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M.S. Ramaiah Medical College Chosen as Hub for New Virtual Classroom Network

(posted December 21, 2009)

In support of the Medical Council of India’s (MCI) nationwide faculty development initiative, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences (RGUHS), Karnataka has announced plans to build a satellite-based virtual classroom network that eventually will include 78 of the university’s affiliated medical and dental institutions across the state of Karnataka. M.S. Ramaiah Medical College (MSRMC) has been selected as the site for the main broadcasting studio, and each of the member institutions will be equipped with receiving stations.

As the relay hub for the network, the MSRMC studio will feature a digitally enabled lecture platform where workshops and presentations can be broadcast live, with real-time, two-way interaction, or recorded. The platform, which is being built by the high-tech education company Everonn, supports audio, video, and other presentation tools such as PowerPoint.

This new virtual system will advance faculty development throughout the RGUHS network by optimizing the university’s resources. Trained medical educators from each of the satellite medical education cells will be able to deliver high-quality lectures and workshops in various specialties to the virtual classrooms.

MSRMC was chosen as the broadcasting hub for its wealth of trained and committed educators, including eight FAIMER Fellows, all of whom will be involved with the studio programming when it goes live in January 2010. Venkatesh Doreswamy (PHIL 2007) has considerable experience developing virtual classroom content, and he has served on several committees and as a coordinator on this project beginning with conceptualization and now through implementation.

The virtual classroom network will help overcome staff shortages, reduce the overall program costs, lessen travel time, and ultimately train the greatest number of faculty members. Virtual classrooms at nearly 20 institutions will be operational when the network launches in January with the balance expected to come online by the end of March.

Inaugural Issue of African Journal of Health Professions Education Published

(posted December 21, 2009)

The inaugural issue of the African Journal of Health Professions Education (AJHPE) opens with an editorial that asks and answers a question; “Does Africa need another journal?” Co-Director of the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute Vanessa Burch (PHIL 2001), M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Ph.D., authored the piece as the journal’s Editor. Dr. Burch explains that AJHPE is the only journal focusing specifically on health professions education and related topics on the continent of Africa. That health professions education is vital to solving the health care problems in Africa makes this journal more important than ever.

The bi-annual, peer-reviewed publication carries research articles, letters, editorials, practical education pieces, and opinion pieces for health professionals. The journal’s editorial board is committed to supporting the global exchange of knowledge and provides free, public access to the full journal content online.

The first issue features contributions from three more FAIMER Fellows: an article co-authored by Enoch Kwizera (PHIL 2007), another co-authored by Chinmay Shah (GSMC 2008), and a letter from Ben Van Heerden (PHIL 2006).

To access the African Journal of Health Professions Education, please visit www.ajhpe.org.za.

International Medical Education Day 2009

(posted December 21, 2009)

Each year at the FAIMER Institute in Philadelphia, a day is devoted to exploring a key theme in international medical education (IME). This year, IME Day focused specifically on the interaction between academic institutions and governments in “Human Capacity Building in the Health Professions.” On October 22, approximately 80 participants from 15 countries took part in discussion and high-engagement group activities centered on the academic and governmental relationships in four countries: Brazil, India, Pakistan, and South Africa. Each of the countries was represented by health care experts from both government and health professions education. They included:

Brazil: Henry Campos, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Professor of Internal Medicine and Vice Rector, Universidad Federal do Ceará, and Co-Director of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute. Dr. Campos represented both the government and health professions education points of view.
India: Abraham Thomas, M.S., M.A.M.S., M.Ch., Professor, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Microsurgery, and Director, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana
Vedprakash Mishra, M.D., Vice Chancellor, Datta Meghe Institute of Medical Sciences University, Nagpur, and Vice Chair, Academic Cell, Medical Council of India
Pakistan: Jamsheer Talati, M.B.B.S., Professor of Surgery and former Associate Dean for Education, The Aga Khan University
Ahmed Nadeem Akbar, Registrar, Pakistan Medical and Dental Council
South Africa: Beth Engelbrecht, M.D., Deputy Director General, Western Cape Provincial Department of Health
Wynand van der Merwe, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., M.D., Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University

FAIMER’s Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute, William Burdick, M.D., M.S.Ed., encouraged participants to explore pragmatic strategies for aligning government and health professions education to address health care challenges, especially those involving faculty development and capacity building. Ideas included setting up low-risk meetings between education and government officials to encourage dialogue; pooling resources and exploring opportunities for joint funding of needed programs; using FAIMER Regional Institutes as a meeting ground for stakeholders; integrating the training of different types of health care workers; training health care workers at the local level; and aligning academic research, data gathering, and data presentation with the requirements of government to obtain funding and support for needed programs. An important theme throughout the discussion was that a common vision for health care improvement, shared by government and health professions education, can drive change and bring about needed improvements.

In addition to the representatives from the four focus countries, participants in IME Day included Fellows and faculty of the 2008 and 2009 FAIMER Institutes, staff members from FAIMER and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), and other guests, including ECFMG President Emeritus and FAIMER Senior Scholar James A. Hallock, M.D.; Director of the Division of Graduate Medical Education of the American Medical Association, Paul H. Rockey, M.D., M.P.H.; and FAIMER Directors Philip L. Gildenberg, M.D., Ram R. Krishna, M.D., Donald O. Nutter, M.D., and Sharon Wood-Dauphinee, Ph.D.

Feedback from the day was very positive. Participants were impressed by the range of ideas that could be generated in a single day through focused, cross-cultural exchange. In a closing panel discussion, the representatives from the four countries each expressed gratitude for the opportunity to learn different approaches from the others, which they could take back to their own regions and use to improve the coordination of government and health professions education in efforts to improve health care.

2009 FAIMER Institute

(posted December 21, 2009)
2009 FAIMER Institute
Fellows of the 2009 FAIMER Institute meet in Philadelphia.
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Sixteen international health professions educators who represent academic institutions from 11 countries around the world arrived in Philadelphia on October 3, 2009, to begin their first session as Fellows of the 2009 FAIMER Institute.

The FAIMER Institute fellowship program is designed for international health professions educators who have the potential to play key leadership roles at their schools. The program serves two main purposes: (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 through local and regional improvements to health professions education programs.

On October 18, the 2009 Fellows were joined by the 2008 Fellows, returning to Philadelphia to complete their final residential session. 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 communities.

In addition to the new Fellows, the FAIMER Institute also welcomed new faculty member James BonTempo, Learning Technology Advisor for Jhpiego, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University that develops “effective, low-cost, hands-on solutions to strengthen the delivery of health care services for women and their families.” Mr. BonTempo’s teaching interests include tools and channels for distance learning. Returning to the Institute as faculty members were James A. Hallock, M.D., President Emeritus of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and former Chair of the FAIMER Board of Directors, and Dale Dauphine, M.D., former Executive Director of the Medical Council of Canada and professor at McGill University.

Following are the 2009 FAIMER Institute Fellows:

Dr. Anshu, M.D., M.B.B.S., Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, India

Rukhsana Aslam, M.B.B.S., Lahore Medical and Dental College, Lahore, Pakistan

Dinesh Badyal, M.B.B.S., M.D., Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

Janet Bloomfield, M.D., Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile

Andrea Dávila-Cervantes, M.D., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico

Martha Delgado, M.Sc., M.D., Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia

Rosiane Diniz, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil

Yasser El-Wazir, M.B.Ch.B., Ph.D., Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt

Tesfaye Gebremedhin, M.D., M.P.H., Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia

Mahinda Kommalage, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., University of Ruhuna, Galle, Sri Lanka

Abdel-Karim Koumaré, M.D., M.P.H., Université de Bamako, Bamako, Mali

Francisco Lamus, M.D., M.P.H., Universidad de la Sabana, Bogotá, Colombia

Marykutty Mammen, B.Sc., Ph.D., Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, South Africa

Ramalingam Sankaran, M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Tegbar Yigzaw Sendekie, M.D., M.P.H., Gondar College of Medical Sciences, Gondar, Ethiopia

Muhammad Tariq, M.B.B.S., Aga Khan Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan

5th Annual Asian Medical Education Association Conference Held in Indonesia

(posted December 21, 2009)

The 5th Annual Asian Medical Education Association (AMEA) Conference was held October 4-7, 2009, in Bandung, Indonesia. Hosted by the Faculty of Medicine at Universitas Padjadjaran (FMUP), the conference drew more than 300 medical educators from across Asia and was themed, “Education for Future Physician: Mosaic in Asia.”

Discussions focused on clinical education, with topics ranging from assessment and faculty development to ethics and community-related issues. The conference featured a variety of session formats, including workshops, lectures, and poster presentations. Several FAIMER faculty members and Fellows presented.

FAIMER President and CEO John Norcini, Ph.D., spoke on “Problems and challenges in clinical education” and “Specialty certification of the American Board of Internal Medicine.” Dr. Norcini also conducted a pre-conference workshop with FAIMER Fellow Sari Dewi (PHIL 2008) on “360-degree feedback.” Dr. Dewi served on the conference’s scientific organizing committee and also gave a poster presentation on “Optimizing feedback using mini-CEX during final semester program in faculty of medicine Universitas Padjadjaran.”

Christina Tan (PHIL 2005) of Malaysia spoke on “The assessor in assessment” as part of a symposium. Coralie Dimacali (PHIL 2008) from the Philippines presented on “Clinical education at community settings” in another symposium. Surapaneni Krishna Mohan (CMCL 2009) from India presented a paper on “Concept mapping as a tool in the teaching of clinical biochemistry of undergraduate medical curriculum.”

FAIMER Institute faculty member Ara Tekian, Ph.D., M.H.P.E., conducted a pre-conference workshop on the “Use of simulation technology in clinical education” and, as part of a symposium, spoke on the “Use of simulation technology in the training and assessment of skills in medical education.”

Participants shared experiences that represented the diversity of Asia and praised the conference for providing the opportunity to acquire new knowledge and build collaborations.

Suez Canal University Celebrates Its First Graduating Class in Diploma of Health Professions Education Distance Learning Program

(posted November 23, 2009)

On November 1, 2009, the Faculty of Medicine at Suez Canal University in Egypt celebrated the graduation of 34 health professionals as the first class in its Diploma of Health Professions Education (DHPE) distance learning program. The graduates are mid- to senior-level faculty from 11 different health professions education institutions in Egypt, and senior trainers from Egyptian Ministry of Health training centers. News of the graduation was broadcast on Egyptian national television, satellite channels, talk shows, and the popular show Good Morning Egypt.

Higher education officials in Egypt consider the DHPE program to be a key component in a new era of health professions education reform in the country, and recognize that faculty is the cornerstone of such change. Thirty-two new fellows have registered so far for the program’s second class.

Dr. Wagdy Talaat (PHIL 2007), Director of the DHPE program and Founding Chair of the Medical Education Department at Suez Canal University, planned the Diploma during his FAIMER fellowship in 2007 and launched the program, exclusively for Egyptians, in October 2008. He and his colleagues envision training five percent of all health professions educators in Egypt in five years through this national program.

For more information on the Suez Canal University DHPE program, please visit http://www.dhpescu.org.

Ara Tekian Appointed Associate Dean for International Affairs

(posted November 23, 2009)

FAIMER Institute faculty member Ara Tekian, Ph.D., M.H.P.E., has been appointed Associate Dean, International Affairs for the College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago. In this role, Dr. Tekian will lead all activities for the International Affairs Office at the College of Medicine and serve as the university spokesperson for the College of Medicine in the international community. His responsibilities include expanding opportunities for health professions students to study abroad, building international collaborations, and tracking international projects conducted by faculty. Concurrently, Dr. Tekian will continue in his responsibilities as Associate Professor of Medical Education and Director of International Affairs in the Department of Medical Education, which he joined in 1992.

CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Faculty Conducts Workshop in Support of Medical Council of India Program

(posted November 23, 2009)

Faculty from the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute (CMCL-FRI) conducted a four-day faculty development workshop during the first week of September at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India.

CMCL-FRI Director Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003), CMCL-FRI Secretary Dinesh Badyal (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009), Jugesh Chhatwal (PHIL 2007), Sheena Singh (CMCL 2006), Harpreet Kapoor (CMCL 2006, PHIL 2008), and Gagandeep Kwatra (CMCL 2006) led the workshop, which showcased interactive educational methodologies.

