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International Medical Education Day 2013—Appreciative Inquiry: Leading Positive Change in Health Care

(posted November 27, 2013)
four-part video from IME Day

On Wednesday, October 23, 2013, FAIMER hosted its annual International Medical Education Day (IME Day) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The four-hour workshop, titled Appreciative Inquiry: Leading Positive Change in Health Care, was led by keynote speaker, author, and global social entrepreneur Dr. Diana Whitney. Dr. Whitney presented an overview of the principles and practices of Appreciative Inquiry, and then guided participants through a series of small group activities that helped broaden understanding as to how it can be used to create positive change in educational and health care settings.

Attendees included 31 Fellows from the 2012 and 2013 FAIMER Institute classes; FAIMER Board members, faculty, and staff; and other invited guests. For the first time, Fellows and alumni from around the world were also invited to take part in IME Day virtually. Small groups of virtual participants from 22 sites in 11 countries logged in to the live streamed session, and moderators helped to ensure that input from remote participants was incorporated into group discussions.

A four-part video from IME Day can be accessed here.

2014 Travelling Fellowships for Medical Education and The Clinical Teacher

(posted November 27, 2013)

The Association for the Study of Medical Education (ASME) and Wiley-Blackwell have identified funding for Medical Education and The Clinical Teacher to support a Travelling Fellowship for each journal. The aim of the Fellowships is to provide financial support for the successful applicant to Medical Education to build capacity for scholarship in the field of medical education and medical education research; and for the successful applicant to The Clinical Teacher to gain further experience, skills, and understanding in the field of clinical teaching. The Fellowships will enable cross-institutional visitation in furtherance of the applicant’s professional and personal development and collaborative opportunities.

To apply for a Travelling Fellowship, applicants are asked to submit a proposal outlining the purpose for which they would use the Fellowship. Full details of the proposal requirements and the application forms may be accessed by clicking “Read” at www.mededuc.com for Medical Education and www.theclinicalteacher.com for The Clinical Teacher.

The deadline for submission of applications is January 31, 2014.

2013 FAIMER Institute Fellows

(posted October 25, 2013)

The following individuals were selected to participate in the 2013 FAIMER Institute, which is currently underway in Philadelphia:

Simone Appenzeller, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Brazil

Abdoul Beavogui, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Université Gamal Abdel Nasser de Conakry Faculté de Médecine, Pharmacie et Odonto-Stomatologie, Guinea

Mora Claramita, M.D., M.H.P.E., Ph.D., Universitas Gadjah Mada Sekip Fakultas Kedokteran, Indonesia

Omneya Elsherif, M.B.Ch.B., M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Ibrahim Pasha University Faculty of Medicine, Egypt

Meerjady Flora, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., Ph.D., National Institute of Preventive and Social Medicine, Bangladesh

Pushpanjali Krishnappa, B.D.S., M.D.S., M.S. Ramaiah Dental College, India

Wei Li, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., Ph.D., Southern Medical University, China

Rasnayaka Mudiyanse, M.B.B.S., M.D., University of Peradeniya Faculty of Medicine, Sri Lanka

Gandes Rahayu, M.D., M.Med., Ph.D., Universitas Gadjah Mada Faculty of Medicine, Indonesia

Jorge Restrepo, M.D., Universidad de la Sabana Facultad de Medicina, Colombia

Eman Sadek, M.B.Ch.B., M.Sc., Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine, Egypt

Kavita Sahai, M.B.B.S., M.D., Army College of Medical Sciences, India

Humayun Talukder, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., M.Sc., BSM Medical University Centre for Medical Education (CME), Bangladesh

Paula Vasquez, M.D., Universidad CES Escuela de Medicina, Colombia

Jachin Velavan, M.B.B.S., M.D., Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

2013 Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

(posted October 25, 2013)

The first residential session of the 2013 Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute took place February 16-27, 2013, in Beberibe, Ceará, Brazil, under the direction of Eliana Amaral and Henry Campos. The 2013 Brazil-FAIMER Fellows are:

Rosana Alves, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Elisabeth Campos Andrade, M.D., M.Sc., Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF), Juiz de Fora, Brazil

