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Joint Meeting on Health Professions Education Held in Coimbatore, India

(posted October 26, 2012)

Health professions educators from around the world gathered in Coimbatore, India, September 5-8, 2012, to share ideas and experiences at the joint meeting of the World Federation for Medical Education’s (WFME) South East Asia Regional Association for Medical Education (SEARAME) and India’s National Conference on Health Professions Education (NCHPE). The theme of the meeting was “Social Accountability: Responding to Societal Needs through Quality Assurance and Accreditation in Health Professions Education.” Conference objectives were to:

SEARAME NCHPE 2012 was sponsored by FAIMER and included notable contributions from FAIMER faculty and Fellows. FAIMER Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute William Burdick delivered a keynote address on the “Future of Health Professions Education.” FAIMER faculty member Anand Zachariah (PHIL 2001) delivered a keynote address on “Making Curricula Relevant to Health System Needs” and participated in a panel discussion on “How Medical Schools Can Contribute to Retaining Health Professionals in Rural, Remote, and Underserved Areas in Southeast Asia.” FAIMER faculty member Ramalingam Sankaran (PHIL 2009) participated in a panel discussion on “How Do We Translate Social Accountability into Action in Southeast Asia?”

Workshops conducted by FAIMER faculty and Fellows (both in bold type) included:

Assessment for Learning
Tejinder Singh (PHIL 2003, IFME 2006), Dinesh Badyal (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009), Hemangini Shah (GSMC 2008)

Community-based Teaching for Primary Health Care
Thomas V. Chacko (PHIL 2004, IFME 2006), Saira Banu (PSG 2007), Ranjana Sahasrabude (PSG 2009)

Curriculum Implementation Support Program (CISP) for MCI’s Basic Course Trainers
Avinash Supe (PHIL 2002, IFME 2007), Payal Bansal (PHIL 2007, IFME 2010), Anshu (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009)

Early Clinical Exposure (ECE): Bringing Social Relevance and Context to Basic Science Teaching
Rashmi Vyas (PHIL 2003, IFME 2005), Sucheta Dandekar (PHIL 2010), Praveen Singh (CMCL 2008)

Leader as a Coach—for Curriculum Change
Elango Sambandam (PHIL 2010), William Burdick, Henal Shah (GSMC 2006, IFME 2010)

Measuring Change towards Social Accountability in Your Institution
A-J Neusy, Rita Sood (PHIL 2005), Robert Woollard, Shafik Dharamsi

Moving towards Social Accountability: Facilitating Change in Your Institution
Robert Woollard, Shafik Dharamsi, Rita Sood (PHIL 2005), A-J Neusy

On-line Learning: Using Moodle to Supplement Teaching-Learning
Supten Sarbadhikari (PSG 2007), Sanjay Bedi (CMCL 2007), Indika Karunatilake

Problem-based Learning in the South-East Asian Context
P. T. Jayawickramarajah, Medha Joshi

Qualitative Methods for Community Needs Assessment (Towards Social Accountability)
Amol Dongre (PSG 2008), P.R. Deshmukh, Kalaiselvan Ganapathy (PSG 2011)

Teaching Communication Skills: Breaking Bad News
J.P. Agrawal, Payal Bansal (PHIL 2007, IFME 2010)

Validating of Assessment Tools (OSCE/OSPE) Used in Competency-based Education
Shital Bhandary (PSG 2008), Satish Raj Ghimire, Katrina Butterworth

SEARAME NCHPE 2012 focused on working toward real and lasting improvements in health professions education for the Southeast Asia region and for India in particular. Among the many positive outcomes is a set of Conference Recommendations developed by participants and delivered to health professions colleges and appropriate government agencies throughout Southeast Asia. For more information on the conference, please visit the SEARAME NCHPE 2012 website.

Distance Learning Program to Offer Certificate, Diploma, and Master’s Degree in Partnership with Keele University

(posted October 5, 2012)

FAIMER is very pleased to announce that it is partnering with Keele University in the United Kingdom to expand the Distance Learning program into one that offers academic credentials in accordance with international standards. Beginning in 2013, participants in FAIMER Distance Learning (FAIMER DL) will be able to earn a FAIMER-Keele Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment. The courses will be conducted as fully supported distance learning using downloaded modules, podcasts, library work, and moderated discussion forums. The Master’s Degree program will include a brief residential session and a dissertation.