The first day of this event aimed specifically to develop the skills of Medical Education Unit (MEU) coordinators. Participants were taught how to effectively plan and deliver their own educational workshops. The session also emphasized organizational and planning tools, such as Gantt charts and backwards planning to illustrate project schedules, and faculty guides, syllabi, and other learning resource materials. A variety of program evaluation tools was also highlighted.

The first of its kind to target MEUs in India, this workshop generated a good deal of enthusiasm and positive feedback from the 32 participants, who came from various medical schools across the north of India. Some participants expressed excitement that the skills they were learning could be applied in everyday classroom teaching as well as in workshop planning. A three-day training session in basic educational methods followed the workshop and demonstrated many of the techniques in actual practice.

CMCL-FRI devised this workshop in support of MCI’s nationwide faculty development program to advance health professions education at Indian medical colleges. As part of this national program, MCI has designated eight schools, including two that are home to FAIMER Regional Institutes, as resource centers for other schools. CMCL-FRI will focus on the educational development needs of 31 regional schools from the states of Punjab, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal. For further information on MCI’s nationwide faculty development program, click here.

The planning and logistics of this CMCL-FRI event were sent to MCI so it could be replicated by other regional centers.

2009 Association for Medical Education in Europe Conference

(posted October 30, 2009)
Alwyn Louw
Alwyn Louw (SAFRI 2008) is awarded the first-place Medical Teacher Poster Prize at AMEE 2009.
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Eliana Amaral
Co-Director of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Eliana Amaral (PHIL 2003) speaks about FAIMER Regional Institutes at AMEE 2009.
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Approximately 2,200 health professionals from more than 80 countries attended the 2009 Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) conference, held August 29 – September 2 in Málaga, Spain. The conference was organized in collaboration with the Sociedad Española de Educación Médica (SEDEM). The program consisted of a variety of session formats, including workshops, specialized courses, short communications, and posters, including various symposia and workshops conducted in Spanish. FAIMER staff, faculty, and Fellows served as session leaders, workshop organizers, course faculty, presenters, and discussants throughout the conference (see below for a complete listing of staff, faculty, and Fellow contributions).

Alwyn Louw (SAFRI 2008) of the Centre for Health Sciences Education, Stellenbosch University in Tygerberg, South Africa, was awarded the first-place Medical Teacher Poster Prize for his poster entitled “Refinement of the interdisciplinary foundation phase in an undergraduate health sciences curriculum based on initial perspectives of students and lectures.” Dr. Louw’s poster was developed in collaboration with Juanita Bezuidenhout (PHIL 2005), Ben van Heerden (PHIL 2006), and M. van Heusden, all from Stellenbosch University. To view a copy of the poster, please click here.

Dr. James Hallock, President Emeritus of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) and FAIMER Senior Scholar, delivered the SEDEM Miriam Friedman Memorial Lecture. In his talk, entitled “Evolution of Clinical Skills Assessment: Miriam would be proud!” Dr. Hallock reflected on the evolution of clinical skills assessment and Dr. Friedman’s contributions to the field. On the broader subject of Dr. Friedman’s commitment to improving medical education standards worldwide, he highlighted the contributions of FAIMER Fellows as something of which she would be especially proud. For his own contributions to the field of medical education, Dr. Hallock was the recipient of an AMEE Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Hallock also took part in the Festschrift Symposium for Dr. Hans Karle along with Sekelani Banda (PHIL 2003) and Director of the PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Thomas Chacko (PHIL 2004). Dr. Hans Karle is the former president of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME), and the symposium was conducted immediately following the AMEE conference as a tribute from his colleagues in recognition of his achievements. The topic of the symposium was “Global Standards in Medical Education.” Dr. Hallock spoke on “International Recognition of Medical Education.” Drs. Banda and Chacko took part in a panel discussion on “Applying WFME Global Standards: An Overview and Case Studies.” Dr. Banda presented on the “Use of Standards in Self-Evaluation in a Resource-poor Environment.” Dr. Chacko presented on “Global Standards in Health Professions Education – Visions.”

As part of a symposium on International Collaboration, FAIMER President and CEO John Norcini, Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Co-Director Eliana Amaral (PHIL 2003), GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Director Avinash Supe (PHIL 2002), and Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute Co-Director Gboyega Ogunbanjo (PHIL 2007) gave presentations on the growth and current status of FAIMER Regional Institutes. During the closing plenary session of the conference, in his Spotlight presentation entitled “Some Surprises at AMEE 2009!” Athol Kent of the University of Cape Town in South Africa commended FAIMER for its record of social responsibility in medical education.

Following is a list of activities in which FAIMER staff and/or faculty ( bold purple font ) and FAIMER Fellows ( bold blue font ) participated.

Preconference Workshop

Simulation and gaming
Ara Tekian

Plenary Lectures

Moral panic, political imperative and what the profession knows about developing its new generations
Janet Grant

SEDEM Miriam Friedman Memorial Lecture:
Evolution of Clinical Skills Assessment: Miriam would be proud!
James A. Hallock

Courses

Essential Skills in Medical Education Assessment (ESMEA) Course: A course aimed at participants new to assessment who wish to gain a general understanding and basic skills in assessment
Kathy Boursicot and Trudie Roberts (Course Directors), M. Brownell Anderson , William Burdick , Richard Fuller, Andy Hassell, Sydney Smee

Fundamentals of Assessment in Medical Education (FAME): A course directed at those with responsibility for assessing undergraduate medical students, graduate trainees, and practicing doctors
Ann King, Jack Boulet (Course Co-Directors); Dale Dauphinee , Lesley Southgate, David Swanson, Ingrid Philibert, André de Champlain, Tony LaDuca

Essential Skills in Medical Education (ESME) Course: An introductory teaching qualification for doctors
Stewart Mennin and Ruy Souza

Workshops

Tools for supporting the international community of medical educators
M. Brownell Anderson , John J. Norcini

Young medical educator workshop: The write stuff: guidelines for getting published
Stewart Mennin , Soren Huwendiek, Monica van de Ridder, Regina Petroni-Mennin

Assessing the written communication skills of medical school graduates
Thomas Rebbecchi, John Boulet

Teaching or Assessment? Adapting standardized patient cases for either use
Colette L. Scott, Ann Jobe

Symposia

International Collaboration
Session on FAIMER Regional Institutes
John Norcini , Eliana Amaral , Avinash Supe , Gboyega Ogunbanjo

What makes a curriculum model and what difference does it make?
Ara Tekian (Chair), Janet Grant , Ronald Harden, David Prideaux

Short Communications

Moodle platform supporting student assessment and program evaluation in internship
Waldir Grec, Jose Lucio Martins Machado, Valéria Menezes Peixeiro Machado , Valdes Roberto Bollela , Aníbal A. Matias Junior

Assessment: The OSCE
John Boulet (Opening Discussant)

International Medical Education
William Burdick (Opening Discussant)

Acupuncture insertion into the medical course: point of view from students and faculty
Manoela Suzane de Alencar Rodrigues, Alexandre Henriques Librantz, Paulo Marcondes Carvalho Júnior , Cristina Helena Lima Delambert, Thaciana Mie Barbieri Sakamoto

Best evidence medical education (BEME)
Dale Dauphinee (Chair)

Professional accomplishments among graduates of the FAIMER fellowship program
Stacey R. Friedman , Deborah Diserens , Summers Kalishman, Renee Quintana, Elizabeth Hatch, Page S. Morahan , William P. Burdick

A Simplified MCQs interpretation guide for faculty: a Pakistani School’s experience
Mobeen Iqbal , Sadia Akram, Sabir Tabassum, Syed Alamdar Shah

Assessment: Final Exam
Ann Jobe (Chair)

Incorporating Bioethics teaching in undergraduate medical curriculum of a Pakistani School
Bushra Khizar, Mobeen Iqbal , Tara Jaffery

Student diversity and self-directed learning in a PBL curriculum
Dianne Manning

A multidisciplinary, multimedia approach for teaching human embryology: Development and evaluation of a methodology
S.G. Moraes , L.A. Pereira

An Innovative matrix approach to multiprofessional curriculum change in preventive medicine
Regina Petroni-Mennin , Stewart Mennin , Eliana Tiemi Hayama, Mariangela Cainelli de Oliveira Prado , Francisco Antonio de Castro Lacaz, Ana Lucia Pereira, Luiz Roberto Ramos

Assessment: Workplace-based assessment
John J. Norcini (Chair)

Application of a theoretical framework to the utility of workplace based assessment tools – a qualitative study
Z. Setna, V. Jha, J. Higham, K. Boursicot, J. Bodle, S.K. Kaufmann, J.J. Norcini , T.E. Roberts

How prepared are our medical students to take on prescribing responsibilities upon graduation?
Si Mui Sim , Chirk Jenn Ng, Wan Yuen Choo, Siew Siang Chua, Siew Mei Lai, Francis Ifejika Achike

Understanding the functionality of dysfunctional groups
S.V. Singaram , D.H.J.M. Dolmans, C.P.M. van der Vleuten

Mentoring consultation skills through a structured assessment – students’ experience and the impact it had on their learning
Marietjie van Rooyen , Jannie Hugo, David Cameron

Accreditation of medical education programs in countries that supply physicians to the United States
Marta van Zanten , John R. Boulet , Frank A. Simon

Progress Test
Gerald Whelan (Chair)

Use of web based scenarios for medical acculturation
Gerald Whelan

Bring a web-based LMS to the small screen for US and India: lessons learned and next steps
Anand Zachariah , Rashmi Vyas , Susan Albright, Mary Lee

Posters

Evaluation of curricular integration between physiology and semiology: faculty point of view
Iêda Aleluia , Luiz Soares, Marta Menezes

Humanization in undergraduate medical education from the student’s perspective in the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil
Ano Alves, S.N.T. Moreira, G.D. Azevedo, V.M. Rocha, M.J. Vilar

Stakeholder-based needs assessment as an effective tool for prioritization and strategic planning of medical education programmes
Payal K. Bansal , Savita Marathe , Prakash M. Shere, William P. Burdick , Mrudula A. Phadke

Stress coping strategies among medical students of a Federal University from southern Brazil
Greice Suellen Batista, Antônio Mazzei Santana, Suely Grosseman , Laura Berton Eidt, Fernando César Wehrmeister, Valdes Bollela

Learning pediatric health supervision: transferring the class to the simulator and to student
Carla Benaglio, Astrid Valenzuela , Janet Bloomfield

Factors impacting on alienation and engagement in pathology registrars
J. Bezuidenhout , M. van Heusden, F. Cilliers , E. Wasserman , V. Burch

Bridging the gap in the internship
Valdes Roberto Bollela , José Lucio Martins Machado, Valéria Peixeiro Machado , Joaquim Edson Vieira

Innovative programme elements add value to FAIMER faculty development model in Southern Africa
Vanessa Burch , Ralf Graves , Juanita Bezuidenhout

Alignment of health professions education and health system needs: initial outcomes of the Brazil FAIMER Regional Institute (FAIMER-BR)
H.H. Campos , E. Amaral , A.E. Haddad, V.R. Bollela , P.M. Carvalho Jr. , M.G.F. Ribeiro, M.N.T.A. Araujo, S. Mennin , P. Morahan

Internship of the Medical School Of Federal University Of Goiás: new horizons
Vardeli Alves de Moraes , Edna Regina Silva Pereira , Nilce Maria da Silva Campos Costa, Denis Masashi Sugita, Karine Borges de Medeiros, André Moreira Lemes

Integrated assessment: a methodological proposal
Maria Viviane Lisboa de Vasconcelos , Renato Santos Rodarte, Célia Maria Silva Pedrosa

Impact of a student support initiative for medical students in their clinical years
Marietjie de Villiers, Martie van Heusden, Ben van Heerden

Comparison of the FAIMER Regional Institute programs
D. Diserens , S. Friedman , E. Amaral , V. Burch , H. Campos , T. Chacko , G. Ogunbanjo , A. Supe , T. Singh , S. Kalishman, R. Quintana, E. Hatch, R. Graves , W. Burdick

Role of different methods on a multidisciplinary primary care-based clerkship
Rosângela Curvo-Leite Domingues, Eliana Amaral , Angélica Bicudo-Zeferino

Learning endocrinology and reproduction in an integrated modular curriculum
Sameena Ghayur, Mobeen Iqbal , Shahid Rafi

