The International Association of Medical Regulatory Authorities (IAMRA) 9th Biennial Conference on Medical Regulation will take place September 26-29, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The first in IAMRA’s series of conferences on Best Practices in Medical Regulation, IAMRA 2010 will be a results-driven event that will begin to define best practices in three critical content areas:

  • Registration/Licensure
  • Complaints and Resolutions, and
  • Quality Assurance (Currency of Competence/Maintenance of Licensure).

The conference program employs an approach that ensures broad relevance to participants of varying levels of experience and exposes each participant to all three content areas. It offers a unique combination of traditional speaker-focused learning opportunities and interactive small group sessions. These small group sessions will contribute directly to a Best Practices document, providing an engaging opportunity for participants to help shape the future of medical regulation. The small group working environment also will maximize sharing and learning among participants and foster professional relationships that will extend beyond IAMRA 2010.

By early September, more than 200 medical regulators, medical educators, and others from 32 countries had registered for the conference. We hope you will join us.

The conference registration fee is currently US$ 900 and includes the Opening Reception on the evening of September 26; all conference sessions, three continental breakfasts, and one lunch during the conference days of September 27-29; and the Hosts’ Reception and Exhibition on the evening of September 27.

IAMRA 2010’s first event is The IAMRA Institute, an optional workshop addressing universal topics in medical regulation.  The topics covered are appropriate for all experience levels and will provide a foundation for the conference work to follow. The IAMRA Institute is available on Sunday, September 26 for an additional fee of US$ 50.

The Opening Reception on the evening of Sunday, September 26 will be held at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel and feature welcoming remarks by IAMRA leadership and live entertainment provided by the world-renowned Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale. Conference participants and their guests are welcome. There is no additional fee for this event.

The Hosts’ Reception and Exhibition on the evening of Monday, September 27 is provided by the conference hosts, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®), Federation of State Medical Boards of the United States, Inc. (FSMB), and National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®). Eat, drink, and be entertained Philadelphia-style. The evening’s buffet will showcase U.S. regional fare, and live entertainment will provide additional local Philadelphia flavor. Round-trip transportation will be provided. Conference participants and their guests are welcome. There is no additional fee for this event.

This festive evening also will offer opportunities for interactive learning through exhibits by the conference hosts and associated organizations. Included are tours of a testing center where USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills is administered and the opportunity to participate in a “clinical encounter” with a standardized patient from the Step 2 CS exam. The evening will offer many other unique and informative exhibits as well as a chance to win an Apple iPad.

An Evening at the National Constitution Center on Tuesday, September 28 will be held at the most interactive history museum in the United States. Within walking distance of the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel and just two blocks from the Liberty Bell and Philadelphia’s Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center features exhibits on important events in U.S. history and a multimedia presentation featuring a live actor. This event includes a reception and access to the museum. The evening’s buffet, A Taste of Philadelphia, will take guests on a culinary tour of Philadelphia neighborhoods, including Chinatown, South Philadelphia (our world-famous cheesesteaks!), and the Italian Market. Conference participants and their guests are welcome. The fee for attending this event is an additional US$ 75 per person.

Advance registration is required for all social events. If you would like to attend one or more of the preceding events and did not sign up when you registered for the conference, send e-mail to IAMRA2010@nbme.org , or inquire at the conference registration and information desk at the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel upon arrival. Please note that late requests to attend social events cannot be guaranteed.

The conference venue is the Sheraton Society Hill Hotel in Philadelphia. Located 95 miles (153 kilometers) from New York City and 140 miles (225 kilometers) from Washington, D.C., Philadelphia is the sixth largest city in the United States and the birthplace of the nation. The conference hotel is located in the historic section of the city, near the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and other attractions of historic and cultural significance.


Updated: September 7, 2010