Centre for Health Professions Education
The Best Evidence Medical Education Collaboration (BEME Collaboration) is an international group of individuals, universities and professional organisations committed to the development of evidence informed education in the health professions through:
- the dissemination of information which allows teachers and stakeholders in the medical and health professions to make decisions on the basis of the best evidence available;
- the production of systematic reviews which present the best available evidence and meet the needs of the user and
- the creation of a culture of best evidence education amongst individuals, institutions and national bodies.
Prior to 2013, BEME was managed by only a few individuals and organisations. In 2013 they decided to extend an open invitation to institutions across the world involved in the training health professionals to apply for BEME International Collaborating Centre (BICC) status. The Centre for Health Professions Education (CHPE) and the Centre for Evidence Based Healthcare (CEBHC) jointly successfully applied to become a BICC and the Stellenbosch University BICC (SU BICC) was, therefore, established in 2014. We are now one of 22 BICCs across the globe and the only one on the African continent.
The work of SU BICC is well aligned with the strategic vision of the FMHS. Drawing on the combined experience and expertise in the CHPE and the CEBHC with regards to health professions education, editorial functions and promoting the use and conduct of systematic reviews, our contribution to the BEME Collaboration includes:
- contribution to the identification and conceptualisation of relevant topics for new systematic reviews;
- promoting the use of systematic reviews to inform medical and health professions education;
- contributing to editorial roles and functions of BEME review groups;
- providing mentorship and support for the conduct of new BEME reviews and
- seeking funds to support the functions of the BICC and conduct of new systematic reviews.