Structured internship orientation program is perceived helpful by undergraduate students in smooth transition to practicing doctors
Ashish Goel, R. Venkat, A. Kumar, B.V. Adkoli, Rita Sood

Are nurses in South Africa prescribing medicines judiciously?
Enoch N. Kwizera

Use of on-line role play as a teaching learning strategy in health professionals’ education
Z. Ladhani , J. Chhatwal , D. Diserens , C.P.L. Tan , M. Iqbal , R. Vyas , I. Shaikh

Refinement of the interdisciplinary foundation phase in an undergraduate health sciences curriculum based on initial perspectives of students and lecturers
A.J. Louw , J. Bezuidenhout , B.B. van Heerden , M. van Heusden

Health problems of population as a guide for developing problem based learning (PBL) modules
José Lúcio Martins Machado, Valéria Menezes Peixeiro Machado , Joaquim Edson Vieira

Competences in Community Health Integration Program: different appreciations
Valéria Menezes Peixeiro Machado , Alba Lúcia Dias dos Santos, Valdes Bollela , José Lúcio Martins Machado, Neile Torres

Progress testing in a traditional medical school
C.M.L. Maffei, L.E.A. Troncon

An electronic tool for hybrid case-based learning applied to undergraduate students
Marta Silva Menezes , Marília Menezes Gusmão, Maria de Lourdes Lima, Iêda Barbosa Aleluia , Ana Verônica Batista, Rosalita Gusmão, Ana Tereza Gomes, Pedro Flávio Motta, Mário Rocha

Faculty development program directed to faculty members’ needs
Edna Regina Silva Pereira , Vardeli Alves de Moraes , Heitor Rosa, Denis Masashi Sugita, Karine Borges de Medeiros, Nilce Campos Costa

Quality control of cognitive assessment for medical residents admission
C.M. Peres, R.C. Cavalli, M.L.V. Rodrigues, C.G. Carlotti Jr., M. Kfouri, M.F.A. Colares, R.C.M. Mamede, L.E.A. Troncon

From intern to generalist – Basic surgical skills training and competency
Frank Peters

Program Evaluation – a necessity: an example from Pakistan
Zubia Razaq, Zareen Zaidi , Saadat Ali Khan, Shaheen Moin

The importance of community activities in the opinion of Brazilian medical teachers
M.L.V. Rodrigues, C.E. Piccinato, A.D.C. Passos, L.E.A. Troncon , M.F.A. Colares, C.M. Peres, J.F.C. Figueiredo

Integrated Learning: An experience with renal module
Riffat Shafi, Waseem Ahmed, Nayer Mahmud, K.H.M. Quadri, Mobeen Iqbal

Stress in Pakistan: working towards student well being
Afshan Shahid, Zareen Zaidi , Mahmood Ahmed

Group dynamics and social interaction in an online learning forum
Tejinder Singh , Anshu , Monika Sharma , William Burdick

Change through Curriculum Innovation Projects – Sharing FAIMER Regional Institutes experience in India
Avinash Supe , Tejinder Singh , Thomas Chacko

Impact of an undergraduate patient-centred programme on postgraduate student’s clinical practice
C.P.L. Tan , S.A.A. Aizura

Development and validation of a questionnaire of quality of life of medical students
Patricia Tempski , Bruno Perotta, Regina A. Possi, Patricia L. Bellodi, Joaquim E. Vieira, Lilia B. Schraiber, Milton A. Martins

Student stress in standardized patient structured clinical examinations
Luiz E.A. Troncon , Fernando T.V. Amaral

Assessment – the engine that drives learning: a case study of the Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine (NRMSM)
Jacqueline van Wyk

Preparing medical students through service learning to provide social justice
Nosheen Zaidi, Zareen Zaidi , Mehmood Ahmad

Uncovering secrets of success in medical students through positive deviance inquiry
Zareen Zaidi , Tara Jaffery , Shaheen Moin, Umair Pervaiz, William Burdick

Research Papers

Migration for undergraduate medical education: performance data of applicants to ECFMG
Danette W. McKinley , James A. Hallock , Amy Opalek , John R. Boulet

Psychosocial factors, motivation for learning and academic performance – a study with first year medical students
Vanessa F. Machado, Fernando P. Valerio, Mariana M. Madisson, Tamara L. Resende, Luiz E.A. Troncon , Cristina Marta Del-Ben

Medical Council of India Launches National Faculty Development Program

(posted October 30, 2009; updated November 23, 2009)

The Academic Cell of the Medical Council of India (MCI) recently initiated efforts to advance medical education units at Indian medical colleges through a formal, nationwide faculty development program. As part of this program, MCI identified ten schools to support faculty development activities in their respective regions. These schools will teach workshops on various aspects of medical education to faculty from schools in their region, focusing on faculty members from each school’s medical education unit. These faculty will in turn lead workshops in education for teachers at their own schools.

A subset of the ten schools, including two that are home to FAIMER Regional Institutes, will serve as resource centers for the other designated centers. Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, home to the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute, led its inaugural workshop for faculty in September 2009. The other nodal centers, including Seth G.S. Medical College, home to the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute in Mumbai, will begin conducting workshops shortly.

In addition to establishing nodal centers, MCI has required that all faculty in India take a basic course in medical education. Together, the requirement for basic medical education courses and the support and direction of specified education centers provide a national framework for faculty development in India. These advances have come about, in large part, as a result of the leadership and advocacy of FAIMER Fellows in India and the example set by FAIMER’s Regional Institutes.

Directors and Faculty of FAIMER Regional Institutes (DAFFRI) 2009 Meeting Held in Málaga, Spain

(posted September 30, 2009)

Fifteen Directors and faculty of FAIMER’s Regional Institutes (FRIs) and five staff members from FAIMER’s Education department gathered August 26–28, 2009, in Malaga, Spain, for the 3rd annual DAFFRI meeting. This year’s site was chosen to provide the attendees with an opportunity to participate in the Association for Medical Education in Europe’s (AMEE) 2009 international conference for medical educators, which took place immediately after the meeting. A large majority of the DAFFRI participants also contributed to AMEE 2009 with poster presentations, short communications, or as panel discussants.

The theme of the DAFFRI meeting, “FAIMER Regional Institutes: Progress, Growth, and Innovation,” was chosen to highlight the substantial developments that have occurred since the first FRI was introduced in Mumbai, India, in 2005, and to give each of the five current programs a forum for sharing creative ideas and lessons learned.

The distinctive situation, character, and accomplishments of each FRI were highlighted in initial presentations by the Directors, which led, in turn, to the identification of common successes and challenges. Day 1 featured topical discussions in small groups to address these common issues. All of the FRIs were represented in each group. Day 2 included work in teams organized by geographical area to create five-year visions for the FRI programs in Africa, India, and Latin America. Following up on all this work, the final afternoon was devoted to convening interest groups on cross-cutting ideas in areas with high potential for future collaboration and cross-fertilization among the programs, such as research, scholarship, evaluation, and faculty development.

Academic Policy Workshop for Faculty of Nursing Held at Kabul Medical University, Afghanistan

(posted September 30, 2009)

In June 2009, the Faculty of Nursing at Kabul Medical University (KMU), Kabul, Afghanistan, took on the intensive task of writing their academic polices. The project was part of a series of activities planned under an agreement between KMU and Aga Khan University (AKU), Karachi, Pakistan, to strengthen nursing education in Afghanistan. FAIMER Institute 2007 Fellow Zahra Ladhani from the Shifa College of Nursing in Islamabad, Pakistan, facilitated the process, which was comprised of two parts:

  1. Needs assessment: This component included a review of existing documents and reports as well as a meeting with KMU’s senior management and ministries of higher education and public health to identify individuals to either draft policies or assist in the policy approval process.
  2. Policy writing workshop: Participants included the entire team of academic staff from the Faculty of Nursing; senior management of KMU, including the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor, and the head of each department; and two faculty members from each department and from the hospital, where students train in clinical practice.

The outcome of the workshop was a policy handbook, which detailed policies in following areas:

  1. Academic Program: duration of semesters, credit hours, teaching strategies, formative and summative assessments, attendance criteria, passing grades.
  2. Academic Setting: governance and administration, academic environment, resources (library, computer lab, skills lab, science lab, etc.).
  3. Academic Staff: appointment and promotion, career and salary structure, and personnel policies.
  4. Student Body: admission criteria, entrance protocols, etc.

The policy areas selected for KMU were derived from international literature on medical education, in particular “International Standards in Basic Medical Education,” developed by the World Federation for Medical Education. Policy handbooks from AKU School of Nursing and Shifa College of Nursing in Pakistan were also used as examples.

KMU’s efforts to improve nursing education are part of major health care reform efforts taking place throughout Afghanistan. With support from international donor communities, the Afghan Ministries of Public Health and Higher Education have invested considerable resources toward reconstructing the war-torn health care system. The basic infrastructure for delivery of health care is now in place for most parts of the country, but well-qualified human resources, in particular qualified nursing staff, are still lacking. To address this issue KMU established its own Faculty of Nursing and implemented an undergraduate program in nursing in 2006 with support from the government of Japan. Since 2009, the AKU School of Nursing has also provided ongoing technical support to this program.

Workshop on Performance Assessment Held at Shifa College of Medicine

(posted September 30, 2009)

FAIMER Fellows Mobeen Iqbal (PHIL 2006), Tara Jaffery (PHIL 2005), and Zahra Ladhani (PHIL 2007) from Shifa College of Medicine in Islamabad, Pakistan, organized a four-day workshop in May 2009 on performance assessment. The workshop was conducted by Christina Tan (PHIL 2005) from the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Dr. Tan spoke on performance-based assessment methods, standard setting, assessing the assessors, and blueprinting for objective-structured clinical examinations (OSCEs). She also conducted small group, hands-on sessions on standardization of assessors, which included a video exercise with audience participation, and led a demonstration of a training session with a simulated patient. Participants observed a live, integrated OSCE that included students from Shifa.

The practicum drew participants from several medical colleges in the region. Among them was Zareen Zaidi (PHIL 2008) from Foundation University Medical College in Rawalpindi, who described feedback on the workshop as “wonderful.”

Bulletin of the World Health Organization Special Issue on Health Workforce Retention in Remote and Rural Areas: Call for Papers

(posted September 15, 2009)

The World Health Organization (WHO) is inviting authors to submit papers to a special theme issue of the Bulletin of the World Health Organization on health workforce retention in rural and remote areas. While much is known about factors that influence health worker migration, less is known about workable solutions for retention, and this special issue of the WHO Bulletin seeks to explore this topic. Papers should expand the current knowledge of the challenges involved in the retention of health workers in rural and remote areas, including the costs of implementing retention strategies and incentive schemes, and how context influences the planning, implementation, and effects of various strategies. Papers discussing sustainability are also encouraged, in particular, innovative methodological papers dealing with the monitoring and evaluation of retention strategies.

Publication is planned for the spring of 2010; the deadline for submission is October 1, 2009.

Please visit http://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/87/7/09-068494/en/index.html to see the WHO Bulletin editorial call for papers.

To submit a paper, please visit http://submit.bwho.org.

Suez Canal University Expands Health Professions Education in Iraq and Libya

(posted August 28, 2009)

The Medical Education Department (MED) of Suez Canal University (SCU) in Ismailia, Egypt, has recently forged relationships with two other universities that will advance health professions education in the Middle East and Northern Africa. Under the leadership of 2007 FAIMER Institute Fellow Wagdy Talaat, M.D., Ph.D., Professor and Head of SCU-MED, agreements were signed with the Iraq branch of Lahaye International University, the Netherlands, and with Libyan International Medical University (LIMU), Benghazi, Libya, to expand those institutions’ medical education offerings.

The Tikrit, Iraq, branch of Lahaye International University, College of Applied Medical Sciences, has agreed to offer a Joint Diploma in Health Professions Education through Distance Learning with the SCU Faculty of Medicine. The diploma is an extension of SCU’s Diploma in Health Professions Education with the important condition that it be offered exclusively to Iraqi health professionals at the Iraq national level. The diploma is the third health professions education degree offered by SCU. The program is expected to launch in October 2009.

SCU has also agreed to collaborate with Libyan International Medical University (LIMU) in Benghazi, Libya, to train faculty in innovative health professions education methods and to develop a problem-based learning (PBL) curriculum. The program will be offered to LIMU’s faculties of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Nursing, and Basic Sciences. The PBL curriculum has been outlined and the initial faculty training session was conducted during the first two weeks of July 2009. LIMU is expected to launch the first PBL module in October 2009.

CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Faculty Conducts Workshop in Bhopal, India

(posted August 28, 2009)

Faculty from the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute (CMCL-FRI) conducted a two-day medical education workshop at Gandhi Medical College (GMC) in Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, India, August 7–8, 2009. This is the fourth outreach activity undertaken by the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute faculty. CMCL-FRI Director Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003), CMCL-FRI Secretary Dinesh Badyal (CMCL 2007), Jugesh Chhatwal (PHIL 2007), and Gagandeep Kwatra (CMCL 2006) led faculty development sessions employing interactive FAIMER methodologies. The first day of the workshop focused on learning principles, including a new session on taxonomy of learning. The second day was devoted to assessment sessions, including reliability, validity, and applicability of various types of assessment methods. A full setup for objective structured clinical examinations (OSCE) and objective structured practical examinations (OSPE) was created to provide a real feel for these methods to participants.

There were 35 participants from GMC and Peoples Medical College, Bhopal, including five faculty members from GMC’s Medical Education Unit (MEU). Dean of GMC Dr. Nirbhay Srivastava highlighted the qualities of a good medical teacher and emphasized how faculty development workshops can improve teaching–learning activities. Dr Neelkamal Kapoor (CMCL 2009), Coordinator of GMC-MEU, stated that this was the first time that such a workshop, with interactive methodology, was conducted at GMC. She added that it prepared them to conduct a second workshop with local facilitators only, an important objective of the CMCL program. The CMCL team also used the gathering as an opportunity to give a brief introduction on FAIMER Regional Institutes and the application process.

Feedback on the workshop was very positive, and all the participants appreciated the way they were kept involved throughout all sessions. At the closing ceremonies, Dr. V.K. Saini, Director of Medical Education, Madhya Pradesh, said that Government is making all efforts to help organize similar workshops for all medical teachers in the state. Dr. Tejinder Singh appreciated the efforts of local organizers for providing a very conducive atmosphere for the workshop.

Medical Education Research Workshop Held in Dhule

(posted August 28, 2009)

A state-level workshop on Medical Education Research: Concepts and Methodologies was held July 29–30, 2009, at SBH Government Medical College in Dhule, Maharashtra, India. The workshop was conducted with the support of the National Academy of Medical Sciences of India. The focus of the practicum was on identifying and discussing analytical and interpretational error in medical education research in an effort to improve research methodologies. Sessions were held on educational techniques, research methods, quantitative methods, qualitative and mixed methods, differential and inferential statistics, and data analysis. Group projects were conducted on teaching techniques and assessment. The workshop helped build awareness of the need for solid medical education research, and there was much interest in FAIMER fellowship programs expressed among the 25 participants.

Included among participants were 2008 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellow Amol Dongre, who facilitated a session on the application of qualitative research methods in medical education research, and 2005 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellow Shashank Date.

John Norcini Speaks at Accreditation Workshop in Taiwan

(posted August 28, 2009)

FAIMER President and CEO John J. Norcini, Ph.D., was an invited speaker, along with members of the Liason Committee on Medical Education (LCME) Secretariat, at a workshop on accreditation conducted at the International Conference on Medical Education and Accreditation, July 27–28, 2009, in Taiwan. The invitation was extended by Chi-Wan Lai, M.D., Executive Secretary, Medical Education Committee, Ministry of Education in Taiwan, and CEO, Taiwan Medical Accreditation Council (TMAC). TMAC was created in July 1999 to improve the quality of medical education in Taiwan. The workshop was organized to share information about how medical education accreditation systems function in Taiwan, the United States, and other countries, and to help TMAC with future planning. Dr. Norcini spoke on accreditation from the global perspective, as well as on how the medical education systems in different countries handle repatriated foreign medical graduates.

FAIMER Welcomes New Board Chair N. Emmanuel G. Cassimatis, M.D.

(posted August 7, 2009)

On July 1, 2009, N. Emmanuel G. Cassimatis, M.D., became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). In this role, Dr. Cassimatis also serves as Chair of FAIMER’s Board of Directors.

Before joining ECFMG and FAIMER, Dr. Cassimatis had been with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU) in Bethesda, Maryland since 1995, serving most recently as Vice President for Affiliations and International Affairs. He was also Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Professor of Psychiatry at the F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine of USU. Dr. Cassimatis has had a long and distinguished career in medicine with the U.S. Army. Prior to joining USU in 1995, Dr. Cassimatis held a number of positions with the U.S. Army’s Office of the Surgeon General and with U.S. Army hospitals in Germany and the United States, including Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

In recent years, Dr. Cassimatis served as Chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and the American Medical Association’s Council on Medical Education. For more than a decade, he represented the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States in the AMA’s House of Delegates.

Dr. Cassimatis earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School and is certified in Psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and has been the recipient of many other honors, including the Nancy C. A. Roeske Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education from the American Psychiatric Association (2004), The Defense Superior Service Medal from the Department of Defense (2001), and the Year 2000 “Young at Heart” Award from the AMA Young Physicians’ Section, “in recognition of invaluable support and guidance to the Section and Young Physicians.”

Speaking on behalf of FAIMER, President and Chief Executive Officer John J. Norcini, Ph.D., said: “We are delighted by the appointment of Dr. Cassimatis. His long years of involvement with medical education and his international experience complement the needs of the Foundation as we continue to grow and develop.”

Top Hospitals Recognized in São Paulo, Brazil

(posted August 7, 2009)

On March 3, 2009, the State of São Paulo Health Secretariat, Brazil, recognized, for the first time, the top ten public general hospitals and top five maternity hospitals, according to the opinion of Unified Health System (SUS) users. A total of 60,200 patients, who had been cared for at 500 public or affiliated philanthropic hospitals, were asked to complete questionnaires, sent November–December 2007 and April–June 2008. The chosen hospitals received top scores from more than 100 respondents. The initiative, called "SUS-evaluation," was established to monitor quality of care and satisfaction, recognize services providing a high level of attention to clients, and increase efficient health management in the public system. Patients were asked about their level of satisfaction with health professionals, accommodations, waiting time, and overall care. For maternity hospitals, there were questions on humanization of care during delivery.

The maternity hospital voted best was Hospital da Mulher–CAISM (Centro de Atenção Integral à Saúde da Mulher), State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, São Paulo. The Obstetrics Division Director is 2003 FAIMER Institute Fellow and Co-Director of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute (Brazil-FRI), Eliana Amaral.

Among the ten best general hospitals, the second highest rated was Hospital das Clínicas de Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo, where Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Associate Director and 2006 FAIMER Institute Fellow Valdes Bollela is an Outpatient Clinic Manager. Also affiliated with the hospital are FAIMER faculty member Luis Ernesto Troncon and 2007 Brazil-FRI Fellow Juan Stuardo Yazlle Rocha, both Professors at the Universidade de São Paulo, Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto.

The third most highly rated hospital in this category was the Hospital das Clínicas – Unidade Materno Infantil, which is affiliated with the Faculdade de Medicina de Marília, São Paulo. Brazil-FRI Associate Director and 2006 FAIMER Institute Fellow Paulo Marcondes Carvalho and 2008 Brazil-FRI Fellow Carlos Alberto Lazarini are Assistant Professors at the Faculdade de Medicina.

According to the São Paulo State Secretary of Health, Dr. Luiz Roberto Barradas Barata, “The SUS in São Paulo is very proud of these hospitals, and the ones who recognized the institutions as the best are the users themselves. This evaluation strategy was fundamental to know what has been done for hospital care and what needs to be improved. It has become an extremely important management tool.”

47th Brazilian Congress on Medical Education

(posted August 7, 2009)

The 47th Brazilian Congress on Medical Education (COBEM) will be held October 17–20, 2009, in Curitiba, Paraná. Participation by FAIMER Fellows is expected to be significant. Serving as President of the Congress is 2008 Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellow Patricia Tempski, and the eight-member Scientific Committee includes four Fellows: George Dantas Azevedo (BRAZ 2007), Regina Maria Lugarinho Da Fonseca (BRAZ 2008), Paulo Marcondes Carvalho (PHIL 2006), and Edna Regina Pereira (BRAZ 2008). A special section at the event has been reserved for FAIMER, where abstracts from the projects of the more than 75 Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows will be available, along with information about the FAIMER experience. FAIMER Fellows will also participate as abstract reviewers, invited guests, and presenters. So far, more than 1,900 registrations and 1,600 abstracts have been received for the Congress. For more information on COBEM 2009, visit http://www.cobem2009.com.br/index.php. To see the organizing team, visit http://www.cobem2009.com.br/comissoes/index.php.

James A. Hallock Invited to Deliver Miriam Friedman Memorial Lecture

(posted August 3, 2009)

James A. Hallock, M.D., President Emeritus of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG®) and FAIMER Senior Scholar, has been invited to conduct the Sociedad Española de Educación Médica (SEDEM) Miriam Friedman Memorial Lecture at the 2009 annual conference of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE). The topic of Dr. Hallock’s lecture will be “Evolution of Clinical Skills Assessment: Miriam Would Be Proud!”

Miriam Friedman Ben-David was a leader in the field of medical education and, in particular, clinical skills assessment. She served as Co-Director of ECFMG’s Clinical Skills Assessment (CSA®) program. From 1998 to 2004, the ECFMG CSA evaluated the clinical skills of international medical graduates seeking to enter postgraduate medical education in the United States. ECFMG’s experience in developing and delivering the CSA forms the basis of its role as a partner, with the National Board of Medical Examiners® (NBME®), in the Clinical Skills Evaluation Collaboration (CSEC), which is responsible for the delivery of the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) Step 2 Clinical Skills (CS) examination to both international and U.S./Canadian medical school graduates. Dr. Hallock’s lecture will reflect on the evolution of clinical skills assessment and the impact of Dr. Friedman Ben-David’s contributions to the field.

A list of selected references that focus on the work of Dr. Friedman Ben-David and her colleagues appears below.

Ben-David MF. Life beyond OSCE. Medical Teacher. 2003 May; 25(3):239-240.

Ben-David MF, Boulet JR, Burdick WP, Ziv A, Hambleton RK, Gary NE. Issues of validity and reliability concerning who scores the post-encounter patient-progress note. Academic Medicine. 1997 Oct; 72(10 Suppl 1):S79-S81.

Ben-David MF, Klass DJ, Boulet J, De Champlain A, King AM, Pohl HS, Gary NE. The performance of foreign medical graduates on the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) standardized patient examination prototype: a collaborative study of the NBME and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Medical Education. 1999 Jun; 33(6):439-446.

Ben-David MF, Snadden D, Hesketh A. Linking appraisal of PRHO professional competence of junior doctors to their education. Medical Teacher. 2004 Feb; 26(1):63-70.

Boulet JR, Ben-David MF, Burdick W, Ziv A, Gary N, Hambleton RK. An Investigation of the Sources of Measurement Error in the Post-Encounter Written Scores from Standardized Patient Examinations. Advances in Health Science Education Theory and Practice. 1998; 3(2):89-100.

Boulet JR, Ben-David MF, Ziv A, Burdick WP, Curtis M, Peitzman S, Gary NE. Using standardized patients to assess the interpersonal skills of physicians. Academic Medicine. 1998 Oct; 73(10 Suppl):S94-S96.

Burdick WP, Ben-David MF, Swisher L, Becher J, Magee D, McNamara R, Zwanger M. Reliability of performance-based clinical skill assessment of emergency medicine residents. Academic Emergency Medicine. 1996 Dec; 3(12):1119-1123.

Friedman M, Mennin SP. Rethinking critical issues in performance assessment. Academic Medicine. 1991 Jul; 66(7):390-395.

Friedman M, Prywes M. [Internship evaluation by Israeli medical graduates]. Harefuah. 1988 Jan 15;114(2):83-87. Hebrew.

Friedman M, Prywes M, Benbassat J. Variability in doctors' problem-solving as measured by open-ended written patient simulations. Medical Education. 1989 May;23(3):270-275.

Friedman M, Sutnick AI, Stillman PL, Norcini JJ, Anderson SM, Williams RG, Henning G, Reeves MJ. The use of standardized patients to evaluate the spoken-English proficiency of foreign medical graduates. Academic Medicine. 1991 Sep;66(9 Suppl):S61-S63.

