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International Medical Education Directory (IMED) To Be Discontinued by Mid-2015

(posted April 7, 2015)

As previously announced, it is expected that FAIMER’s International Medical Education Directory (IMED) and IMED Subscription Service will be discontinued by mid-2015. The World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) also expects to discontinue its Avicenna Directory by mid-2015. At that time, the World Directory of Medical Schools will become the definitive list of medical schools in the world.

The World Directory of Medical Schools was launched in April 2014 by FAIMER and WFME. Developed in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the University of Copenhagen, the World Directory is a result of a March 2012 agreement to merge IMED and WFME’s Avicenna Directory to produce a single comprehensive resource on undergraduate medical education worldwide.

During the transition to the new World Directory of Medical Schools, IMED and the Avicenna Directory remain available to ensure that medical regulatory authorities and other users of these directories have continuity of the essential service that they provide. Please monitor the FAIMER website for updates on this transition.

For more information on the World Directory of Medical Schools, visit www.wdoms.org.

CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

(posted April 7, 2015)

In February 2015, the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute welcomed its 10th class of Fellows and celebrated this important milestone at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana (CMCL), in Punjab, India. Many alumni returned to join current Fellows, faculty, and special guests for the anniversary celebrations. On February 8, a day-long program titled “Horizons in Medical Education” was held, featuring ceremonies, presentations, and speeches by distinguished national and international guests and speakers. Themes of the day included faculty development, teaching and assessing professionalism in medical education, competency-based medical education, the art of large group teaching, and organizing a medical education conference, as well as a 10-year look-back on the CMCL-FAIMER program.

To commemorate the anniversary, a book entitled Footprints on Sand: 10 Years of Advancing Education was created by the CMCL-FAIMER faculty and distributed to attendees of the Institute. The book includes reflections and photos from faculty and Fellows, and is a testament to the impact the CMCL-FAIMER program has had.

CMCL-FAIMER, the second of FAIMER’s Regional Institutes to be developed, was launched in 2006 under the direction of Dr. Tejinder Singh, Professor of Pediatrics and Vice Principal at CMCL, and FAIMER Institute 2003 Fellow. Dr. Dinesh Badyal, Professor and Head of the Department of Pharmacology at CMCL, CMCL-FAIMER 2007 Fellow, and FAIMER Institute 2011 Fellow, has since joined Dr. Singh as the program’s Co-Director. A total of 159 health professions educators from six countries have participated in the CMCL-FAIMER program over the past 10 years.

Call for Abstracts for the Joint 2015 Annual Conferences of The Network: Towards Unity for Health and the South African Association of Health Educationalists

(posted March 4, 2015; updated March 9, 2015, April 15, 2015)

Abstracts are now being accepted for the joint 2015 Annual Conferences of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE), to be held September 12-16, 2015, in Gauteng Province, South Africa. The conference organizers invite abstracts containing empirical, theoretical, or descriptive studies relevant to the subtheme for which the abstract is being submitted. Any contribution reflecting progress or containing new ideas will be considered.

Detailed information on the abstract submission process, including format, themes and subthemes, and the review process can be found on the website of the 2015 Network: TUFH Conference.

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to May 1, 2015.

Student Projects for Health Competition

(posted February 5, 2015; updated March 9, 2015)

FAIMER is now inviting applications for the 2015 Student Projects for Health competition. The Student Projects for Health competition is supported by the Global Education in Medicine Exchange (GEMx) consortium—a global network for exchanges—and FAIMER, and will be a feature of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) conference that will take place in Gauteng Province, South Africa, September 12-16, 2015. This will be a joint conference of The Network: TUFH and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE). The theme of the conference is “Education for Change.” Winners will be invited to attend the conference and present their projects. The award includes a travel grant of $2,000 and free conference registration.

The Student Projects for Health competition recognizes students who have made outstanding contributions to projects that successfully promote community health and well-being. It is open to all undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in any course of study who have been participating in such projects. Up to 20 winners will be selected and more than one student from the same project may be selected, so all key contributors are encouraged to apply. Each application will require an endorsement by a faculty member closely associated with the project.

Applications will be considered by a distinguished group of international reviewers with a wide variety of expertise in health professions education. Detailed information on selection criteria can be found here.

The deadline for application is May 1, 2015. To apply, click here.

2015 Projects That Work Application Is Now Open

(posted January 14, 2015; updated March 9, 2015)

FAIMER is now inviting applications for the 2015 Projects That Work competition! FAIMER will sponsor a representative of up to five selected projects to attend the 2015 Network: Toward Unity for Health (TUFH) conference in Gauteng Province, South Africa, September 12-16, 2015. This will be a joint conference of The Network: TUFH and the South African Association of Health Educationalists (SAAHE). Sponsorship includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee. Although registration for the conference is not yet open, watch the Network: TUFH website (http://www.the-networktufh.org/) going forward for more information as it becomes available.

The Projects That Work initiative, now in its third year, is sponsored by FAIMER as part of the annual Network: TUFH conference. This year the Projects That Work competition will showcase projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the 2015 conference theme, “Education for Change,” for three years or longer. The intent of the Projects That Work initiative is to recognize excellent projects that have succeeded beyond initial implementation and have had a significant impact on health, the community, or the school, as well as to encourage the development, implementation, and dissemination of more such projects.

Applications to Projects That Work must be submitted by May 1, 2015. To apply, click here.

2015 Application for the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning Program Is Now Open

(posted January 2, 2015)
FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program

The 2015 application for the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program is now open. Detailed information on the registration process and eligibility requirements can be found on the program’s Registration page.

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

[last update: April 15, 2015]