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FAIMER Staff Members Appointed to Key Positions in AERA Division I

(posted November 4, 2011)

FAIMER staff members Jack Boulet, Associate Vice President for Research and Data Resources; Danette McKinley, Director, Research and Data Resources; and Marta van Zanten, Research Associate, have been appointed to key positions in Division I of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Division I – Education in the Professions, is dedicated to promoting research and scholarship in education internationally across professions such as architecture, business, dentistry, engineering, law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, physical therapy, and teaching. It furthers its mission by supporting scholarly presentations and publications, providing opportunities for professional growth, enhancing communication and outreach, and promoting educational research to inform policy and practice.

Dr. Boulet is serving as Chair of the Division I Program Committee for the 2012 AERA Annual Meeting. The theme of the meeting is “Satis Scire: To Know Is Not Enough,” and it will be held in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, April 13-17, 2012. This year, Division I received 119 individual paper and eight symposia submissions. The Division I Program Selection Committee met on October 10, 2011, to discuss and synthesize the many reviews, develop paper session themes, and finalize the program. The program will focus on the development of meaningful educational and assessment programs that go beyond the acquisition and evaluation of knowledge to performance and demonstrated service to the public good.

Dr. McKinley is serving as Co-Chair of the Awards Committee along with Summers Kalishman of the University of New Mexico School of Medicine.

Ms. van Zanten is serving as Editor of PERQ (Professions Education Research Quarterly), the Division I newsletter. The most recent edition of the newsletter, which is the first edition edited by Ms. van Zanten, can be found here.

FAIMER faculty member Ara Tekian of the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine is Vice President of Division I. He was elected to a four-year term beginning in 2009. For more information on AERA Division I, please visit the Division I section of the AERA website.

The Network: Towards Unity for Health 2011 Conference

(posted November 4, 2011)

The Network: Towards Unity for Health (The Network: TUFH) held its annual conference September 17-21 in Graz, Austria. Approximately 250 participants from more than 40 countries gathered for this year’s meeting, themed “Integrating Public and Personal Health Care in a World on the Move.” The conference was co-hosted by the Medical University of Graz and the Styrian Academy of Family Practice.

More than 20 FAIMER faculty, staff, and Fellows participated in the meeting, serving as conference organizers, keynote speakers, presenters, facilitators, and discussants. Two Fellows, Sarah Kiguli (PHIL 2004) and Francisco (Pacho) Lamus Lemus (PHIL 2009), are members of The Network: TUFH Executive Committee. Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute Page Morahan participated in a round table plenary session, and FAIMER Associate Director of Evaluation and Planning Stacey Friedman gave a keynote presentation entitled “Measuring Social Networks: Understanding and Supporting Relationships to Transform Health Care.”

Conference activities included a session for the FAIMER Regional Initiative in Latin America (FRILA). This session, co-facilitated by Ricardo Borda (PHIL 2008) of Colombia and Irene Durante-Montiel (PHIL 2008) of Mexico, invited FRILA members and other interested conference participants to discuss current and future opportunities for advancing the field of health professions education in the Latin American region. It also provided a forum for participants to brainstorm about future collaboration between FRILA and The Network. Another session, co-facilitated by Elsie Kiguli-Malwadde (PHIL 2005) of Uganda, who represented the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), and Ben van Heerden (PHIL 2006) of South Africa, who represented the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI), provided an opportunity for discussion among those interested in FAIMER initiatives or MEPI projects in Africa. Attendees were encouraged to share information about their respective activities in an effort to identify common themes and objectives and to explore opportunities for future cooperation to advance them.

For more information on the 2011 conference, visit http://www.the-networktufh.org/conferences/previous-conferences/2011.

2011 Association for Medical Education in Europe Conference

(posted November 4, 2011)

The 2011 Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) Conference was held August 27-31 in Vienna, Austria. More than 2,700 participants from 84 countries attended, and approximately 2,000 abstracts were submitted. Session formats included workshops, short communications, posters, specialty courses, symposia, and plenaries.

More than 35 FAIMER faculty, staff, and Fellows participated in AMEE 2011, serving as session chairs, course and workshop faculty, presenters, and discussants.

