Ottawa Conferences

Held biennially, the Ottawa Conferences provide the leading international forum for medical and other healthcare professions educators to exchanging ideas and developments in the field, with the aim of improving healthcare and healthcare delivery around the world

Future Conferences


17th Ottawa Conference

We are pleased to announce that the 17th Ottawa Conference will take place in Perth, Western Australia from 19-23 March 2016.

The theme for this Conference is Assessment of Competence and Capability across the Continuum of Health Professional Education. There will be ample opportunities to present and exchange ideas and concepts in workshops and concurrent sessions with colleagues from across the world.

In this period of academic economic rationalisation of resources, increasing demands on health care delivery and the required provision of evidence of best utilisation of finite resources to deliver health care, what should be our expecta­tions of our trainees and health professionals in the workplace? Can we develop further the consensus and resources from previous Ottawa conferences and use evidence-based educational research and practices to evaluate the assessment of our training programmes?

This is only the third time the Ottawa Conference has been held in the Southern Hemisphere. The Southern Cross is a constellation of 5 stars that have led explor­ers to their destinations over the centuries. The five stars in our logo represent the five key areas of interest for this conference.

Explore with us the Assessment of:

  • Scholarship in health sciences and clinical practice
  • Teaching and training methods and practice
  • Advocacy in the delivery of health care including professionalism and patient-centred health care
  • Research literacy and the ability to apply this rationally in clinical practice
  • Service Quality – are our graduates and professionals performing to the best of their capabilities?

We invite you to participate as a sponsor or exhibitor at the combined Ottawa 2016 Conference and the Australian and New Zealand Association of Health Professional Educators (ANZAHPE) 2016 Conference to be held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre, Western Australia from 19-23 March 2016.

The Conference is shaping up to be the must attend event for 2016 with more than 1,500 delegates anticipated to join in Perth for the combined meeting for medical and health education leaders from across the globe.  Testament to this strong attendance is the 1,260 abstracts submitted over the two conferences with a detailed program anticipated for release in the coming weeks.

This Conference will provide a forum for medical and other healthcare professions educators to network and share ideas on all aspects of the assessment of competence in both clinical and non-clinical domains, throughout the continuum of education.

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Past Conferences

  • 2014 - Ottawa, Canada
  • 2012 – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • 2010 – Miami, USA
  • 2008 – Melbourne, Australia
  • 2006 – New York, USA
  • 2004 – Barcelona, Spain
  • 2002 – Ottawa, Canada
  • 2000 – Cape Town, South Africa
  • 1998 – Philadelphia, USA
  • 1996 – Maastricht, the Netherlands
  • 1994 – Toronto, Canada
  • 1992 – Dundee, UK
  • 1990 – Ottawa, Canada
  • 1988 – Groningen, the Netherlands
  • 1987 – Ottawa, Canada
  • 1985 – Ottawa, Canada

The Abstracts from Ottawa 2008, 2010 and 2012 are available from the Ottawa Website.

Contact Information

Ottawa Conference, c/o Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), 12 Airlie Place, Dundee DD1 4HJ, UK. Tel: +44 (0)1382 381953; Fax: +44 (0)1382 381987; Email:; Website:

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