Osmar de Oliveira Cardoso, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Piauí (UFPI), Teresina, Brazil

Marcia Aires Rodrigues de Freitas, M.D., M.S., Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (UFU), Uberlândia, Brazil

Anna Tereza Miranda Soares de Moura, M.D. M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rebeca Garcia de Paula, M.D., M.Med., Universidade Federal do Tocantins (UFT), Palmas, Brazil

Alicia Regina Navarro Dias de Souza, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

Ana Claudia Camargo Gonçalves Germani, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Carla Beatrice Crivellaro Gonçalves, M.S., Universidade de Passo Fundo (UPF), Passo Fundo, Brazil

Daniel Riani Gotardelo, Mestre em Farmacologia Clinica, M.D., M.Sc., Instituto Metropolitano de Ensino Superior, Ipatinga, Brazil

Roxana Knobel, M.D.,M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC), Florianópolis, Brazil

Arine Maria Viveros de Castro Lyra, D.D.S., Universidade de Pernambuco, Recife, Brazil

Tarsis de Mattos Maia, M.S., Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso (UFMT), Cuiabá, Brazil

Cristina Malzoni Ferreira Mangia, M.B.A., M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP), São Paulo, Brazil

Alissan Lima Martins, M.D., M.S., Universidade Federal de Campina Grande (UFCG), Campina Grande, Brazil

Janaina Silva Martins, M.D., M.Sc., Universidade Estadual de Maringá (UEM), Maringá, Brazil

Ana Paula Souto Melo, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de São João del-Rei (UFSJ), São João del-Rei, Brazil

Sally Cristina Moutinho Monteiro, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Maranhão (UFMA), São Luís, Brazil

Gláucia de Oliveira Moreira, M.D., M.Sc., Universidade Federal de Roraima (UFRR), Boa Vista, Brazil

Reinaldo Gaspar Mota, M.D., M.Sc., Universidade Federal de Mato Grosso (UFMT), Cuiabá, Brazil

Maira Tiyomi Sacata Tongu Nazima, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Amapá, Macapá, Brazil

Marco Antonio Prado Nunes, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Sergipe (UFS), São Cristóvão, Brazil

Raquel Autran Coelho Peixoto, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Ceará, Fortaleza, Brazil

Gerson Alves Pereira, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto (FMRP-USP), Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

Lucia Antunes Pezzi, M.D., M.Sc., Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Alessandra Carla de Almeida Ribeiro, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (UFU), Uberlândia, Brazil

Edison Luiz Almeida Tizzot, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR), Curitiba, Brazil

FAIMER and WFME Meet in Copenhagen to Advance Plans for Launch of World Directory of Medical Schools

(posted September 24, 2013)

Teams from FAIMER and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) met in Copenhagen in June 2013, together with sponsors and potential sponsors, to plan towards the launch of the World Directory of Medical Schools.

The target date for the World Directory to open is the start of 2014. The existing directories, Avicenna and IMED, will remain open for a year following the launch of the World Directory, to ensure that users of these directories have continuity of the essential service that they provide. The World Directory, however, will take over as the definitive list of medical schools in the world, and Avicenna and IMED will close once the World Directory is fully operational.

Emmanuel G. Cassimatis, Chair of the FAIMER Board, and Stefan Lindgren, President of WFME, agreed:

“We are very pleased with progress towards the opening of the new World Directory of Medical Schools. Teams from WFME and FAIMER are working together very effectively, and it is particularly pleasing that partners from all over the world are supporting this important venture.”

Sponsors from Australia, Canada, the Republic of Korea, the United Kingdom, and the United States are already committed to support the World Directory, and sponsors from Denmark, Saudi Arabia, and other countries are expected to join in the near future.

Reviewers Needed for Education for Health

(posted September 20, 2013)

Would you like to be a reviewer for Education for Health, the official journal of The Network: Towards Unity for Health? The website for this free on-line journal is http://www.educationforhealth.net/. If you are interested in becoming a reviewer, please send an e-mail with your curriculum vitae to efh@muhs.ac.in.