FAIMER DL courses are developed and will be administered by the Centre for Medical Education in Context (CenMEDIC) in the United Kingdom, under the leadership of FAIMER faculty member Janet Grant, Ph.D., Director of CenMEDIC, Emerita Professor of Education in Medicine at The Open University in the United Kingdom, and Honorary Professor at the University College London Medical School. The FAIMER-Keele courses will follow the strict quality assurance guidelines and policies of Keele University, and students will have access to Keele’s student services, including Keele’s online library.

To learn more about FAIMER DL and the FAIMER-Keele courses, please visit the FAIMER DL pages.

Please also see the full press release.

WFME World Conference Postponed

(posted September 20, 2012)

The World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) World Conference, originally planned to take place November 14-16, 2012, in Malmö, Sweden, has been postponed. New dates for the conference have not been provided. Please visit the WFME World Conference website for more information.

2012 South African Association of Health Educationalists Conference

(posted July 13, 2012)

The Fifth National Conference of the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) took place June 21-23, 2012, in the central South African city of Bloemfontein. As in previous years, Fellows and faculty from the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) made significant contributions. Of the 129 presentations in the parallel sessions, 32 oral and 20 poster presentations (approximately 40% of the total) were made by Fellows or faculty members. There were an additional 35 co-authorships and six chaired sessions by FAIMER Fellows. The SAFRI program requires all second-year Fellows to submit an abstract of their education innovation project to SAAHE for a proposed poster or oral presentation. All of these submissions were accepted by the conference.

FAIMER faculty member Janet Grant of CenMedic in the United Kingdom was the FAIMER-sponsored invited speaker. She delivered two inspiring plenary addresses: “Apprenticeship in the Era of Confidence” and “Working and Learning in the Service—Managing Continuing Professional Development.” Dr. Grant also conducted a conference workshop on diagnostic thinking.

Once again SAFRI Fellows were prominent in the poster prizes with Lakshini McNamee (SAFRI 2009), who was advised by SAFRI Co-Director Juanita Bezuidenhout (PHIL 2005), and Paula Barnard-Ashton (SAFRI 2011), who was advised by FAIMER faculty member Di Manning (PHIL 2008), named as the two runners-up.

The conference ended with an invitation from Veena Singaram to attend the sixth national SAAHE meeting in June 2013. Dr. Singaram is chair of the organizing committee and yet another FAIMER Fellow (SAFRI 2008).

2012 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

(posted July 13, 2012)

The first residential session of the 2012 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute (GSMC-FRI) took place June 4-10, 2012, in Mumbai, India, under the direction of Avinash Supe. The 2012 GSMC-FRI Fellows are:

Noorin Bhimani, M.B.B.S., M.D., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India

Kundankumar N. Dandekar, M.B.B.S., M.S., Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Rural Medical College, Ahmednagar, India

Atul Deshkar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Jazan University Faculty of Medicine, Jazan, Saudi Arabia

Saee Deshmukh, M.D.S., V.S.P.M. Dental College and Research Centre, Nagpur, India

Amol Hartalkar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Pravara Institute of Medical Sciences, Rural Medical College, Ahmednagar, India

Shenaz Iliyaz, M.B.B.S., M.D., Gulf Medical College, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

Sharmila Jalgaonkar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Supriya John, M.Pth., K.J. Somaiya Medical College, Mumbai, India

Abhay Nirgude, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kamineni Institute of Medical Sciences, Narketpally, India

Arpita Nishal, M.B.B.S., M.D., Government Medical College, Surat, India

Rajneesh Pandey, M.B.B.S., M.D., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Vishala Pandya, M.B.B.S., M.S., Government Medical College, Bhavnagar, India

Nirmal Pathare, M.Sc., Ph.D., Oman Medical College, Muscat, Oman

Maria Pauline, M.B.B.S., M.D., St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, India

Rajeev Saxena, M.B.B.S., M.D., Sinhgad Dental College & Hospital, Pune, India

Mukeshkumar Vora, M.B.B.S., M.D., Government Medical College, Bhavnagar, India

FAIMER and WFME to Collaborate on Combined Medical School Directory

(posted July 2, 2012)

FAIMER and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) are pleased to announce their collaboration to develop a directory of the world’s medical schools. According to an agreement signed in March 2012, the organizations will merge their respective directories—FAIMER’s International Medical Education Directory (IMED) and WFME’s Avicenna Directory—to produce a single comprehensive resource on undergraduate medical education worldwide. The new resource, developed in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the University of Copenhagen, will be known as the World Directory of Medical Schools.