President and CEO of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), and Chair of FAIMER’s Board of Directors, Emmanuel G. Cassimatis served as a presenter for a plenary session on International Accreditation of Medical Schools. Dr. Cassimatis also chaired a short communications session on International Collaborations in Medical Education and served as a panelist for the IX Ibero-American Session—Globalization and Accreditation in Medical Education: Its Impact in the Americas symposium. FAIMER Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute William P. Burdick served as chair of a poster session on Work Based Assessment, and FAIMER President John Norcini chaired a short communications session on the same topic. FAIMER Senior Scholar W. Dale Dauphinee served as chair of a plenary session on Evidence Based Teaching, as well as chair and opening discussant for a short communications session on Best Evidence Medical Education (BEME). FAIMER Research Associate Marta van Zanten chaired a short communications session on International Medical Graduates.

Several FAIMER faculty members served as facilitators of courses, workshops, and sessions at AMEE 2011. M. Brownell Anderson and John Norcini co-conducted the Essential Skills in Medical Education Assessment (ESMEA) Course. Stewart P. Mennin co-conducted the Essential Skills in Medical Education (ESME) Course. 2003 FAIMER Institute Fellow and Co-Director of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Eliana Amaral served as opening discussant for a short communications session on Student Engagement with the Curriculum. 2002 FAIMER Institute Fellow and Co-Director of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Henry Campos served as opening discussant for a short communications session on The Curriculum. 2004 FAIMER Institute Fellow and Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute faculty member Francois Cilliers served as chair of the Staff Development poster session, and FAIMER Institute faculty member Gerald P. Whelan served as chair of the International poster session. For more information on the AMEE 2011 conference, including a complete program listing, see http://www.amee.org/index.asp?lm=132&cookies=True.

National Consultations on Reforms in Medical Education Take Place at Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad, India

(posted November 4, 2011)

Pramukhswami Medical College in Karamsad, India, hosted National Consultations on Reforms in Medical Education, April 1-3, 2011. Eight FAIMER Fellows from Pramukhswami organized the event, among them Himanshu Pandya (CMCL 2007), who served as Organizing Secretary. The consultations addressed four broad areas of medical education in India:

Within each of these areas, 40 health professions education experts from India and abroad debated two or three subthemes over the course of the three-day meeting. Included among the experts were Dr. Pandya, Anshu (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009), Chetna Desai (CMCL 2007), Sarmishtha Ghosh (GSMC 2007), Sanjay Gupta (GSMC 2011), Praveen Singh (CMCL 2008), Suman Singh (CMCL 2008), Uday Shankar Singh (GSMC 2008), and Rita Sood (PHIL 2005).

Recommendations arising from the debates were presented on the last day of the Consultations and included the following:

On hand to hear the recommendations were Dr. S. K. Sarin, Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Medical Council of India, and Dr. Harish Padh, Vice Chancellor, Sardar Patel University.

Looking forward, Pramukhswami Medical College plans to host additional national-level consultations to facilitate regular dialogue and debate in an effort to promote the incorporation of further reforms and trends in medical education commensurate with India’s health care needs.

New Distance Learning Diploma Program in Health Professions Education to be Conducted in Arabic

(posted September 13, 2011)

The International Center for Training in Medical Education and Distance Learning of the Medical Education Department, Faculty of Medicine, Suez Canal University (MED-FOM-SCU), in Ismailia, Egypt, in partnership with the Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office of the World Health Organization (WHO-EMRO), will soon offer a Distance Learning Diploma Program in Health Professions Education for speakers of Arabic. MED-FOM-SCU will administer the program, and WHO-EMRO will provide funding for development of a website for the program, including an online, distance learning “blackboard” interface, as well as funding for individual educators to participate. Registration is expected to open on December 1, 2011.

FAIMER faculty member Wagdy Talaat (PHIL 2007), Professor and Head of MED-FOM-SCU and Senior Consultant to WHO-EMRO, is spearheading development of the Arabic program, which is an outgrowth of MED-FOM-SCU’s Diploma of Health Professions Education, a distance learning program conducted in English. The English program was established by Professor Talaat as part of his FAIMER educational innovation project, and it currently attracts more than 100 Egyptian health professions educators each year. Professor Talaat was also instrumental in the development of the Joint Master of Health Professions Education, which is offered by MED-FOM-SCU in collaboration with Maastricht University in the Netherlands, and the Joint Diploma of Health Professions Education by Distance Learning, a program that serves educators from Iraq and which is offered by MED-FOM-SCU in partnership with Lahaye University in the Netherlands.

