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PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Application Available On-line

(posted October 17, 2007; updated November 28, 2007, December 12, 2007)

Applications for the PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute are available on-line. Based at PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, this two-year part-time fellowship program is designed for health professions educators who have the potential to play a key role in improving education at their schools. The first residential session of the PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute will take place April 16-21, 2008. A proposal for an education innovation project, supported by the applicant’s school, is required for consideration, and projects that demonstrate a link to improved health in the community will be given higher priority.

The deadline for application is January 31, 2008.

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Deadline for FAIMER-Brazil Regional Institute Extended to December 7
Instituto Regional FAIMER Brasil: Inscrições Prolongadas Até 7 de Dezembro de 2007

(posted November 13, 2007; updated December 4, 2007)

For access to the application, click here.

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Deadline for Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute Extended to December 18

(posted November 19, 2007; updated December 12, 2007)

For access to the application, click here.
Para acesso ao formulário de inscrição, clique aqui.

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FAIMER Fellow Selected for Journal Editorial Group

(posted November 7, 2007)

Avinash Supe, M.B.B.S., M.S., has been selected as a member of the Quality and Standards Advisory Group for Medical Education, a monthly journal published on behalf of the Association for the Study of Medical Education.

A 2002 FAIMER Institute Fellow, Dr. Supe is the Director of the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute and is pursuing a Master of Health Professions Education at the University of Illinois, Chicago through FAIMER’s International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME) program.

Dr. Supe is Professor and Head of the Department of Surgical Gastroenterology at Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai, India.

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The Network: TUFH Annual Meeting

(posted November 7, 2007)

The Network: Towards Unity for Health Annual Meeting took place in Kampala, Uganda in September. FAIMER leaders were among those in attendance. John Norcini, FAIMER President; John Boulet, Associate Vice President for Research; and William Burdick, Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute, presented a full-day workshop on changing student assessment. Sixteen participants from sub-Saharan Africa spent the day learning about validity, reliability, standard setting, and new methods of assessment as they considered the best ways to introduce change in their institutions. Sarah Kiguli, a 2004 FAIMER Institute Fellow and chair of the local meeting organizing committee, was elected to The Network’s Executive Council.

For more information on the conference, visit The Network: Towards Unity for Health website.

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AAMC 2007 Annual Meeting – November 4-7, 2007

(posted October 17, 2007)

The Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) 2007 Annual Meeting will take place November 4-7, 2007, in Washington, D.C.

FAIMER staff presentations (with FAIMER staff in bold) will include:

Sunday, November 4, 2007

8:30 am – 10:00 am
RIME Symposium Presentations:
The Educational Realities of Increasing Class Size
John Norcini, Ph.D.

9:00 am – 1:00 pm
3:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Innovations in Medical Education and Commercial Exhibits (Booth #1602)

Monday, November 5, 2007

9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Innovations in Medical Education and Commercial Exhibits (Booth #1602)

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) Update
James A. Hallock, M.D., John Norcini, Ph.D., Stephen S. Seeling, J.D., John R. Boulet, Ph.D., William P. Burdick, M.D.

2:45 pm – 4:15 pmResearch Paper Presentations: Assessing Clinical Skills
Assessing the Communication and Interpersonal Skills of Graduates of International Medical Schools as Part of the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) Exam
Marta van Zanten, M.Ed., John R. Boulet, Ph.D., Danette W. McKinley, Ph.D., Andre De Champlain, Ph.D., Ann C. Jobe, M.D., M.S.N.

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

8:00 am – 9:30 am Abstract Presentations: Prediction
International Medical Graduates & Step 2 CS Outcome
Danette McKinley, Ph.D., John R. Boulet, Ph.D., David B. Swanson, Ph.D., Kimberly Swygert, Ph.D.

9:45 am – 11:15 amAbstract Presentations: Graduate Medical Education
The Certification of International Medical Graduates
John R. Boulet, Ph.D., Stephen S. Seeling, J.D., Danette W. McKinley, Ph.D.