The new World Directory will offer enhanced information in areas such as enrollment, curricula, and accreditation. The availability of current, high-quality information on undergraduate medical education in the form of a centralized resource will advance research on the quality of medical education and efforts to improve medical education, with the ultimate goal of improving public health.

During the transition to the new World Directory of Medical Schools, IMED and the Avicenna Directory will remain open, to ensure that users of these directories have continuity of the essential service that they provide. IMED and Avicenna will close when the World Directory of Medical Schools is fully operational.

For more information, please read the full press release.

New FAIMER Research Supports Value of Accreditation in Medical Education

(posted June 11, 2012)

Accreditation of medical schools is generally accepted as important, yet little has been published about its impact. FAIMER Research Scientist Marta van Zanten and FAIMER Director of Research and Data Resources Danette McKinley, along with colleagues Irene Durante Montiel (PHIL 2008) and Concepcion V. Pijano, explore the impact of accreditation in Mexico and the Philippines in their recently published paper:

van Zanten M, McKinley D, Durante Montiel I, Pijano CV. Medical education in Mexico and the Philippines: impact on student outcomes. Medical Education. 2012;46(6):568-592.

Findings in the study support the value of accreditation in medical education. The authors specifically examined the performance of a sample of registrants who took at least one of the three United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) components required for Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) Certification, along with another sample of registrants who took all three components. All registrants were from Mexico and the Philippines. Results of the study show that, although there were differences in performance between the two countries, first attempt pass rates on all components were higher for individuals attending accredited medical schools from both countries. In addition, a higher success rate in obtaining ECFMG Certification was associated with registrants from accredited schools in the Philippines who took all three components.

By 2023, physicians applying for ECFMG Certification will be required to graduate from a medical school that has been accredited through a formal process that uses criteria comparable to those established for U.S. medical schools by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or that uses other globally accepted criteria, such as those put forth by the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME). For more information on the Medical School Accreditation Requirement for ECFMG Certification, please visit www.ecfmg.org/accreditation.

FAIMER Fellows and Faculty Continue to Work on “Really Good Stuff”

(posted June 11, 2012)

The May 2011, November 2011, and May 2012 issues of Medical Education contain the latest collections of “Really Good Stuff,” peer-reviewed compilations of short, structured reports, published semiannually, on new ideas in medical education, including curriculum design, teaching practice, and assessment. Included in these recent issues are 19 reports by FAIMER Fellows (bold font) and Faculty (bold blue font):

Issue 46-5, May 2012

“Medical professionalism adapted to faith and cultural beliefs”
Dina El-Metwally (PHIL 2010), Mona Azzam, Mai Abou Al-Seoud

“‘Imitating Art’: ethics, humanities and professionalism in undergraduate medical education”
Marinaldo Horácio Medeiros, Delane Maria Rego, Maria José Vilar (BRAZ 2008), George Dantas Azevedo (BRAZ 2007)

“Broadening horizons: looking beyond disability”
Satendra Singh (CMCL 2011)

“Communication gaps in a teaching paediatric out-patient scenario”
Ricardo Sukiennik (BRAZ 2010), Vanessa Moura, Valdes Bollela (PHIL 2006)

“‘The Game’: student ‘teaching’ objective structured clinical examinations in South Africa”
Jonathan Vogel, Daniel Nel, Larry Chapman, Vanessa C. Burch (PHIL 2001)

Issue 45-11, November 2011

“Creative student-generated teaching projects integrating anatomical knowledge with clinical skills”
George D. Azevedo (BRAZ 2007), Maria J. Vilar (BRAZ 2008), Elaine M. Bezerra (PHIL 2008)

“‘I’m watching you’: observation of paediatric internship students”
Denise Ballester (BRAZ 2010), Silmar Gannam (BRAZ 2012), Valdes Roberto Bollela (PHIL 2006)

