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GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

(posted July 9, 2014)
GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute Celebrates 10-Year Anniversary

In June 2014, the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute welcomed its 10th class of Fellows and celebrated this important milestone at Seth G.S. Medical College in Mumbai, India. GSMC-FAIMER, the first of FAIMER’s Regional Institutes to be developed, was launched in 2005. A total of 175 health professions educators from seven countries have participated in the fellowship program, under the direction of Dr. Avinash Supe, Professor and Head of the Department of Surgical Gastroenterology at King Edward Memorial Hospital and a FAIMER Institute 2002 Fellow. Many alumni returned to join current fellows, faculty, and special guests for the 10-year anniversary celebrations.

To commemorate the occasion, GSMC-FAIMER faculty members Sucheta Dandekar (PHIL 2010) and Chinmay Shah (GSMC 2008) produced a book entitled Celebrating 10 Years of Professional Development. The book includes photos and reflections from faculty and Fellows, and is a testament to the impact the GSMC-FAIMER fellowship program has had. According to Dr. Supe, “The continuous engagement of participants and the impact of the projects on local communities have been tremendous.”

FAIMER Regional Institutes are modeled on the curriculum of the flagship FAIMER Institute fellowship program held each year in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. All of the programs include both residential and distance learning sessions. To date there are six Regional Institutes: three in India, one in Brazil, one in Sub-Saharan Africa, and one in China. Two new programs, one in Colombia and another in India, are currently being planned for launch in 2015. Visit the Regional Initiatives page of this website for more information.

IME Day 2014: Global Student Exchanges

(posted June 20, 2014)

“Global Student Exchanges: How Can They Work for Everyone?” is the title of this year’s International Medical Education (IME) Day, to be held on October 22, 2014, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm Eastern Time in the United States (UTC – 4). The keynote speaker will be Dr. Jon Dowell from the University of Dundee.

Overview
In this highly interactive face-to-face and virtual workshop, Dr. Dowell will highlight and provoke discussion on issues that surround global student exchanges, also known as international electives. In particular, the conversation will center on ethical issues and evaluation. International electives are often a highlight of students’ education and allow opportunities to travel and witness health care delivery in a different context, often in resource poor countries. However, because they are often self-directed, they present a number of challenges.

The workshop will use participant experiences to consider electives from the student, host and sending institution’s perspective. We will explore the typically diverse range of learning activities and how to evaluate electives holistically from each perspective. Throughout the day, we will identify ethical challenges that emerge and review how these might be managed.

Jon Dowell
Dr. Jon Dowell is a General Practitioner and medical educator in Dundee, Scotland. Over the last 8 years he has been working with colleagues to understand electives better. He initiated the UK Electives Council to share best practices and created a not-for-profit organization to create an alternative ‘Fair Trade’ model of student electives. The first UK conference on medical electives was organized under his leadership.

Jon has volunteered and worked in a number of countries, but does not profess to have the answers or to be an expert in the field. He believes global student exchanges can offer a powerful and formative experience that educators have often left to chance. Along the way risk, ethics, learning and morality appear to have become quite jumbled. He greatly looks forward to discussing these issues with a diverse and international group of scholars.

Registration
We welcome your individual participation in our live IME Day session at The Quorum, 3711 Market Street (8th floor), Philadelphia, PA. Space is very limited, so click here to register today.

Virtual participation in IME Day is also welcome. Virtual participants—either individuals or small groups—will have access to the live streamed session, and moderators will incorporate virtual participants’ input into plenary discussions. Group participation is encouraged! Having at least one other person participate with you will enhance the experience considerably, and small groups of four to six face-to-face participants are ideal. Click here to register.

Global Medicine in Education Exchange (GEMx)

The program is sponsored by the Global Medicine in Education Exchange (GEMx), an initiative of the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

2015 FAIMER Fellowship Application is Now Open

(posted June 6, 2014)

The 2015 application for FAIMER fellowship programs is now open. Applications are currently being accepted for the FAIMER Institute, Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute, CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute, GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute, PSG-FAIMER Regional Institute, and the FAIMER Regional Institute in Latin America and the Caribbean (FRILA). The application for the Sub-Saharan Africa-FAIMER Regional Institute (SAFRI) will open on July 1, 2014, and the application for the CMB-CMU-FAIMER Regional Institute will open on September 1, 2014.

