. Kgosietsile Letlape, President of the Health Professions Council of South Africa and IAMRA Chair.

ECFMG Response to COVID-19 – Upholding Standards in a Global Pandemic
June 23, 2020

ECFMG representatives discussed their experience in collaborating with institutions and medical regulatory authorities to continue the verification of physician credentials in the face of the COVID-19 global pandemic.     

Presenters were Ms. Lisa Cover, Senior Vice President for Business Development and Operations and Ms. Tracy Gill, Assistant Vice President, Credentialing Services and Business Development

COVID-19 and The Impact on Medical Regulation
May 20, 2020

Members of the IAMRA Management Committee discussed their countries' approach to COVID-19 and the impact of the pandemic on medical regulation, followed by a Q&A session with participants.  

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