“Developing a facilitation skills training programme for problem-based learning tutors”
Anand Kukkamalla (PSG 2010), Shobha K. Lakshminarayana

“Impact of epidemiological and statistical skills training in undergraduates”
Dinesh Kumar (CMCL 2010), Rama Angurana

“Human, sexual and reproductive rights in health care”
Robinson D. Medeiros, George D. Azevedo (BRAZ 2007), Dayara Ferro, Rayanna C. Costa

“Burnout syndrome among internship medical students”
Ana T. R. de Abreu Santos (BRAZ 2010), Suely Grosseman (BRAZ 2008), Edméa F. de Oliva Costa (BRAZ 2009), Tarcísio M. de Andrade

“Validating a problem-based learning process assessment tool”
Shambhu K. Upadhyay (GSMC 2009), Shital Bhandary (PSG 2008), Satish R. Ghimire

Issue 45-5, May 2011

“Expectations of Indian applicants of an educational fellowship”
Anshu (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009), Stacey Friedman, Danette McKinley

“Service-Learning: increasing civic responsibility in Pakistani students”
Rukhsana Aslam (PHIL 2009), Tara Jaffery (PHIL 2005), Zareen Zaidi (PHIL 2008)

“Blueprinting: a framework for health education programme evaluation”
Saira Banu (PSG 2007), Thomas V. Chacko (PHIL 2004)

“Lessons learned from a course in emergency medicine”
Martha Delgado-Ramirez (PHIL 2009)

“Revitalising student motivation in problem-based learning with computer enhancement”
Yasser El-Wazir (PHIL 2009), Somaya Hosny, Ola Farouk

“Using videos to introduce clinical material: effects on empathy”
Mahinda Kommalage (PHIL 2009)

“Understanding community health medical education through action research”
Francisco Lamus (PHIL 2009), Clara Jaimes, Natalia Serrano

Marta van Zanten Earns Ph.D. and Examines the Value of Medical School Accreditation

(posted June 11, 2012)

FAIMER Research Scientist Marta van Zanten graduated in May 2012 from the College of Health Professions and Social Work at Temple University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, with a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Public Health. The title of her dissertation was “The Association between Medical Education Accreditation and the Examination Performance of Internationally Educated Physicians Seeking Certification in the United States.” Dr. van Zanten investigated the United States Medical Licensing Examination® (USMLE®) first-attempt pass rates of all international medical graduates (IMGs) who took one or more examinations leading to ECFMG Certification from 2006-2010 based on the IMG’s medical school accreditation status. Results showed that overall, IMGs who attended an accredited medical school performed better on examinations compared to their peers from non-accredited schools. Accreditation had the strongest association with USMLE performance for IMGs who attended medical schools located in the Caribbean.

In the second phase of this study, the quality of a select group of accrediting agencies was evaluated according to criteria determined by a panel of experts to be the most salient features of an accreditation system. IMGs who attended medical schools with overall higher quality accreditation systems performed better on two of three USMLE examinations. Specific accreditation criteria were associated with better performance on all three examinations. This study lends some support to the value of accreditation globally by linking these systems to improved student outcomes.

2012 FAIMER Institute Fellows

(posted June 11, 2012; updated November 27, 2012)

The 2012 FAIMER Institute will begin in Philadelphia, starting September 30. The following individuals have been selected to participate:

Olayinka Ayankogbe, M.B.B.S., College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria

Indralal Devasiri, M.B.B.S., M.D., Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

Luis Dominguez, M.A., M.Sc., Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de la Sabana, Colombia

Aweke Dubi, M.H.P.E., M.Sc., College of Medicine and Health Science, Hawassa University, Ethiopia

Saeed Hamid, M.B.B.S., Aga Khan Medical College, Pakistan

Kaniz Hasina, M.B.B.S., M.S., Dhaka Medical College, Bangladesh

Avindra Jayawardene, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., Faculty of Medicine, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka

Nazan Karaoglu, M.D., Necmettin Erbakan Üniversitesi, Turkey

Hongjun Liang, M.D., Ph.D., China Medical University, China

Asaye Mekonnen, M.Sc., Faculty of Medicine, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia

Doreen Mloka, M.Sc., Ph.D., Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania

Suhasini Nagda, M.D.S., Nair Hospital Dental College, India

Maboh Nkwati, M.Sc., St. Francis School of Health Sciences, Cameroon

Kobinah Nkyekyer, M.B.Ch.B., College of Health Sciences, University of Ghana, Ghana

Ilham Youssry, M.B.Ch.B., M.H.P.E., M.Sc., Kasr Al Ainy Medical School, University of Cairo, Egypt

Yang Zhao, M.S., China Medical University, China

2012 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

(posted June 11, 2012)

The first residential session of the 2012 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute took place April 14-20 in Coimbatore, India, under the direction of Thomas Chacko. The 2012 PSG-FAIMER Fellows are:

Mausumi Basu, M.B.B.S., M.D., Institute of Post Graduate Medical Education and Research, Kolkata, India

Sheshgiri Chowdapurkar, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, India

Juliana D’Sa, M.Phil., Ph.D. (Nursing), Yenepoya Nursing College, Mangalore, India

Shirley George, M.B.B.S., M.D., St. John’s Medical College, Bangalore, India

Suvetha Kannappan, M.B.B.S., M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Sitanshu Kar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, India

Padma Krishnaswamy, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, India

Swapnatai Meshram, M.B.B.S., M.D., Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Adilabad, India

Pushpalatha Murugesh, M.B.B.S., M.D., J.S.S. Medical College, Mysore, India

Balu Palicheralu, M.B.B.S., M.D., J.J.M. Medical College, Davangere, India

Krishnananda Prabhu, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India

Kalpana Ramachandran, M.B.B.S., M.D., Sri Muthukumaran Medical College Hospital and Research Institute, Chennai, India

Amita Ray, M.B.B.S., M.D., Father Muller Medical College, Mangalore, India

Vijayalakshmi Subramaniam, M.B.B.S., D.L.O., D.N.B., Yenepoya Medical College, Mangalore, India

Kalyanasundaram Swaminathan, M.B.B.S., M.D., Tirunelveli Medical College, Tirunelveli, India

Asha V., M.Sc. (Medical Physiology), Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal, India

Faculty from China Medical University Visit SAFRI

(posted May 14, 2012)

Faculty from China Medical University (CMU) in Shenyang, China, visited Cape Town, South Africa, in early March to attend the first residential session of the 2012 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI). Prof. Sun Baozhi, Professor of Medical Education and Director, North China Center for Medical Education Development; Prof. Zhang Zhongzhi, Professor of Ophthalmology and Director, Graduate School; and Prof. Zhao Yuhong, Director, School of Medical Informatics and Director, Human Resources Department, observed the SAFRI session first-hand to gather information in preparation for the planned launch of a new FAIMER Regional Institute at CMU in August 2013. The CMU-FAIMER Regional Institute (CMU-FRI) will be FAIMER’s first Institute in China.

The cross-cultural exchange between SAFRI and CMU is expected to continue throughout the development of CMU-FRI. SAFRI faculty member Dianne Manning (PHIL 2008) will participate in the development of the new Institute by attending a planning meeting scheduled to take place in July 2012. In addition, Professor Manning will spend two months at CMU to assist with the establishment of CMU-FRI during its early stages. She has also been invited to deliver a key-note address on medical education in South Africa at the Annual Conference of the Chinese Association of Medical Education Research in Kunming immediately before beginning work at CMU.

Reflecting on her role in the development of CMU-FRI, Prof. Manning notes: “It was a great pleasure to host our visitors from China and I am very excited about working with them and faculty of the CMU-FRI, including those who are Fellows of the FAIMER Institute in Philadelphia. I am honored to have been invited and to be able to contribute to FAIMER’s work in this new arena. I particularly appreciate the opportunity for learning about the health and education systems in China and look forward to establishing long-term collaborative partnerships.”

Omayma Hamed Wins Best Oral Presentation Prize at 2012 Saudi International Medical Education Conference

(posted May 14, 2012)
SIMEC 2012
FAIMER faculty members and Fellows at SIMEC 2012, from left to right: Ara Tekian, John Norcini, Omayma Hamed, Wagdy Talaat, Ayhan Caliskan, and Huseyin Cahit Taskiran
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Omayma Hamed (PHIL 2011) of King Abdulaziz University won the Best Oral Presentation Prize at the 2012 Saudi International Medical Education Conference (SIMEC 2012), which took place April 22-26 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Dr. Hamed’s presentation, co-authored by Adnan A. Al-Mazrooa and Mahmoud S. Al-Ahwal, was titled “A Structured Assessed Longitudinal Procedural Skills Training Course in the Undergraduate Medical Curriculum Can Predict Residents’ Performance.”