For more information or to apply, visit: https://faimer.fluidreview.com/.

2014 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

(posted June 6, 2014)

The first residential session of the 2014 CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute took place February 4-13, 2014, in Ludhiana, India, under the direction of Tejinder Singh and Dinesh Badyal. The 2014 CMCL-FAIMER Fellows are:

Gokul Jorwekar, M.S., Rural Medical College, Loni, India

Mohit Joshi, M.S., University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS) and Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital, Delhi, India

Ruchi Kalra, M.S., People’s College of Medical Sciences & Research Center, Bhopal, India

Tapasya Karemore, B.D.S., VSPM’s Dental College & Research Center, Nagpur, India

Manjinder Kaur, M.D., Geetanjali Medical College & Hospital, Udaipur, India

Peter Prasanth Kommu, M.D., Pondicherry Institute of Medical Sciences, Pondicherry, India

Sabita Mohapatra, M.D., V.S.S. Medical College, Burla, India

Dhinakaran Mullai, M.Ph.T., Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

Gita Negi, M.D., Himalayan Institute Hospital Trust (HIHT), Dehradun, India

Hetal Pandya, M.D., B.K. Shah Medical Institute and Research Centre, Vadodara, India

Neeti Rustagi, M.D., All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Jodhpur, India

Clarence Samuel, M.D., Christian Medical College, Ludhiana, India

Nilima Shah, M.D., Government Medical College, Surat, India

Simerjit Singh, M.S., Melaka Manipal Medical College, Melaka, Malaysia

Vijay Singh, B.Ph.T., Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Gangtok, India

Krithica Srinivasan, M.Phil. Optometry, Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India

2014 Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

(posted June 6, 2014)

The first residential session of the 2014 Brazil-FAIMER Regional Institute took place February 1-13, 2014, in Beberibe, Ceará, Brazil, under the direction of Eliana Amaral and Henry Campos. The 2014 Brazil FAIMER Fellows are:

Maria do Carmo Lacerda Barbosa, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Maranhão (UFMA) Faculdade de Medicina, Maranhão, Brazil

Marcia Araujo Barreto, M.S., Universidade Federal de Uberlândia (UFU) Faculdade de Medicina, Uberlândia, Brazil

Maria do Carmo de Souza Batista, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Piauí, Piauí, Brazil

Ângela Jornada Ben, M.D., Universidade Federal de Ciências da Saúde de Porto Alegre (UFCSPA) Faculdade de Medicina, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Olivia Andrea Alencar Costa Bessa, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade de Fortaleza (UNIFOR), Fortaleza, Brazil

Joselany Áfio Caetano, M.S., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Ceará (UFC) Faculdade de Medicina, Fortaleza, Brazil

Jacqueline Costa Teixeira Caramori, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho” (UNESP) Faculdade de Medicina, São Paulo, Brazil

Andréa Aparecida Contini, M.S., Universidade Federal de São Carlos (UFSCAR), São Carlos, Brazil

Roberta Ferreira Coelho de Andrade, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Amazonas, Manaus, Brazil

Nathalie de Lourdes Souza Dewulf, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG) Faculdade de Farmácia, Goiás, Brazil

Ieda Maria Avila Vargas Dias, M.S., Ph.D., R.N., Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP) Faculdade de Medicina, São Paulo, Brazil

Jorge Elias, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., Faculdade de Medicina de Ribeirão Preto (FMRP-USP), Ribeirão Preto, Brazil

Breno Ferraz, M.D., Faculdade de Ciências Médicas de Pernambuco (UPE), Recife, Brazil

Siulmara Cristina Galera, Ph.D., Universidade de Fortaleza, Fortaleza, Brazil

Sandra Sponchiado Gasparini, M.D., M.P.H., Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Campinas, Brazil

Clecio de Oliveira Godeiro, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) Faculdade de Medicina, Natal, Brazil

Maria Katia Gomes, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) Faculdade de Medicina, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Eloisa Grossman, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., M.B.A., Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Ana Lucia de Lima Guedes, M.D., M.Sc., Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora (UFJF) Faculdade de Medicina, Juiz de Fora, Brazil

Elcio Shiyoiti Hirano, M.Sc., Ph.D., M.B.A., Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP) Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, Campinas, Brazil

Douglas Francisco Kovaleski, D.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (UFSC) Faculdade de Medicina, Florianópolis, Brazil