SAFRI Five-Year Anniversary Dinner Held in Durban, South Africa

(posted September 20, 2013)
SAFRI Five-Year Anniversary Dinner Held in Durban, South Africa

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A dinner was held to mark the five-year anniversary of the Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) on June 29, 2013, at the Gateway Hotel in Durban, South Africa. Fifty-eight guests attended, including representatives from FAIMER, the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE) Council, deans of universities, and SAFRI Faculty and Fellows. Notably, Fellows representing each of the years of SAFRI’s existence (2008-2013) were in attendance.

Former SAFRI Co-Director Juanita Bezuidenhout served as the evening’s master of ceremonies. She welcomed everyone and gave the first speech, followed by speeches from FAIMER President John Norcini and former SAFRI Co-Director Vanessa Burch. SAFRI program leadership was officially handed over to new Co-Directors Dianne Manning and Jacqueline van Wyk. Corne Postma (SAFRI 2011) gave a speech on behalf of the SAFRI Fellows. At the end of the evening, some of the Fellows expressed their appreciation and joy by treating attendees to some impromptu dancing.

For more on the anniversary dinner and other SAFRI news, visit http://safri.faimerfri.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/SAFRI_NEWSLETTER_AUGUST2013.pub_.pdf.

2013 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

(posted September 20, 2013)

The first residential session of the 2013 GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute took place June 3-9, 2013, in Mumbai, India, under the direction of Avinash Supe. The 2013 GSMC-FAIMER Fellows are:

Yashodhara B.M., M.D., Melaka-Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia

Vidyadhar Bangal, M.D., Rural Medical College of Pravara Medical Trust, Loni, India

Lalita Chandan, M.D., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Smita Chavan, M.D., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India

Lalita Fernandes, M.D., Goa Medical College, Goa, India

Tushar Jagzape, M.D., Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College, Wardha, India

Anju Kapoor, M.D., People’s College of Medical Sciences & Research Centre, Bhopal, India

Kavita Krishna, M.D., Bharati Vidyapeeth Medical College, Pune, India

Dipti Lambade, M.D.S., VSPM’s Dental College and Research Center, Nagpur, India

Farzana Mahdi, M.Sc., Ph.D., Era’s Lucknow Medical College and Hospital, Lucknow, India

Usha Mg, M.D., J.J.M. Medical College, Davangere, India

Mohmmedirfan Momin, M.D., Government Medical College, Surat, India

Sangeeta Pednekar, M.D., Lokmanya Tilak Municipal Medical College, Mumbai, India

Pankaja Raghav, M.D., All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Satyaprakash Rane, M.Sc., Ph.D., Seth G. S. Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, India

Wasim Shaikh, M.D., Ph.D., Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad, India

2014 Application for FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning Program Now Open

(posted August 16, 2013)

The 2014 application for the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program is now open. To apply, please click here to pay the non-refundable application fee of US$ 100.

To learn more about the program, please visit http://www.faimer.org/distance-learning/.

FAIMER Announces the First Annual Projects That Work Competition Winners

(posted August 2, 2013)

FAIMER is pleased to announce the selection of five winners of its first annual Projects That Work competition. They will be sponsored to attend the 2013 annual meeting of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH), to be held November 16-20, 2013, in Ayutthaya, Thailand. There they will serve as the panelists of a plenary session that will showcase projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the conference theme of “Rural and Community-based Healthcare: Opportunities and Challenges for the 21st Century” for three years or longer, in order to give conference attendees insights about factors that have contributed to these projects’ success and sustainability. An open worldwide call resulted in 120 submissions from which five were selected by an international panel of 11 reviewers. The Projects That Work competition will be an ongoing feature of The Network: TUFH annual meeting. The next Network: TUFH meeting will be held in Fortaleza, Brazil, November 18-23, 2014.

For more information, including winners’ names and summaries of the selected projects, please see the full press release.

New FRILA Fellowship Program for Latin America and the Caribbean Beginning April 2014

(posted July 17, 2013; updated July 26, 2013)

A new FAIMER Regional Institute for Spanish-speaking health professions educators from Latin America and the Caribbean will begin in April 2014 in Colombia. Applications for this new fellowship program, the FAIMER Regional Institute in Latin America and the Caribbean (FRILA), are now open.