SIMEC 2012 brought together educators from around the world to discuss recent innovations, trends, and research in health professions education. The goals of the conference were to:

Also participating in the conference were FAIMER President and CEO John Norcini; FAIMER faculty members Wagdy Talaat (PHIL 2007), Huseyin Cahit Taskiran (PHIL 2003), and Ara Tekian; and FAIMER Fellow Ayhan Caliskan (PHIL 2008).

Dr. Norcini served as a member of the SIMEC 2012 Advisory Committee, conducted a pre-conference workshop on “Assessment in the Workplace,” and delivered a plenary address titled “Medical Education as a Vehicle for Improving Healthcare.” Dr. Talaat co-conducted a pre-conference workshop on “Accreditation in the Eastern Mediterranean Region, Revisiting the Practice and Basic Concepts” and served as a panel discussant in a symposium on “Accreditation and International Dimensions of Medical Education.” Dr. Tekian organized a workshop on “How to Integrate and Measure the ACGME Core Competencies at the Undergraduate Medical Education Level” and gave a presentation titled “Does Faculty Development Develop Faculty” as part of a symposium on “Innovations in Medical Education.” Drs. Norcini, Talaat, and Tekian each received an award for their invaluable contributions as honored international guest speakers at the conference.

2012 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) Fellows

(posted May 14, 2012)

The first residential session of the 2012 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) took place February 28 – March 7, 2012, in Cape Town, South Africa, under the direction of Vanessa Burch and Juanita Bezuidenhout. The 2012 SAFRI Fellows are:

Ludo Badlangana, M.S., Ph.D., University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

Innocent Besigye, M.B.Ch.B., Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Maria Christodoulou, M.B.Ch.B., University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Johannes Coetser, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa

Magbagbeola Dairo, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria

Abigail Dreyer, M.P.H., University of the Witwatersrand, Parktown, South Africa

Maaike Flinkenflogel, M.D., National University of Rwanda, Butare, Rwanda

Zerihun Gebremichael, M.D., M.Sc., Hawassa University, Hawassa, Ethiopia

Conran Joseph, B.Sc., University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

Rodrick Kabangila, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., M.Sc., Weill Bugando University College of Health Science, Mwanza, Tanzania

Lianne Keiller, M.Phil., University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Eveline Konje, M.Sc., Weill Bugando University College of Health Science, Mwanza, Tanzania

Mpho Mogodi, M.B.Ch.B., M.P.H., University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

Hilda Mujuru, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., M.Sc., University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

Prudence Mweemba, M.Sc., Ph.D., University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia

Anthea Rhoda, M.Sc., Ph.D., University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

Valerie Tagwira, M.B.Ch.B., University of Zimbabwe, Harare, Zimbabwe

2012 Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

(posted May 14, 2012)

The first residential session of the 2012 Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute took place January 24 – February 2, 2012, in Porto das Dunas, Ceará, Brazil, under the direction of Eliana Amaral and Henry Campos. The 2012 Brazil-FAIMER Fellows are:

Magda Almeida, M.D., M.S., Universidade de Fortaleza (UNIFOR), Fortaleza, Brazil

Adriane Batiston, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS), Campo Grande, Brazil

Shamyr Castro, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Triângulo Mineiro (UFTM), Uberaba, Brazil

Daniela Chiesa, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade de Fortaleza (UNIFOR), Fortaleza, Brazil

Marcelo Cruzeiro, M.D., M.Sc., Sc.D., Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Juiz de Fora, Brazil

Ana Julia de Alencar, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC), Fortaleza, Brazil

Cristina Dias, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Viçosa (UFV), Viçosa, Brazil

Beatriz Figueiredo, Ed.D., M.S., Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso (UFMT), Cuiabá, Brazil

Ernesto Figueiró Filho, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso do Sul (UFMS), Campo Grande, Brazil