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Fundamentals of Assessment in Medical Education (FAME)

(posted October 17, 2007)

Fundamentals of Assessment in Medical Education (FAME) is a joint project of the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), which debuted at the 2007 Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) meeting in Trondheim, Norway, August 23-29. FAME is a collaborative activity following from FAIMER and NBME’s Memorandum of Understanding, signed in July 2006, to develop a framework for working together to improve global health professions education.

FAME is a basic-level course on educational assessment geared toward medical school faculty who are new to teaching and assessment and individuals who have assumed new responsibilities for assessment. In this first year, 22 registrants from 12 countries participated in FAME.

FAME is designed around two complementary dimensions of assessment themes (Test Design; Test Material Development; Standard Setting; and Scoring, Analysis, and Reporting) and assessment frames (Assessment of Knowledge and Reasoning, Assessment of Clinical Skills, Assessment of Workplace Performance, and Assessment of Programs).The course schedule includes one and one-half pre-conference days consisting of plenary and small group sessions. Small group work was organized around the four frames, culminating with each participant, together with faculty facilitators, preparing a conference itinerary to guide their attendance at AMEE conference sessions in a way that would supplement and extend their assessment knowledge and skills. During the conference, faculty and participants met daily over lunch to review sessions attended. At the conclusion of the AMEE conference, faculty and participants met again to sum up the course experience, address remaining questions, and discuss possible future study.

Course faculty are internationally-recognized experts drawn from the sponsoring organizations and from around the world. The Course Director is Tony LaDuca, Ph.D., formerly Principal Assessment Scientist at NBME. Other faculty included John (Jack) R. Boulet, Ph.D., Associate Vice President for Research, FAIMER; W. Dale Dauphinee, M.D., F.R.C.P.C.; Carol Morrison, Ph.D., Associate Vice President, Scoring Services, NBME; David B. Swanson, Ph.D., Deputy Vice President of Professional Services, NBME; Helena Davies, M.B.Ch.B. (Hons), M.D., F.R.C.P.C.H., clinical academic in Medical Education/Late Effects (of Cancer therapy), University of Sheffield (Honorary Consultant, Sheffield Children’s Hospital); Ann King, M.A., Assessment Scientist in Measurement Consulting Services, NBME; Marina R. Mrouga. M.D., Ph.D., Deputy Director of Testing Board of Professional Competence Assessment, Ukraine; Ingrid Philibert, M.H.A., M.B.A., Senior Vice President, Department of Field Activities, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME); and Professor Dame Lesley Southgate, D.B.E., D.Sc., F.R.C.S., F.R.C.G.P., Professor of Medical Education, St. George’s Hospital Medical School. Leading the FAME faculty team are John Norcini, Ph.D., President of FAIMER, and Donald Melnick, M.D., President of NBME.

Evaluations have been received from 19 of the 22 participants. For the most part, these were very positive, but, as expected, several weaknesses were identified. Follow-up discussions with course faculty have confirmed several suggestions for improvements and these are being devised for a subsequent offering in 2008.

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Directors and Faculty of FAIMER Regional Institutes (DAFFRI) Meet in Philadelphia—August 18-23, 2007

(posted September 24, 2007, updated September 28, 2007)

In mid-August, FAIMER welcomed to Philadelphia the Directors and key faculty members from all five of FAIMER’s Regional Institutes in Brazil, India, and Southern Africa. Twenty-three representatives from the Regional Institutes joined eight FAIMER staff and consultants to convene the first ever “DAFFRI” workshop: an intensive five-day program designed to create opportunities for all participants to develop mutual understanding of the common values and needs of FAIMER Regional Institutes, contribute to crafting a shared vision and strategy for future development and sustainability, enhance their knowledge and skills as educators, and build an active, supportive global network of FAIMER Regional Institute stakeholders.

The program, entitled “Strengthening and Sustaining Regional Institutes: Vibrant Communities for Education and Health,” combined an “Appreciative Inquiry” planning process facilitated by FAIMER Institute Co-Director Page Morahan with knowledge building sessions on adult learning theory led by Bill Burdick, FAIMER Institute Co-Director and Associate Vice President for Education. Both were accompanied in presenting by Stewart Mennin, a health professions education consultant who has also served as an international faculty member at FAIMER Regional Institutes in India and Brazil.