The FRILA program offers health professions educators the opportunity to learn new education methods and management and leadership skills, as well as develop strong professional bonds with other health professions educators from Latin America and the Caribbean. The program, conducted in Spanish, includes two residential sessions (Sessions 1 and 3) that take place one year apart in Colombia, and two 11-month distance learning sessions (Sessions 2 and 4) following the residential sessions.

To learn more about the FRILA program, please visit http://frila.faimerfri.org/instituto-faimer-frila/.

National Conference in Health Professions Education (NCHPE) 2013 – Call for Abstracts

(posted June 28, 2013)

The 2013 National Conference in Health Professions Education (NCHPE) is accepting abstracts of work in health professions education through July 15, 2013.

NCHPE 2013 will be held September 24-28, 2013, at Seth G.S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital in Mumbai, India. The theme of this year’s conference, “Progress through Partnership,” was developed around the idea that in order to translate social accountability into practice, appropriate partnerships must be nurtured through educational collaborations. NCHPE 2013 will provide participants with an opportunity to interact with health professions educators from different backgrounds and explore the strengths of working through partnerships. The conference offers sessions based on partnerships at various levels and for various contexts, in hopes of empowering participants to build fruitful relationships. For detailed conference information, please visit https://sites.google.com/site/nchpe1/home.

2014 Application for FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning Program to Open in August 2013

(posted June 14, 2013)

The 2014 application for the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program is expected to open in August 2013.

This new program, which launched in April 2013, offers health professions educators the opportunity to earn a Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment. The program is conducted in partnership with Keele University and the Centre for Medical Education in Context (CenMEDIC) in the United Kingdom.

The one-year Certificate program and two-year Diploma program are conducted as fully supported distance learning using downloaded modules, podcasts, library work, and moderated discussion forums. The three-year Master’s Degree program also includes a brief residential session and a dissertation.

To learn more about the program, please visit http://www.faimer.org/distance-learning/.

2013 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

(posted June 14, 2013)

The first residential session of the 2013 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute took place February 5-11, 2013, in Ludhiana, India, under the direction of Tejinder Singh. The 2013 CMCL-FAIMER Fellows are:

Veena Ajay, M.D., M.B.B.S., J.J.M. Medical College, Davangere, India

Shaila Talengala Bhat, M.B.B.S., Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal, India

Subhramoy Chaudhury, M.D., M.B.B.S., North Bengal Medical College, West Bengal, India

Rakesh Datta, M.S., M.B.B.S., Army College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Rakesh Kumar Dixit, M.D., M.B.B.S., Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University, Kanpur, India

Sandeep Dogra, M.B.B.S., M.D., Government Medical College, Jammu, India

Parmod Kumar Goyal, M.D., Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Bathinda, India

Shivani Jaswal, M.B.B.S., M.D., Government Medical College, Chandigarh, India

Nandini Kapoor, M.B.B.S., M.D., Government Medical College, Chandigarh, India

Laxminarayan Kota Karanth, M.B.B.S., M.D., Melaka Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia

Sandeep Kaur, M.B.B.S., M.D., Adesh Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Bathinda, India

Jyotsna Rimal, M.D.S., B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Kathmandu, Nepal

Anu Sharma, M.B.B.S., M.S., Dayanand Medical College, Ludhiana, India

Lokendra Kumar Sharma, M.B.B.S., M.D., Sawai ManSingh Medical College, Jaipur, India

Vimala Thomas, M.B.B.S., Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, India

Punam Verma, M.B.B.S., M.D., Shri Guru Ram Rai Institute of Medical & Health Sciences, Dehradun, India

2013 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

(posted June 14, 2013)

The first residential session of the 2013 PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute took place April 6-12, 2013, in Coimbatore, India, under the direction of Thomas Chacko. The 2013 PSG-FAIMER Fellows are:

Syed Ali, M.B.B.S., M.D., Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Medical College, Bangalore, India