Alba Regina de Abreu Lima, M.Sc., Ph.D., Faculdade de Medicina de São José do Rio Preto (FAMERP), São José do Rio Preto, Brazil

Bárbara Patrícia da Silva Lima, Mestrado em Ensino na Saúde, Universidade Estadual de Ciências da Saúde de Alagoas (UNCISAL) Faculdade de Medicina, Alagoas, Brazil

Ademir Lopes, Jr., M.D., Universidade de São Paulo Faculdade de Medicina São Paulo (FMSP-USP), São Paulo, Brazil

Flavio Marques Lopes, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal de Goiás (UFG) Faculdade de Farmácia, Goiás, Brazil

Sheyla Ribeiro Rocha Martins, M.B.B.S., M.Sc., Universidade Federal dos Vales do Jequitinhonha e Mucuri, Teófilo Otoni, Brazil

Aristides Augusto Palhares Neto, M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Estadual Paulista “Júlio de Mesquita Filho” (UNESP) Faculdade de Medicina, São Paulo, Brazil

Sharmenia de Araujo Soares Neto, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade de Fortaleza (UNIFOR), Fortaleza, Brazil

Cristina Neumann, M.D., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS) Faculdade de Medicina, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Guilherme Rocha Pardi, M.D., M.S., Universidade Federal do Triângulo Mineiro, Uberaba (UFTM) Faculdade de Medicina, Uberaba, Brazil

Rejane Christine de Souza Queiroz, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Federal do Maranhão (UFMA) Faculdade de Medicina, Maranhão, Brazil

Marcio de Souza Rastelli, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade Regional de Blumenau (FURB), Blumenau, Brazil

Ana Laura Schliemann, M.A., M.D., Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo (PUCSP) Faculdade de Medicina, São Paulo, Brazil

Adriana Tavora de Albuquerque Taveira, M.Sc., Ph.D., Universidade do Estado do Amazonas (UEA) Escola Superior de Ciencias da Saude, Cachoeirinha, Brazil

Gilson de Vasconcelos Torres, M.Sc., Ph.D., R.N., Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN) Faculdade de Medicina, Natal, Brazil

2014 International Fellowship in Medical Education Recipients

(posted May 2, 2014)

FAIMER is pleased to announce the 2014 recipients of the International Fellowship in Medical Education (IFME):

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

Sanjay Bedi, M.B.B.S., M.D., Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Haryana, India

Ricardo Borda, M.D., Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia

Sucheta Dandekar, Ph.D., Seth G.S. Medical College, Mumbai, India

Minnie Kalyanasundaram, M.B.B.S., M.D., Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

Riffat Shafi, M.B.B.S., Shifa College of Medicine, Islamabad, Pakistan

All six Fellows will pursue a Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment through the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program beginning in September 2014.

Dr. Badyal is a 2011 Fellow of the FAIMER Institute and a 2007 Fellow of the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute, as well as current Co-Director of the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute. He is Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacology, Christian Medical College, Ludhiana; and Co-Convener of the Medical Council of India Nodal Centre for Faculty Development. Dr. Badyal was recently awarded an M.L. Gupta award by the Association of Physiologists and Pharmacologists of India for the year 2012 for his work in medical education. He is on the editorial board of a number of journals and has delivered a number of lectures on clinical trials, pharmacovigilance, ethics, research methodology, and medical education at national and international conferences and workshops. He senses a great potential and usefulness of the FAIMER-Keele Master's degree program for the mandate of his school and Government regulating agencies, as both are very actively involved in the development of health professionals in India.

Dr. Bedi is a 2007 Fellow of the CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institute. He is a Professor of Pathology at MM Institute of Medical Sciences, Ambala, India, with 18 years of teaching experience. He moderates meu_india@googlegroups.com and many other medical networks. Dr. Bedi is interested in promoting e‑learning and hopes to use his IFME fellowship to leverage the knowledge and networks achieved to make a difference nationally and globally towards improving the health standards in contemporary medical scenarios.

Dr. Borda is a 2008 Fellow of the FAIMER Institute. He is an Associate Professor at the School of Medicine of Javeriana University and also an Ob/Gyn. He is responsible for the Medical Informatics Project, which includes the design of databases, multimedia, virtual patients, and interactive web projects. Dr. Borda believes that the FAIMER-Keele Master’s degree program will allow him to collaborate extensively in the development of the FAIMER Regional Institute in Latin America and the Caribbean (FRILA); the design, implementation, and assessment of a new curriculum; and the development of continuing medical education (CME) courses in health professions education.