Friedman M, Sutnick AI, Stillman PL, Regan MB, Norcini JJ. The relationship of spoken-English proficiencies of foreign medical school graduates to their clinical competence. Academic Medicine. 1993 Oct;68(10 Suppl):S1-S3.

Gary NE, Sabo MM, Shafron ML, Wald MK, Ben-David MF, Kelly WC. Graduates of foreign medical schools: progression to certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. Academic Medicine. 1997 Jan;72(1):17-22.

Gómez Sáez JM, Pujol Farriols R, Martínez Carretero JM, Blay Pueyo C, Jaurrieta Mas E, Friedman M, Sutnick A. [The COMBELL project. Analysis of the medical clinical competence]. Medicina Cliníca. 1995 Nov 18;105(17):649-651. Spanish.

Henkin Y, Friedman M, Bouskila D, Kushnir D, Glick S. The use of patients as student evaluators. Medical Teacher. 1990;12(3-4):279-289.

Keynan A, Friedman M, Benbassat J. Reliability of global rating scales in the assessment of clinical competence of medical students. Medical Education. 1987 Nov;21(6):477-481.

Lunenfeld E, Weinreb B, Lavi Y, Amiel GE, Friedman M. Assessment of emergency medicine: a comparison of an experimental objective structured clinical examination with a practical examination. Medical Education. 1991 Jan;25(1):38-44.

Mires GJ, Ben-David MF, Preece PE, Smith B. Educational benefits of student self-marking of short-answer questions. Medical Teacher. 2001 Sep;23(5):462-466.

Phillip M, Friedman M, Benor D. Problem-based clinical confrontation modules planned and conducted by students. Israeli Journal of Medical Science. 1987 Sep-Oct;23(9-10):1035-1037.

Sachdeva AK, Loiacono LA, Amiel GE, Blair PG, Friedman M, Roslyn JJ. Variability in the clinical skills of residents entering training programs in surgery. Surgery. 1995 Aug;118(2):300-308; discussion 308-9.

Sensi S, Ben-David MF, Guagnano MT, Merlitti D, Pace-Palitti V, Danieli G, Gabrielli A, Vettore L, Benini F, Capelli MC, Bartoli E, Tenore A, Bernasconi C, Grignani G, Monga G, Del Prever EB, Cavallo-Perin P, Massè A, Pagliardi G, Curtoni S. [Assessment of clinical competence of medical school graduates in Italy with standardized patients. The opinion of the examinees]. Recenti Progressi in Medicina. 1998 Nov;89(11):575-577. Italian.

Stern DT, Ben-David MF, De Champlain A, Hodges B, Wojtczak A, Schwarz MR. Ensuring global standards for medical graduates: a pilot study of international standard-setting. Medical Teacher. 2005 May;27(3):207-213.

Stillman PL, Regan MB, Haley HL, Norcini JJ, Friedman M, Sutnick AI. The use of a patient note to evaluate clinical skills of first-year residents who are graduates of foreign medical schools. Academic Medicine. 1992 Oct;67(10 Suppl):S57-S59.

Sutnick AI, Stillman PL, Norcini JJ, Friedman M, Regan MB, Williams RG, Kachur EK, Haggerty MA, Wilson MP. ECFMG assessment of clinical competence of graduates of foreign medical schools. Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. JAMA. 1993 Sep 1;270(9):1041-1045.

Sutnick AI, Stillman PL, Norcini JJ, Friedman M, Williams RG, Trace DA, Schwartz MA, Wang Y, Wilson MP. Pilot study of the use of the ECFMG clinical competence assessment to provide profiles of clinical competencies of graduates of foreign medical schools for residency directors. Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates. Academic Medicine. 1994 Jan;69(1):65-67.

Ziv A, Ben-David MF, Sutnick AI, Gary NE. Lessons learned from six years of international administrations of the ECFMG's SP-based clinical skills assessment. Academic Medicine. 1998 Jan;73(1):84-91.

John Norcini Conducts Student Certification and Assessment Workshops in Santiago, Chile

(posted July 27, 2009)

The Office of Educational Development at the Facultad de Medicina Clínica Alemana, Universidad del Desarrollo, in Santiago, Chile, invited FAIMER President and CEO, John Norcini, Ph.D., to conduct workshops on student certification and assessment, June 23-25, 2009. Many faculty members from the university, including FAIMER Institute Fellows, were in attendance.

Dr. Norcini led workshops for faculty in the Health Professions Education Diploma program, members of the Office of Educational Development, and others responsible for teaching and assessing students in the health professions. The Health Professions Education Diploma program was established by the Office of Educational Development. FAIMER Institute 2005 Fellow Ricardo Ronco, M.D., is the Head of Development. Working with Dr. Ronco are 2007 FAIMER Institute Fellow Astrid Valenzuela, M.D., and 2009 FAIMER Institute Fellow Janet Bloomfield, M.D.

While in Santiago, Dr. Norcini also participated in a question-and-answer session on assessment at the university’s teaching hospital, Hospital Padre Hurtado. The session was led by Dr. Ricardo Lillo, Educational Coordinator of the hospital.

More information on the workshops is available, in Spanish, on the website of the Facultad de Medicina Clínica Alemana, Universidad del Desarrollo ( http://www.udd.cl/prontus_docencia/site/artic/20090625/pags/20090625114044.html).

A Practical Guide for Medical Teachers, Third Edition

(posted July 27, 2009)

ECFMG President Emeritus and FAIMER Senior Scholar James A. Hallock, M.D., recently contributed the Foreword to A Practical Guide for Medical Teachers, now in its third edition. Since its initial publication in 2001, the book has strived to "provide a bridge between the theoretical aspects of medical education and the practical delivery of enthusiastic teaching." Dr. Hallock has described the work as "an outstanding contribution to the medical education literature which should have significant global appeal." Also contributing to the present volume are FAIMER President and CEO John Norcini, Ph.D., FAIMER Research Scientist Danette W. McKinley, Ph.D., and FAIMER Faculty member, Stewart P. Mennin, Ph.D. Drs. Norcini and McKinley coauthored the chapter on "Standard Setting." Dr. Mennin contributed the chapter on "Academic Standards and Scholarship." Edited by John A. Dent and Ronald M. Harden, A Practical Guide for Medical Teachers was published in June 2009 by Elsevier. For more information, click here.

National Consultative Meeting on Medical Education Standards Held in Nepal

(posted July 8, 2009)

Organized by 2009 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellow Angel Magar through the Nepal Medical Association, a meeting on medical education in Nepal was held June 28, 2009, in Kathmandu. Entitled "National Consultative Meeting on Undergraduate vs. Postgraduate’s Seats: Rationale, Challenges and Future Prospective in Nepal," the meeting addressed the imbalance between the number of medical graduates (approximately 2,000) in Nepal per year and the number of postgraduate seats (approximately 375) available to them. Dr. Magar explained that "with the introduction of privatization in the early 1990s, medical education in Nepal took a giant leap in terms of opening new medical colleges," but that a corresponding growth in the number of positions for graduates has not materialized. Some physicians may pursue careers outside of Nepal, but Dr. Magar points out that the backlog of unplaced physicians may be growing by as much as 1,500 per year, and that "if Nepal doesn’t address the issue in time, there might be a catastrophe in this field." More than 72 stakeholders took part in the meeting, including representatives from Nepal’s Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education, Higher Technical Committee, Planning Commission, and Medical Council, as well as principals, deans, and vice chancellors from Nepal’s colleges, a representative from the World Health Organization, and other Nepalese medical educationists.

All participants in the meeting agreed that there is a need for change in Nepal’s medical education system, and they resolved on the following recommendations:

The Nepal Medical Association will forward these recommendations to the concerned authorities and institutions and will continue to advocate for the changes.

Dr. Magar credits Open University’s Distance Learning Resources for Medical Education program for giving him the inspiration and tools to tackle the issues in his home country. Developed by FAIMER and the World Federation for Medical Education in collaboration with Open University Centre for Education in Medicine in the United Kingdom, the Distance Learning Resources for Medical Education program was created with the understanding that medical education needs worldwide could not be met using conventional training courses. The program includes a series of distance learning modules that focuses on accreditation and standards for medical education institutions with an emphasis on finding practical ways of dealing with their local circumstances.

Deadline for Applications to the FAIMER Institute Extended to January 15

(posted December 23, 2009)

The deadline for applications to the FAIMER Institute has been extended to January 15. Health professions educators from all fields, including medical, dental, nursing, physical therapy, and pharmacy schools, are encouraged to apply.

Global Health Council’s 37th Annual International Conference: New Investigators in Global Health Call for Abstracts

(posted November 23, 2009)

The Global Health Council is inviting authors eligible for the New Investigators in Global Health (NIGH) program to submit abstracts to its annual international conference. The conference is to be held June 14–18, 2010, in Washington, D.C., and is themed “Dateline 2010: Global Health Goals & Metrics.”

According to the council website, “the NIGH program is open to all students currently enrolled in a degree-seeking program in a health-related field or to new professionals who have received their terminal degree in a health-related field within the past two years (i.e., graduating in or since May 2008).”

The deadline for NIGH abstract submission is December 1, 2009.

For complete details on the NIGH program and abstract submission, please visit http://www.globalhealth.org/conference_2010/view_top.php3?id=1007.

For general conference information, please visit http://www.globalhealth.org/conference_2010/.

National Conference on Health Professionals’ Education to be Held in Pune, India

(posted September 17, 2009)

Health professions educators, administrators, and policy makers are invited to attend the National Conference on Health Professionals’ Education (NCHPE) to be held December 12–13, 2009. The conference is being organized by the Department of Medical Education and Technology, Maharashtra University of Health Sciences in Pune, India. The theme of the conference is Good Teaching Practices: Sharing Best Practices in Teaching-Learning and Assessment. Continuing medical education sessions and preconference workshops related to this theme will be conducted December 10–11. The main conference will consist of poster sessions in a unique, interactive discussion format. The conference is supported by FAIMER and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Global Health Affairs, and will be held at the Yashwantrao Chavan Academy of Development Administration (YASHADA), Pune. Many FAIMER Fellows and faculty are expected to participate and present their educational innovation projects, and also serve as speakers, session leaders, and facilitators. To register for the conference, submit abstracts, or to learn more, please visit http://www.nchpe.in/.

International Conference on "Frontiers of Medical Education" Held in São Paulo, Brazil

(posted June 18, 2009)

Health professions educators from approximately 40 medical schools in Brazil gathered May 24–26, 2009, in São Paulo to share research experiences and explore the cutting edge of health professions education at "Frontiers of Medical Education," an international conference organized by the Universidade Cidade de São Paulo (UNICID). FAIMER, in particular the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute (Brazil-FRI), was well represented. Attendees included FAIMER’s Associate Vice President for Research and Data Resources, John R. Boulet, Ph.D.; FAIMER faculty members Stewart Mennin, Ph.D., and Regina Petroni Mennin, Ph.D.; Co-director of Brazil-FRI and 2003 FAIMER Institute Fellow, Eliana Amaral, M.D., Ph.D.; 2006 FAIMER Institute Fellows Valdes Roberto Bollela, M.D., Ph.D., and Paulo Marcondes Carvalho, M.D., Ph.D., M.H.P.E.; 2007 Brazil-FRI Fellows George Dantas Azevedo, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Dione Tavares Maciel, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., and Maria Helena Senger, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D.; 2008 Brazil-FRI Fellows Suely Grosseman, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Valéria Menezes Peixeiro Machado, M.D., M.Sc., and Patricia Tempski, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D.; and 2009 Brazil-FRI Fellow Evelin Muraguchi, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D. FAIMER Fellows and faculty were responsible for about one-half of all the presentations given at the conference.

Also in attendance at the meeting was Ana Estela Haddad, Ph.D., Director of the Department of Health Education Management of the Brazilian Ministry of Health. Dr. Haddad acknowledged the important role of Brazil-FRI as a key faculty development program helping the Ministry of Health’s efforts to advance health professions education and qualify health professionals throughout Brazil.