Jayavardhana Arumugam, M.B.B.S., M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Gayathri Balasubramaniam, M.B.B.S., M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Rituparna Barooah, M.B.B.S., M.D., North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences, Meghalaya, India

Rajnish Borkar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Adilabad, India

Ajay Halder, M.B.B.S., M.D., Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

Vijayshree Khairkar, M.B.B.S., M.D., Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, India

Meena Kukkamalla, M.B.B.S., M.D., Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Manipal, India

Anupa Lucas, M.B.B.S., M.D., Government Medical College, Kottayam, India

Anupama Murthy, M.B.B.S., M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Preethi Pai, M.B.B.S., M.D., Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, India

Preethi Patil, M.B.B.S., M.D., J.J.M. Medical College, Davangere, India

Savita Ravindra, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.S. Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore, India

Baby Subramanian, M.B.B.S., M.D., PSG Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Coimbatore, India

Surekha Tayade, M.B.B.S., M.D., Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, India

Mahalakshmi Venugopalan, M.B.B.S., M.D., PSG College of Physiotherapy, Coimbatore, India

Projects That Work: May 15 Deadline to Apply for FAIMER Funding to Present at November 2013 Conference

(posted March 29, 2013; updated April 5, 2013, May 10, 2013)
Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) logo

The deadline is approaching to apply for FAIMER funding to present at the November 2013 Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) conference!

Many education innovation projects in health professions institutions are implemented, but only some result in significant, sustained change. A new highlight of the 2013 Network: TUFH conference in Thailand will feature “Projects That Work” – that is, projects that have survived beyond initial implementation and have had a significant positive impact on health, the community, or the school over three or more years. A plenary panel during the conference will provide representatives of a few outstanding examples of such projects with an opportunity to tell their stories so that others can learn from their success. Projects that exemplify the conference theme of “Rural and Community Based Healthcare” will be of particular interest.

FAIMER will sponsor a representative of up to five selected projects to attend the Network: TUFH conference, to be held November 16-20, 2013, in Ayutthaya, Thailand. Sponsorship includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee. Applications must be submitted by May 15, 2013. To apply click here.

Study Highlights Contribution of Caribbean-Educated Physicians to U.S. Primary Care Workforce

(posted April 25, 2013)

The projected shortage of primary care physicians in the United States is well documented, and current trends indicate that the numbers of graduates of U.S. medical schools may not be sufficient to fill these roles. FAIMER Research Scientist Marta van Zanten and FAIMER Associate Vice President for Research and Data Resources John R. Boulet quantify the contribution that graduates of Caribbean medical schools make to the U.S. primary care workforce in their recently published paper:

van Zanten M, Boulet JR. Medical education in the Caribbean: The contribution of Caribbean-educated physicians to the primary care workforce in the United States. Academic Medicine. 2013;88(2):276-81

Findings in the study indicate that graduates of Caribbean medical schools make an important contribution to the U.S. primary care workforce. Specifically, the authors used the American Medical Association Physician Masterfile and ECFMG data to determine the numbers of physicians providing direct patient care. They classified these physicians according to type of medical school from which they graduated, and then calculated frequencies and percentages of self-designated primary care specialties for each physician classification. Results of the study show that graduates of Caribbean medical schools had the highest proportion of physicians practicing primary care, followed by D.O., all other IMGs, and lastly, graduates of U.S. M.D.-granting schools.

2013 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) Fellows

(posted April 25, 2013)

The first residential session of the 2013 Southern Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) took place February 27 – March 6, 2013, in Cape Town, South Africa, under the direction of Vanessa Burch and Juanita Bezuidenhout. The 2013 SAFRI Fellows are:

Mmapula Dube, B.Sc., M.B.Ch.B., University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa

Ruebecca Ebrahim, M.Sc., University of Limpopo, Medunsa, South Africa

Bernhard Gaede, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Fasika Gebrekirkos, M.D., Mekelle University, Mekelle, Ethiopia

Karl Klusmann, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

Ronel Maart, B.Ch.D., University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa

Milly Morkel, B.Sc., M.B.Ch.B., University of Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia

Takaedza Munangatire, B.Sc., Paray School of Nursing, Thaba-Tseka, Lesotho

Annet Mutebi, M.Sc., B.D.S., Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Joanne Naidoo, Ph.D., University of KwaZulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa

Jane Namatovu, M.Med., Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Champion Nyoni, B.Sc., R.N., Paray School of Nursing, Thaba-Tseka, Lesotho

Anoud Omer, M.B.B.S., M.P.H., Al Neelain University, Khartoum, Sudan

Everlyne Rotich, B.Sc., M.Sc., Moi University College of Health Sciences, Eldoret, Kenya

Enoch Sepako, B.Sc., Ph.D., University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

Klaus von Pressentin, M.B.Ch.B., M.Med., Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa

FAIMER On-line Services Unavailable April 19-21

(posted April 10, 2013; updated April 15, 2013)

Due to scheduled maintenance, certain FAIMER on-line services will be unavailable from approximately 6:00 p.m. on April 19, 2013, through approximately 2:30 p.m. on April 21, 2013. FAIMER's phone services will also be unavailable during this time. All times are calculated using Eastern Time in the United States.

During this maintenance period, you will not be able to access the following:

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to maintain high-quality on-line services.

Medical Education Editorial Internship

(posted March 15, 2013)

Medical Education is an international, peer-reviewed journal with distribution to readers in more than 80 countries. The journal aims to publish material of the highest quality reflecting worldwide or provocative issues and perspectives relevant to health professional education. The contents will be of interest to learners, teachers, and researchers. It aims to have a significant impact on scholarship in health professional education and, ultimately, on the quality of health care by prioritizing papers that offer a fundamental advance in understanding of practically relevant educational issues. The journal welcomes papers on any aspect of health professional education.

As part of its emphasis on capacity building for the field, the journal will offer three editorial internship positions beginning July 1, 2013. Interns will be involved in all aspects of the editorial role, working closely with the Editor-in-Chief and Deputy Editors, reviewing and offering recommendations on submitted works, engaging in conversations about electronic and print-based innovations at the journal, and contributing editorials or commentaries on timely issues. Interns will be selected through a competitive process (outlined below) with some effort made to ensure geographic diversity.

Applicants should anticipate being able to work 1-2 hours per week for the 12-month duration of the internship. They should have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, formal research training, and a strong understanding of the field of health professional education and health professional education research. An allowance of £300 will be made available for any expenses incurred. In addition, registration to the ASME Annual Scientific Meeting will be paid in the July following the completion of the internship.

To apply, the following materials should be sent to the editorial office (med@mededuc.com) by April 1, 2013:

  1. An up-to-date Curriculum Vitae
  2. A 150 word biography
  3. A 250 word statement indicating what skills and experiences the candidate brings to the internship
  4. A 250 word statement indicating what impact the internship can be expected to have on the candidate’s career
  5. A letter of support from the candidate’s employer

Team Led by FAIMER Institute 2011 Fellow Josaphat Byamugisha Uses Skype to Present on Remote Teaching of Basic Suturing Skills

(posted March 15, 2013)

FAIMER Institute 2011 Fellow Josaphat Byamugisha, Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, led a presentation on remote teaching of basic suturing skills that was presented at the annual meeting of the Council on Resident Education in Obstetrics and Gynecology (CREOG) and the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics (APGO) in Phoenix, Arizona, on February 28, 2013. The presentation, titled “Communication Technology for Surgical Skills Teaching in Uganda: A Pilot Study among Intern Doctors at Mulago National Referral and Teaching Hospital,” was based on research done by faculty from Makerere University and the University of California, San Francisco, led by Meg Autry.

Dr. Byamugisha led the team from Makerere University, which included two younger faculty members and was formed as a means of capacity building for scholarship in education. He reports that the presentation “showed that it is feasible, acceptable, and effective to use internet communication to teach and evaluate surgical skills.” The technology lends itself to other skills and teaching possibilities. It has the potential to reduce teaching burden on already strained local faculty as well as allow for a more broad international involvement in global scholarship for those who have travel or financial restrictions. Interaction with audience members after the conclusion of the presentation allowed for the sharing of ideas on collaboration and faculty development.