A high-point of the program was a lively “Interactive Presence” workshop in which stage actor and arts educator Mary Beth Scallen guided participants in a series of exercises that raised their awareness of their own behaviors in the classroom and encouraged them to consciously use their own behaviors as teaching tools. This was followed by opportunities for all to practice interactive teaching techniques in presentation and feedback sessions.

Participants are now following up on action plans generated by “concept teams” in the workshop. The action plans address priority areas such as program development, faculty development, sustainability, standard operating procedures, and evaluation.

To view the photo gallery of DAFFRI participants and activities please click here.

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AMEE 2007

(posted September 20, 2007, updated September 28, 2007, October 17, 2007)
FAIMER President John Norcini
FAIMER President John Norcini provides reflections on the 2007 AMEE meeting with the help of four FAIMER Fellows (left to right): Christina Tan, Juanita Bezuidenhout, David Cameron, and Eliana Amaral.
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The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) annual meeting is recognized as the largest annual international event focusing entirely on medical and health care professions education.

The 2007 conference, held August 25-29 in Trondheim, Norway, focused on teaching and learning in medicine, medical education, and health care needs and assessment. FAIMER staff (whose names appear in bold) and Fellows (whose names appear in blue) participated in the following course, workshops, symposia, short communications, and posters:

Course

FAME (Fundamentals of Assessment in Medical Education)
Tony LaDuca, Jack Boulet, Dale Dauphinee, Helena Davies, Ann King, Marina Mrouga, Dave Swanson, Carol Morrison, John Norcini

Workshops

International medical education opportunities: cross-cultural exchanges
John Norcini, M. Brownell Anderson

Assessing the written communication skills of physicians
Thomas Rebbecchi, Jack Boulet, Gerald Whelan

Short Communications

FAIMER Education Programs: five year impact
William Burdick, Page Morahan, Summers Kalishman, Stewart Mennin, MaryAnn Eklund, Debby Diserens*, John Norcini

Postgraduate Medical Education (PMED) Project – a comprehensive web-based international directory
Frank A Simon*, Gerald P Whelan, Danette McKinley, John Norcini

Accreditation processes throughout the world: The FAIMER directory of organizations that recognize/accredit medical schools
Marta van Zanten*, John Norcini, Frank Simon

Peer teaching in Family Medicine – experience of facilitators
Marietjie van Rooyen*, David Cameron, Julia Blitz, Glynis Pickworth

CanMEDS for South African pathology training
Juanita Bezuidenhout*, Vanessa Burch, S Nayler W Grayson, E Wasserman, R Erasmus, E van Rensburg, J Mahlangu, J Vellema, M Altini, Meyer, Moodly, M Senekal, I Loftus

Students’ clinical performance on technical and humanistic skills: comparison between faculty and self assessment
RCL Domingues, AMB Zeferino, SS Morais, E Amaral

Written assessment
David Cameron, chair

Posters

Peer group teaching: from boring lectures to buzzing peer groups
Julia Blitz, David Cameron, Marietjie van Rooyen, Glynis Pickworth

Patient perception about aspects to define a graduate alumni as a good doctor
Mary Bermudez*, Ivan Solarte

Undergraduate medical students’ clinical competence through the eyes of faculty from different specialties
Eliana Amaral*, AMB Zeferino, SS Morais, RCL Domingues

Progress test: is it a predictor of students’ academic performance?
S Monte-Alegre, E Amaral, SMRR Passeri, Rcurvo-Leite, AMB Zeferino

New Interdisciplinary Foundation Phase for Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University
AJN Louw*, MM Bester, FJ Cilliers, MF Gerber, CJ Meyer, PS Steyn, JG Strijdom, PL van der Merwe, BB van Heerden

* Presenter

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2007 FAIMER Institute Fellows Announced

(posted March 21, 2007, updated April 4, 2007, April 30, 2007, June 15, 2007, September 20, 2007)

Sixteen international health professions educators who represent academic institutions from 11 countries around the world have been selected as Fellows of FAIMER Institute 2007. Fellows will begin their program by traveling to Philadelphia to attend the fellowship’s three-week session one, which begins on October 7, 2007.