Carlos Fontes, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Estadual de Maringá (UEM), Maringá, Brazil

Anete Francisco, M.Sc., Ph.D., Faculdade de Medicina de Marília (FAMEMA), Marília, Brazil

Silmar Gannam, M.D., M.Sc., Universidade de São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, Brazil

Carlos Lima, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Estadual de Feira de Santana (UEFS), Feira de Santana, Brazil

Cristina Lopes, M.Sc., Universidade Federal de Alfenas (UNIFAL), Alfenas, Brazil

Edson Miguel, M.D., M.S., Universidade Estadual de Maringá (UEM), Maringá, Brazil

Luiz Noro, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN), Natal, Brazil

Bruno Perotta, M.D., M.Sc., Faculdade Evangélica do Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil

Olivan Queiroz, M.S., Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC) - Campus Sobral, Sobral, Brazil

Lísia Rabelo, M.D., M.Med., Ph.D., Universidade Federal da Bahia (UFBA), Salvador, Brazil

Maria Roberti, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG), Goiânia, Brazil

Rosana Rossit, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP), São Paulo, Brazil

Marcello Sampaio, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UNIRIO), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ariel Scafuri, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC), Fortaleza, Brazil

Maristela Sestelo, M.Sc., Escola Bahiana de Medicina e Saúde Pública (EBMSP), Salvador, Brazil

Ana Maria Sette Câmara, M.Sc., Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (UFMG), Belo Horizonte, Brazil

Otacílio Sousa Nétto, D.D.S., M.Sc., Universidade Federal do Piauí (UFPI), Teresina, Brazil

Maria de Fátima Tazima, M.Med., Ph.D., Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto da Universidade de São Paulo (FMRP-USP), Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

Luciana Teixeira, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Triângulo Mineiro (UFTM), Uberaba, Brazil

2012 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

(posted May 14, 2012)

The first residential session of the 2012 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute took place February 1-7, 2012, in Ludhiana, India, under the direction of Tejinder Singh. The 2012 CMCL-FAIMER Fellows are:

Anumeha Bhagat, M.B.B.S., M.D., D.N.B. (Physiology), Government Medical College, Chandigarh, India

Madhuri Chandra, M.B.B.S., M.D., D.N.B., Gandhi Medical College, Bhopal, India

Sabyasachi Das, M.B.B.S., M.D., North Bengal Medical College, Darjeeling, India

Puja Dulloo, M.B.B.S., M.D., P.D.H.H.M., Oman Medical College, Sultanate of Oman

Uma Gupta, M.B.B.S., M.D., Era's Lucknow Medical College & Hospital, Lucknow, India

Dilara Kamaldeen, M.B.B.S., M.D., Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Chennai, India

Madhuri Kanitkar, M.B.B.S., M.D., D.N.B. (Pediatrics), Army College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Sandip Kudesia, M.B.B.S., M.D., Ph.D., Shri Guru Ram Rai Institute of Medical & Health Sciences, Dehradun, India

Vasudha Kulakarni, M.B.B.S., M.D., Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Medical College, Bangalore, India

Shaveta Kundra, M.B.B.S., M.D., Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

Manasee Panda, M.B.B.S., M.D., S.C.B. Medical College, Cuttack, India

Soumendra Sahoo, M.B.B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Melaka Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia

Mohammad Shah, M.B.B.S., M.D., Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Aligarh, India

Neerja Sood, M.P.H., M.Sc., Ph.D., Indira Gandhi National Open University, New Delhi, India

Tripti Srivastava, M.B.B.S., M.D., Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Wardha, India

Preeti Yadav, M.B.B.S., M.D., Government Medical College, Surat, India

FAIMER Faculty Members Tejinder Singh and Anshu Publish Book on Assessment in Medical Education

(posted April 18, 2012)

FAIMER faculty members Tejinder Singh (Director, CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute; PHIL 2003; IFME 2006) and Anshu (CMCL 2007, PHIL 2009, IFME 2012) served as co-editors of the book Principles of Assessment in Medical Education, published by Jaypee Brothers in March 2012. The book, a sequel to an earlier book entitled Principles of Medical Education, provides a scientific approach to the assessment of clinical competence, with particular emphasis on the use of assessment to promote learning in Indian medical schools. The book contains a foreword written by Bill Burdick (FAIMER Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute), as well as chapters authored by FAIMER President and CEO John Norcini, and FAIMER faculty members B.V. Adkoli, Payal Bansal (PHIL 2007, IFME 2010), Janet Grant, Zahra Ladhani (PHIL 2007), Ciraj Ali Mohammed (CMCL 2008, PHIL 2010), Supten Sarbadhikari (PSG 2007), Avinash Supe (Director, GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute; PHIL 2002; IFME 2007), Ara Tekian, and Rashmi Vyas (PHIL 2003, IFME 2005).