The theme of this year’s joint CREOG/APGO meeting was Extending Your Reach in Women’s Health Education: Up, Out, Across, and Around.

FAIMER Mourns the Loss of Enoch Kwizera

(posted February 13, 2013)
Enoch Kwizera
FAIMER Institute 2007 Fellow Enoch Kwizera
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The following was contributed by FAIMER Institute 2006 Fellow Richard Adome.

Professor Enoch N. Kwizera, 63, entered into eternal peace on February 1, 2013, in South Africa, Eastern Cape.

Born Enoch Nshakira Kwizera on June 13, 1950, in Kigezi district, southwest of the then Uganda Protectorate, he was the fourth child and first son of Ernest and Edreada Nshakira. He grew up in a happy family, with five sisters and two brothers.

In June 1970 he enrolled at Makerere University Medical School, where he was joint second best finalist in March 1975.

Dr. Kwizera’s professional working life started in April 1975, when he was posted to Mbale Hospital in Eastern Uganda as an Intern. His major rotations were in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Internal Medicine. On completion of Internship in May 1976, Dr. Kwizera was appointed a Tutorial Fellow in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Makerere University Medical School. In September 1976, he commenced studies toward a Master of Science in Experimental Pharmacology at the University of Bradford, West Yorkshire, UK, completing in September 1977. In November of the same year, he was awarded a scholarship by the World University Service (UK) to study towards a Ph.D. degree in Pharmacology at the University of Bradford, completing in December 1980. He then returned to Uganda to take up a position of Lecturer in the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics at Makerere University.

I met Enoch in 1981 when I joined the department as a lecturer. Just two years my senior, it soon became clear to me that this was a man I could look up to, as a mentor. No wonder we both found the science of pharmacology and medical education second love after family. Enoch was academically meticulous to a fault. But his philosophy about teaching was slightly different from mine. I naturally have a soft approach to things, including dealing with medical students. Enoch believed, and rightly so, that every student enrolling into medicine at Makerere must be very bright. And therefore any student who showed signs of weakness in any part of pharmacology was only lazy, and should not expect any soft handling.

In 1985, Dr. Kwizera was offered a Commonwealth Medical Fellowship in Clinical Pharmacology and Toxicology, at the Robens Institute of Industrial and Environmental Health and Safety, at the University of Surrey in Guildford, UK. Enoch was appointed Associate Professor in Pharmacology at the then University of Transkei (UNITRA), a position he took up in December 1988. In 2004, he was promoted to Full Professor.

Over the years, Dr. Kwizera developed deep interest in Health Professions Education, which became his second academic passion. In 1993, he was elected to the Council of the South African Association for Medical Education (SAAME) to represent UNITRA and the Border Region. In 2007, he was awarded a Fellowship of the Foundation for the Advancement of International Medical Education and Research (FAIMER) Institute based in Philadelphia, USA, which he completed with distinction.

Enoch married and had four grown children and one foster daughter. He leaves his loving memories to be cherished by his loving brother Nathan and sister Lydia, and many friends. The body will be arriving into Uganda from South Africa and a funeral will take place later in Kabindi village, Kigezi district.

Farewell my friend, Enoch.

Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada Interim Accreditation Review Process

(posted February 13, 2013)

The Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) has developed a novel Interim Accreditation Review Process (IRP) that assists schools in maintaining compliance with Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)/Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) accreditation standards and creating a culture of continuous quality improvement. After three years’ experience in implementing the process in six Canadian faculties of medicine, AFMC is now making the resources necessary to conduct an Interim Accreditation Survey publicly available. Checklists for each accreditation standard have been developed and are updated annually to facilitate the understanding what is needed to achieve compliance. The Interim Accreditation Review Process is briefly described on the website and in greater detail in the AFMC Interim Accreditation Guide that is also available on the website. The AFMC Interim Accreditation Guide and the AFMC Accreditation Checklists may be reproduced for the non-commercial purpose of scientific or educational advancement, with citation and author attribution.