The FAIMER Institute fellowship program is designed for international health professions educators who have the potential to play key roles at their schools. The program serves two main purposes, to: (1) provide participants with the tools and skills to serve as resources for their individual institutions and (2) create an environment for cross-cultural exchange of educational expertise and experiences. The ultimate goal is to improve the health of local communities by improving health professions education programs. The program will help Fellows develop curricula appropriate to their own schools and communities.

At the end of October, the incoming Institute 2007 Fellows will be joined by returning Institute 2006 Fellows as they complete their final residential session. When the 2007 Fellows complete their final residential session next year, they will meet the incoming Institute 2008 Fellows. These opportunities for interaction between classes of Fellows support the development of a community of international health professions educators dedicated to the improvement of health professions education and the health of their communities.

The FAIMER Institute 2007 Fellows are:

Payal Bansal, M.B.B.S., M.S. (Surgery), P.G. Dip. (Health Education)
Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College
India

Mary Bermudez-Gomez, M.D., M.Sc.
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Colombia

Jugesh Chhatwal, M.B.B.S., M.D.
Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
India

Venkatesh Doreswamy, M.B.B.S., M.D. (Physiology)
M.S. Ramaiah Medical College
India

Yucel Gursel, M.D.
Dokuz Eylul Universitesi
Turkey

Enoch Kwizera, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Walter Sisulu University
South Africa

Zahra Ladhani, R.N., R.M., B.Sc.N., M.P.H.
Shifa College of Medicine
Pakistan

Amam Mbakwem, M.B.B.S., F.W.A.C.P.
University of Lagos
Nigeria

Leilanie Nicodemus, M.D.
University of the Philippines College of Medicine
Philippines

Gboyega Ogunbanjo, M.B.B.S., M.Fam.Med., F.C.F.P. (S.A.), F.A.C.T.M., F.A.C.R.R.M.
University of Limpopo
South Africa

Bishnu Hari Paudel, M.D., D.G.O., F.C.C.P., Ph.D.
B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences
Nepal

Yinusa Raji, Ph.D., M.Sc., B.Sc.
University of Ibadan
Nigeria

Si Mui (Debra) Sim, B.Sc., Ph.D.
Universiti Malaya
Malaysia

Ivan Solarte, M.D.
Pontificia Universidad Javeriana
Colombia

Astrid Valenzuela, M.D.
Universidad del Desarrollo
Chile

Wagdy Youssef, M.D., Ph.D.
Suez Canal University
Egypt

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CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Application Deadline October 15

(posted September 7, 2007)

The CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute is a two-year part-time fellowship program designed for health professions faculty from South Asia who have the potential to play a key role in improving education at their schools. The program is uniquely designed to teach education methods and leadership skills, as well as to develop strong professional bonds with other health professions educators in the region. Residential sessions take place in Ludhiana, India. The first residential session will be held January 14 to 23, 2008. A proposal for an education innovation project, supported by the applicant’s school, is required for consideration, and projects that demonstrate a link to improved health in the community will be given higher priority.

Deadline for application submission is October 15, 2007.

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GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute

(posted August 1, 2007)
GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute
GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows participate in a teamwork-building excercise.
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FAIMER’s first Regional Institute, the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute, turned three years old in June 2007, as Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai, India welcomed 16 new Fellows for the beginning session of their two-year program, and welcomed back 16 Fellows from the 2006 class as they began their second on-site session. The new Fellows brought with them their ideas for education innovation projects to further develop with the help of a team of experienced local and international faculty. They were also able to benefit from the project development experiences of the 2006 Fellows, who presented final reports on their projects in poster sessions.

In addition to project work, Fellows participated in highly interactive instructional sessions on a variety of topics related to leadership, management, adult learning, research, and scholarship. They explored aspects of teamwork by crossing a snake-infested pit, learned about methods of conflict management that included an arm-wrestling contest, and developed their time-management skills by planning a mountain trek. The adventure continues in the intersession as the two groups and members of the faculty are providing mutual support and assistance while further developing projects, research, scholarship, and learning through a listserv and on-line discussion groups.