Ara Tekian Contributes to Assessment Textbook for Health Professions Educators

(posted June 5, 2009)

Long-standing FAIMER Institute and FAIMER Regional Institute faculty member Ara Tekian, Ph.D., has co-authored three chapters in Assessment in Health Professions Education, a new comprehensive textbook on assessment written specifically for members of the health professions education community. Dr. Tekian, who is Associate Professor of Medical Education and Director of International Affairs in the Department of Medical Education, University of Illinois at Chicago, contributed to chapters on standard setting, oral examinations, and assessment portfolios. Published by Routledge in April 2009, and edited by Steven Downing and Rachel Yudkowsky, Assessment in Health Professions Education is available in both hard cover and paperback editions. For more information, please click here.

CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Faculty Conduct Workshop in Gwalior, India

(posted May 28, 2009)
Gwalior Faculty Photo
Gwalior workshop faculty from the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute against the backdrop of historic Gwalior fort, from left to right: Gagandeep Kwatra, Dinesh Badyal, Tejinder Singh, and Sheena Singh
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Faculty from the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute (CMCL-FRI) conducted a medical education workshop at the Gajra Raja Medical College in Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India, April 10–11, 2009. Dinesh Badyal (CMCL 2007), Gagandeep Kwatra (CMCL 2006), Sheena Singh (CMCL 2006), and CMCL-FRI Director Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003) led faculty development sessions employing interactive FAIMER teaching methodologies. The major focus of the program was to equip the participants with skills to provide formative feedback to students in various settings. The sessions on assessment and clinical teaching were used to emphasize the beneficial effect of feedback on student learning.

Participants included six local faculty members who had been trained in India’s National Teacher Training Center (NTTC) program, including the Dean of the College, Dr. S. Sapre. Comparisons between NTTC and FAIMER proved interesting, with FAIMER generally considered the more interactive of the two programs. Dr. Sapre noted that the FAIMER team kept all participants engaged for the entire duration of the workshop, ensured their participation, and prepared them to conduct a second workshop with local facilitators only, an important objective of the program.

The CMCL team also used the workshop as an opportunity to give a brief presentation on FAIMER Regional Institutes.

Dr. Tejinder Singh noted that the participants were very receptive overall, and that an encouraging atmosphere was created prior to the event, thanks to the efforts of local organizers. Dr. A. G. Shingwekar, who coordinated the event, had also invited five "observers" from other medical colleges in the state, and the event was very well covered by the local press. Feedback on the workshop was very positive.

2009 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute

(posted May 28, 2009; updated July 7, 2009; updated August 28, 2009)

The first residential session of the 2009 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute (GSMC-FRI) took place June 8–14, 2009, in Mumbai, India, under the direction of Avinash Supe. The 2009 GSMC-FRI Fellows are:

Seema Anjenaya, M.B.B.S., M.D., Mahatma Gandhi Mission Medical College, Navi Mumbai, India

Manish Bajpai, M.B.B.S., M.D., Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University, Lucknow, India

Rohini Bhadre, Ph.D., K. J. Somaiya Medical College, Sion, India

Suresh Chari, Ph.D., N. K. P. Salve Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Nagpur, India

Karuna Datta, M.B.B.S., M.D., D.N.B., Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India

Nitin Gaikwad, M.B.B.S., M.D., Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Wardha, India

Bhagyalakshmi Gopalan, M.B.B.S., M.S. (Human Anatomy), D. A. Pandu Memorial R. V. Dental College and Hospital, Bangalore, India

Surekha Hippargi, M.B.B.S., M.D., Shri B. M. Patil Medical College, Hospital and Research Centre, Bijapur, India

Ganesh Kamath, M.Sc. (Medical), Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal, India

Santosh Kondekar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Seth G. S. Medical College & King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India

Pramila Menon, M.B.B.S., M.D., Maharashtra University of Health Sciences, Pune, India

Chitra Pai, M.B.B.S., M.D., Mahatma Gandhi Mission Medical College, Navi Mumbai, India

Sushil Pande, M.B.B.S., M.D., N. K. P. Salve Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Center and Lata Mangeshkar Hospital, Nagpur, India

Jayashri Pandya, M.S. (General Surgery), Topiwala National Medical College, Mumbai, India

Sushma Ramraje, M.B.B.S., M.D., Grant Medical College, Mumbai, India

Ipseeta Ray, B.Sc. (Human Biology), M.Sc. (Pharmacology), Mahatma Gandhi Mission Medical College, Navi Mumbai, India

Joseph Sebastian, M.B.B.S., M.S., Dip.N.B., M.Ch., Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Science, Gangtok, India

Fouzia Shersad, M.B.B.S., M.H.P.E., Dubai Medical College for Girls, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Mangala Subramanian, M.B.B.S., M.D., Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre, Bangalore, India

Shambhu Upadhyay, Bachelor of Medicine (Chinese Medicine), M.P.H., Patan Academy of Health Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal

MGM University of Health Sciences Sponsors Continuing Medical Education Program to Celebrate Medical Council of India’s Platinum Jubilee Year

(posted May 28, 2009)

A continuing medical education program entitled Economics of Health Care in Indian Scenario was held in Navi Mumbai, India, on January 28, 2009, in celebration of the "Platinum Jubilee Year" of the Medical Council of India. The event was organized by the Medical Education Department of MGM University of Health Sciences, and Dr. Madhuri Kate (GSMC 2008) served as its convener. Highlights of the program included an "Overview of Medical Education and Health Care Scenario in India" by Dr. Ramji Singh (GSMC 2006) and Dr. Anshu (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009) and a presentation by Dr. Avinash Supe (PHIL 2002), Director of the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute, entitled "Economics of Medical Education."

5th Asian Medical Education Association Conference

(posted May 28, 2009)

The 5th Asian Medical Education Association (AMEA) Conference will take place October 4-7, 2009, at the Universitas Padjadjaran in Bandung, Indonesia. The theme of the conference is "Education for Future Physician: Mosaic in Asia," and invited speakers include FAIMER President and CEO John Norcini, Ph.D., and FAIMER Institute faculty member Ara Tekian, Ph.D. For more information, please visit www.amea2009.fk.unpad.ac.id.

2009 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute

(posted January 13, 2009; updated May 20, 2009)

The first residential session of the 2009 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute (CMCL-FRI) took place January 13–18, 2009, in Ludhiana, India, under the direction of Tejinder Singh. The 2009 CMCL-FRI Fellows are:

Omna Chawla, M.D., Gian Sagar Medical College, Ram Nagar, Banur, India

Singla Deepak, M.D., Maharaja Agarsen Hospital, New Delhi, India

Suchitra Deolalikar, M.D., Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

Jaishree Ganjiwale, M.Sc. (Statistics), Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad, Gujarat, India

James Gonsalves, M.D., Melaka Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia

Muna Jahan, M.B.B.S., M.S., Begum Khaleda Zia Medical College, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Biplab Jamatia, M.D., Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India

Neelkamal Kapoor, M.D., Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, India

Ilesh Kotecha, M.D., Government Medical College, Bhavnagar, India

Bhawan Gharti Magar, M.B.B.S., Kathmandu Medical College, Sinamangal, Nepal

Amrita Mishra, B.A.M.S., M.D., Mahatma Gandhi Ayurved College, Hospital and Research Centre, Sawangi, India

Rakesh Mittal, M.D., Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum, India

Jasleen Narula, M.D., Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

Ranabir Pal, M.D., Sikkim-Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Gangtok, India

Jayshree Phurailatpam, M.D., Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal, India

Alka Rawekar, M.D., Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Wardha, India

Srikesavan Sabapathy, M.P.T., Shree Ghantakaran Mahavir Physiotherapy College and Rehabilitation Center, Godhra, India

Mala Sethi, M.D., Government Medical College, Chandigarh, India

Krishna Mohan Surapaneni, M.Sc., Ph.D., M.R.S.C., Saveetha Medical College, Chennai, India

Jayant Vagha, M.D., Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Wardha, India

IFME: 2009 Fellows and Recent Graduates

(posted May 20, 2009)

Noor Fatima Ahsen, M.B.B.S., 2006 FAIMER Institute Fellow, and Sheena Singh, M.B.B.S., M.D., 2006 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellow, have been selected as participants in FAIMER’s International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME) program. Both Fellows will be pursuing a Master of Health Professions Education (M.H.P.E.) degree at Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

Dr. Ahsen, a 2008-2009 FAIMER Institute Global Faculty Advisor, plans to focus on curriculum development, teaching methods, and student assessment. Her goal is to take on greater organizational leadership roles and make important contributions to medical education research in her position as a public health consultant in Pakistan.

Dr. Singh is the first Regional Institute Fellow to enter the IFME program. She plans to study curriculum design, principles of andragogy, assessment, and project management, as well as further develop her leadership and research skills. Her goal is to apply what she learns from the program in her role as a CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Faculty Advisor.

Four Fellows, all from the FAIMER Institute class of 2003, have completed the IFME program and have earned their M.H.P.E. degree from Maastricht University:

Huseyin Cahit Taskiran, M.D., M.H.P.E., completed the program in May 2008. His thesis is entitled "Taking Skills Mastery to the Next Level: A Needs Assessment Study for an Outcome-based Curriculum Design."

Elena Barragan, M.D., Ph.D., M.H.P.E, also completed the program in May 2008. Her thesis is entitled "Novice Faculty Development Programme Evaluation."

Ahuka Ona Longombe, M.D., Ph.D., M.H.P.E., completed the program in October 2008. His thesis is entitled "Factors Associated with Students’ Academic Success at a Medical School: Students’ Characteristics."

Tejinder Singh, M.D., D.N.B., F.I.A.P., Masters Distance Education, M.H.P.E., had his thesis, entitled "Identification of Needs and Priorities of Pedagogic Themes for Faculty Development in India," approved in April 2009 and will receive his official degree in June.

The IFME program provides support for participating Fellows to pursue advanced degrees in health professions education at selected institutions that offer distance learning programs. The program prepares participants to take on greater educational leadership roles at their home institutions, as well as at FAIMER’s Regional Institutes, with the ultimate goal of improving local health care. Originally open only to FAIMER Institute Fellows, the opportunity to enter the IFME program was expanded in December 2008 to include Fellows from FAIMER’s Regional Institutes. IFME Fellows are selected by FAIMER.

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

2009 FAIMER Institute Fellows Announced

(posted April 16, 2009; updated May 20, 2009; updated October 2, 2009)

The 2009 FAIMER Institute will begin in Philadelphia in October. The following individuals have been selected to participate:

Dr. Anshu, M.D., M.B.B.S., Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, India

Rukhsana Aslam, M.B.B.S., Lahore Medical and Dental College, Lahore, Pakistan

Dinesh Badyal, M.B.B.S., M.D., Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

Janet Bloomfield, M.D., Universidad del Desarrollo, Santiago, Chile

Andrea Dávila-Cervantes, M.D., Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Mexico City, Mexico

Martha Delgado, M.Sc., M.D., Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogota, Colombia

Rosiane Diniz, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil

Yasser El-Wazir, M.B.Ch.B., Ph.D., Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt

Tesfaye Gebremedhin, M.D., M.P.H., Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia

Mahinda Kommalage, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., University of Ruhuna, Galle, Sri Lanka

Abdel-Karim Koumare, M.D., M.P.H., Ecole Nacional de Medecine, Bamako, Mali

Francisco Lamus, M.D., M.P.H., Universidad de la Sabana, Bogotá, Colombia

Marykutty Mammen, B.Sc., Ph.D., Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, South Africa

Ramalingam Sankaran, M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Tegbar Sendekie, M.D., M.P.H., Gondar College of Medical Sciences, Gondar, Ethiopia

Muhammad Tariq, M.B.B.S., Aga Khan Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan

FAIMER President and CEO John Norcini Receives Hubbard Award

(posted April 16, 2009)

FAIMER President and CEO John Norcini, Ph.D., is the 2009 recipient of the prestigious National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) John P. Hubbard Award. Established in 1983, in honor of the late John P. Hubbard, M.D., long-time esteemed CEO of the NBME, the award is presented to individuals who have made distinguished contributions to the field of evaluation in medicine. The Hubbard award recognizes Dr. Norcini’s commitment to excellence in medical education, his rigorous pursuit of high standards in scholarship, his broad and prolific publications and presentations history, and his tireless work on behalf of FAIMER. Dr. Norcini’s accomplishments in the field of assessment are considered both wide-ranging and pioneering.

The award was announced on March 26, 2009 at the Annual Meeting of the NBME Membership. For more information, please visit http://www.nbme.org/about/Hubbard/2009-hubbard-recipient.html.