Professor Talaat mentions that there is still much work to be completed before the new Arabic program can be launched. In particular, course materials from the diploma program in English must be translated into Arabic, a challenging task that WHO-EMRO is managing. In addition, certain components of the program, such as case studies and examples, must be provided with an Arabic context to make them more relevant to participants. Despite these challenges, all parties eagerly anticipate launching on schedule. Professor Talaat in particular looks forward to sharing FAIMER’s mission and educational methods with an entirely new group of health professions educators in the Mediterranean Region. For more information on the program, e-mail medfomscu@yahoo.com.

2011 South African Association of Health Educationalists Conference

(posted August 18, 2011)

The 4th National South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) Conference was held June 30–July 2, 2011, at the Potchefstroom campus of North-West University, South Africa, with outstanding attendance from members of the FAIMER family representing Argentina, Brazil, Botswana, Sudan, Uganda, the United States, and Zambia, as well as South Africa. The organizing committee included Gerda Botha (SAFRI 2008), Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) faculty member Di Manning (PHIL 2008), SAFRI faculty member Glynis Pickworth (SAFRI 2008), and Liz Wolvaardt (SAFRI 2011).

Following are contributions to the conference by FAIMER staff, faculty, and Fellows.

Invited plenary address:

Conference workshops:

Paper presentations:

Poster presentations:

Catherine Mwesigwa won the award for best poster for her work entitled “Rome Was Not Built in One Day: Continuous Clinical Assessment in Dentistry within a Resource Constrained Environment.” This is the fourth year in a row that a SAFRI Fellow has won this award. The following Fellows’ posters were also highly commended:

Other SAFRI faculty members who attended the conference included FAIMER Associate Director for Regional Institutes Ralf Graves, SAFRI Co-Director Juanita Bezuidenhout (PHIL 2005), Christina Tan (PHIL 2005), Marietjie van Rooyen (PHIL 2006), and Julia Blitz. Also attending the conference were Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Co-Director Henry Campos (PHIL 2002) and Brazil-FAIMER faculty member Paulo Marcondes (PHIL 2006).

For a complete listing of FAIMER contributions, including presentation, workshop, and poster titles, download and view the SAAHE 2011 conference program.

FAIMER Mourns the Loss of Regina Lugarinho

(posted August 11, 2011)
Regina Lugarinho
Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Co-Director Henry Campos and Regina Maria Lugarinho da Fonseca
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The FAIMER family was shocked and saddened recently by the death of Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute faculty member and 2008 Fellow Regina Maria Lugarinho da Fonseca, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., after her struggle with a serious illness. Regina was Associate Professor of Genetics and Molecular Biology at the Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, where she had served as Pro-Rector and as Vice-Rector. A prominent figure in health professions education in Brazil, Regina Lugarinho was in recent years Executive Director of both the Brazilian Association for Medical Education (ABEM) and the National Forum of Health Professions Education (FNEPAS). FAIMER extends its heartfelt condolences to Regina’s two sons, her family, and her friends.

2011 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

(posted June 25, 2011)

The first residential session of the 2011 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute (GSMC-FRI) took place June 6-12, 2011, in Mumbai, India, under the direction of Avinash Supe. The 2011 GSMC-FRI Fellows are:

Parineeta Bhat, M.B.B.S., M.D., Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum, India

Sanjay Gupta, M.B.B.S., M.D., Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad, India

Anjali Kanhere, M.B.B.S., M.D., People’s College of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Bhopal, India

Sukesh Kathpalia, M.B.B.S., M.D., Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, India

Santosh Kshirsagar, M.B.B.S., M.S., Bidar Institute of Medical Sciences, Bidar, India

Seema Kumar, M.B.B.S., M.D., K.J. Somaiya Medical College, Mumbai, India

Gauri Lele, Sinhgad Dental College & Hospital, Pune, India

Sarala Menon, M.Sc., Ph.D., Grant Medical College, Mumbai, India

Ashok Mhaske, M.B.B.S., M.S., People’s College of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Bhopal, India

Rajashree Naik, M.Sc., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India

Sujata Patwardhan, M.B.B.S., M.S., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Deepak Phalke, M.B.B.S., M.D., Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Rural Medical College, Loni, India

