Icemen Report


The overall goal of ICEMEN 2016 (International conference on Community Engaged Medical Education in the North) and its partner events – the Indigenous Research Gathering and the Northern Health Research Conference – is to convene health professionals, educators, students and researchers from all parts of the world to share experiences and insights about social accountability and community participation in health professional education, a broad range of community-oriented research, and service partnerships. Through various forums, participants will engage in thought-provoking discussions and collaborative learning related to innovative strategies for social accountability and community participation in education, research and service.

With a theme of The Story of Community Engaged Health Professional Education and Research: The Community in the Driver’s Seat, ICEMEN 2016 will raise awareness of the diverse global interests of speakers and participants, including members of communities whose support and engagement make distributed education models possible. The conferences will promote international dialogue and exchange and strengthen awareness of Community Engaged Medical Education, Research and Service in local, national and international contexts.

The ICEMEN conference will be held at the same time and in the same place as two other events: the Indigenous Research Gathering and the Northern Health Research Conference.

The overall goal of the Indigenous Research Gathering is to provide an opportunity for researchers (including researchers who themselves are Indigenous) to come together to acknowledge past experiences, conduct ceremonies for healing, generate future opportunities for positive and respectful relationships between Indigenous communities and researchers and plan a new and positive path forward. The Gathering, which will be held in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, is on the traditional Ojibway territory of the Batchewana First Nation, neighboring the community of Garden River First Nation.

The Northern Health Research Conference will explore research activities arising from community-based and community-oriented activities within Northern Ontario and potentially, international northern, rural, or remote contexts. It will highlight research conducted by undergraduate and post-graduate medical and other health professional students, post-graduate students in non-medical programs, and community-based researchers. A wide range of research from biomedicine to health services to education and environmental medicine conducted in and for northern, rural, and remote communities will be presented. Learners at all levels and early career researchers are particularly encouraged to submit abstracts in this stream – it is a wonderful opportunity for international exposure, discussion and networking.

By the end of the conference, participants will develop insights, strategies and networks through which to enhance their understanding of and approaches to:

  • Social accountability and community engagement in health education, research and service;
  • Distributed, community-engaged medical and health education, research and service;
  • Northern health and health practices across the globe; and,
  • Community/academic partnerships for community health and resilience in northern, rural, and remote regions.

Who Should Attend

  • Medical educators; clinical teachers; researchers in northern, rural, remote health; program managers; directors of education; and instructional designers interested in innovations in community-engaged health professional education.
  • Beginners to experts.
  • Students, residents and interested community members.

Themes and Abstract Streams

The themes and abstract streams of ICEMEN 2016 are:

  • Community Engagement
  • Northern (and Rural) Health Research
  • Social Accountability
  • Community-Based Research
  • Medical and Health Professional Education
  • Cultural Perspectives in Indigenous and Global Health