May 28, 2010
Professor Michael Malloy was one of the keynote speakers at the 14th Ottawa International Conference on the Assessment of Competence in Medicine and the Healthcare Professions, which was held May 15-20, 2010, at the Hyatt Regency in Miami, Florida.
The Ottawa Conference is a biannual event that attracts more than a thousand medical educators from around the world. First convened in Canada more than two decades ago, it is sponsored by the Association for Medical Education in Europe, among others. This year's event was hosted by the Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami.
Malloy gave the plenary address on May 18 at the conference. His paper, "The Elephant in the Dark: Assessing Lawyer Competence," argues that the search for an "educational continuum" in competence assessment calls for the academy and the bar to consider once again the model of a "teaching law firm" as the path towards effective and productive profession training and competence assessment. In making the case for innovation in legal education, he suggests adapting incremental licensure from the medical education model, and requiring renewable bar admission along the lines of the board certification model.
"The invitation to participate in the Ottawa Conference was in recognition of interdisciplinary work in which I have been involved for 25 years," said Malloy. "I will also be contributing a book chapter to the published conference proceedings."