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FAIMER Institute 2008 Applications Available Beginning August 1

(posted August 1, 2007)

Applications are now being accepted for the FAIMER Institute 2008. The FAIMER Institute is a two-year part-time fellowship program designed for international health professions faculty from South Asia, Africa, and Latin America who have the potential to play a key role in improving health professions education at their schools. The program, conducted in English, is uniquely designed to teach education methods and leadership skills, as well as to develop strong professional bonds with other health professions educators around the world. Residential sessions take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with the first residential session (three weeks) beginning October 5, 2008. A proposal for an education innovation project, supported by the applicant’s school, is required for consideration, and projects that demonstrate a link to improved health in the community will be given higher priority. Apply now.

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In the Spotlight: INCLEN Trust and FAIMER Sign Memorandum of Understanding

(posted July 18, 2007)

A Memorandum of Understanding between FAIMER and the International Clinical Epidemiology Network Trust International (INCLEN Trust) was completed in June 2007. This memorandum expresses the organizations’ mutual commitment to engage in projects focused on research in medical education, faculty development, and the creation of data resources for and about international medical schools. By way of this agreement, FAIMER and INCLEN Trust intend to partner together in addressing issues and conducting activities related to international education and research.

INCLEN Trust is a non-profit organization that seeks to strengthen health care systems and improve health practices globally by providing professionals in the field with the tools to analyze the efficacy, efficiency, and equity of interventions and preventive measures. Targeting local, national, regional, and global health care needs, the organization’s goal is to improve the health of disadvantaged populations by promoting equitable health care through its global network of health professionals, by conducting collaborative interdisciplinary research on high-priority health problems, and by educating future generations of leaders in health care research. INCLEN Trust has Executive Offices in New Delhi, India, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Its global network consists of seven regional networks: CanUSACLEN, ChinaCLEN, Euro-Mediterranean CLEN, INCLEN-Africa, INCLEN-Southeast Asia, IndiaCLEN, and LatinCLEN. These seven regional networks are made up of over 1,500 members, representing 79 clinical epidemiology units that span 33 countries.

In signing this Memorandum of Understanding, FAIMER and INCLEN Trust hope to initiate cooperation in the areas of capacity building and targeted research. This collaboration is designed to capitalize on the broad expertise and network of international contacts built separately by each organization, with the aim of enhancing the activities of both organizations and better achieving their common goal of improving health in regions of greatest need. The objectives of the collaboration will initially include, but not be limited to, the following:

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Karolinska Institute Workshop

(posted July 5, 2007)

Interactive teaching in a multi-cultural context was the theme of a two-day workshop at the Karolinska Institute (KI) in Stockholm conducted by Bill Burdick, Associate Vice President for Education, FAIMER, and Jonas Nordquist, Director, Medical Case Center, KI, during the first week in June. Engaging adult learners in discussions that push them to their frontiers of knowledge is a challenging, but essential role for educators. It values and uses the knowledge they bring to the endeavor of learning, and allows them to move to areas of authentic interest and concern, while recognizing the vulnerability of adult learners. The challenge of discussion leadership is even greater when participants are from different cultures. Through a combination of case discussions, appreciative inquiry, and personal project discussions, participants developed strategies for achieving this ambitious goal.

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Education for Health Now Available On-line

(posted June 11, 2007)

The Network: Towards Unity for Health has announced that its journal, Education for Health (EfH), is now available on-line and is free of charge. Information in the journal is unrestricted. The on-line journal replaces the print version of the journal.

The first free on-line volume, Volume 20, Issue 1 (May 2007) is now available, and Volumes 13 (2000) through 19 (2006) are also archived on the site.