Maryada Reddy, M.Sc., Ph.D., Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, India

Santosh Salagre, M.B.B.S., M.D., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Uma Shinde, M.Sc., Ph.D., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Kuldeep Singh, M.B.B.S., M.D., Sri Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences (SAIMS), Indore, India

Vijaykumar Singh, M.B.B.S., M.D., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India

Subba Sonu, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India

2011 FAIMER Institute Fellows

(posted June 30, 2011)

The 2011 FAIMER Institute will begin in Philadelphia, starting October 2. The following individuals have been selected to participate:

Samar Ahmed, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., M.D., M.H.P.E., Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Rachman Bekti, M.B.B.S., M.D., Universitas Brawijaya, Malang, Indonesia

Champica Bodinayake, M.B.B.S., M.D., University of Ruhuna, Galle, Sri Lanka

Josaphat Byamugisha, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Ph.D., Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Alemeshet Gudeta, M.D., Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia

Omayma Hamed, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., Sc.D., King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Maha Hamza, M.B.Ch.B., M.S., Ph.D., M.H.P.E., Alexandria University, Faculty of Dentistry, Alexandria, Egypt

Abid Jameel, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., Postgraduate Medical Institute, Peshawar, Pakistan

Natasha Kunakov, M.B.B.S., M.D., Universidad de Chile, Santiago, Chile

Aminkeng Leke, M.Sc., St. Francis School of Nursing and Midwifery, Bokoko-Buea, Cameroon

Shailesh Lele, M.D.S., Sinhgad Dental College & Hospital, Pune, India

Lili Moraga, M.D., Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile

Ileogben Sunday-Adeoye, M.B.B.S., Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, Nigeria

Bineyam Taye, M.P.H., Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Zhang Yang, M.S., China Medical University, Shenyang, China

Tianming Zuo, M.D., Ph.D., China Medical University, Shenyang, China

2011 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

(posted June 30, 2011)

The first residential session of the 2011 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute took place April 2-8 in Coimbatore, India, under the direction of Thomas Chacko. The 2011 PSG-FAIMER Fellows are:

Althaf A., M.B.B.S., M.D., T.D. Medical College, Alappuzha, India

Kalaiselvan Ganapathy, M.B.B.S., M.D., Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College & Hospital, Puducherry, India

Reneega Gangadhar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, India

Sarath Babu Gillellamudi, M.B.B.S., M.S., Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences, Narketpally, India

Sunil Holla, M.B.B.S., M.D., Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

Rashmi Jain, M.B.B.S., M.S., Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, India

S. Muhammad Salim Khan, M.B.B.S., M.D., Government Medical College, Srinagar, India

Shobha K. L., M.B.B.S., M.D., Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal, India

Ramesh P. Menon , M.B.B.S., M.D., T.D. Medical College, Alappuzha, India

Komala Nanjundaiah, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, India

Subish Palaian, Ph.D., College of Medical Sciences, Bharatpur, Nepal

Sunita Patil, M.B.B.S., M.D., Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Belgaum, India

Rano Mal Piryani, M.B.B.S., M.D., KIST Medical College, Kathmandu, Nepal

Asuma Rahim, M.B.B.S., M.D., Calicut Medical College, Calicut, India

Sharada Rai, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India

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

2011 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) Fellows

(posted June 30, 2011; updated June 28, 2013)

The first residential session of the 2011 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) took place March 2-8, 2011, in Cape Town, South Africa, under the direction of Vanessa Burch and Juanita Bezuidenhout. The 2011 SAFRI Fellows are:

Paula Barnard-Ashton, M.Sc., University of the Witwatersrand, Parktown, South Africa

Sara Brair, M.B.B.S., M.D., Al Neelain University, Khartoum, Sudan

Midion Chidzonga, M.Med.Sc., P.Grad.Dip. (International Research Ethics), D.D.S., M.D., University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

Olufunmilayo (Funmi) Fawole, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

Heike Geduld, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa

Margaret Kabanga, R.N., M.Ed., Mulago Health College, Kampala, Uganda

Mike Kagawa, M.M.Ed., Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Mohamed Labib, M.B.Ch.B., M.M.Ed., University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia

Mange Manyama, M.D., M.Sc., Weill Bugando University, College of Health Sciences, Mwanza, Tanzania