2009 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute

(posted April 10, 2009; updated May 20, 2009, May 28, 2009)

The first residential session of the 2009 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute (PSG-FRI) took place April 18–24, 2009, in Coimbatore, India, under the direction of Thomas Chacko. The 2009 PSG-FRI Fellows are:

Lakshmi Achanta, M.D., Kakatiya Medical College, Warangal, India

Roopa Bellad, M.B.B.S., M.D., Jawarharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum, India

Leena Francis, M.Sc. (Nursing), M.A., M.Sc. (Psych.), PSG College of Nursing, Coimbatore, India

Marina Joseph, M.B.B.S., M.D., Comm. Med. Dip. N.B., C.T.A., Malankara Orthodox Syrian Church Medical College, Kolenchery, India

Latha Kumar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Ph.D., Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore, India

Jayalakshmi Lingaraj, M.B.B.S., M.D., Vydehi Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Bangalore, India

Kalpana M.K., M.B.B.S., M.D., M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, India

Satheesha Nayak, M.Sc., Ph.D., Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal, India

Sairu Philip, M.B.B.S., M.D., T.D. Medical College, Alappuzha, India

Seema S.R., M.B.B.S., M.D., M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, India

Vinutha Shankar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College, Kolar, India

Ranjana Sahasrabude, M.Sc., Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College, Maharashtra, India

Y.S. Sivan, M.A., Ph.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Coimbatore, India

Ragunanthanan Srinivasan, M.B.B.S., M.D., Madras Medical College, Chennai, India

Roopa Srivasan, M.B.B.S., M.D. (Physiology), P.G.D.M.C.H., Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Tamil Nadu, India

Venkata Sujatha Vellanki, M.B.B.S., M.S.-O.G., Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences, Narketpally, India

African Journal of Health Professions Education

(posted April 10, 2009)

A new online peer-reviewed publication dedicated specifically to health professions education on the continent of Africa is currently in development. Under the editorial leadership of 2001 FAIMER Institute Fellow Vanessa Burch, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Ph.D., Co-Director of the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute, the African Journal of Health Professions Education will publish research articles, letters, editorials, practical education pieces, and opinion pieces focusing on health professions education in Africa.

The editorial board of the journal will be comprised of African and international health professions educators. Initial plans are to publish semiannually for the first two years with the hope of increasing the publication frequency as the journal becomes more established and submissions increase. The inaugural issue is expected to be available sometime in the second half of 2009. Publication costs for the journal are being funded by the publishers of the South African Medical Journal, an internationally accredited publication.

For more information on the African Journal of Health Professions Education, please visit www.ajhpe.org.za. To submit work for publication, please register on the website and check the "author" box before completing your submission.

6th Asia-Pacific Medical Education Conference Held in Singapore

(posted March 27, 2009)

FAIMER Fellows played a prominent role at the 6th Asia-Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC), held February 21–22, 2009, at the National University of Singapore. The theme of the conference was "Energizing the Educational Mission of Medical Schools," and nine FAIMER Fellows participated: Payal Bansal (PHIL 2007), Thomas Chacko (PHIL 2004), Hem Lata (CMCL 2007), Sheena Singh (CMCL 2006), Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003), Jayanthi V. (CMCL 2007), Rashmi Vyas (PHIL 2003), Dinesh Badyal (CMCL 2007), and Ashwini Karve (GSMC 2006).

A forum led by FAIMER Fellows addressing the theme "Developing the Field of Medical Education in India" was held on the first day of the conference and drew approximately 50 attendees. Dr. Vyas opened the forum with a presentation on "FAIMER Fellows in India: Demonstrating Field Leadership." Also presenting were Dr. Chacko, on "FAIMER Regional Institutes: Meeting Faculty Development Needs of Mid-Level Educators," and Dr. Tejinder Singh, on "Bridging the Gap: Online Discussions for Faculty Development in Resource Constrained Settings."

In a "Future Leaders Forum," Dr. Bansal spoke on "Priorities and Strategies for Capacity Building to Improve Health Sciences Education Systems in Developing Countries," in which she shared her experiences on the joint faculty development and capacity building project between FAIMER and the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences in the state of Maharashtra in India. Dr. Bansal also conducted a workshop on the One Minute Preceptor. Drs. Badyal, Hem Lata, and Sheena Singh contributed with poster presentations.

Overall, APMEC 2009 made an important contribution toward the goal of emphasizing the primary educational mission of medical schools in the face of pressures placed upon them to serve as research institutions and/or clinical centers.

Faculty Development Efforts Continue in Maharashtra, India, with Consultation of Deans

(posted March 27, 2009)

As part their ongoing collaborative efforts to improve medical education in India through capacity building, FAIMER and the Department of Medical Education and Technology (MET) of the Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) organized the All Maharashtra Deans Consultation, a meeting of deans of the 41 medical schools associated with MUHS. The meeting, which took place January 12 and 13, 2009, in Pune, set the following objectives:

FAIMER Fellows taking part in the meeting included Payal Bansal (PHIL 2007), Avinash Supe (PHIL 2002), Rita Sood (PHIL 2005), Vivek Saoji (PHIL 2003), and Arun Jamkar (PHIL 2004). Facilitating the meeting was William Burdick, FAIMER’s Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute. Other stakeholders in the meeting included the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the Medical Council of India, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the Maharashtran Ministry of Health.

Following sessions that included brainstorming, affinity mapping, presentations, and group work, four key areas emerged for promoting faculty development in India:

An important outcome of the meeting was a plan to create an on-line discussion group to support continued networking of participants and to discover synergies among the different institutions as faculty development plans move forward.

Feedback on the meeting was very positive. Participants appreciated the interactive processes employed as well as the spirit of cooperation embraced by so many leaders.

International Conference on Medical Education (ICME) 2009 Held in Islamabad, Pakistan

(posted March 11, 2009; updated March 27, 2009)

The International Conference on Medical Education (ICME) was held January 26 and 27, 2009, in Islamabad, Pakistan. Organized by Riphah International University in collaboration with the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan and the Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PM&DC), ICME was the first meeting of its kind in Pakistan. Highlighting his government’s commitment to health professions education was the country’s Prime Minister, Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani, who affirmed that "proper academic training can bring a scientific revolution in the country." Other officials attending the conference included the Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan, Fehmida Mirza, M.B.B.S., and the Executive Director of HEC, Prof. S. Sohail H. Naqvi, Ph.D.

FAIMER played a prominent role in the conference. Invited speakers included FAIMER President and CEO John Norcini, Ph.D., and FAIMER Institute Faculty Members Ara Tekian, Ph.D., M.H.P.E., and M. Brownell Anderson, M.Ed., Senior Director, Educational Affairs, for the Association of American Medical Colleges. Dr. Norcini led sessions on "Challenges" in medical education, "Curriculum" issues, and "Assessment," and presented on "Assessment and Feedback in the Context of Clinical Training." Dr. Tekian led sessions on "Innovations" in medical education and "Teaching Strategies," and presented on "Integration of Patient Safety Concepts into the Undergraduate Medical Education Curriculum." Dr. Anderson led a session on "Behavior and Attitude in Learning" and presented on "Challenges in Medical Education: What Does the 21st Century Hold?"

FAIMER Fellows participating in the conference included Tara Jaffery, M.B.B.S., M.D. (PHIL 2005), Zahra Ladhani, R.N., R.M., B.Sc.N., M.P.H. (PHIL 2007), Imran Shaikh, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., (PHIL 2006), and Zareen Zaidi, M.B.B.S., M.D. (PHIL 2008). Drs. Jaffery and Zaidi presented on the subject of integration and Dr. Shaikh spoke on the topic of assessment. Dr. Zaidi also won the award for best oral presentation at the conference for her work on curriculum development at Foundation University Medical College in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. The award included a cash prize of 25,000 rupees.

In another presentation at the conference, PM&DC announced that Medical Education has been added as a specialty, making the field a career path for tenure and promotion.

2009 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute

(posted March 3, 2009; updated March 15, 2009, May 20, 2009)

The first residential session of the 2009 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) took place March 5–10, 2009, in Cape Town, South Africa, under the direction of Vanessa Burch and Gboyega Ogunbanjo. The 2009 SAFRI Fellows are:

Mohamed Abdelrahman, M.B.B.S., M.D., University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan

Ezera Agwu, B.Sc., Kampala International University, Bushenyi, Uganda

Wilfred Arubaku, B.D.S., Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Mbarara, Uganda

Ephraim Dafiewhare, M.B.B.S., Kampala International University, Bushenyi, Uganda

Johan Dempers, M.B.Ch.B., FC Path, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Mubuuke Gonzaga, B.Sc., Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Felicia Mazwi, R.N., Walter Sisulu University, Mthatha, South Africa

Lakshini McNamee, B.Sc., M.Ed., University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Nyengo Mkandawire, M.B.B.S., University of Malawi College of Medicine, Blantyre, Malawi

Safinah Museene, B.Sc., R.N., Kibuli School of Nursing, Kampala, Uganda

Velaphi Ndimande, M.B.Ch.B., University of Limpopo, Medunsa, South Africa

Alfeu Passanduca, M.D., Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo, Mozambique

Paul Pensulo, Dip. Med., University of Malawi, Blantyre, Malawi

Julia Schurgers, B.Sc., University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia

Rachel Weiss, M.B.Ch.B., University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

International Opportunities in Medical Education (IOME) Database Now Searchable

(posted March 3, 2009)

The directory of International Opportunities in Medical Education (IOME), a joint project of FAIMER and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), is now available in a searchable format. Launched in 2007, IOME contains information about international opportunities for medical students, residents, and faculty. This resource was created based on the responses to a survey administered by FAIMER and AAMC. In February 2009, IOME was enlarged to allow users to search for records by school name, type of opportunity, and geographic location. This directory is freely available on the FAIMER website. To search IOME, please visit http://iome.faimer.org.

Workshops on Educational Objectives and Research in Bogotá, Colombia

(posted March 3, 2009)

The annual conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) took place in Bogotá, Colombia, from September 27 to October 2, 2008. FAIMER staff and Fellows played an active role at the conference. FAIMER staff included John R. Boulet, Associate Vice President for Research and Data Resources, and William Burdick, Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute. FAIMER Fellows included Elena Barragan (PHIL 2003), Mary Bermudez-Gomez (PHIL 2007), Ivan Solarte (PHIL 2007), Paulo Carvalho (PHIL 2006), Sarah Kiguli (PHIL 2004), Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde (PHIL 2005), and Samuel Maling (SAFRI 2008).

Prior to the conference, Dr. Burdick led a workshop on educational objectives for the faculty at the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. The workshop was conducted to support the work of Drs. Bermudez-Gomez and Solarte, who are leading a major curriculum restructuring effort at the school. Approximately 50 faculty members from the School of Medicine took part in the practicum and worked in teams to create educational objectives and develop related student assessment methods.

On September 27, a pre-conference workshop was held on research methods in medical education. Drs. Burdick and Boulet presented an introduction to research methods along with Dr. Bermudez-Gomez and Donald Pathman, Co-Editor-in-Chief of Education for Health, the peer-reviewed journal of The Network: TUFH, and Professor and Research Director at the Department of Family Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Participants in the workshop then developed research questions relevant to projects at their own institutions, and designed research strategies to address those questions. Participants came from Argentina, Colombia, India, Mozambique, Peru, South Africa, Sudan, and Uganda.