Deadline for Application for FAIMER-Keele Certificate Program is March 22

(posted December 3, 2012; updated February 7, 2013)

Registration is now open for FAIMER’s newly expanded Distance Learning (DL) program. In partnership with Keele University in the United Kingdom, the new FAIMER DL program will grant academic credentials in accordance with international standards. Participants will be able to earn a Certificate, Diploma, or Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment. Courses will begin on April 8, 2013, conducted in partnership with Keele University and the Centre for Medical Education in Context (CenMEDIC) in the United Kingdom. Courses will be administered by CenMEDIC and will follow the strict quality assurance guidelines and policies of Keele.

The deadline for application for the FAIMER-Keele Certificate program beginning in April 2013 is March 22, 2013. To learn more, please visit the FAIMER DL pages.

Faculty Development Workshop and Planning Meeting at ASCOFAME, Bogota, Colombia

(posted February 7, 2013)

In early December a workshop and preliminary planning meeting was held in Bogota, Colombia to explore the potential for a future FAIMER Regional Institute for Latin America. The meeting was hosted by the Asociación Colombiana de Facultades de Medicina (ASCOFAME). In addition to deans and other representatives of ASCOFAME-affiliated medical schools, the meeting was attended by Colombian FAIMER Fellows Ricardo Borda, Martha Delgado, Luis Dominguez, Francisco Lamus, Ivan Solarte, and Marco Sosa. These Fellows are among the group of Spanish speaking Fellows who belong to the FAIMER Regional Initiative in Latin America (FRILA) interest group. FAIMER was represented by William Burdick, FAIMER Associate Vice President for Education and Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute, and Ralf Graves, Associate Director, Regional Institutes. The enthusiasm and positive feedback resulting from the meeting has led to subsequent activities amongst these stakeholders to further develop the ideas that were generated by attendees.

FAIMER and King Abdulaziz University Sign Agreement to Develop MHPE Program

(posted January 18, 2013)
FAIMER and King Abdulaziz University Sign Agreement to Develop MHPE Program
Pictured left to right: John Norcini, Ara Tekian, Osama Tayyeb, Mahmoud Al-Ahwal, and Adnan Al-Homaidan
(click image to enlarge)

On December 16, 2012, FAIMER and King Abdulaziz University (KAU) signed an agreement to develop a Master’s in Health Professions Education (MHPE) program. According to the terms of the agreement, FAIMER and the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) will assist the KAU Faculty of Medicine in the development of a MHPE program aimed at preparing leaders in health professions education. The signing ceremony took place at KAU and was attended by FAIMER President and CEO Dr. John J. Norcini, FAIMER faculty member and Associate Dean of International Affairs at the UIC College of Medicine Dr. Ara Tekian, KAU President Prof. Osama S. Tayyeb, Dean of KAU Graduate Studies Dr. Adnan Al-Homaidan, and Dean of the KAU Faculty of Medicine Dr. Mahmoud Al-Ahwal.

Robbert Duvivier Earns M.D. and Ph.D. from University of Maastricht, Joins FAIMER as Visiting Scholar

(posted January 18, 2013)

On December 12, 2012, former FAIMER intern Robbert J. Duvivier earned both his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. The title of Dr. Duvivier’s thesis is Teaching and Learning Clinical Skills: Mastering the Art of Medicine. He has worked with various international medical education organizations, such as the European Medical Students’ Association (EMSA) and the International Federation of Medical Students’ Associations (IFMSA). He has also represented medical students as part of the executive committee of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), and the executive council of the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME). Beginning in January 2013, Dr. Duvivier will join the FAIMER Research and Data Resources department as a visiting scholar.

FAIMER On-line Services Unavailable February 1-2

(posted January 9, 2013)

Due to scheduled maintenance, certain FAIMER on-line services will be unavailable from approximately 4:00 p.m. on February 1, 2013 through approximately 2:00 p.m. on February 2, 2013. All times are calculated using Eastern Time in the United States.

During this maintenance period, you will not be able to access the following:

Thank you for your patience and cooperation as we work to maintain high-quality on-line services.

[last update: April 25, 2014]