Japhter Masunge, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., University of Botswana, Francistown, Botswana

Ellenore Meyer, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., University of Limpopo, Medunsa, South Africa

Stephen Mshana, M.D., M.Med., Weill Bugando University, College of Health Sciences, Mwanza, Tanzania

Chiratidzo (Rati) Ndhlovu, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

Adenike (Kemi) Ogah, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., Kampala International University, School of Health Sciences, Ishaka, Uganda

Shahd Osman (Hallal), M.B.B.S., Federal Ministry of Health, Khartoum, Sudan

Thomas (Corne) Postma, M.Ch.D. (Community Dentistry), University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Alain Rabenandrasana, M.D., Ph.D., Université de Mahajanga, Mahajanga, Madagascar

Jacqueline (Liz) Wolvaardt, M.P.H., University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

FAIMER Featured in London International Development Center’s New Report on What Works in Distance Learning for Health Professionals

(posted May 3, 2011)

A new report from the London International Development Center (LIDC), “Distance Learning for Health: What Works,” presents findings from a global review of distance learning programs for medical professionals in low- and middle-income countries. The report, authored by Chris Joynes, was launched at the LIDC-3ie seminar “What works in international development? Internet-based medical education: findings and lessons from a realist review.” Both the FAIMER fellowship programs and The Open University-FAIMER-WFME Distance Learning Modules in Medical Education are cited in the report as examples of effective educational models that incorporate distance learning. The FAIMER fellowship programs in particular are noted as having led to concrete changes in curricula and institutional policies at the home institutions of the FAIMER Fellows and beyond. More information on the report, as well as links to summaries and the report in its entirety can be found on the LIDC website.

2011 Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute

(posted May 3, 2011)

The first residential session of the 2011 Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute took place February 7-18, 2011, in Porto das Dunas, Ceará, Brazil, under the direction of Eliana Amaral and Henry Campos. The 2011 Brazil-FAIMER Fellows are:

Jefferson Souza Bernardes, M.S., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Alagoas (UFAL), Maceió, Brazil

Maria do Horto Fontoura Cartana, M.Sc., Ph.D., R.N., Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianópolis, Brazil

Mario Luis Ribeiro Cesaretti, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., Ph.D., Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo - Campus Sorocaba (PUC-SP-SOROCABA), São Paulo, Brazil

Nelson Filice de Barros, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, Brazil

José Miguel de Deus, M.D., M.S., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG), Goiânia, Brazil

Sebastiao Junior Henrique Duarte, M.D., R.N., Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso (UFMT), Cuiabá, Brazil

Franklin Delano Soares Forte, D.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal da Paraíba (UFPB), João Pessoa, Brazil

Gustavo Pereira Fraga, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP), Campinas, Brazil

Marise Reis Freitas, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, Brazil

Isabela de Carlos Back Giuliano, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianópolis, Brazil

Maria de Lourdes Freitas Gomes, M.S., Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública (EBMSP), Salvador, Brazil

Sueli Leiko Takamatsu Goyatá, M.S., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Alfenas (UNIFAL), Alfenas, Brazil

Roberta Cavalcante Lira, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC) - Campus Sobral, Sobral, Brazil

Maria Angelina Silva Medeiros, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade de Fortaleza (UNIFOR), Fortaleza, Brazil

Janne Cavalcante Monteiro, M.Sc., Fundação Universidade Federal de Rondônia (UNIR), Porto Velho, Brazil

Maria Vaudelice Mota, M.D., M.S., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC), Fortaleza, Brazil

Alexandre de Araújo Pereira, M.D., M.Sc., Universidade José do Rosário Vellano (UNIFENAS) - Alfenas, Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Suzana Maria Pires do Rio, M.D., M.Sc., Sc.D., Faculdade de Medicina de Barbacena, Fundação José Bonifácio Lafayette de Andrada (FAME-FUNJOB), Barbacena, Brazil

Silvana Maria Quintana, Ph.D., Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto, Universidade de São Paulo (FMRP-USP), Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

Leila Bitar Moukachar Ramos, M.Med., Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (UFU), Uberlândia, Brazil

Eduardo Sérgio Silva, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de São João del-Rei (UFSJ), São João del-Rei, Brazil