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Workshops in Assessment Held at Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST)

(posted June 11, 2007; updated March 17, 2008)
Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) workshop
(left to right) Prof. Wajih M. Owais, President of Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST), John Norcini, Ph.D., and Ara Tekian, Ph.D., conferring over collaborations.
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In May 2007, a two-day workshop was held at Jordan University of Science and Technology (JUST) that focused on assessment in the medical school. The agenda for the workshops was developed in collaboration with the Dean of the medical school and the topics addressed included 1) the mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (mini-CEX), 2) the structured oral examination, 3) setting standards, and 4) the assessment of professionalism. Ara Tekian, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Medical Education and Director of International Affairs in the Department of Medical Education, University of Illinois at Chicago, and John Norcini, Ph.D., FAIMER President, conducted the workshops.

Approximately 40 JUST medical school faculty members attended the workshops, representing all of the basic and clinical departments as well as the administration. The workshops included large and small group discussions, role playing, and analysis of videotaped examinations. Throughout the small group sessions, participants were given the opportunity to apply their newly acquired concepts in their own environment and reflect on their applicability and usefulness.

During the two days, the participants were encouraged to ask questions about these or other relevant assessment topics in both the undergraduate and postgraduate arenas. Participants were also given an opportunity at the end of the workshop to reflect and develop an action plan for both the short and the long term.

Improvements in the assessment system at JUST might have a positive influence well beyond the medical school. JUST is one of the leading institutions in Jordan and advances are likely to be noted by others in the region.

As a side benefit of the workshop, the faculty met with the Jordanian Medical Council and presented information on assessment in the postgraduate setting.

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FAME Course to be Held at AMEE Meeting

(posted April 2, 2007; updated May 17, 2007)

Fundamentals of Assessment in Medical Education (FAME), a basic-level course on educational assessment, will be introduced at the next Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) meeting August 25-29, 2007 in Trondheim, Norway. FAME targets individuals who are members of medical faculties and who are likely to be relatively new to teaching and assessment. Persons who have assumed new responsibilities for assessment are also likely to benefit from the course. FAME is designed around two complementary dimensions, five assessment themes (Test Design; Test Material Development; Standard Setting; and Scoring, Analysis, and Reporting) and four assessment frames (Assessment of Knowledge and Reasoning, Assessment of Clinical Skills, Assessment of Workplace Performance, and Assessment of Programs).

The course schedule will include one and one-half pre-conference days consisting of plenary and small group sessions. Small group work will be organized around the four frames listed above, culminating with faculty facilitators preparing a conference itinerary for the participants in each of the frames. During the AMEE conference, faculty and participants will meet daily over lunch to review sessions attended. At the conclusion of the AMEE conference, faculty will sum up the course experience, address remaining questions from participants, and discuss possible future study.

For registration information, visit the AMEE website or access the AMEE 2007 Provisional Programme PDF.

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PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute

(posted May 17, 2007)
PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute
PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows and Faculty
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Sixteen medical educators from India, Nepal, and Iran took part in the first PSG‑FAIMER South Asia Regional Institute held in Coimbatore, India, April 16‑20, 2007. This newest Regional Institute was launched under the direction of Dr. Thomas Chacko, Professor and Head of Community Medicine and Medical Education at the PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research and a 2004 Fellow of the FAIMER Institute in Philadelphia. Dr. Chacko was joined in presenting this first session of the institute by 11 international and regional FAIMER faculty members as well as by 11 PSG colleagues.

Participants worked hard during the course of the week-long session on further developing and refining their education innovation projects while also advancing their knowledge and skills in team building and group dynamics, education research and evaluation, good teaching practices, distance learning, change and conflict management. Since completing the session, the participants have fully embraced their roles as co-mentors. The PSG-FAIMER listserv is virtually percolating with shared advice, resource recommendations, articles, experiences, questions, and expertise.

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2007 AERA Annual Meeting

(posted April 30, 2007)

The 2007 Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), The World of Educational Quality, took place from April 9-13 in Chicago, Illinois. The meeting highlighted significant research around the globe to improve educational systems, address access and opportunity, and strengthen student learning and achievement. Through approximately 2,400 peer-reviewed research symposia, panels, and other scholarly sessions, some of the most important work being done across disciplines and areas of inquiry were presented and considered at the meeting. Presidents and others in the leadership of many international research associations presented to more than 1,500 international participants.