For more information on Principles of Assessment in Medical Education, visit: http://jaypeebrothers.com/pgDetails.aspx?cat=s&book_id=978-93-5025-885-9#.

Travelling Fellowships Available through Medical Education and The Clinical Teacher

(posted February 22, 2012)

Travelling fellowships for health professions educators are currently available through the journals Medical Education and The Clinical Teacher. The Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) and Wiley-Blackwell, who publishes the journals on behalf of ASME, have identified up to £2,000 GBP in funding through each journal. Proposals for each fellowship should address a relevant, high-priority area of study within each field; propose a practical plan with achievable goals; and encourage collaboration and the exchange of knowledge among educators. Additional requirements specific to each fellowship should also be reviewed before applying. The application deadline is March 1, 2012.

For more information on the Medical Education travelling fellowship, visit: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291365-2923.

For more information on The Clinical Teacher travelling fellowship, visit: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291743-498X.

New FAIMER Education Center

(posted February 14, 2012)

On February 13, 2012, FAIMER designated Pramukhswami Medical College in Karamsad, Gujarat, India, as its first Education Center. The goal of the FAIMER Education Center program is to improve faculty development at health professions schools by creating a sustainable system of institutional mentoring.

The Education Center program targets schools with strong ties to FAIMER. To be considered for the program, a college must have at least four FAIMER Fellows on the faculty. The values, goals, and methods for faculty development at the school must be aligned with FAIMER’s. To determine whether a particular institution meets the criteria for becoming an Education Center, FAIMER evaluates its curriculum and workshop design, as well as its methods for evaluating the quality of faculty development workshops and actual evaluation data.

Pramukhswami Medical College is an institution with an especially strong commitment to faculty development. In addition to being a Regional Centre for Medical Education Technology (MET) in the Medical Council of India’s (MCI) ongoing nationwide faculty development initiative, the school hosted National Consultations on Reforms in Medical Education in April 2011, a three-day meeting of health professions education experts that produced a broad set of recommendations for educational reform. There are currently nine FAIMER Fellows working at Pramukhswami, including Professor Himanshu Pandya, Convenor of the MCI Regional Centre and Head of the Postgraduate Academic Cell.

FAIMER Education Centers are designed to support and complement FAIMER’s regional efforts to advance faculty development, in particular the Regional Institutes, with whom they will already have a connection through Regional Institute Fellows. As a new venture, the Education Center program will be evaluated on an ongoing basis and adjusted as needed to meet the college’s faculty development needs.

Colleges or universities interested in becoming a FAIMER Education Center should send an email to education@faimer.org.

FAIMER Fellow Payal Bansal Named New Managing Editor of Education for Health

(posted February 6, 2012)

FAIMER Fellow Payal Bansal (PHIL 2007) has been named the new Managing Editor of Education for Health, a peer-reviewed journal of The Network: Towards Unity for Health. For 24 years, Education for Health has published work that focuses on “global models of health system integration and health professions education that lead to improved health care and health care delivery.” In addition to appointing Dr. Bansal as the new Managing Editor, the journal announced it will be moving its headquarters from Maastricht University in the Netherlands to the Maharahstra University of the Health Sciences (MUHS) in India.

Dr. Bansal joins FAIMER Fellow Arun Jamkar (PHIL 2004), MUHS Vice Chancellor, on the leadership board of Education for Health, while Jack Boulet, FAIMER’s Associate Vice President for Research and Data Resources, and William Burdick, FAIMER’s Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute, serve as members of the international editorial board for the publication.

Education for Health is currently seeking qualified international health professions educators to serve as peer reviewers. If interested, please e-mail Dr. Bansal at efh@muhs.ac.in.

[last update: March 15, 2012]