Dr. Dandekar is a 2010 Fellow of the FAIMER Institute. She is Professor and Head of Biochemistry at Seth G.S. Medical College and KEM Hospital in Mumbai, India. She is an active faculty member of the PSG FAIMER and GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institutes. Dr. Dandekar says that the nuances of medical education have always intrigued her. She believes that the knowledge gained from the IFME fellowship will help to enhance her role at each and every level of medical education, and that it will also help her to be a good mentor. She looks forward to disseminating the knowledge gained to not only faculty and students at her own institute and university, but also to other aspiring FAIMER Fellows.

Dr. Kalyanasundaram is a 2010 Fellow of the GSMC-FAIMER Regional Institute. She is a Professor of Biochemistry and a senior member of the Medical Education Unit, which is a Medical Council of India Nodal Centre for basic and advanced medical education technology workshops at Christian Medical College, Vellore (CMC Vellore). She is a faculty member of the PSG-FAIMER CMCL-FAIMER Regional Institutes, and the Faculty Advisor for Elective and Exchange students at CMC Vellore. Dr. Kalyanasundaram has also served as a visiting professor at Karolinska University in Stockholm, Sweden through a teacher exchange program. She is on faculty for the Postgraduate Diploma in Family Medicine and Fellowship in HIV medicine, which are two-year distance learning programs offered by CMC Vellore. Her interests are in evaluation of educational programs, curriculum design, distance learning programs, and assessment. She hopes that an IFME fellowship leading to a Master’s in Health Professions Education will enable, support, and empower her in educational research and initiate, motivate, and sustain best practices in medical education at her institution and nationally.

Dr. Shafi is a 2010 Fellow of the FAIMER Institute. She has been involved in medical teaching since 2000. She is a Physiologist by specialty and is currently working as an Associate Professor at Shifa College of Medicine in Islamabad, Pakistan. Dr. Shafi has attended various regional and international conferences and workshops on medical education, and has published articles in scholarly journals. A desire to further improve her knowledge in the field of medical education encouraged her to apply for the IFME fellowship. She explains that Pakistan is a developing country where expertise in the field of medical education is needed, and says that she hopes to improve her knowledge and skills in this field and work toward the implementation of modern trends in medical education in her country.

Projects That Work Application Deadline Extended through July 15, 2014

(posted April 25, 2014; updated June 30, 2014)

FAIMER is pleased to announce that the application deadline for the 2014 Projects That Work competition has been extended through July 15, 2014.

FAIMER will sponsor a representative of up to five selected projects to attend the 2014 Network: Towards Unity for Health conference in Fortaleza, Brazil, November 19-23, 2014. This year the Projects That Work competition will showcase projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the 2014 conference theme, “Strengthening Health Professions Education as a Policy to Improve Health,” for three years or longer. Sponsorship includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee.

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.

For more information about the Projects That Work competition, as well as descriptions of the winning 2013 projects, click here.

To apply for the 2014 competition, click here.

FAIMER and WFME Announce the Launch of the World Directory of Medical Schools

(posted April 4, 2014)

FAIMER and the World Federation for Medical Education (WFME) are pleased to announce an important milestone in their collaboration to develop the World Directory of Medical Schools. The World Directory is now available at www.wdoms.org. This new resource, developed in collaboration with the World Health Organization and the University of Copenhagen, is the result of a March 2012 agreement to merge the organizations’ 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 merger of IMED and the Avicenna Directory has combined FAIMER and WFME’s existing data sets and streamlined their data collection efforts. The new World Directory offers enhanced information such as enrollment and curriculum data for schools that offer multiple medical programs or tracks. In the future, additional features, such as information about program recognition or accreditation, will be added to meet the needs of medical regulatory authorities, certifying bodies, and researchers. 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 for a year, to ensure that medical regulatory authorities and other 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 IMED and Avicenna will be discontinued in 2015.

For more information, please read the full press release.