FAIMER staff presentations (with FAIMER staff listed in bold) included:

Evaluating the spoken English proficiency of international medical graduates as part of the USMLE™ Step 2 CS exam.
*Marta J. Van Zanten, John R. Boulet, Danette W. McKinley, Andre F. de Champlain

The relationship between patient satisfaction and clinical competence in a standardized patient assessment.
*Danette W. McKinley, John R. Boulet, Marta J. Van Zanten

*Presenter

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2007 IFME Fellows Announced

(posted April 12, 2007, updated March 7, 2008)

Two FAIMER Institute alumni have been selected to pursue Master’s degrees in health professions education through FAIMER’s International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME) program. Edwin Nwobodo, Ph.D., from the Institute Class of 2004 will enter the Master of Health Professions Education program at Maastricht University; and Avinash Supe, M.B.B.S., M.S., from the Institute Class of 2002, will enter the Master of Health Professions Education program at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

The IFME program provides support for alumni of the FAIMER Institute to pursue advanced degrees at institutions around the world that have distance learning programs. These programs may include a brief residential requirement. Participants complete an extensive application and select from a list of approved institutions. IFME Fellows are then selected by FAIMER.

The IFME program is part of FAIMER’s faculty development pathway, which prepares participants to implement curricular improvements at their home institutions that can lead to better health care. Fellows who complete this pathway will also be better qualified to take a leadership role in developing Regional Institutes, centers of ongoing activity that support curricular innovations aimed at addressing local heath care needs.

For more information on the IFME program, see www.faimer.org/education/ifme/index.html.

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International Opportunities in Medical Education

(posted March 21, 2007)

FAIMER, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), and the Global Health Education Consortium (GHEC, formerly the International Health Medical Education Consortium) have joined together to collect information about international activities at U.S. and Canadian allopathic medical schools.

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Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute

(posted February 23, 2007, updated March 8, 2007)
Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute Planning Meeting
Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Co-Director Eliana Amaral chatting with Fellows.
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Twenty-five medical educators from schools throughout Brazil participated in the inaugural session of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute held from February 1-10, 2007 in Tabuba, Brazil. The program, conducted in Portuguese, aimed to improve education methodology skills, leadership and management skills, and promote development of a community of educators in Brazil. It included sessions on small group dynamics, conflict management, change management, project planning, program evaluation, as well as student assessment, problem based learning, and bedside teaching. As in other FAIMER Institutes, refinement of education innovation projects served as an important focal point of Fellows’ learning. The program is directed by Institute Alumni Henry Campos from Universidad Federale do Ceará and Eliana Amaral from Universidade Estadual de Campinas, and receives major support from the Brazilian Ministry of Health. One goal of the Institute – developing a community of educators - is already well on its way. The Brazil-FAIMER listserv, started only two weeks ago, already has over 160 e-mail postings!

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The Network: Towards Unity for Health to Hold International Conference in Kampala, Uganda, September 15-20, 2007

(posted February 23, 2007)

The 2007 conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health will be held at Hotel Africana in Kampala, Uganda from September 15 to 20, 2007, in cooperation with the Faculty of Medicine, Makerere University, Uganda. The theme of the conference is “Human Resources for Health: Recruitment, Education and Retention.” The Network states that the primary goal of the conference is to explore ways in which innovative approaches by academic health institutions, through their educational, service, and research missions, in collaboration with community partners, can address the challenges to improve the education, recruitment, and retention of human resources for health.

At the conclusion of the conference, there will be an excursion to Mbarara, Uganda, from September 21 to 23. Participants will visit the Mbarara University of Science and Technology, where they will focus on the educational approach of the Faculty of Medicine.

The Network invites abstracts containing empirical, theoretical, or descriptive studies relevant to the field, as well as proposals for mini-workshops and/or didactic sessions. The deadline for abstracts and proposals is June 1, 2007.

For detailed information on the 2007 conference, visit www.the-networktufh.org/conference/.