2009 Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute

(posted February 13, 2009; updated May 20, 2009)

The first residential session of the 2009 Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute took place February 2–12, 2009, in Porto das Dunas, Brazil, under the direction of Eliana Amaral and Henry Campos. The 2009 Brazil-FAIMER Fellows are:

Iêda Aleluia, M.D., Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública, Salvador, Brazil

Fernando Almeida, M.D., Ph.D., Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo, Sorocaba, Brazil

Antonio Amorim, M.D., Ph.D., Sc.D., Fundação Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso, Cuiabá, Brazil

Elbens Azevedo, Ph.D., Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Londrina, Brazil

Cristiane Barelli, M.D., Universidade de Passo Fundo, Passo Fundo, Brazil

Marcia Bueno, M.D., Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Campinas, Campinas, Brazil

Celia Campanaro, M.D., Faculdade de Medicina de Jundiaí, Jundiaí, Brazil

José Diniz Junior, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Natal, Brazil

José Ferrari, M.D., M.P.H., Universidade Federal de Rondônia, Porto Velho, Brazil

Sandra Fortes, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Jorge Guedes, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal da Bahia, Salvador, Brazil

Vera Koch, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

José Leão, M.D., Faculdade de Ciências Médicas de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil

Fatima Marie Lima, Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, Brazil

Mauricio Marchese, B.Sc., Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Londrina, Brazil

Simone Moraes, M.D., Fundação Universitaria do ABC, Santo André, Brazil

Luciana Motta, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Evelin Muraguchi, Ph.D., Universidade Estadual de Londrina, Londrina, Brazil

Alessandra Naghettini, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Goiás, Goiânia, Brazil

Edméa Oliva-Costa, M.D., M.P.H., Fundação Universidade Federal de Sergipe, Aracaju, Brazil

Alice Prearo, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP), Botucatu, Brazil

Maria Conceição Sampaio, M.D., Ph.D., Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública, Salvador, Brazil

Almira Santos, D.D.S., Ph.D., Universidade Estadual de Ciências da Saúde de Alagoas, Maceió, Brazil

José Scherer, Ph.D., Universidade de Passo Fundo, Passo Fundo, Brazil

Rozangela Wyszomirska, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Estadual de Ciências da Saúde de Alagoas, Maceió, Brazil

FAIMER Fellows Conduct Workshop on Effective Teaching Learning Methods at B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Nepal

(posted February 10, 2009)

In support of an ongoing effort to revitalize health professions education at the B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences in Dharan, Nepal, Bishnu Hari Paudel (PHIL 2007), Soumya Bhattacharya (PHIL 2005), and Shyamal Bhattacharya (PHIL 2006) led a workshop at the Institute on "Effective Teaching Learning Methods and Related Aspects," from December 7 to 12, 2008. Thirty-four health professions educators from five institutions in Nepal participated in sessions on such topics as program evaluation, changing curricula to meet local needs, effective teaching practices, problem-based learning, conflict management, and change management. Educators from outside of Nepal were invited to serve as faculty; included among those contributing was Avinash Supe (PHIL 2002), Director of the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute in Mumbai, India.

An Appreciative Inquiry approach was practiced throughout the workshop and a great deal of emphasis was placed on teamwork. Sessions were designed to encourage broad active participation. Goals of the workshop included not only the continued improvement of health professions education at the B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, but also continued development throughout Nepal, and the fostering of a network of health professions educators across the country. Feedback from participants was positive. The workshop was considered a great success, and there was much interest expressed in conducting similar activities in the future.

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Health Care Leaders at eHealth Conference in Bellagio, Italy, Issue a Call to Action

(posted February 10, 2009)

From July 12 through August 8, 2008, more than 200 global leaders in health care, technology, finance, policy, and government gathered together to share ideas on eHealth, the use of information and communications technology to improve health systems. Sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation, and held at its Bellagio Center in Italy, the conference, entitled "Making the eHealth Connection: Global Partnerships, Local Solutions," explored such topics as public health informatics, interoperability and standards, access to information and knowledge-sharing, eHealth capacity building, electronic health records, mobile telemedicine, unlocking eHealth markets, and eHealth policies. The goal of the conference was to discover ways to leverage eHealth to advance health services worldwide, particularly in under-resourced or developing countries.

Discussion at the conference led to a consensus on goals and priorities for the development and implementation of global, regional, national, and local eHealth systems. These recommendations were consolidated into the Bellagio eHealth Call to Action, an expression of the commitment of stakeholders to improving global health care through eHealth solutions. Supporters of the Call to Action agree to work together to improve the quality, access, affordability, and efficiency of health care through better eHealth solutions. Some specific areas of recommendation include the following:

The signatories of the Bellagio eHealth Call to Action "urge governments, multilateral agencies, development partners, provider organizations, academic, research, and public health institutions, health care workers, entrepreneurs, technology experts from the public and private sectors, and members of civil society to join this Call to Action" in an effort to achieve "better health for all in the 21st century."

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Maharashtra University of Health Sciences Receives Grant from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Global Health Affairs

(posted January 27, 2009)

Maharashtra University of Health Sciences’ (MUHS) Department of Medical Education and Technology (MET) has received a $50,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Global Health Affairs, New Delhi. Payal Bansal (PHIL 2007) of the Department of MET at MUHS has been working with FAIMER in recent months to advance capacity building activities in India. In recognition of the importance of improving medical education in India, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has extended its support to these activities. The grant agreement was signed at the U.S. Consulate in Mumbai on December 19, 2008.

The grant will be used to fund a number of activities, including the following MUHS-FAIMER initiatives:

  1. A consultation of Deans of 41 medical schools located in Maharashtra state, aimed at improving medical education through faculty development programs. A capacity building plan developed jointly by MUHS and FAIMER will be discussed.
  2. Workshops on advanced education and leadership, and continuing professional development topics by national and international experts.
  3. Regional meetings of graduates of the FAIMER Institute and Regional Institutes from Maharashtra for networking and strategic development.
  4. A second MUHS-FAIMER National Conference in Medical Education, to be held in 2009.
  5. Planning meetings for faculty development programs.
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CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Faculty Conduct Workshop in Bangladesh

(posted January 7, 2009; updated January 27, 2009)
CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Faculty
CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Faculty at the First International Training Program for Medical Teachers of Bangladesh, from left to right: Jugesh Chhatwal (PHIL 2007), Dinesh Badyal (CMCL 2007), Sheena Singh (CMCL 2006), Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003), Harpreet Kapoor (CMCL 2006; PHIL 2008).
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Faculty from the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute led the First International Training Program for Medical Teachers of Bangladesh in Dhaka, Bangladesh, December 1-3, 2008. Organized at the request of the Health Ministry of Bangladesh, this workshop was the first conducted outside of India by CMCL-FAIMER faculty. The CMCL-FAIMER team was comprised of Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003), Director of the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute; Harpreet Kapoor (CMCL 2006; PHIL 2008); Sheena Singh (CMCL 2006); Dinesh Badyal (CMCL 2007); and Jugesh Chhatwal (PHIL 2007).

Sixty-five participants from 16 medical schools in Bangladesh took part in sessions on such topics as group dynamics, microteaching, the One-Minute Preceptor (OMP) method, and the Mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise (Mini-CEX) method. Professor Tejinder Singh pointed out that despite the time constraints of the workshop, the leaders decided to showcase FAIMER methodology. "Audience involvement was maximized," he noted, and "every session was skill oriented and used role playing to drive home the point [of the session]." Post-workshop evaluations were very positive.

Prof. Singh credits William Burdick, FAIMER’s Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute, for his guidance and encouragement in bringing about the workshop. The CMCL-FAIMER faculty were delighted by the outcome of the workshop and hope to do more such work in the future.

FAIMER and the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute faculty gratefully acknowledge the financial support of Eskayef Pharmaceuticals Bangladesh Ltd., Mr. A.M. Faruque, Managing Director; the Shaeed Dr. Shamsuddin Foundation, Ziauddin Ahmed, M.D., Executive Director; and Sajjad Islam, M.D., of Odessa, Texas, who made this workshop possible.

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FAIMER Institute Fellows Participate in the 6th Biennial Conference of the Asia-Pacific Association on Problem-Based Learning in Health Sciences

(posted January 7, 2009)

Four FAIMER Institute Fellows played prominent roles at the 6th Biennial Conference of the Asia-Pacific Association on Problem-Based Learning in Health Sciences (APA-PHS), which took place October 15-16, 2008, in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. Debra Sim (PHIL 2007), Professor at the University of Malaya, served on the conference organizing committee as Co-Chair, and Christina Tan (PHIL 2005), Director of the Medical Education & Research Development Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, served as Secretary. Both were also members of the APA-PHS Executive Committee, along with Nor Azila Mohd Adnan (PHIL 2002), Professor of Biochemistry at the University of Malaya. Vanessa Burch (PHIL 2001), Associate Professor, Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town in South Africa and Co-Director of the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute, contributed as a plenary speaker on the subject of assessment.

The theme of the APA-PHS conference was Problem Based Learning (PBL): Challenges and Opportunities. Approximately 170 health professionals attended the event and 80 registered for pre-conference workshops. Participants represented more than 15 countries, with most coming from India, Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia. The conference was noteworthy for increasing the involvement of health professionals from disciplines outside of medical education, including dentistry, pharmacy, and nursing.

One important outcome from the conference was the creation of a list-serve on PBL with further plans to develop it into an electronic forum similar to FAIMER’s Mentoring and Learning Web (ML-Web) discussion forum. The hope is that this forum will facilitate participants’ sharing of PBL expertise and resources and spread the PBL philosophy to a wider audience in the Asia-Pacific region.

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WFME–Iran Joint International Congress on Implementation of WFME Standards in Undergraduate Medical Education

(posted January 7, 2009)

The World Federation for Medical Education (WFME)–Iran Joint International Congress on Implementation of WFME Standards in Undergraduate Medical Education took place on Kish Island, Iran, from November 6-9, 2008. The conference was organized by Elaheh Malakan Rad (PSG 2007), Chair of the Secretariat for Undergraduate Medical Education, and conducted under the auspices of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education of the Islamic Republic of Iran. There were more than 500 participants from 48 universities in Iran, as well as 16 presenters representing eight countries (Australia, Canada, Denmark, India, Singapore, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States). Themes of the congress included Standards and Accreditation, Curriculum and Curricular Reforms, and Assessment and Evaluation.

More than 80 lectures and 200 posters were presented over the course of the four days. In addition to the more formal lectures and workshops held at the congress, two informal "Meet the Experts" sessions were held to provide participants with the opportunity to ask questions of keynote lecturers and network with prominent members of the health professions education community. Avinash Supe (PHIL 2002), Director of the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute; Janet Grant, Director of the Centre for Education in Medicine at the Open University in the United Kingdom and Senior Mentor at the Philadelphia FAIMER Institute; and Thomas Chacko (PHIL 2004), Director of the PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute, served as experts in these sessions and contributed to the congress as workshop leaders and presenters.

Dr. Supe led a workshop on "How to Get Published in Peer-Reviewed Journals" and gave talks on "Accreditation of Medical Schools in India: Lessons Learned from Indian Experiences" and "Competency-based Surgical Education." Prof. Grant led an international workshop on "Distance Learning" and gave talks on "Curriculum and Quality in Medical Education" and "Program Evaluation." Dr. Chacko led workshops on "Academic Leadership" and "Accreditation in Undergraduate Medical Education" and lectured on "Faculty Development: The Need for a Comprehensive Approach." Dr. Malakan Rad added to her contributions with a lecture on "Standard Setting in Examinations."

Dr. Supe praised the work of Dr. Malakan Rad in coordinating the event and noted that "the enthusiasm of participants and [contributors] was beyond expectations." He indicated that the impact of the congress on health professions education in Iran should be far-reaching. Professor Bahram Einollahi, Deputy Minister of Educational Affairs and Chair of the Congress, formally acknowledged the guidance of both Prof. Janet Grant and John Norcini, President and CEO of FAIMER, in making the congress a success.

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National Workshop on "Teaching Learning Methods in Health Professions Education" Held at AIIMS, New Delhi

(posted January 7, 2009)

From November 10-12, 2008, forty-five educators from the medical, nursing, and dental fields gathered together at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), New Delhi to attend the National Workshop on "Teaching Learning Methods in Health Professions Education." Organizing Chair of the event was Rita Sood (PHIL 2005), and faculty included prominent health professions educators from throughout India, including K. Ramnarayan, FAIMER Fellows Avinash Supe (PHIL 2002), Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003), Supten Sarbadhikari (PSG 2007), Payal Bansal (PHIL 2007), Nalin Mehta (PSG 2007), and Kalpana Luthra (CMCL 2006). Payal affirmed that serving on the faculty was "a very enriching experience" and a good "opportunity to network with many more medical educators."

Topics covered during the three-day intensive Workshop included curricular objectives, principles of adult learning, the art of good lecturing, interactive teaching in large groups, microteaching, good teaching practices, problem-based learning, teaching communication skills, teaching clinical skills, professionalism and ethics, and the effective use of technology in instruction. Attendees Praveen Singh (CMCL 2008) and Suman Singh (CMCL 2008) described the sessions as "meticulously planned" with "three full days, full of hands-on activity" that kept participants busy long after the sessions officially ended.

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[last update: May 25, 2010]