FAIMER Director for Research and Data Resources Danette Waller McKinley Elected Vice President of AERA Division I, Education in the Professions

(posted March 27, 2014)
Danette Waller McKinleyAERA

Danette Waller McKinley, Ph.D., FAIMER’s Director for Research and Data Resources, has been elected Vice President of Division I, Education in the Professions, American Educational Research Association (AERA), effective in April 2015. The 12 divisions of AERA are organized to represent major scholarly or scientific areas within education research that add to the field and the Association as determined by the AERA Council. Division I focuses on the context and conduct of scientific studies that address education in professional practice disciplines, including medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, and nursing. The Division has a long history with AERA, from its beginning as a special interest group for health professions educators in 1971 to its divisional status approval in 1978. Given the emphasis on education and evaluation of education of professionals, the FAIMER Research staff has been involved in the work of the division for some time. Danette has been a longtime, active member of Division I as a paper submitter and reviewer, presenter, workshop organizer, member of the Established Investigator Awards Committee, and co-chair of the Division I Awards Committee. She was a member of the Division’s Planning Committee for the 2012 Annual Meeting, when FAIMER Associate Vice President for Research and Data Resources Jack Boulet was Program Chair. She has organized sessions supporting Division I’s Learning Communities initiative, and her work with the Awards Committee co-chair and the co-chairs of the Mentoring Committee resulted in a plan to showcase work in progress, engaging newer members of the division. Beginning in 2015, at the conclusion of the AERA Annual Meeting, Danette will represent the interests of Division I members as she serves as a member of the AERA Council. Her tenure as Vice President over the next three or more years will serve to increase the visibility, both nationally and internationally, of FAIMER and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) in the professional community.

Apply Now for the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning Program in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment

(posted March 17, 2014)
FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning Program

Applications are currently being accepted for 2014 enrollment in the FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning program.

The FAIMER-Keele Distance Learning (DL) program offers health professions educators the opportunity to receive advanced training in all aspects of health professions education. Educators in medicine, nursing, dentistry, and other health professions can acquire the knowledge and skills to advance health professions education at their institutions to the highest international standards.

The DL program is conducted in partnership with Keele University and the Centre for Medical Education in Context (CenMEDIC) in the United Kingdom. Courses are administered by CenMEDIC and follow the strict quality assurance guidelines and policies of Keele. The following programs are offered:

FAIMER-Keele Certificate in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment

FAIMER-Keele Diploma in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment

FAIMER-Keele Master’s in Health Professions Education: Accreditation and Assessment

To apply for 2014, visit the FAIMER Distance Learning Registration page. The deadline for application is August 29, 2014, and course work will begin on September 22, 2014.

For more information on the program, please visit http://www.faimer.org/distance-learning/index.html or contact distancelearning@faimer.org.

FAIMER Fellows Collaborate to Publish New Book on Community Based Education

(posted February 28, 2014)
Community Based Education in Health Professions: Global Perspectives

FAIMER is proud to announce the publication of a new book on community based education (CBE) authored by Wagdy Talaat, M.D., Ph.D., and Zahra Ladhani, Ph.D., both FAIMER faculty members and Fellows of the 2007 FAIMER Institute. Titled Community Based Education in Health Professions: Global Perspectives, the book was published in January 2014 by the World Health Organization: Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean.

To compile experiences of CBE, the authors invited contributions from health professions education institutions in six countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, India, Pakistan, and South Africa. The selected institutions were invited to share stories about the implementation of CBE at their schools, to illustrate how different tools and approaches have worked in a variety of local circumstances. By documenting and sharing these varied experiences, the authors hope that their book will help guide and inspire other educators and community workers interested in implementing CBE programs.

The book’s contributors include FAIMER Fellows Valdes Bollela (PHIL 2006) from Brazil, Dina El-Metwally (PHIL 2010) from Egypt, and Ben van Heerden (PHIL 2006) from South Africa. “The publication of this book marks a major collaborative project led by our Fellows,” says Page Morahan, Ph.D., Co-Director of the FAIMER Institute.

To learn more about and/or access the book, click here.

2014 Projects That Work Application is Now Open

(posted January 31, 2014; updated April 25, 2014)

FAIMER is now inviting applications for the 2014 Projects That Work competition! FAIMER will sponsor a representative of up to five selected projects to attend the 2014 Network: Toward Unity for Health (TUFH) conference in Fortaleza, Brazil, November 19-23. Sponsorship includes air travel, hotel accommodation, and conference registration fee. Although registration for the conference is not yet open, watch the Network: TUFH website (www.the-networktufh.org) going forward for more information as it becomes available.