João Luiz Gurgel Calvet Silveira, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Regional de Blumenau (FURB), Blumenau, Brazil

Taciana Figueiredo Soares, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Sandra Helena Cerrato Tibiriçá, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Juiz de Fora, Brazil

Francis Solange Vieira Tourinho, M.Sc., Ph.D., R.N., Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, Brazil

Sergio Zaidhaft, M.D., M.S., Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

2011 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute

(posted May 3, 2011)

The first residential session of the 2011 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute took place February 1-7, 2011, in Ludhiana, India, under the direction of Tejinder Singh. The 2011 CMCL-FAIMER Fellows are:

Pankaj Bhardwaj, M.B.B.S., M.D., Era’s Lucknow Medical College & Hospital, Lucknow, India

Deepa Bhat, M.B.B.S., M.D., J.S.S. Medical College, Mysore, India

Nandita Chattopadhyay, M.B.B.S., D.C.H., D.N.B., Vivekananda Institute of Medical Sciences, Kolkata, India

Rajoo Singh Chhina, M.B.B.S., M.D., Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, India

Sheila Das, M.B.B.S., M.D., Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, Ludhiana, India

Suvarna Shyam Ganvir, M.Ph.T., Padmashree Dr. Vitthalrao Vikhe Patil Foundation’s College of Physiotherapy, Ahmednagar, India

Vivek Vishwasji Harkare, M.B.B.S., M.S., N.K.P. Salve Institute of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Nagpur, India

Ankur Joshi, M.B.B.S., M.D., People’s College of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Bhopal, India

Yeshwanth Rao Karkal, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, Manipal, India

Adinegara Bin Lutfi Abas, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., Melaka Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia

Roopinder Kaur Mangat, M.B.B.S., M.D., Genesis Institute of Dental Sciences & Research, Ferozepur, India

Ashish Maseeh, M.B.B.S., M.D., Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, Ludhiana, India

Jyoti Nath Modi, M.B.B.S., M.D., People’s College of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Bhopal, India

Santosh Ramratan Pande, M.B.B.S., M.D., Dr. P.D.M. Medical College, Amravati, India

Sushma Santosh Pande, M.B.B.S., M.D., Dr. P.D.M. Medical College, Amravati, India

Selvam Ramachandran, M.Ph.T., Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences (SMIMS), Sikkim, India

Satendra Singh, M.B.B.S., M.D., University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS), New Delhi, India

Uma Tekur, M.B.B.S., M.D., Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi, India

Richa Ghay Thaman, M.B.B.S., M.D., Sri Guru Ram Das Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Sri Amritsar, India

Neelam Anupama Toppo, M.B.B.S., M.D., Neta Ji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College, Jabalpur, India

8th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference

(posted March 25, 2011)

The 8th Asia Pacific Medical Education Conference (APMEC), “Continuum of Medical Education: From Undergraduate Learning to Professional Practice—Trends, Issues, Priorities, and Strategies,” took place January 26-30, 2011, at the National University of Singapore, Singapore. The conference, aimed at sharing and learning from international experiences and best practices, included several pre- and post-conference workshops on medical and health professions education in collaboration with the Association of Standardized Patient Educators (ASPE) and the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE). FAIMER President and CEO John J. Norcini, Ph.D., conducted a pre-conference workshop on workplace-based assessment, gave a lecture entitled “Contemporary and Future Directions in Assessment,” and led a special interest group on faculty development. Dr. Norcini was also awarded the 2011 MILES Award in recognition of his contributions to Mentoring, Innovation and Leadership in Educational Scholarship. For more information on the 8th APMEC conference, visit http://medicine.nus.edu.sg/meu/apmec8/index.shtml.

Brazilian Ministry of Education Launches Pro-Ensino Project

(posted February 22, 2011)

More than one-quarter of the projects awarded in the new Brazilian Ministry of Education Pro-Ensino (Pro-Teaching) project include Brazilian FAIMER community members as authors. This new program is intended to provide scholarships for health professionals to obtain master’s, Ph.D., and post-Ph.D. degrees in education, and to establish a new research agenda in education in Brazil under the auspices of CAPES (Coordination for Improvement of Superior Education Professionals, Ministry of Education).