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Call for Papers from the Journal of the International Association of Medical Science Educators

(posted February 12, 2007)

The Editorial Board of JIAMSE (Journal of the International Association of Medical Science Educators) and the Publications Committee of IAMSE have announced the initiation of a new addition to the JIAMSE supplemental issues. The new project, "Innovative Ideas in Medical Education," is actively seeking submissions for short (no more than 350 words) descriptions of innovative techniques in medical education.

Also added to the supplements will be one or two monographs per issue. The monographs will be longer articles on a specific subject of general interest to medical educators or "how to" papers (i.e. professionalism education, research methods in education, lecture techniques). Monographs will be actively solicited. Potential authors are also encouraged to contact the Editor-in-Chief of JIAMSE, Uldis Streips - unstre01@louisville.edu - with proposals for monographs. Submitted manuscripts will be peer reviewed prior to publication. For additional information regarding JIAMSE, please go to www.jiamse.org; additional information regarding the association can be found at www.iamse.org.

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Education for Health Call for Papers

(posted February 12, 2007, updated March 8, 2007)

Beginning in May 2007, The Network: Towards Unity for Health will host its journal, Education for Health (EfH), exclusively in electronic format. The journal will be available free of charge to all internet users at www.educationforhealth.net.

The current website for EfH announces themes for two upcoming issues: a special issue in July 2007, which will focus on integration of medicine and public health in practice through a unity of purpose and action; and the October 2007 issue, which will focus on global poverty and human development. The Network is calling for papers for the October issue.

Click here for more information on the July and October 2007 issues of EfH.

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Applications for PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Available Through February 15

(posted August 11, 2006, updated November 17, 2006, December 12, 2006, January 3, 2007, February 9, 2007)

PSG Institute for Medical Sciences and Research in Coimbatore, India has become the latest addition to the family of FAIMER Regional Institutes. Coimbatore is located in Tamil Nadu in South Central India, significantly expanding the geographic presence of FAIMER Regional Institutes in South Asia. The PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute will follow the curriculum design model of the other Regional Institutes, with a required education innovation project as the focus of the two-year, part-time fellowship. The program will be headed by Thomas Chacko, Head of the Department of Community Health and Medical Education Unit, and is scheduled to hold its first session in April 2007. Applications are now being accepted.

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CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute

(posted January 26, 2007)
CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute
CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows and Faculty.
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Sixteen 2007 fellows and fourteen returning 2006 fellows met from January 10-16, 2007 in Ludhiana, India for the second CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute. Tejinder Singh, Chair of Pediatrics and Vice Principal of Christian Medical College, and FAIMER Institute Fellow, Class of 2003, is the director of this Regional Institute, providing leadership for fifteen institute faculty members, including seven former FAIMER Institute Fellows. One of the highlights was the poster presentation session, a highly interactive day during which returning Fellows presented and discussed the curriculum innovation projects they have been working on since the first session of the Regional Institute in January 2006. Projects included: the integration of interactive teaching into Surgery lectures; an investigation of the intrinsic and extrinsic motivations for choosing a career in medicine of an entering class of Indian medical students; introduction of lifesaving techniques into the curriculum; and using computer-based self-assessment as a tool to promote learning. Other curriculum topics included program evaluation, student assessment, change management, problem-based learning, group dynamics, conflict management, educational scholarship, and qualitative research.

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FAIMER Institute 2007 Application Deadline Extended Through January 19

(posted August 29, 2006, updated September 1, 2006, October 26, 2006, November 9, 2006, January 2, 2007)

The FAIMER Institute is a two-year part-time fellowship program designed for international health professions faculty from South Asia, Africa, and Latin America who have the potential to play a key role in improving medical education at their schools. The program, conducted in English, is uniquely designed to teach education methods and leadership skills, as well as to develop strong professional bonds with other medical educators around the world. Residential sessions take place near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with the first residential session (three weeks) beginning October 7, 2007. A proposal for a curriculum innovation project, supported by the applicant’s school, is required for consideration, and projects that demonstrate a link to improved health in the community will be given higher priority.

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[last update: May 20, 2009]