The Projects That Work initiative, now in its second 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 2014 conference theme, “Strengthening Health Professions Education as a Policy to Improve Health,” 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 June 30, 2014. To apply, click here.

2013 Annual International Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health

(posted January 22, 2014)
2013 Annual International Conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health

The 2013 annual international conference of The Network: Towards Unity for Health (TUFH) took place November 16-20, 2013, in Ayutthaya, Thailand. The conference theme was “Rural and Community-Based Healthcare: Opportunities and Challenges for the 21st Century,” and its program included keynote addresses, didactic sessions, workshops, and poster sessions built around this theme, as well as a day devoted to visiting community health care facilities.

A highlight of the 2013 Network: TUFH conference was the first annual Projects That Work plenary session, sponsored and organized by FAIMER, which showcased five projects that have been successfully addressing missions related to the conference theme for three years or longer. The intent of the Projects That Work initiative—which will be an annual feature of The Network: TUFH conference—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. An open worldwide call resulted in 120 submissions, from which five were selected by an international panel of 13 reviewers.

The 2013 Projects That Work winning projects were represented at the conference by (pictured above, left to right) Marietjie van Rooyen (South Africa), Mark Shephard (Australia), Elizabeth Paterno (Philippines), Marco Sosa (Colombia), and Saurav Das (India). The plenary panel discussion was moderated by FAIMER Associate Vice President for Education Bill Burdick, who also facilitated a preconference workshop titled “Project Management and Theory of Change.” Other Projects That Work conference components included a poster session and a workshop titled “Using SOCKS, an Innovative Tool for Environmental Analysis in Project Planning,” both facilitated by Ralf Rundgren Graves, FAIMER Associate Director, Regional Institutes; and a workshop titled “Publishing and Other Scholarly Forms of Knowledge Dissemination,” facilitated by Bill Burdick and the co-editors of The Network: TUFH’s journal Education for Health, Michael Glasser and Don Pathman.

Projects That Work will also be a feature of the next Network: TUFH conference to be held in Fortaleza, Brazil, November 19-23, 2014. Check back for an announcement of the opening of the competition application soon.

Medical Education Editorial Internship

(posted January 22, 2014)

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, 2014. 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 Association for the Study of Medical Education (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, 2014:

  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

2013 CMB-CMU-FAIMER Regional Institute Fellows

(posted December 20, 2013; updated January 22, 2014)

The inaugural residential session of the CMB-CMU-FAIMER Regional Institute took place August 1-7, 2013, in Shenyang, China, under the direction of Bo Qu. The 2013 CMB-CMU-FAIMER Fellows are:

Feng Chen, M.B.B.S., M.Med., Logistics College of CAPF, Tianjin, China

Qin Chen, M.D., Luzhou Medical College, Luzhou, China

Dongyan Fan, M.D., Ph.D., Tibet University Medical College, Lhasa, China

Yanni Lai, M.B.B.S., M.Med., Medical Center of Fudan University, Shanghai, China

Dandan Li, M.Ed., Liaoning Medical University, Jinzhou, China

Wangxing Li, M.B.Ch.B., Beijing Association for Medical Education, Beijing, China

Yan Li, M.B.B.S., M.D., M.Med., Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, China

Aihua Lin, M.P.A., Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, China

Ying Liu, M.Med., Xuzhou Medical College, Xuzhou, China

Yuqing Liu, M.S., Xinxiang Medical University, Xinxiang, China

Shisi Lun, M.P.H., China Medical University, Shenyang, China

Shaochun Lv, M.S., Medical College of Jiamusi University, Jiamusi, China

Wei Ma, M.D., Ph.D., Northwest Minorities University College of Medicine, Lanzhou, China

Li Niu, M.B.B.S., M.S., Jiujiang University Medical College, Jiujiang, China

Limei Sun, Ph.D., China Medical University, Shenyang, China

Dawei Wang, M.D., Beihua University Faculty of Medicine, Jilin, China

Hai-Jiang Wu, M.S., Hebei Medical University, Shijiazhuang, China

Yuhua Wu, M.B.B.S., M.Med., Harbin Medical University, Harbin, China

Dan Xin, M.B.B.S., M.B.Ch.B., Qiqihar Medical University, Qiqihar, China

Joanne Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., Shantou University Medical College, Shantou, China

[last update: July 9, 2014]