Of the 23 projects that were awarded, seven have FAIMER faculty or Fellows as heads or collaborators. These projects include Dr. Eliana Amaral’s (PHIL 2003) project on setting up a new graduate program focusing on the evaluation of educational programs and assessment of students as tools for improvement in health professions education; Eliana Goldfarb Cyrino’s (BRAZ 2007) project on integration of academics, health services, and community to create a new model for development of research; Izabel Coelho’s (BRAZ 2008) project on creating a medical education consortium for research among schools from Brazil’s South region; and Rosângela Cotta’s (BRAZ 2010) project on transformation of the teaching and learning processes in health professions education. Drs. Cotta and Cyrino conceptualized their Pro-Ensino proposals from their FAIMER education innovation projects.

Also included among the projects are Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute faculty member Luis Troncon’s project on higher education for health professions; Elizabeth Daher’s project on development of competencies in various scenarios of medical, dental, and nursing education: current status, and insertion and evaluation of active teaching methodologies; and Nilce Costa’s project on implementing a research area in the graduate education program in the health sciences at the Federal University of Goiás. Elizabeth Daher’s and Nilce Costa’s projects include FAIMER Fellows and/or faculty members as collaborators.

Dr. Amaral, Co-Director of the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute, explains that the Pro-Ensino initiative complements a previously established program to which FAIMER Fellows and faculty made important contributions—the Professional Master’s on Education for Health Professionals, which aims to stimulate research among health workers from the National Health System. Both this program and Pro-Ensino are clear demonstration of the advancement of evidence-based health professions education in Brazil through the support of the government. The proportion of FAIMER Fellow awards in the Pro-Ensino program in particular is an indication of the impact that the Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute is having on health professions education in that country.

2010 International Conference in Medical Education

(posted January 28, 2011)

The 2010 International Conference in Medical Education (ICME) was held December 4-7 at the Yas Island Rotana Hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The conference theme was “Beyond Flexner: A Roadmap for Excellence in Health Professions Education,” and more than 10 FAIMER faculty members, staff members, and Fellows participated, serving as conference organizers, advisors, workshop facilitators, keynote speakers, discussants, and poster presenters. The Fundamentals of Assessment in Medical Education (FAME) course was facilitated by FAIMER Associate Vice President for Research and Data Resources John R. Boulet, Ph.D., FAIMER President and CEO John J. Norcini, Ph.D., and FAIMER Institute faculty member Ara Tekian, Ph.D., M.H.P.E., Associate Professor and Director of International Affairs in the Department of Medical Education and Associate Dean of International Affairs at the College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago. Drs. Boulet, Norcini, and Tekian also served as keynote speakers, and Dr. Tekian served as a member of the ICME 2010 Executive Committee. A pre-conference workshop on qualitative research methods was facilitated by FAIMER faculty member Janet Grant, Ph.D., Professor of Education in Medicine at The Open University, United Kingdom. For more information on ICME 2010, visit http://www.icme.org/.

Distance Learning for Health (DL4H) International Workshop

(posted January 28, 2011)

A two-day workshop exploring the benefits and drawbacks of open and distance learning for the health communities in developing countries was held October 26-27, 2010, at the London International Development Centre. Success stories shared by workshop presenters included programs for nurses in Kenya and India. Presenters identified common challenges such as low completion rates and inappropriate technologies for poorer settings. Ralf Graves, M.S., FAIMER’s Associate Director, Regional Institutes, was among the presenters at the DL4H workshop. Ms. Graves spoke about strengthening health professions education. Conference attendees explored various aspects of the theme, including the fact that competence does not necessarily equate to performance; the difficulties often faced in program evaluation and providing evidence of impact; and the dependence of health outcomes on factors such as politics, pay, and job satisfaction. For more information on the DL4H workshop, visit http://www.lidc.org.uk/news_detail.php?news_id=104.

Launch of Websites for FAIMER Regional Initiatives

(posted January 28, 2011)

New websites for each of the five FAIMER Regional Institutes as well as a new site for the FAIMER Regional Initiative in Latin America (FRILA) were launched in the second half of 2010. Each website will be managed by local FAIMER faculty. News, announcements, Fellow highlights, and other communications of potential interest to a region can be sent directly to the webmaster of the appropriate site for evaluation and possible posting. We invite you to visit these sites, whose links are below, and hope that they will contribute to strengthening regional communication and to expanding your awareness about FAIMER activities.

[last update: June 28, 2013]